Clothing, Textiles and Material Culture

Clothing, Textiles and Material Culture

Why study this program?

Ever wonder where your clothes come from? This program covers how textiles and clothing are designed, produced, distributed, and used, and examines issues such as sustainability and fair labour practices in the global fashion and textile industry. You’ll develop an understanding of how textiles and clothing affect our comfort, sense of wellbeing, and how they’ve been used throughout history.

Why study Human Ecology at the University of Alberta?

Our Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology degree in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences encompasses a remarkable variety of topics and specializations, from clothing, fashion, product design, and interior design to community development, family relations, and cultural studies.

This degree also offers a unique mix of theoretical and hands-on courses, including a 200-hour Practicum Placement, giving you invaluable real-world experience and preparing you for a career in a wide range of industries.

Why study at the University of Alberta?

Pursue a degree that matters in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences and secure a job in an in-demand career dedicated to people, the land and the lab. With flexible, interdisciplinary programs and integrated experiential opportunities, students can follow their passions inside and outside the classroom. Access one of the largest faculty scholarship programs at the institution and get involved with the thriving student community for a memorable and life-changing university experience.

  • Costume Designer
  • Curator
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Fashion Marketing or Buying
  • Interior Decorator
  • Marketing Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Professional Human Ecologist (P.HEc)
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Sustainable Interior Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Wardrobe Consultant

"When I came to university I thought I was going to be a psychologist, and now I'm in a program that I hadn't even heard of until my second year here. I don't think my University experience would have been nearly as fulfilling had I not deviated from the path I set out for myself and taken a chance."— Lauren is in her final year of a Human Ecology degree, with a major in Clothing, Textiles, and Material Culture. Recently, she was awarded the Roger S. Smith Undergraduate Research Award, as well as a Telio Scholarship.

Program Requirements

Admissions Requirements for 2024 - 2025

This information is for students applying directly from high school. Transfer students: see the Calendar

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Because the U of A wants you to succeed, our admissions policy ensures that all students, regardless of citizenship, have the language skills they need to understand, participate and learn in our classes. The primary language of instruction in our classes, with the exception of those at the Faculte Saint-Jean, is English. For more information on the English Language Proficiency policy refer to the U of A Calendar. Information on writing ELP examinations is also available.

At the U of A, we are committed to encouraging Indigenous Students in their work towards a degree. Indigenous students have been under-represented in higher education in Canada, thus our policy is aimed at increasing opportunity, with the goal of our Aboriginal student population being representative of the public we serve. For more information on Admission of Indigenous Students refer to the U of A Calendar.


Fall application

Domestic: May 1, 2024
International: June 1, 2024

For a complete listing of application and document deadlines refer to the University Calendar.

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The Office of the Registrar administers over $52 million each year in scholarships, awards, and financial support for undergraduate students, as well as financial and loan advising. Additional scholarships are also available for specific faculties and programs.


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