Design Studies

Design Studies Graduate Program

Faculty and students of the Design Studies Graduate Program investigate a wide range of subject matter and apply a variety of methods, with the common goal of understanding how design (broadly conceived) relates to, responds to, and affects our lives. Within this parameter, the Design Studies graduate program offers following three degree options:

MFA

Studio-based design inquiry 3yr program

MS

Research-based design inquiry 2yr program

PhD

Research-based design inquiry 4+yr program

What Makes this Program Unique

All three options provide opportunities to pursue topics in depth for students interested in design and design’s relationship with human environments, the human body, textiles and other material objects. It is highly flexible, as each student works closely with their advisor and graduate committee to design a custom-fit curriculum that strives to support each student’s goals after graduation, preparing them for professional design careers, art careers, specialized research, college teaching, museum or archival work, community engagement, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Students typically focus on one of two topic areas.

Interior Environments: addresses diverse aspects of design inquiry, focusing on design as a complex inter-relationship between people and the built environment. There are three primary areas of emphasis: (1) Studio based design inquiry (MFA) emphasizes discovering new insights, processes and relationships through the creative process. (2) Research based design inquiry (MS, PhD) emphasizes discovering new insights and relationships within the physical, social, and contexts of interior environments through the application of theories and methods drawn from the social sciences and humanities and then translated to the design practice. (3) Integrated design inquiry (MS, MFA) emphasizes a melding of both studio-based and research based design inquiry.

Textile/Clothing Forms, Art & Design: focuses on the conceptual, technical and aesthetic possibilities of textiles and clothing. There are two primary areas of emphasis: (1) Studio based design inquiry (MFA) emphasizes discovering new insights, processes and relationships through the creative process, and students formulate a plan of study that may incorporate courses in textile history, textile science or courses in the Art Department while building on their previous academic and professional expertise. (2) Research based design inquiry (MS, PhD) emphasizes discovering new insights and relationships into the historical and social contexts of textiles and clothing.

The program’s graduate faculty is comprised of interdisciplinary scholars, designers, scientists and artists who mentor and assist graduate students as they build individual programs of study. Due to the centrality of the student/advisor relationship, however, students will only be accepted if there is a close fit with a graduate faculty member who is willing to commit to serve in this mentorship relationship. At the same time, students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty from a broad range of departments across the university, including Art, Art History, Computer Science, Engineering, or Folklore.

Cost and Funding Opportunities
Faculty

Jenny AngusAngus, Jennifer

Jennifer Angus CV
Professor
3210 Nancy Nicholas Hall | 608-263-3122
jrangus@wisc.edu

Dong, Wei

Professor
3134 Nancy Nicholas Hall | 608-262-8805
weidong@wisc.edu

Marianne Fairbanks 3067_cropFairbanks, Marianne

Assistant Professor
3220 Nancy Nicholas Hall |608- 890-3327
mfairbanks@wisc.edu

Hark, Mary

Professor, Textiles and Fashion Design Program Coordinator
3208 Nancy Nicholas Hall | 608-262-1367
hark@wisc.edu

Carolyn-KallenbornKallenborn, Carolyn

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Jane Rafferty Thiele Professor
3206 Nancy Nicholas Hall | 608-262-4519
cmkallen@wisc.edu

Mark NelsonNelson, Mark

Mark Nelson CV
Professor
3146 Nancy Nicholas Hall | 608-261-1004
mark.nelson@wisc.edu

Kevin ProntoPonto, Kevin

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Associate Professor
3130 Nancy Nicholas Hall | 608-265-3958
kbponto@wisc.edu

Roberto RengelRengel, Roberto

Professor, Department Chair
3140 Nancy Nicholas Hall | 608-265-5209
rjrengel@wisc.edu

Majid SarmadiSarmadi, Majid

Professor
3214 Nancy Nicholas Hall | 608-262-7492
majidsar@wisc.edu

Jung-hye ShinShin, Jung-Hye

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Associate Professor and Graduate Program Chair
3138 Nancy Nicholas Hall | 608-262-6502
jshin9@wisc.edu

Thorleifsdottir, Kristin

Assistant Professor
12 Agricultural Hall | 1450 Linden Drive | 608-265-8093
k.thor@cals.wisc.edu

Financial Aid

General UW-Madison graduate student funding information Or, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid, 333 East Campus Mall, 608-262-3060.

Program Contacts

Jung-hye Shin

Jung-hye Shin | Graduate Program Chair | 608-890-3704 | jshin9@wisc.edu

 

 

 

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Lauren Feiner | Graduate Program Coordinator | 608-263-5675 | lauren.feiner@wisc.edu