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

Anna Marie Smith – SVA MA Design Research

Anna Marie Smith is a design researcher with fluency in multiple media platforms. She specializes in social media and has created content for companies including Jola USA and Speak Thunder Films. During her time at D-Crit, Anna Marie’s research topics have ranged from the fashion choices of Swedish pop star Robyn to chickens in Park Slope. Her thesis focused on the architecture of tiny houses in rural America and micro-apartments in New York City. She has conducted research for Metropolis, created a podcast for Design Observer, and blogged for Dwell magazine. She has also received fellowships to attend The Feast Conference and the United Nation Foundation’s Social Good Summit. Anna Marie is currently working on a project that investigates the design of college readiness programs across the nation and is organizing college admission workshops for non-profit organizations. Anna Marie received a BA in Theatre from Davidson College in North Carolina, where she was a recipient of the Staley Scholarship and Dean Rusk grant.

Selected Research & Writing