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

Casey Romaine – SVA MA Design Research

Casey Romaine is a New York-based graphic designer, originally from Los Angeles. She received a BA from Bard College as an American Studies major, where her thesis on visual traditions and commodification of Black American music performance through the lens of rapper Jay Z, won the department’s top prize. A continued interest in visual culture led her to complete a certificate course in graphic design from Shillington School in Manhattan. She has worked both freelance and as an in-house designer for a range of brands, media companies, artists, and non-profits, and is looking forward to better synthesizing her design practice with her love of research and writing.

Casey is endlessly fascinated by the narratives that designed objects and spaces can carry– particularly with regard to American cultural identity. At SVA, she hopes to investigate points of tension (and harmony) between high and low culture, examining the role of design in these classifications.