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

Diane Lee – SVA MA Design Research

Diane Lee is a B.C.-born, Montreal- and Kentucky-raised, Northern California-based graphic designer and educator. She works with a diverse range of clients, collaborating with small businesses, independent artists, and cultural institutions on projects that establish graphic identities and systems across media—including print, video, physical spaces and digital interfaces. She joined the faculty of San José State University as an Assistant Professor in 2018, where she teaches in the graphic design program. Her research investigates the relationship between history, technology, and the role designers play in shaping surrounding narratives. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design, and a B.Sc. in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati (DAAP). Previously, she has taught at Rhode Island School of Design and Clark University, and has worked as a designer at Vanderbyl Design, and on the retail graphic design team at Apple.

Selected Research & Writing