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

Gaia Scagnetti – SVA MA Design Research

Dr. Gaia Scagnetti is program co-coordinator and full-time Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute’s Graduate Communications Design department in New York. In 2009 she obtained a Ph.D. degree cum Meritus in Multimedia Communication at the Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on Visual Epistemology in Information Visualization and Mapping. Her current research projects discuss new pedagogies, strategies, and approaches for Higher education in design.

Gaia has worked and taught in four different countries in the past ten years, but she now lives in Brooklyn. She is attending the Summer Intensive hoping to broaden her writing toolkit and reach a larger audience; she firmly believes that research could and should live outside academic conferences and serve a wider public.