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

Alex Bevier – SVA MA Design Research

Alexander Bevier is a scholar and game designer. He recently finished a Masters in Fine Arts in Game Design and Criticism at New York University, where he researched Sid Sackson and mid-20th board game design. At SVA, he intends to continue examining the history of game design.

He is a committee member of the IGDA’s Game Writing SIG and works with them on social media and communication. He annually moderates the SIG’s Roundtable meeting at the Game Developer’s Conference since 2013 and regularly works to keep the community a positive and safe space to discuss game narrative.

Alexander’s games range from RPGs about daytime soap operas, and dolphins trying to cause Global Warming. He is the co-author of Barnes and Noble’s Official Guide to the Nook and has worked as an editor, playwright, and filmmaker. His full portfolio is at

Selected Research & Writing