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

Contemporary Issues in Design, Architecture, and Urban Planning – SVA MA Design Research

Contemporary Issues in Design, Architecture, and Urban Planning

In this course, students will look at a broad range of architecture and design ideas and approaches in the context of New York City. They will investigate how everything from the tallest skyscraper to the smallest bit of ephemera is part of the design ecosystem that is otherwise known as a city.

The class will consist of several different types of activities. The class will visit a variety of significant sites in New York City and the many different types of offices, studios, and workshops where design is produced. Students will also attend at least one local community board meeting to find out how urban design is affected by the political process. Class sessions will generally be seminars with all students expected to participate in the discussions of what has been read and seen. Each class session, whether at SVA or off site, will begin with each student delivering a brief soap box speech inspired by something read or looked at before class.