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

Cara McCarty – SVA MA Design Research

After working for forty years as a curator of modern and contemporary design, Cara left her full-time job to become an independent curator to focus on the projects that are most meaningful to her.   

She entered the museum field because of her life-long fascination to learn about cultures, art, objects, and the individuals who make them. As a curator, she acquired works for collections at The Museum of Modern Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Some of the ground-breaking exhibitions and accompanying publications she organized—“Information Art: Defining Microchips”, “Masks: Faces of Culture”, “Designs for Independent Living: Products for People with Disabilities and the Elderly”, “Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles”, and “Tools: Extending Our Reach”—were intended to reveal unexpected connections and ways of looking at ourselves and humanity.