Tag Archives: Design Studies

Students in August store

UW x August Street Wear Challenge

A student blog story SoHE Design studies students have been challenged to create one-color screen-printed shirts for August, a popular street wear boutique located on State Street in Madison. The project is a partnership between Rob Bowhan, owner of August, and students in Professor Jennifer Angus’ Printing and Dyeing I and II courses. These students incorporated […]

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Experiencing Space

Designs by Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture Students June 8 – August 3, 2018 A selection of design works by upper level students in the Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture Programs at UW-Madison. Interior Architecture coursework combines the art of design with social science to create revolutionary spaces and environments for people. Landscape Architecture provides […]

2018 Threads Fashion Show Advertisement: Tangled

Free Faculty/Staff Passes to Threads Fashion Show

In support of the Textile and Design Studies students and all of the students planning the UW Threads Fashion Show, Dean Shim will be sponsoring a pass for all faculty and staff to attend the fashion show free of charge. Show Details Threads: Tangled Sunday, April 29th Masonic Center 301 Wisconsin Avenue Showtimes: 4:00pm & […]

Josephine Kulea

Design Studies Students Collaborate with Kenyan Activist Josephine Kulea

Bailey Schuldt is a Senior, Communication Arts 2018, Certificates in Digital Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies Several weeks ago, Kenyan women’s rights campaigner Dr. Josephine Kulea visited SoHE as part of a partnership initiated by Design Studies instructor Lesley Sager. In 2012, Kulea founded the Samburu Girls Foundation, an organization dedicated to rescuing young girls from […]

Graduate student Dakota Mace

Dakota Mace

Title/Department: MFA Graduate Student, Design Studies Email: dmace@wisc.edu Biography Dakota Mace is a Diné (Navajo) artist from Albuquerque, NM. Her work focuses on translating the language of Diné weaving history as well as beliefs through different mediums and techniques. This serves as not only a different approach to cultural reclamation and preservation but also the importance of […]

2018 MFA work details

Design Studies MFA

Design Studies Masters in Fine Arts Exhibition April 22 – May 13, 2018 Opening Reception: Thurs, April 26, 5-7 pm Each year the Ruth Davis Design Gallery showcases the final, degree-fulfilling work of Master of Fine Arts candidates from the Design Studies Department. The exhibition is the culmination of three years of intensive work as […]

Hunter's Pink

SoHE News and Events: February 2-February 8

Professor Sarmadi in the News | Grad Student Hess Wins Award Professor Majid Sarmadi on ‘Hunter’s Pink’ and AATCC On January 24, Design Studies professor Majid Sarmadi, Ph.D., testified before the Michigan House Department on Natural Resources regarding his research on increased visibility of “Hunter’s Pink.” Additionally, the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists […]

Majid Sarmadi

Professor Sarmadi Recognized for Teaching

Professor Majid Saramdi in the SoHE Department of Design Studies has been selected by the UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee to receive the Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award.  The academic accomplishments of Dr. Majid Sarmadi, Rothermel Bascom Professor at the School of Human Ecology, are many, but what most distinguishes him is his commitment to […]

Liz Anna Kozik: Median Strip process shot – Handweaving on digital loom – 2016

MFA Design Studies Alumni

Liz Anna Kozik: Textiles | MFA 2017 Liz Anna Kozik shares stories of Midwestern landscapes through comics and weaving. Prior to arriving at SoHE, she worked in commercial product and surface design, learning the visual tools to make objects desirable, pretty things. As a designer, these skills were used to make consumer goods that were […]

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SoHE Repped in New Arts Venture Challenge Presentations, April 28

For the 2017 New Arts Venture Challenge, four finalists/groups (listed below) present their ideas on Friday, April 28 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. SoHE is represented by Luisa Fernanda Garcia-Gomez, a Design Studies Student working on her MFA, and Julia Fillingame with SoHE’s global artisans project, and Erin Tenderholt who is involved with Wisconsin Without Borders. The […]

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Past Exhibitions

The Ruth Davis Design Gallery features exhibitions on a broad range of subjects relating to the processes and results of design. Explore a selection of previous exhibitions.     Past student work   Past faculty and alumni work    

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Steps to Completing MFA Thesis

MFA students are officially ready to complete their Thesis after completing the required coursework, submitting a satisfactory Interim MFA Qualifier, and successfully defending their Thesis Proposal. Steps to candidacy are outlined below. Thesis Topic Thesis Committee Scheduling Interim MFA Qualifier Review Preparing and Evaluating the Interim MFA Qualifier Thesis Proposal Defense Thesis and Final Defense […]

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Progress to Degree

Timeline by Year First Year, Fall Semester Attend fall orientation for SoHE Graduate Students Meet with advisor about general direction of inquiry, and plan preliminary course of study. Register for courses, focusing on the Core Courses but trying for at least one studio course Recommend 9 credits for the first semester, especially if working as […]

Several hundred participants break into smaller groups for discussion during "A Campus Conversation About Diversity and Inclusion," a campuswide forum for students, faculty and staff held in Union South's Varsity Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Jan. 20, 2015. The event was facilitated by Chancellor Rebecca Blank; Lori Berquam, vice provost for student life and dean of students; and Patrick Sims, interim vice provost and chief diversity officer to encourage thoughts, concerns and creative solutions to issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

MFA Degree Requirements

Pre-MFA Preparation Courses (credits vary) Methods and Theory in Design and Culture (6 cr.) Seminar Courses (6 cr.) History and Criticism (6 cr.) Non-Studio Academic Coursework (2-3 cr.) General Studio Work (9 cr.) Focus Area Studio Work (12-13 cr.) Interim MFA Qualifier (3 cr.) Preparation of Final Thesis (9 cr. Research and Thesis) Final Thesis […]

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Design Thinking Courses

SoHE Classes in Design Thinking SoHE offers a series of courses that teach students about design thinking models, qualitative research methods, problem finding and framing, analysis and synthesis of research, reflective thinking, ideation and creativity techniques, experimentation and rapid prototyping, collaborative skills and techniques, the value of iterative design, and identifying unique points of view. […]

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Design Thinking

  What is Design Thinking at SoHE? At SoHE we understand that when the design process is applied as a problem-solving strategy, the success rate for innovation dramatically improves. Design thinking is at the core of successful strategy development and organizational change. Appreciating good design is easy. It is the process behind it that often […]

Hand in Hand – Student Starts Fundraiser for ACLU

SoHE graduate student and MFA candidate Hannah Bennett is a paper maker, textile artist, and philanthropist. Troubled by climate change and the situation surrounding the acceptance of refugees, Bennett started a GoFundMe page for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Wanting to help in some way, she decided to sell some of her art in the […]

MFA Student Hannah Bennett

Grad Student Bennett: Back to Her Roots

Hannah O’Hare Bennett, MFA Candidate Design Studies Hannah O’Hare Bennett remembers the day Textiles & Fabric Design Professor and Coordinator Jenny Angus sent her the news she’d been awarded a fellowship to attend SoHE’s MFA program in Design Studies. “I was just so happy,” Bennett says. “It’s so flattering and such a surprise. And it […]

Graduate Degree Options

Human Ecology Degree Options Civil Society & Community Research (PhD) Consumer Behavior & Family Economics (PhD) Design Studies (MS/MFA/PhD) Human Development & Family Studies (PhD) Master of Science in Human Ecology (MS) *May earn Master of Science (MS) along the way to the PhD Minors and Certificates UW-Madison Graduate Minors UW-Madison Graduate Certificates Graduate Courses Courses […]