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

Christina Milan – SVA MA Design Research

Artist by hobby, social historian and cultural investigator by education, design enthusiast by inquisition and acquisition, left-brain facilitator of right-brain outputs by trade. Christina completed her Bachelors degree at Rutgers University with a double major in History and Art History as well as a complimentary minor in Political Science. After a year-long intermission as an intern with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, she continued her education to earn a Masters degree from NYU in Visual Arts Administration. She has background working with various visual arts organizations including art galleries, institutions such as MoMA, and Project Manager for travelling performance piece RedBall Project. Other professional experience touches on the creative side of technology, for instance project-based work with interactive design firm Potion, and most recently, she was project manager for Microsoft’s App Experiences monetization design team.

Christina’s study in Design Research, Writing and Criticism is a pursuit to express what holds her interest in design well, and learn tools to investigate any area of design chosen—whether a brand-new topic or a longtime personal interest. Her personal interest in design is just as broad as her background, but in an attempt to summarize the areas: issues of sustainability, usefulness pragmatism and longevity of objects, quality and craftsmanship, visual design experiences, and in general, aesthetic qualities of objects. Perhaps the driving passion behind Christina’s pursuit of design research relates to an idea that is both abstract and tangible: experiences as created by space, object composition, atmosphere and identity.