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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Thesis Research & Writing – SVA MA Design Research

Thesis Research & Writing

The MA thesis portfolio consists of written and applied media projects, which together explore a particular research theme connected to design, architecture or visual culture and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge. Working in consultation with their thesis advisors, students develop detailed research plans, identify useful archives and sources, and analyze the results of their research. They will also meet regularly with their advisors during the writing and editing phases. For the applied media project, students pick a format through which they wish to disseminate their research findings (a blog, exhibition, radio program, museum, organization, website, book, audio tour, or event, for example.) Students may work in collaboration with graduate students from other departments for the creation of their chosen project. Aspects of the thesis portfolio will be published as a print-on-demand book.