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School of Human Ecology

Design Studies

Interior Design Major
Textile and Apparel Design Major
Certificate Programs

3191 Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-2651; ds@mail.sohe.wisc.edu; www.sohe.wisc.edu/etd

Professors Angus, Dong, Nelson, Rengel (chair), Sarmadi; Associate Professors Chopra, Hark, Kallenborn; Assistant Professors Penick, Ponto, Shin; Faculty Associate Sager; Lecturer Kurutz

Design Studies (DS) offers multidisciplinary education in design and research of interior design environments and textiles and apparel, through participation in formal classroom instruction and ongoing research and scholarly endeavors. Students benefit from a broad-based program and a faculty specializing in areas such as design visualization, environment and behavior studies, history of interiors and textiles, interior design and interior architecture, material culture, textile and apparel design, and textile science.

Two undergraduate majors are offered: (1) interior design and (2) textile and apparel design. DS also offers a Human Ecology: Design Studies graduate program (see the Graduate School Catalog for further information).

The interior design (ID) major prepares students to be creative, disciplined, organized, and highly skilled design professionals. Graduates are prepared to work with clients and other design professionals to develop solutions that are safe, functional, attractive while meeting the needs of the users. Career placement for graduates ranges from residential design, to retail, to hospitality, to corporate business, and governmental agencies. 

The textile and apparel design (TAD) major offers the opportunity to channel creative thinking into challenging careers in the multifaceted textile and apparel field. TAD graduates find positions both nationally and internationally in a wide range of settings from industry to small business.

Student internships in both majors augment campus course offerings, providing students with unique learning opportunities in their chosen fields. Design Studies majors have access to design resources: studios, a computer laboratory equipped to support design work; textile laboratories including a testing room; an interior design resource room, the Design Gallery, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, and the Ruth Ketterer Harris Library. In addition, a strong collaborative environment exists for students and faculty interaction with other departments, institutes, and museums on the campus and other design programs within the state and country.

On-campus students interested in learning about program admissions should contact the Student Academic Affairs Office (acadaffairs@mail.sohe.wisc.edu; 608-262-2608) to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. For application deadlines and procedures for SoHE programs, see Prospective/Transfer Students. For application forms, curriculum checksheets, and program-specific information, see Student Academic Affairs Office Forms.

Textile and Apparel Design Major
Interior Design Major

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are optional and are not required for graduation. Several UW–Madison-sponsored programs may be relevant to design studies students include:

The textile science certificate is a non-transcripted certificate in the interior design program. The three courses encompass the study of the production of textile fibers and conversion of them into yarns and fabrics, dyeing and finishing of the textile products, color measurement and color matching. For additional information, see Textile Science Certificate.

The material cultures certificate examines forms, uses, and meanings of objects, images, and environments in everyday life. Undergraduate students in the program sample courses across departments such as Art History, Design Studies and History, as they build on their department majors. For additional information, see Material Culture Studies Certificate Program.

The certificate in business (CIB) program provides nonbusiness students the opportunity to earn a concentration in a clearly defined academic program in business. For additional information, see CIB Program.