D-CritSVA Graduate Programs — Info Session & Open House

Sat, Dec 9, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us Saturday, December 9th at the 136 W 21 Street building to learn all about the SVA Graduate Programs! This information session and open house provides prospective students with valuable insights into the diverse array of graduate programs that the School of Visual Arts offers. During this event, attendees have the opportunity to learn about the various programs, meet the department chairs, and tour the state-of-the-art studios. It's a unique chance to gain a deep understanding of the SVA experience, helping individuals make informed decisions about their creative and academic future. Learn more about the different programs below.

MPS Branding

The Master of Professional Studies is a one-year graduate degree program that examines the relationship between design and strategy, and the power of design thinking as a way to combine creative skills with the problem-solving and decision-making processes of design and business. Students graduating from this program will be able to take advantage of new market opportunities, and to deliver innovative, successful and sustainable project outcomes in the worlds of design, advertising, marketing and business. This first-ever masters in branding is the only program in the world which offers a unique opportunity to pioneer the examination of the relationship between design and strategy, and the power of brand thinking as a way to combine creative skills with the problem-solving and decision-making processes of design and business. Learn more about MPS Branding.

MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism

The SVA MA in Design Research, Writing and Criticism offers a high-impact, targeted program, well-suited to the circumstances of established professionals, in addition to graduates wishing to continue their studies at an advanced level. With a two-semester time frame, the MA in Design Research, Writing and Criticism provides intensive instruction in the tools and techniques for researching, analyzing and interpreting design, and its cultural and environmental implications. Learn more about MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism.

MFA Products of Design

At the heart of our program is the mastering of the three fields crucial to the future of design: making, structures and narratives. Making grounds design and designers: students investigate multiple dimensions of physical design practice, its processes and the tools that enable it. Structures inform practice: students learn the information and business structures that make effective design possible including research, systems thinking, sustainability, strategy, user experience and interaction/information design. Narratives demand a compelling point of view: students hone their ability to communicate and persuade through personal and passionate storytelling and learn to develop and support their narratives through graphic representation, prototyping, drawing, writing and videography. Learn more about MFA Products of Design.

MFA Photography, Video and Related Media

All aspects of the lens arts are championed here at the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program at the School of Visual Arts. Many students want to exhibit in galleries, others want to practice commercially, some work in fashion, some still-life, others become documentarians. We have no bias as to how a creative talent should pursue the lens and screen arts. We teach our students to be expressive, original and always forward-thinking. The curriculum embraces aesthetics, history and critical thinking as a basis for professional work with the lens image. Most practice both with the still image and the moving image in all forms that those pursuits allow. Learn more about MFA Photography, Video and Related Media.

MFA Design for Social Innovation

Social design is the creation of new social conditions—in cities, corporate cultures or communities—resulting in increased creativity, equity, social justice and inclusivity; greater resilience; and a healthy connection to nature. It is relevant to every business, government, city, community and individual. It uses systems design, critical thinking, human-centered design, strategy, game mechanics, social change, collective leadership, imagination and beauty to move people to think differently and become more resilient and resourceful themselves. This is what our program is about—what we teach and what our students are out in the world doing. It’s the design of systems, and the relationships between people and things, instead of only the things themselves. Learn more about MFA Design for Social Innovation.

MFA Interaction Design

The MFA Interaction Design program explores the strategic role of interaction design in shaping everyday life and intends to increase the relevancy of design to business and society so designers can make a difference. The definition of “difference” is something only students know—a personal exploration only they can do—and the program is designed to support that exploration over two years. Learn more about MFA Interaction Design.