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

Amanda Vallance – SVA MA Design Research

Amanda grew up in New Zealand, and has worked between New York and Shanghai to accomplish her MFA in Design Criticism. She was the recipient of SVA’s Henry Wolf Scholarship and Silas H. Rhodes Award. While conducting thesis research on the practices of contemporary Chinese fashion designers, Amanda interviewed some of China’s most prominent designers, including Wang Yiyang (Zuczug, Cha Gang) and QIUHAO. Amanda is interested in design and visual culture developments in emergent countries like China, and she promotes and writes about critical fashion design and sustainable business. With undergraduate degrees in business administration (commercial law, marketing, and management) and the arts (design studies and art history), and an eight-year, multi-national career working in brand strategy, brand design and activation, and marketing communications/advertising management, Amanda aims to continue working in management, research, and content-creation capacities at the intersection of design, visual culture, and business.

Selected Research & Writing