Master of Fine Arts in Design

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Welcome, from the Leadership Team:

The School of Art & Design has been an innovative, interdisciplinary creative learning environment since its inception in the 1960s. Not only that, UW–Stout was founded in 1891 on principles from the Arts & Crafts movement, showing a progressive embrace of creative thinking that predates formalized Art & Design education in the USA. In true polytechnic fashion, the program is inherently interdisciplinary, bringing ideas from multiple domains into conversation while examining those ideas from several perspectives. Led by a distinguished and robust team of faculty, the strength of the program lies in the way our students “connect the dots.” Our cutting edge technological resources allow for innovative concepts to permeate other fields in surprising ways, and our long history with traditional Design areas grounds us firmly in tradition and craft. As you can see, students in the MFA in Design can concentrate in a specific area, or blend interests together to create new and unique emphases and areas of expertise. Please look through these pages and explore the opportunities and possibilities our program can provide.

About the MFA

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About the University

Curriculum Focus Areas


Design for Sustainability

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Creative Thesis

Graduate Assistantships Research Dissemination

Labs & Facilities

Erik A. Evensen, MFA Director of the MFA in Design Program

Shelley Pecha, MFA Department Chair, Department of Design

Dave Beck, MA, MFA Associate Dean and Director of the School of Art & Design

MFA Alumni MFA Faculty


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Application Procedure



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