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

136 W 21st St, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10011


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Events – SVA MA Design Research

Upcoming Events


03/28/18 6:30 PM

3rd Annual Phil Patton Lecture: Natasha Jen

This lecture celebrates the memory of DCrit faculty member Phil Patton, an acclaimed design journalist who revealed the rich and complex stories of everyday objects. Each year, SVA MA Design Research invites a research, writer, or designer who is working in the spirit of Phil: approaching design with boundless curiosity and a critical eye. Natasha […]


04/17/18 6:30 PM

Steve Heller and Greg D’Onofrio, “The Moderns”

Steve Heller and Greg D’Onofiro will discuss their latest book, The Moderns, with special guest moderator Anne Quito, design writer for Quartz. The Moderns: Midcentury American Graphic Design (Abrams Books, 2017) is the first comprehensive survey to examine the impact and widespread practice of the post-Bauhaus-influenced design style and method through the work of some of its most […]


04/24/18 6:30 PM

Alexandra Lange, “The Design of Childhood”

Parents obsess over their children’s playdates, kindergarten curriculum, and every bump and bruise, but the toys, classrooms, playgrounds, and neighborhoods little ones engage with are just as important. These objects and spaces encode decades, even centuries of changing ideas about what makes for good child-rearing—and what does not. Do you choose wooden toys, or plastic, or, […]


05/08/18 6:00PM

SVA MA Design Research Thesis Presentations

Join our newly minted MAs and special guests from the worlds of design and media for an evening of pithy thesis presentations and celebration!   More details coming soon…

Past Events