Quilt Studies

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


The Certificate Program in Quilt Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is a graduate program offered by the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design. It allows graduate and post-baccalaureate students to gain scholarly credentials in Quilt Studies. The Quilt Studies Certificate strengthens credentials of curators, collection managers, appraisers, collectors and educators. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an international leader in the field of quilt studies with its renowned International Quilt Study Center and Museum (IQSCM) and its comprehensive collection of quilts spanning five centuries and representing quiltmaking traditions around the world.

The Quilt Studies faculty, all members of the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, are recognized leaders in the field. They teach, conduct research and engage in creative activity, and they participate in a variety of quilt-related research and educational initiatives around the world.

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All courses may be completed online.


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Program Certificate Advisor
Professor Michael James

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by the department

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.

The Graduate Certificate in Quilt Studies is open to graduate students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs at UNL, and is also available as a standalone (non-degree) post-baccalaureate certification.

Application deadline
Rolling admission; contact department for more information.


Students take a total of twelve credit hours in the area of quilt studies with three courses being required.


  • TMFD 818: History of Quilts in the Western World
  • TMFD 905A: Studio Quilt Movement - Genesis and Development
  • TMFD 905D: Aesthetics and the Quilt


The remaining three credit hours may be drawn from courses approved by the Certificate Program Advisor. Examples of regularly taught courses that may be easily applied toward the certification include:

  • TMFD 997: Internship (1-3 credits). Gain hands-on experience in collections or exhibitions under the supervision of a practicing museum professional.
  • TMFD 978: Seminar in Textile History (1-3 credits). Various topics offered as one week summer seminars on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Previous seminars have included Colonial Revival Quilts, Quilts of the Depression Era, A Century of Quilts in Women's Lives, 18th and 19th Century Dyeing and Printing Techniques, Quilts of India and Pakistan, Repair and Stabilization of Quilts.
  • TMFD 890: Workshop/Seminar - Craft, Culture and Fashion (3 credits)

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

More course information

The Course Catalog provides course descriptions and prerequisites, grouped by subject area.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors for courses being offered in current and near-future terms.

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Quilt Studies.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Jason Cruise.