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Textiles and Fashion Design (TFD) is a unique hybrid program that combines a deep understanding of materials and techniques with an academic base of history, science, and contemporary design.  The heart of the major lies in the hands-on studio courses where students learn to weave, dye, print, construct, pattern, illustrate, design and innovate.  Going beyond technique, TFD faculty encourage students to intuitively make, analyze and revise, leading to discovery and creative problem solving. Special topics focus on environmental, economic, and cultural sustainability as well as technology and non-traditional entrepreneurship.

Coursework in the TFD program is enhanced by visiting lecturers, special projects with industry partners, and the on-site Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. Upper-level students in the major are given the opportunity to professionally show their work to a public audience in the fall annual student showcase and the spring fashion show.

Our award-winning students are both highly creative and superb craftspeople engaged in addressing real world problems and offering sustainable solutions.

TFD

Our bachelor of science degree (B.S.)  in textiles and fashion design (TFD) highlights craft technique as a pathway to creative practice and prepares students for an exciting creative career in design. Studies can focus primarily in textiles or in fashion, but students are encouraged to experiment in both areas. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary partnerships and encourages learning by doing in studios, outreach projects, and sustainable practices. 

Through capstone and thesis experiences in the final year, students are given time and mentoring to create and present their own unique body of work.

TFD–FIT

For those leaning toward an industry career, our program gives students the option to apply to spend their senior year at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, the hub of the textile and fashion trade.  The FIT experience provides students with industry specific skills which, when paired with the creative liberal arts background, makes our graduates highly desirable and often recruited by industry leaders. Students apply to FIT in their junior year. If accepted by FIT, they participate in a visiting student program in one area of focus: Fashion Design, Textile Surface Design, Accessory Design, or Textile Development and Marketing.

Upon graduation, students who attend FIT are awarded a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in textiles and fashion design and an associate of applied science (A.A.S) degree from FIT.  Students attending FIT  who are considered Wisconsin nonresidents continue to pay out-of-state tuition, even if they reside in the state of New York.

Prospective UW–Madison Students

All prospective UW–Madison students must apply through the central Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Freshmen should declare their intention to pursue the Textiles and Fashion Design (TFD) major when they apply for admission to UW–Madison. In addition, students may indicate interest in the TFD major when registering for Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR).

Current UW–Madison Students

The program is designed to be completed in four academic years.

On-campus transfer students must have a 2.75 grade point average in order to enter the program. For transfer students, sequential courses and courses taught only once a year should be taken into account when calculating time toward completion of the degree, as graduation time may be extended.

Students intending to complete their final year of study at FIT must complete an additional application. Only  students with a 3.0 or higher GPA in December of their third year in the program are eligible to apply for admission to FIT.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

Textiles and Fashion Design General Education and Major Requirements

A complete list of requirements is below. Students should follow the curriculum requirements in place at the time they entered the major. Curriculum checksheets from previous academic years are available online. This requirement list should be used in combination with a DARS report.

All Textiles and Fashion Design students complete the School of Human Ecology requirements listed below. Then, students complete the Textiles and Fashion Design requirements OR the Textiles and Fashion Design-FIT requirements.

School of Human Ecology Requirements
Arts and Humanities
Literature3
Humanities6
Social Science9
Physical, Biological and Natural Science9
Human Ecology Breadth3
Select one Human Ecology course from CNSR SCI, CSCS, HDFS, or INTER-HE

