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MA in Decorative Arts and Design History


George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Full time & Part time August, January MA Full-time: 2 years; part-time may be available.

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Become a connoisseur in the history of design, decorative arts, craft and material culture

The Master of Arts in Decorative Arts & Design History is offered through a partnership between the Corcoran School and theSmithsonian Associates, the education, outreach and membership unit of the Smithsonian Institution. One of three programs nationwide that specialize in this field, our unique curriculum covers a range of historical, cultural, and material topics. Through object-based study, you'll develop expertise in the history of objects, material culture, interiors, and architecture through cultural and stylistic influences, techniques and technology, and makers and materials.

Specialized seminars in the history of furniture, textiles, costume, glass, ceramics, silver and metalwork, jewelry,

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Matt Monk

As an recent graduate from Decorative Arts and Design History, Matt Monk looks forward to further pursuing his research in historic American furnishing textiles as a doctoral candidate at the University of Delaware. Through an internship with National Museum of American History supervised by Curator of Textiles Madelyn Shaw, Monk catalogued and researched an extensive woven coverlet collection, which ultimately inspired his thesis in the economic transformation of antebellum weavers. This video was shot by Zhouyi Shen, an international student from China who came to D.C. to pursue her MA in New Media Photojournalism at the Corcoran.


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