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

Caterina Francisca – SVA MA Design Research

Caterina Francisca moved to New York City in 2011 to study Design Criticism at SVA, after completing her undergraduate degree in Interior Design at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Turin, Italy. In 2012, she interned with architect and RISD assistant professor Eduardo Benamor Duarte, helping to produce an exhibition project for the international design event “Wanted Design NYC.” In the same year, she was a research intern for Domus’s 2012 Design School Guide. Caterina’s essay about contemporary fashion design trends was awarded “Student Notable” in the Writing and Commentary section of the 2013 Core77 Design Awards. She co-presented the paper “The Design Evolution of the Generic and Adaptable Body in Steven Meisel’s and Steven Klein’s Fashion Photography” at the Critique 2013 conference held at the University of South Australia, Adelaide. Caterina is interested in the many ways that design projects impact their audiences, and her current research negotiates between the disciplines of design, science, and technology.

Selected Research & Writing