Textiles and Fashion Design

Design Core
DS 101 Introduction to Textile Design3
DS 120 Design: Fundamentals I3
DS 153 Fabric and Apparel Structures I3
DS 251 Textile Science3
DS 355 History of Fashion, 1400-Present3
or DS 430 History of Textiles
Textiles and Fashion Design Focus Area
Choose either the Fashion Sequence or the Textiles Sequence12
Fashion Sequence (must be taken in this order)
Processes for Apparel Design: Clothing Construction II
Patternmaking for Apparel Design
Fashion Illustration
Apparel Design I
Textiles Sequence (must be taken in this order)
Textile Design: Printing and Dyeing I
Textile Design: Structural Enrichment I
Textile Design: Weaving I
Textile Design: Manual/Computer Generated Imagery and Pattern
Choose three additional Textiles & Fasion Design courses for 9 total credits9
Professional/Career Preparation
DS 252 Design Leadership Symposium1
INTER-HE 202 SoHE Career & Leadership Development1
CNSR SCI 321 Financial Life Skills for Life After Graduation1
Depth Courses
Choose 15 credits from the following courses:15
Other Textiles and Fashion Design Courses (300 level and above)
Design Thinking for Transformation
Special Topics (Collection Development)
Building a Sustainable Creative Practice
Special Topics (Design and Fashion Event Practicum)
Textiles: Specifications and End Use Analysis
Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management
Introduction to Retailing
Consumer Strategy & Evaluation
Retail Channel Strategy & Omni-Channel Retailing
The Global Consumer
Consumer Behavior
Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts
Capstone Experience
DS 601 Internship3
DS 690 Senior Thesis2-4

Textiles and Fashion Design: FIT

Design Core
DS 101 Introduction to Textile Design3
DS 120 Design: Fundamentals I3
DS 153 Fabric and Apparel Structures I3
DS 251 Textile Science3
DS 355 History of Fashion, 1400-Present3
or DS 430 History of Textiles
Textiles and Fashion Design Focus Area
Choose either the Fashion Sequence or the Textiles Sequence12
Fashion Sequence (must be taken in this order)
Processes for Apparel Design: Clothing Construction II
Patternmaking for Apparel Design
Fashion Illustration
Apparel Design I
Textiles Sequence (must be taken in this order)
Textile Design: Printing and Dyeing I
Textile Design: Structural Enrichment I
Textile Design: Weaving I
Textile Design: Manual/Computer Generated Imagery and Pattern
Choose three additional Textiles & Fashion Design courses for 9 total credits9
Professional/Career Preparation
DS 252 Design Leadership Symposium1
INTER-HE 202 SoHE Career & Leadership Development1
CNSR SCI 321 Financial Life Skills for Life After Graduation1
Fashion Institute of Technology FIT
Visiting Student Program Courses30

University Degree Requirements

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  1. School of Human Ecology students will have grounding in the history and theory relevant to the human ecological perspective.
  2. School of Human Ecology students will have intellectual skills for inquiry, creative thinking, and critical analysis.
  3. School of Human Ecology students will have professional skills that prepare them for applying what they have learned to create new knowledge and solve problems in a real world setting.
  4. Textiles and Fashion Design students will have the ability to move beyond technique, taking creative risks to develop conceptually cohesive work through advanced knowledge of materials, processes, and an understanding of design principles.
  5. Textiles and Fashion Design students will have the ability to participate in professional discussions and critique that are informed by foundational knowledge of fashion and/or textile history, theory, and science.

Student Academic Affairs & Career Development

The Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office (SAA) fosters undergraduate students' personal, academic, and professional development. Through advising, academic planning, and career education we support students as they navigate the college experience—from exploring our majors as prospective students to becoming SoHE alumni. 

Academic Advising

Each SoHE student is assigned to an academic advisor in the Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office. SoHE academic advisors support academic and personal success by partnering with current and prospective SoHE students as they identify and clarify their educational goals, develop meaningful academic plans, and pursue their own Wisconsin Experience. 

To explore academic advising resources or schedule an appointment with a SoHE academic advisor, visit Advising in SoHE

Career Development

Active engagement in the career development process is a vital component of a student’s personal growth in college and future success as a life-long learner, professional, and global citizen. SoHE career advisors help prepare students for life post-graduation through individual and group advising and integration of career readiness throughout our curriculum.

To explore career development resources or schedule an appointment with a SoHE career advisor, visit Internship and Career Preparation.

Professors Angus, Dong, Nelson, Rengel, Sarmadi; Associate Professors Hark, Kallenborn, Shin; Assistant Professors Fairbanks, Penick, Ponto, Thorleifsdottir; Faculty Associates Kurutz, Sager

For more information, visit the School of Human Ecology faculty and staff directory.