Part of the Faculty of Communication and Design
- Completion of a four-year undergraduate (or equivalent) degree from an accredited institution
- Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
- Statement of interest
- Two letters of recommendation, at least one must be an academic reference
- Writing sample
- Portfolio (should only be included if applicant feels it strengthens their application)
- English language proficiency requirement
More information on admission requirements. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, it is not possible to offer admission to everyone who applies that meets the minimum entrance requirements for the program.
Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.
See application dates.
Students are equipped with a critically informed approach to fashion studies, including familiarity with key theorists and critical debates relating to the fashion system. Appealing to a wide variety of students, this program does not require prior fashion industry knowledge. Students will gain advanced research skills by completing an original written or creative major research project.
Apply to work as a Research Assistant or Grad Teaching Assistant. Program funding is awarded to top candidates.
The optional internship course provides students with professional experience in fashion or cultural industries, locally or internationally.
From gowns by Dior and Balmain, to early beaded moccasins and embroidered silk kimonos, the FRC contains over 3,000 garments, accessories and ephemera dating back to 1820 that are available to support on-site objectbased research.
Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.
Dr. Alison Matthews-David
Graduate Program Director
PhD, Art History, Stanford University
Research areas: examines the dress, gender, material culture, medicine, occupational health, technology, and the democratization of elite fashions during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4696
Aoling (Elaine) Nie
Graduate Program Administrator
"This program has launched me into the world of fashion, becoming a platform for learning fresh perspectives and new ways of thinking, alongside a support network of diverse peers, academics, and fashion leaders that continuously challenge the status quo."