Textiles & Fashion Design

The Textiles and Fashion Design (TFD) major is a Bachelor of Science program that combines art, design, and science. Students engage in studio projects and coursework covering historical and contemporary design. TFD options include specialization in apparel or textiles plus the opportunity to spend senior year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Visiting lecturers, projects with industry professionals, an annual fashion show, and student gallery exhibitions enhance course work. Focuses include environmental, economic, and cultural sustainability as well as technology and entrepreneurship.


Our Bachelor of Science degree in Textiles and Fashion Design prepares you for an exciting and creative career. You’ll work in inspiring studio spaces with knowledgeable faculty who encourage creativity to help you craft an exciting career as a designer. Our award-winning students are both highly creative and superb craftspeople engaged in addressing real world problems and offering sustainable solutions.

Additionally, our Textiles and Design Certificate is a 12-credit hour certificate that offers students from any major the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and explore interests in the creative field of textiles, fashion, and design

TFD-New York

For those leaning towards an industry career, our program gives you the option to apply to spend your senior year at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, the hub of the textile and fashion trade.  The FIT experience provides students with industry specific skills which, paired with their creative liberal arts background, makes our graduates highly desirable and often recruited by industry leaders. After successfully completing the year at FIT students are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Madison and an Associates of Applied Science degree from FIT.

Applying to UW-Madison

All prospective UW-Madison undergraduate students must apply through the central Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Design Studies Optional Portfolio Submission

The Textile and Fashion Design Program offers an optional portfolio review that allows us to evaluate your application to UW-Madison in a more holistic manner. While the Design Studies department makes recommendations, the Office of Admissions makes the final decision.

Our program prioritizes individuals who show potential as creative makers. Select images that show us who you are as an artist and designer! See submission instructions.

Portfolio Submission Deadlines:

  • For Early Action, the Design Studies Department must receive your portfolio by November 1, 2018.
  • For Regular Decision, the Design Studies Department must receive your portfolio by February 1, 2019.


Graduate Degree Options

If you are interested in the graduate studies in Design studies please check this page with our
Graduate Degree Options.

Textiles and Fashion Design is part of the Design Studies Department, which brings together art and science with a world-view approach. The department educates both graduate and undergraduate students.

Contact Us

Connect with one of our academic advisors to learn more about SoHE’s TFD major, tour our school, and even attend a class.

Advising & Career Center
(608) 262-2608
Fax: (608) 265-3616
Mail: School of Human Ecology
1194 Nancy Nicholas Hall
Fetzer Center for Student Excellence
1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
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