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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Virginia Heffernan: Cultural critic and author of “MAGIC AND LOSS: The Internet as Art” – SVA MA Design Research

Virginia Heffernan: Cultural critic and author of “MAGIC AND LOSS: The Internet as Art”

“The Internet favors speed, accuracy, wit, prolificacy, and versatility. But it also favors integrity, mindfulness, and wise action. For however alien in appearance, the Internet is a cultural object visibly on a continuum with all the cultural artifacts that preceded it. It is not a break with history; neither is it ‘progress.’ It’s just what happened to be next. It is not outside human civilization; it is a new and formidable iteration of that civilization. It’s also a brilliant commentary on it.”


Virginia Heffernan, preface to Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, 2016 


Virginia Heffernan is a critic and journalist, and the author, most recently, of Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art (Simon & Schuster, 2016). Considering the Internet as artistic masterwork, Heffernan analyzes what the Internet is, what it does, and what it could be. “The best writing on Angry Birds you’ll ever encounter,” says Wired magazine of Magic and Loss, and The New York Review of Books calls the book “ecstatic, surprisingly moving.” Heffernan was the “Machine Politics” and “Appitude” columnist at Yahoo! News. From 2006 to 2011, she wrote television criticism and “The Medium” column for The New York Times Magazine.  A former editor at Harper’s and Slate, she has her Master’s and a Ph.D. in English literature from Harvard.