General UW-Stout Graduate Studies Application Process

All prospective students must follow a standard application process that includes a general application for graduate study at UW-Stout. Information is available on the Graduate Studies website.

Application Deadline:  Priority deadline for Fall 2017 is April 1, 2017 but applications will be considered throughout Summer 2017. If you have questions, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Julie Peterson at

Additional Required Application Materials:

To apply for the MFA in Design program, candidates will need to apply to the UW-Stout Graduate School (see above) and submit the following additional application materials:

  1. Visual Portfolio *:
    • 15-20 examples of creative/professional work from your area(s) of expertise. Files should be saved as JPEG’s (at least 1024 pixels in any direction) and titled with a sequence number and your last name (i.e. 1_nelson.jpg, 2_nelson.jpg).
      • Include a brief written description list (50 words or fewer) of each example contextualizing the work and describing your role.
      • A limit of 5 motion/video images will be accepted as part of the total 15-20 examples.  Each motion/video submission shall be no more than 3 minutes in length.  Website links are also acceptable submissions, but if a website is utilized, limit the work to the required number of examples.
        * All work must be created by you, the applicant.  Failure to follow this rule will result in immediate rejection. If work is the result of a group project, highlight the role you played in its creation within the written description list.

  2. Written Statement of Interest.   This two to three-page statement should describe your goals for graduate study, your potential research question(s) for exploration, and also reference and contextualize your work included in the visual portfolio. Submit in PDF format. Please include as a digital file saved as .doc, .pdf, or .rtf, titled with your last name (i.e. nelson_statement of interest.pdf).

  3. Resume’ or Curriculum Vitae. Please include as a digital file saved as .doc, .pdf, or .rtf, titled with your last name (i.e. nelson_curriculum vitae.pdf).

  4. Candidate Recommendation Form. (*)  You must secure three (3) individuals who can qualify you as a potential graduate student and attest to your academic performance and experience within your profession. Each recommender must complete the Candidate Recommendation Form and submit it directly to the MFA in Design Program Director, either via e-mail or mailed directly to the address noted below. 

* All program application materials (with the exception of the Candidate Recommendation Form) should be submitted digitally to: Submit Candidate Recommendation Forms directly to the MFA in Design Program Director at  If hard copy recommendation forms are included, please have recommenders send directly to:

Dr. Julie Peterson
Program Director, MFA in Design
University of Wisconsin – Stout
415 13th Avenue East - Applied Arts 225B
Menomonie, WI  54751    USA