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

Sloane Crosley in Conversation with Adam Harrison Levy “Humor As A Writing Tool” – SVA MA Design Research

Sloane Crosley in Conversation with Adam Harrison Levy “Humor As A Writing Tool”

Sloane Crosley is the author of The New York Times bestselling essay collections How Did You Get This Number and I Was Told There’d Be Cake, which was a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor. Sloane’s debut novel, The Clasp (2015), is a comedy of manners about three estranged friends and one famous short story. Sloane has been a guest lecturer at various colleges and universities, including New York University and Columbia University’s Publishing Course. In 2013, she taught in Columbia University’s MFA program. Her work has appeared in Esquire, PlayboyGQBon Appetit, ElleWSalonThe New York Times Book ReviewNew York MagazineThe BelieverThe Guardian, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”  She was the inaugural columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed “Townies” series and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times.

Adam Harrison Levy is a writer and a freelance documentary film producer and director. He specializes in the art of the interview and is on the faculty of the SVA MA Design Research program. For the BBC he has conducted interviews with a wide range of actors, writers, musicians and film-makers including Meryl Streep, Philip Glass, and Paul Auster. He was the U.S. producer for Selling the Sixties, a cultural history of advertising in New York in the early 1960s and Close Up, about the artist Chuck Close. His directing credits for the BBC include Step Right Up and War Machine. He has produced and directed interviews for films such as Lou Reed RememberedThe Kennedys, and D-Day to Berlin. He is a contributing writer for The Design Observer and wrote the catalog essay for “Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945,” an exhibition at the International Center for Photography, and “Saul Leiter: Retrospective” at the Deichtohallen, Hamburg.  His journalism has appeared in The Huffington Post and The Guardian Weekend Magazine.  In 2012 and 2013 he curated the BBC/SVA documentary film festival. He was a Poynter Fellow at Yale University and has taught in the Film Studies Department at Wesleyan University.