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

Anwulika Oputa – SVA MA Design Research

For over a decade Anwulika has honed her passion for bringing people together by designing strategic communications, partnerships, and live experiences for top US media and technology firms. In 2016, she packed her bags and moved to Lagos, Nigeria to use her skills as an agent for change and to influence globalization in the media and entertainment space. Since returning to North America, Anwulika currently acts as a bridge for local and global firms to navigate transcontinental brand development and helps translate experiences into stories through her own communications company, Relate Media Group.


Anwulika is a natural dot connector and a true believer in the power of design and culture as the foundation for community development. Her mission is to continue to design environments, online and offline, to inform and engage audiences while deepening human connections. 


At SVA, she plans to investigate the intersection of design, experiences, and media, examining the role each play in influencing our human-environmental interactions and societal and cultural behaviors.