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

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designresearch@sva.edu

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@dcrit

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(212) 592-2228

Statements from Isolation: The 2020 MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism Graduate Thesis Presentation – SVA MA Design Research

Statements from Isolation: The 2020 MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism Graduate Thesis Presentation

Our six newly minted MA’s will tell the stories of their thought-provoking thesis research in the form of short presentations. Register to receive an email with the Zoom link prior to the event.

Thesis Presentations:

Alicia Olushola Ajayi, “We Call It Freedom Village: Brooklyn, Illinois’ Radical Tactics of Black Place-making”

Polly Adams, “Enter Through the Gift Shop: Designed Objects, Images, and Identity in New York City’s Art Museums”

Joseph Nally, “Post-Elegance: Experimental Aesthetics in Tabletop Game Design”

Galina Yordanov, “Driving Through Division: The Car as Actor in Lebanese Society”

Ridhima Sharma, “Tha: From Preserving Sites to Self”

Deena Denaro, “The Rise of the Design Procedural: Exploring Design’s Narrative Agency in Serial Television”

Class of 2020 Statement from Isolation

Isolation surrounds us

while screens bind us.¹

New thoughts, ideas, and perspectives ²

reflect an unexplored consciousness.³

Today,

we look deeply at our routines,

leaning on the small treasures

we have collected 

from key encounters with material culture.

It is critical

that we take the time

to explore the paradigms of this world

and understand just how much

they define us.

Here are our humble efforts.