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

Video – Research Types – SVA MA Design Research


Lecture, Thesis Research, Video

The Shadow City

Alan Rapp takes us inside the built environment that are off-limits to most people — sites of infrastructure, remains of yesterday’s heavy industry, outmoded hospitals, dead shopping malls— and sheds light on the shadow side of urbanity.

Lecture, Thesis Research, Video

Tinkering With Design: The Convergence of Design and Hacking

What if you could press a button, and have a machine build you any product you wanted? What if the knowledge that has long been the domain of engineers and industrial designers were freely available? Avinash Rajagopal expounds on the designer-hacker generation tinkering with these questions.

Lecture, Thesis Research, Video

Design Crusades: A Critical Reflection on Social Design

While there are many kind-hearted, intelligent designers passionately devoted to helping others and “changing the world,” Vera Sacchetti demonstrates why good intentions are not enough why design alone cannot change the world.

Lecture, Thesis Research, Video

Untangling the Naps: The Afro Talks Back

Michelle Washington illustrates the ways in which the afro has been used as a significant graphic element in the black vernacular narrative.

Lecture, Thesis Research, Video

Permanence as a Criterion

Zach Sachs reflects on decay, patina, and impermanence as recurring sources of internal conflict in the culture of designed objects.