Overview

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design offers a masters program that allows students to concentrate their coursework in textile history with a quilt studies emphasis. In consultation with a faculty adviser, each student plans an individualized course of study linking his/her background interests with the research or creative interests of departmental faculty and the educational resources of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This graduate program is offered through a combination of distance technology and on-campus instruction.

Distance students need an e-mail address and access high speed Internet connection (required).

The computer requirements will enable you to connect to classmates and faculty, and to take advantage of the rich resources of the Internet. If you have dial-up Internet connection, you will be at a significant disadvantage as dial-up may not allow for full functionality of the courses. A webcam and headset with microphone may be required for some courses in order to participate in desktop video-conferencing. Students are able to complete coursework at times convenient for them in addition to having multi-way interaction with the instructor and other students in class.

Students are required to come to the Lincoln campus for one semester (January-May) and for the internship presentation and final oral examination at the conclusion of their program.

In consultation with a faculty adviser, each student plans an individualized course of study linking his/her background interests with the research or creative interests of departmental faculty and the educational resources of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

This non-thesis degree option is a 36-credit hour program. Up to nine graduate credit hours may be transferred from another fully accredited institution in the field of textiles, clothing and design or in a supporting field such as history, art history of museum studies subject to the approval of the supervisory committee.

Who should consider this program?

Students with an undergraduate degree in history, art history, American studies, or women's studies are best prepared for this masters program. Therefore, they are given preference for admission when applications are reviewed.

Graduates of this program are prepared for careers or career advancement in museums, historic houses, galleries, auction houses and government agencies in the areas of collections care and management, education and research. The program is designed for persons interested in analyzing the complex ways gender, class, ethnicity, aesthetics, politics, religion and technology find expression in the textile arts, quilt making traditions, design and culture.

What is the application deadline?

Applications to the hybrid program are reviewed once a year. Completed applications including transcripts and letters of recommendation must be received by February 1 to be considered for admission for fall semester.

Program Requirements

Distance Delivery Courses – 18 credits:
CourseCredits
TMFD 818 History of Quilts 3cr
TMFD 905A The Studio Quilt Movement: Genesis and Development 3cr
TMFD 905D Aesthetics & the Quilt 3cr
TMFD 997 Internship 9cr


Semester of On-Campus Courses – 9 credits (Usually Offered Spring, even years)
CourseCredits
TMFD 808 History of Textiles 3cr
TMFD 809 Care and Conservation of Textile Collections 3cr
TMFD 896 Independent Study – Textile Science (Properties of fibers, yarn, fabrications and dyes, includes a unit on fiber microscopy and fiber identification) 3cr


Additional Coursework – 9 credits – Select from the following options:
CourseCredits
TMFD 905B Craft, Culture & Fashion (Offered Summers, TBA, online) 3cr
EDAD 990 Workshop/Seminar: Historic Methods in Educational Research (Offered Summer Pre-Session) 3cr
TMFD 890 Workshops 1-6cr
TMFD 978 Textile History Seminars (various topics) 1-6cr

Internship

The Internship is a supervised independent professional experience under the direction of a practicing professional. Students may intern at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum or at a museum, historical society, or living history site near their place of residence. This is the culminating experience for students in this program.

Students are required to complete 150 contact hours for each 3 hours of credit. In addition, students must complete selected readings and write a summary and review about each assigned reading; maintain a daily journal; and produce a final product based upon their internship experience.

Students are expected to present all components in a tabbed notebook that serves as a portfolio of their internship experience.

Students must give a presentation about their internship experience in person or via electronic media. All Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend the presentation. Notification of the oral presentation date and time should be given one week in advance to all Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design faculty and graduate students. The internship presentation may be held in conjunction with the final oral examination.

Textile History Seminars

Most summers at least one Textile History seminar or workshop is offered. Led by UNL faculty or guest scholars, a range of topics are explored including dating of antique textiles, cotton dyeing and printing techniques, influences on quiltmaking practices, and the quilt as a medium of artistic expression. These summer workshops and seminars are one-week, on-campus courses offered on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

Total: 36 credit hours

Transfer Hours (1 – 9)

Student may elect to transfer up to 9 graduate credit hours from another fully accredited institution in the field of textiles, clothing and design or in a supporting field such as history, art history, or museum studies subject to the approval of the supervisory committee.  Transfer credit hours may apply to the "additional coursework" requirements of the program.

Final Oral Examination

A final oral examination is scheduled at the completion of the internship experience (9 credits). A set of study questions is available to download from the website on the same page as the link for this link describing the program requirements. A student is not eligible for the oral examination until the internship is completed and all written materials have been submitted to his/her advisor in a tabbed notebook/portfolio.

The student’s Supervisory Committee will convene for the final oral examination on a mutually agreeable date.

The final oral examination may be held via electronic media upon request, if a presentation (live or videotaped) concerning the internship has previously been presented. The internship presentation and the final oral examination may be held on the same day. A two-hour block of time should be scheduled with the internship presentation given first to all interested UNL faculty and graduate students, followed by the oral examination in a closed session with the supervisory committee members only.

Admission Requirements

The following materials must be sent to Graduate Studies by February 1 to be considered for admission fall semester. Applications to the distance learning program are reviewed once a year.

  • UNL Graduate Application
  • $50.00 Graduate Application fee
  • Two official transcripts (from each college or university, minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results Minimum scores: Verbal 150 (450 prior to 11/1/11); Quantitative 141 (450 prior to 11/1/11); and 4.0 Analytical Writing (200 prior to 2002)
  • TOEFL scores (International Students only) (minimum scores: paper - 550; computer = 213 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Graduate Studies 1100 Seaton Hall Lincoln NE 68583-0619 Phone: (402) 472-2875 Web Site: www.unl.edu/gradstudies

Technical Requirements

High speed Internet connection is required. The computer requirements outlined below will enable you to connect to classmates and faculty, and to take advantage of the rich resources of the Internet. If you have dial-up Internet connection, you will be at a significant disadvantage as dial-up may not allow for full functionality of the courses. A webcam and headset with microphone may be required for some courses in order to participate in desktop video-conferencing.

Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and up, or Mac OS X, 10.2 and up are strongly recommended. Older operating systems (Microsoft® Windows® 98SE/ME, MacOS 8/9) or alternative platforms (Linux) are compatible, but may not have full functionality. Blackboard (My.UNL) is not currently compatible with handheld devices or Web-enabled phones.

Additional Information

For more information regarding application to the program and course registration visit the following sites:
Extended Education and Outreach
extended.unl.edu

Graduate Studies Online Application

Contact Us
E-mail: rkean1@unl.edu


Study Questions for Oral Examination

Program Brochure