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MFA Design Gallery 2019


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 […]

Students pose with W pendant

SoHE News and Events: June 22-28

Students travel to China | Bennett’s artist-in-residence | Kirkorian research feature | Collins is “Big” of the year | APLUS research coverage | Kerr on “dad brains” Consumer Science’s Dr. Nancy Murray and Students in China This May, Teaching Professor Dr. Nancy Murray spent the month in China with a group of students studying abroad […]

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 […]

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 […]

Some MFA Students in studio 4

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 […]

Student graduating.

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 […]

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 […]

Lucy Bea Jost 2014

MFA Design Studies

Program Overview The focus of the MFA degree is on creative performance in design. Its goals are to promote strong and creative conceptual thinking, exploration, interpretation, innovation, and overall excellence in design execution. Students generally focus their work in one of two general areas: Textile and Fashion Design, or Interior Architecture. Students focusing in Interior […]