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

Strata-gies: The DCrit Class of 2022 Graduate Thesis Symposium – SVA MA Design Research

Strata-gies: The DCrit Class of 2022 Graduate Thesis Symposium

Join us for original and insightful thesis research presentations by the Class of 2022, a panel with members of the class of 2021, and a celebratory reception to follow!


5:30pm: Doors

6:00pm: Welcome, Molly Heintz, Program Chair

6:10pm: “Self/Centered” panel with members of the class of 2021

6:40pm: Introduction to the class of 2022, Alex de Looz, Lead Thesis Advisor

6:50pm: Thesis Presentations, Class of 2022

8:10pm: Reception!

Class of 2022 Thesis Presentations:

Jared Dalcourt, “StereoTypographic Specimens: The American Black Brute in Type & Image”

Clara Gross, “Between Image and Reality: What the New City of Telosa Misses About Citymaking”

Andrew McQuiston, “The Bulldozer in the Garden: Earthmoving & Autonomous Futures”

Roshita Thomas, “Scratching The Surface: A cultural history of record design from 1877-2022”

Cornelia Smith, “Practice Makes Patients: Diagnosing the Patient Experience of the Pelvic Exam”

Brooke Viegut, “Anonymous Intimacy: Designing Rage, Joy, Inclusion, and Connection in Live Entertainment”

Congrats Class of 2022!


A program designed by, edited by, and featuring the work of the Class of 2022 will be distributed at the event.

This event will be livestreamed. Please RSVP to receive the livestream link closer to the event.

You must show ID and proof of vaccine to attend this event. Masks are currently required inside the theatre.