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

Bryn Smith – SVA MA Design Research

Bryn Smith is a graphic designer, writer, and critic. She studied Journalism and New Media at the University of Colorado, and received her MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts. Since establishing her New York-based design practice in 2002, she has produced award-winning work for a broad clientele, including the Clinton Foundation and Carbone Smolan Agency. Bryn has also worked in the editorial department at Print magazine, writing about popular culture and design; and at Pentagram, helping to coordinate the exhibition “Double Portrait: Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast, Graphic Designers” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is currently co-authoring with Aileen Kwun (D-Crit ’11) a book on legendary design practitioners to be published by Princeton Architectural Press, and was a panelist at both “Blunt: Explicit and Graphic Design Criticism Now,” the 2013 AIGA Design Educators Conference, and “More Than Just Blogs: New Formats in Design Criticism,” at the Museum of Arts and Design in 2014. Bryn writes for Core77, Design Observer, Designers & Books, and L’ArcoBaleno, among others, and teaches in the graduate Graphic Design program at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Selected Research & Writing