24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The focus of the MFA Human Ecology - Design Studies degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison 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 of the Human Ecology - Design Studies program at the University of Wisconsin Madison typically focus their work in one of two general areas:

  • Textile and Fashion Design (TFD): TFD students focus on the conceptual, technical, and aesthetic possibilities of textiles and clothing. 
  • Interior Architecture (IA): IA students typically concentrate on the innovative application of aesthetic, conceptual, and expressive design strategies in interior environments.

There are many students who may work across these areas or have an even more idiosyncratic integrative focus. In every case, students formulate a plan of study to suit their individual needs.

The course of study requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits and includes a substantial studio work component. The curriculum seeks to create a foundation with flexibility to fit student needs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate challenges, frontiers and limits with respect to theory, knowledge or practice within the area of study.
  • Formulate ideas, concepts, designs, and/or techniques beyond the current boundaries of knowledge within one's area of study.
  • Create research, scholarship or performance that makes a substantive contribution to one's field.
  • Foster ethical conduct and professional guidelines.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Visual Communication
  • Color Theory and Technology
  • Interior Design
  • Special Topics in Human Ecology
  • Dimensions of Material Culture
  • Curatorial Studies Colloquium
  • Art and Technology
  • Historiography, Theory and Methods in Visual Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • $75 application fee
  • CV/resume
  • Unofficial transcripts or academic records from each institution attended (official transcripts will be required for students who receive an admission offer)
  • Official TOEFL or Melab score (International students only)
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted electronically through your Graduate School application)
  • Uploaded Statement of Purpose/Reasons for Graduate Study
  • All MFA applicants must submit a digital portfolio for review. The portfolio should contain no more than 20 images/pages and there is a 5 MB file size limit for each image or page.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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