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

Thesis Development Workshop – SVA MA Design Research

Thesis Development Workshop

In the Thesis Development Workshop, through group meetings and one-on-one consultations, students are guided through the process of identifying problems, developing critical questions, conducting a literature review, and embarking on primary research. Invited guests will discuss research methodologies from a variety of disciplines and useful research tools. The group workshop will meet primarily during the first half of the fall semester; in the second half of the semester the students will have individual meetings with thesis advisors. At the end of the first semester students produce a thesis statement, which they will present with images (Thesis Work in Progress Presentations) to a panel of faculty and invited critics; there will be a workshop with an invited external critic prior to the Thesis Work in Progress Presentations. Using the feedback received on presentations, students turn in a Thesis Statement and Literature Review at the end of the Fall semester.