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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SVA Alumni Scholarship Award – SVA MA Design Research

SVA Alumni Scholarship Award

Each year the SVA Alumni Society awards scholarship funding to final-year undergraduate and graduate students in support of the completion of their capstone thesis/portfolio projects and/or components thereof.

This year fifty-four students were selected from all departments at SVA to receive awards, and $62,800 will be distributed from the Alumni Scholarship Fund and various memorial and named funds. Please join the Alumni Society in congratulating this year’s Alumni Scholarship Award recipients. View the complete list of award recipients here.


Christina Milan, 2015 Scholarship Recipient

Christina Milan’s thesis investigates what motivates museums to adopt experimental display technologies, and to what extent new technologies impact the visitor experience.


Lauren Palmer, 2015 Scholarship Recipient

Lauren Palmer’s thesis research explores how arts periodicals are incorporating social elements—live events, symposia, exhibitions, and crowd-sourcing—into their practices.


Caterina Francisca, 2014 Scholarship Recipient

Thesis Excerpt: Humans By Design: How Design Reconsiders the Human Body as a Material, a Medium, and a Site for Critical Interventions


Barbara Eldredge, 2012 Scholarship Recipient

Thesis Excerpt: Missing the Modern Gun: Object Ethics in Collections of Design


Anna Kealey, 2012 Scholarship Recipient

Thesis Excerpt: Unpacking the Pastoral Food Package: Myth-Making in Graphic Design


Sarah Froelich, 2010 Scholarship Recipient

Thesis Excerpt: Dansk Designs: Reinventing the American Tabletop, 1954–1985