We are particularly interested in working with Design MFA students who want to explore and conduct historical research within the format of a studio-based project, as required by our MFA degree. The digital age has transformed academic publishing, so scholars who can express their research in multimedia formats have access to far greater publication options than do those creating solely text-based articles and books. Our faculty are especially interested to guide the research of creators who have a strong understanding of critical and/or theoretical approaches to design’s histories and envision new ways of communicating their ideas, whether through digital media (from new books to apps) or physical manifestations (exhibitions to publications). Such projects would necessarily involve a team of mentors from studio and History and Theory of Design faculty.
As a graduate student in Fashion emphasis area you can find access to a wide range of facilities and technologies for your research and creative work. The JoAnn C. Stabb Design Collection includes a superb collection of global textiles and fashion examples available for hands-on research.