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SoHE News and Events: March 29- April 4

Flanagan’s Expertise on Youth and Politics | Feng Shui = Harmony notes Wei Dong  Connie Flanagan, associate dean of SoHE, was quoted in a Wisconsin Watch article about young voters and politics. Flanagan touches some of the reason why young voter turn out rates are much lower compared to other age groups. When young voters […]

Futon Cover Fragment

Textile Tuesday: Chrysanthemum Print

Futon Cover Fragment, Japan, 1868-1912, 14×13 in  By Sophie Downs, a fourth year student in SoHE, studying Textiles and Fashion Design.  This floral piece of cloth is a futon cover fragment from Japan from the turn of the twentieth century. A futon (pronounced fu-tone not fu-tan) is a Japanese style of bed that is essentially […]

MFA Design Gallery 2019

DESIGN STUDIES MFA

Design Studies Masters in Fine Arts Exhibition April 27 – May 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Thurs, May 2, 5-7 pm Earthly Remains Exhibition Premiers in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery The Ruth Davis Gallery is pleased to present Earthly Remains, a group exhibition featuring works by Larissa Cangussu, Dakota Mace (Diné), and Emily Popp. The Design […]

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Appliqué to Zardozi

A Celebration Sampler January 27 – April 14, 2019 Appliqué to Zardozi: A Celebration Sampler, is the first of two major anniversary exhibitions celebrating the breadth and depth of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, and featuring an international selection of textile-making techniques. The exhibition’s subtitle, A Celebration Sampler, references historic hand-embroidered samplers traditionally made by […]

Dutch Complex Housing

September 19 – November 18, 2018 Opening Reception: Thursday, September 20, 5 – 7 pm Scarcity of land and high population density in the Netherlands motivates urban planners to pursue different spatial solutions than those prevalent in the United States. Holland has a century-old policy of providing housing for all citizens. In the late 20th […]

Design Thinking

Students Discuss Living the Good Life With Design Thinking

SoHE’s Design Thinking initiative is evolving our school’s culture and curriculum. Through it, we are equipping UW-Madison students with the skills and tools to solve both simple and complex problems in a way that improves people’s lives and well-being. In other words, teaching them how to find answers the human ecology way. This five-step process […]

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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 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 […]

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SoHE Faculty Rock the Campus Fall Research Competition

Research and graduate education is core to the mission of the School of Human Ecology, so it’s with great pride that we congratulate our faculty members receiving awards from the VCGRE Fall Research Competition – for projects in 2018-19:   Assistant Professor Fenaba Addo “(Re)creating Inequality: Student Loan Debt and Young Adult Well Being”     […]

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SoHE News and Stories: August 28 – September 3

Check out what’s going on in SoHE this week! HDFS Professor Raison Interviewed on MDMA as PTSD Treatment SoHE Professor Dr. Charles Raison was interviewed by Channel 3 news on his research regarding MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, as a possible treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Food and Drug Administration has referred […]

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Christensen Wins Design Challenge

SoHE Interior Architecture student Courtney Christensen was recently announced as one of the first place winners of the Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge 2017. Christensen won the commercial design category with her re-imagining of the UW Credit Union. In regards to the project, Christensen said: “For the UW Credit Union E-Commerce Center project my classmates and […]

Examples from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

News and Events

Golden Anniversary Events 2019 WFAA Grandparents University®  July 11 – July 26 Inspired by Textiles: A Festival of Performing Arts  October 20 Textiles and Commemoration: A Day of the Dead Celebration  November 1 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture Since 1992, we have sponsored free, annual lecture series featuring talks by textile historians, contemporary artists, museum curators, […]

Julia Preston, SoHE student and creator of Angelic NYC

HDFS Student Julia Presten Soars High

When NYC native Julia Presten was in high school she founded ANGELIC NYC, a clothing company with a positive message and that donates to nonprofits. Today, Julia’s company is continuing to grow and she is looking forward to her junior year at UW-Madison this fall. With ANGELIC top of mind, Julia started off at SoHE […]

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Center for Design & Material Culture

About the Center The Center for Design and Material Culture (CDMC) is one of five Centers of Excellence within UW-Madison’s School of Human Ecology (SoHE) that promotes human-centered scholarship.  In partnership with SoHE’s Design Studies Department the CDMC serves diverse communities of scholars who study, practice, and experience material culture and design as complex relationships […]

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Design Studies

The students, faculty, staff, and researchers in the Design Studies Department at UW-Madison consider and produce designed artifacts, and study the process of designing. Through scholarship, analysis, curriculum, and outreach, we advocate design as an encompassing discipline central to every aspect of life. We emphasize and promote a unified, multi-disciplinary, global approach to design, and we […]

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

THINK BIGGER, SOLVE BETTER Design Thinking: a process for the curious—an asset on your resume The chaos of invention? The realms of boundless creativity? They’re not just for the mad-scientist tinkerer or artistic types. They’re for you. What the world needs—and today’s job market demands—is inquisitive outside-the-box problem solvers and people who flow with possibilities. […]

Stitching History Exhibition Ties Together History and Humanity

Blog by student Meg McMahon, x’17 In 1997, letters posted 1939 Prague were discovered in Milwaukee. They were written by a young Jewish couple hoping to escape German occupation with the help of an American relative living in Wisconsin. Included in the letters were fashion sketches and an appeal to employ seamstress Hedwig “Hedy” Strnad. Hedy did […]

And the EcoWell Idea to Action Fellowship goes to….

Maria Amalia Wood!! Congratulations to Maria, a design graduate student in SoHE, who has been awarded the first ever EcoWell Idea to Action Fellowship.  The EcoWell Idea to Action Fellowship received applications from both undergraduate and graduate students from all four departments. Each idea that was submitted was innovative and was focused on creating a […]

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SoHE Stories: December 1-7 2016

 WI Public Television comes to SoHE Assistant Professor Marianne Fairbanks is a feature story for Wisconsin Life program which airs Thursday nights at 7:30p statewide on Wisconsin Public Television. The stories in production now will air sometime next fall – most likely starting in September. The focus of the show is people and their passions.   De-stress […]

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Grad Student Huntington: Design and the American Dream

Joy Huntington, PhD Student Design Studies Researching the Rise of Single Women Homeowners When Joy Huntington designed homes for her clients in Pittsburgh she was often intrigued by how differently men and women would react to certain design ideas. “Our firm did everything – from picking out towels and flatware to designing the home. I […]