Textiles & Fashion Design


The Textiles and Fashion Design (TFD) major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a unique hybrid program that provides hands-on interaction with materials and techniques along with design history and contemporary applications. TFD faculty teach students to intuitively make, analyze and revise, leading to discovery and innovation and creative problem solving.  Coursework in the TFD program is enhanced by visiting lecturers, special projects with industry partners, an annual fashion show and gallery exhibitions. There are also special topics focused on environmental, economic and cultural sustainability as well as technology and non-traditional 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.

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.

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.

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