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Clothing, Textiles and Material Culture

Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology

Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

Why study Clothing, Textiles and Material Culture?

Why study Clothing, Textiles and Material Culture?

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 get a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology degree?

Why study Human Ecology at the University of Alberta?

Our Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology degree in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and 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.

Possible Careers

  • Child and Youth Program Coordinator
  • Community Developer
  • Conservator
  • Costume Designer
  • Curator
  • Family Support Worker
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Fashion Marketing or Buying
  • Food Processing Plant Supervisor
  • Interior Decorator
  • Marketing Manager
  • Operations 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.

Admissions Requirements for 2022 - 2023

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

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Required Courses

  • One of the following courses
    • English Language Arts 30-1
  • One of the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Fine Arts
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Options
    • Math/Sciences
  • One of the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Math/Sciences
  • One of the following courses
    • Physics 30
    • Biology 30
    • Chemistry 30
  • One of the following courses
    • Mathematics 30-1
    • Mathematics 30-2*

Admission Average

Admission is competitive and subject to availability of space.

Canadian students, see Competitive Averages by faculty.
International students, see Competitive Averages and Conversions.

* Only one of Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 can be used for admission.

  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)  

    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.

  • Indigenous Applicants  

    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: March 1, 2022

Extension: May 1, 2022

March 1st is the deadline to apply for most direct entry programs, but be sure to double-check! For a complete listing of application and document deadlines refer to the University Calendar.


  • Chemistry 30 is required for Textile Science minor. Chemistry 30 and Biology 30 are required for Community Nutrition minor. Chemistry 30 and Biology 30 do not have to be included in the five Grade-12 Level subjects used for admission, however some courses taken within these minors require Chemistry 30 and Biology 30 as prerequisites.
  • For Alberta students, five credits in advanced-level Career and Technology Studies in Fashion Studies is recommended for a major in Clothing Textiles and Material Culture.

For additional information and the most up-to-date admission requirements, please see admission requirements by faculty in the University Calendar.

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