Jul 23, 2018  
University of Alberta Calendar 2016-2017 
University of Alberta Calendar 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clothing, Textiles and Material Culture Major [ALES]

The major in Clothing, Textiles and Material Culture explores the material world of everyday life, from textiles to home interiors. This multidisciplinary, holistic major examines the theoretical, technical, creative, and applied aspects of the near environment, with a particular focus on clothing and textiles. Through studying the production, design, evaluation, and consumption of items such as fabrics, fashionable garments, museum exhibits, and home interiors, students gain both advanced academic knowledge and relevant practical experience.

After their first year, students declare a minor in Fashion Merchandising, Interiors, Material Culture and Design Studies, or Textile Science.

Requirements of the Minor (★15)

Students registered in the Clothing, Textiles and Material Culture Major must select one of the following minors:

Minor in Fashion Merchandising

This minor focuses on the marketing, management, and consumption of clothing in the contemporary retail environment.

Minor in Interiors

This minor focuses on design practice and material culture theory as they relate to the creation of comfortable and appealing home environments.

Requirements of the Minor (★15)

★12 from

Faculty of Extension Residential Interiors Certificate Program, Core and Elective courses (see note)


Introduction to Residential Interiors; Basic Drawing, Drafting, and Presentation; Colour Theory and Application; and Space Planning, recommended.

Minor in Material Culture and Design Studies

This minor focuses on clothing and other forms of design, and studies their creation, production, and consumption, as well as their historic, cultural and personal interpretations.

Minor in Textile Science

This minor focuses on the very near environment: the fibres, yarns, and fabrics that affect the performance of clothing and textiles used in everyday life.