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





(212) 592-2228

The Susan Merritt Applied Thesis Award – SVA MA Design Research

The Susan Merritt Applied Thesis Award

This is a $500 award supported by an alumna of our department, Susan Merritt, and awarded to the graduating student with the best applied thesis project, part of the required thesis portfolio in which the student proposes how their research might exist in the world beyond the written MA thesis (e.g. a conference, a book, an exhibition). Susan’s hope is that this funding will help the student move forward with producing his or her applied thesis, which is usually at concept/proposal stage upon graduation. The award is decided by the chair and faculty thesis advisor.