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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Self/Centered: The Class of 2021 MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism Graduate Thesis Presentations – SVA MA Design Research

Self/Centered: The Class of 2021 MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism Graduate Thesis Presentations

Self/Centered presents the independent thesis work of the nine outstanding graduates of the class of 2021, who find common ground in their rigorous explorations of the self in relation to design, engaging subjects that span media, language, citizenship, accessibility, gender, and race.

Far from selfish, to center oneself is to understand that in the liminal space between “me” and “we,” exists a spectrum of clashing and complementing identities. In acknowledging this tension—between individual/collective, between micro/macro, between subject/object—the work of the Class of 2021 unearths larger questions about the world we share and the agency found through claiming the center.

Class of 2021 thesis presentations:

Peter Ahlberg, “The Slash: A Radical Mark for Contemporary Life”

Aaron Chu, “How Accessible Design Decenters Disability”

Pune Dracker, “every card, a little god: The sacred and profane world of the scratch-off lottery ticket”

Michelle Duncan, “Painting SoHo: A Study on the Appropriation of Urban Space”

Jonathan Key, “Black Queer Narratives: An Incomplete History from 19th-Century Print to Contemporary Magazines”

Amélie Lamont, “Anime as a Tool: The Shaping of the Black Nerd Imagination through Anime”

Casey Romaine, “Myth, Marketing, and Misinterpretations in Mid-Century Modern”

Anwulika Oputa, “Reclaiming me + you: Self-care in a Wellness Society”

Youyou Zhou, “The Future of Citizenship: Four Transformations”

Self/Centered identity designed by Jonathan Key.