Grad School Profile: MFA in Design at UC Davis

Insect Couture: Centipede. Rebecca Wendlandt (designer), UC Davis.

Institution: University of California (Davis Campus).

Location: Davis, California (20 minutes from Sacramento).

Department: Department of Design.

Concentration(s): MFA in Design (with tracks in exhibition design, textiles and fashion study and visual communication).

Application Deadline: December 15th

Admission Requirements: Application form (online); statement of intent (including research interest(s), summary of prior experience(s), professional/career goals, personal statement and supplementary questions); official academic transcripts; portfolio of 20 slides of creative work demonstrating conceptual thinking and fabrication skills A Web link to your online portfolio must be provided at the end of your personal statement in the online application; three letters of recommendation.

Tuition and Financial Aid: $13,257.36 for in-state students, $28,359.36 for out-of-state students, full-time students (as of Fall 2010, exclusive of mandatory fees and room and board expenses).  Financial aid and scholarships are available to both full and part-time students.  Teaching assistantships are available.

Course Curriculum and Degree Requirements: The MFA in Design is composed 72-units including a set of four required core courses and other electives taken within the Design Program or campus disciplines related to the students study plan.  An exhibition of the student’s creative work and written documentation of the project will replace a thesis. This exhibition will be the culmination of the graduate program and will demonstrate proficiency in the design discipline focus.

Course Highlights: Special preparation for careers in teaching: Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on course design, preparation, and delivery, interaction with students, and grading criteria.  All areas of study incorporate the history and theory of design as well as an exploration of social and environmental issues related to design. Students will be introduced to “hands on” and computing skills in all course work. The department has dedicated studios and computer labs where projects can be constructed in a very collaborative environment.

Professional Goals: This program is especially good for students wishing to pursue a career in teaching.   Design students, museum professionals and fashion researchers would also benefit from UC Davis’ curriculum.

Notable Faculty:

  • Tim McNeil (Department Chair) – highly regarded exhibition designer, director of the UC Davis Design Museum and was a senior designer at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
  • Jo Ann C. Stabb – producer of the video series “Wearable Art from California”, former president of the Costume Society of America’s Western region.

Contact: Susan Taber Avila, Associate Professor.

Click here to view program’s website.

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