A fast-paced, dynamic and demanding course with a strong emphasis on creativity and innovation underpinned with strong technical skills.
Researchers on this course will engage with the wealth of fashionable dress resources held in the internationally renowned Fashion Museum, Bath. The course aims to enable students to work independently with the collection, whilst attending supporting lecture and seminar programmes. These will develop an understanding of fashion and its contexts through objects, and museum based study. Students will work with curators and museum professionals as well as academics and designers in order to fuse theory and practice and to develop innovative approaches to the study, display and dissemination of fashionable dress. Additionally, students are encouraged to present their research in a public arena and are offered the opportunity to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Learning.
All course work is assessed by project and written submission. There are no written examinations. On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:-
- discuss and analyse fashionable dress in context;
- critically investigate and research theoretical and object based approaches to fashion, textiles and dress;
- articulate and demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and workings of the contemporary museum and collections;
- undertake significant object based research demonstrating appropriate methodologies;
- communicate innovative approaches to the study of fashion, textiles and dress;
- write and communicate research projects effectively;
- produce a research project suitable for publication, presentation or exhibition.
The Master's Project double module offers students the opportunity to investigate an area of the museum collection in detail culminating in a 20,000 word thesis.