SVA MA Design Research

SVA MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism1 is a one-year graduate program2
devoted to the study of design, its contexts & consequences.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue research-related careers in publishing, education, museums, institutes, design practice, entrepreneurship, & more.3

  1. Formerly known as D-Crit
  2. About the program
  3. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. All successful candidates awarded a significant scholarship!
SVA MA Design Research

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New York, NY 10011


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Alice Twemlow – SVA MA Design Research

Alice Twemlow is the founding chair of the SVA MFA Design Criticism and SVA MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism programs. She writes about design for publications including Design Observer, Eye, and The Architect’s Newspaper, is the author of What is Graphic Design For? (Rotovision, 2006), and has recently contributed essays to Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things (Berg, 2014,) Lolita—Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov’s Novel in Art and Design (Print, 2013) and The Aspen Complex (Sternberg Press, 2012). She has directed several design conferences, including “Voice: AIGA National Design Conference 2002,” and “Being Here: Craft and Locality in Graphic Design,” held in Berlin in 2004, and has co-directed “Looking Closer: AIGA Conference on Design History and Criticism.” She frequently moderates and lectures at seminars and conferences, including “Blunt: Explicit and Graphic Design Criticism Now,” the MoMA R&D Salon series, Design Academy at Eindhoven, and VCU Qatar. Twemlow holds a PhD in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art/V&A Design History program.

Selected Research & Writing