The Department of Design Studies in the School of Human Ecology houses two graduate degrees–a Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA) in Design Studies and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Ecology – Design Studies.
The MFA promotes creative conceptual thinking, innovation, exploration, and excellence in design execution. The PhD program grounds itself in human ecological theory with a particular focus on how humans interact with their built environment. Graduates of this program are well-prepared to be leaders in the field of design research and scholarship, both within the US and globally.
Students are mentored by graduate faculty within the department, the School of Human Ecology, and the University more broadly, allowing students to build a team of expert faculty in subjects such as Art, Art History, Engineering, Folklore, Consumer Science, Civil Society & Community studies, and more.