The graduate and undergraduate programs, the latter ranked No. 7 nationally among public institutions and No. 26 overall, benefit each other, Evensen believes. The BFA has been ranked highly for a decade and the MFA since 2016.
"MFA students focusing on game design regularly collaborate with our undergraduate capstone teams as creative leaders, sometimes as technical consultants or subject matter experts. They've even served as user experience researchers.
"Along the way, they learn about core graduate subjects such as sustainable design, design ethics and design research, interacting with other grad students from different creative backgrounds,” Evensen said.
Evensen, an award-winning graphic novelist, wrote his master’s thesis on board game design, has worked on two major board games, including Marrying Mr. Darcy, and has collaborated with UW-Stout colleague Dave Beck on the upcoming release of the board game Distilled.
The MFA in design is one of 24 programs offered through UW-Stout’s Graduate School.
Along with game design, the program’s other focus areas are graphic design; industrial design; interior design; interactive media and user experience; digital cinema, photography and video; animation and digital media; and sustainable design.