TU Dortmund: The study of fashion Fashion, clothing and textiles are popular topics – in everyday life, within the economy, in media and also in higher education. While numerous design courses are offered throughout Germany, however, very few specialise in fashion theory and history. TU Dortmund University is an exception.
Master’s students accumulate important practical experience, gain insights into their future careers and start building professional networks.
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The Institute for Art and Material Culture conducts research and teaches courses on garments and style, bodies and fashion from the 18th century to the present day, in the context of production, communication and consumption. The Master’s programme, Cultural Analysis and Cultural Intermediation, which combines art history, musicology and cultural anthropology, is unique in the educational landscape. Students have the opportunity for interdisciplinary training and can focus on fashion and textiles. The academic profile Cultural Anthropology examines the material and visual dimensions of fashion, as well as image and body practices. 50 | Issue 81 | December 2019
Important practical experiences The cultural and object analysis provides the basis for diverse forms of education. The programme fosters the critical and historical understanding of fashion, people, culture and societies. Within a multisemester programme, students develop theoretical projects on textile and fashion that are presented at professionally produced exhibitions and in publications. Students analyse cultural processes and artistic phenomena in a social context. The ultimate goal is to train analysts of culture and curators for the fields of research, museum work, exhibitions, journalism and public performances. From the very beginning of their studies, the
Studying at the TU Dortmund University is a rewarding experience in many respects. Around 4,000 international students from approximately 115 countries study here. This is 11 per cent of the overall student body. Thus, it seems no wonder that more and more students from Dortmund choose to study abroad for a semester or a year and participate in international internships. Furthermore, TU Dortmund University cooperates with universities all over the world. For this we know for sure: internationality improves the quality of research and teaching.