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Application Overview

We are currently accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic year

Who should Apply?

Established professionals and recent graduates, particularly designers and thinkers interested in elevating their careers to the next level through by-lined publications, teaching, and thought leadership.

Those seeking to expand their professional network in design, publishing, and curation. DCrit’s curriculum is led by an esteemed faculty of active practitioners in design and journalism, and supplemented by numerous invited guest critics and guest speakers, whom MA candidates interact with directly through seminars, presentations, and informal events.

If you have questions about whether you'd be a good fit, schedule a call with our program chair to discuss how the program might fit your professional or personal goals.

How to Apply

Admission to the program is by online application, the submission of required documents, and an interview via Zoom or in person. All applicants will receive an admissions decision in writing.

Info Session and Open House attendees will receive an $80 application fee waiver if they apply for Fall 2024 admission.

(Note: This waiver will be applied to the email address used to register for this webinar. It is important to use the same email address consistently throughout the entire application process.)

We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis as space allows.

Start your application!

Application Review Process

After January 15, 2024 our admissions panel consisting of the department chair and faculty will begin reviewing applications. We accept applications after January 15, 2024 on a rolling basis as space allows.

International applicants who attended an undergraduate institution where the primary language was not English will be invited for an interview with the program chair via Zoom. 

Candidates will receive an admissions decision by March 15, 2024. 

Departmental Awards

  • Financial awards aim to cover 25-50% of tuition costs of accepted MA candidates.
  • When you apply by January 15, 2024, you are automatically considered for departmental awards and you will receive notice about financial awards shortly following notice of admission.
  • Please note MA Design Research awards are applied directly to tuition costs and cannot be used for any related fees and expenses. You must maintain good academic standing during the program to remain eligible for financial award renewal.
  • Prospective students seeking financial aid are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1, 2023.
  • All graduate MA candidates will be considered for the department's post-graduate Applied Media Scholarship ($5,000-10,000) to help transform thesis research undertaken in the program into a book, exhibition, or other media project. Currently, one award is given per year at graduation.
  • Learn more about financial aid opportunities here.


Information on tuition and fees can be found on the SVA Financial Resources page. Substantial scholarship support will be offered to all successful candidates. Please contact us for details.

Supplementary MA Design Research Scholarships



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