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

Jared Dalcourt – SVA MA Design Research

Growing up in Orange County, California, Jared has been conditioned to have a passion for design. Daily exposure to mid-century modern architecture, as well as frequent visits to the world-famous Los Angeles Auto Show, informed his aesthetic from as early as he can remember. A graduate of Morehouse College, alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jared frames and critiques history and design through a unique lens which he can confront the realities of race and gender. Fortune led him to the Portfolio Center for Art and Design, where he completed a certificate program in design history and advertising art direction. Soon after, Jared joined digital agency, Digitas as a production designer, and would gain real-world experience designing print and digital applications for clients such as the InterContinental Hotel Group, and Delta Airlines. After two years with the agency, he relocated to Brooklyn to complete his M.S. degree from the Pratt School of Architecture; where he immersed himself within cutting-edge sustainability concepts.

Combining disciplines including design, advertising art-direction, brand strategy, copywriting, and photography, Jared believes the Bauhaus had it right when it comes to aesthetics and design. After meeting Steven Heller, a design thinker he’s long admired, Jared realized that this was the next logical step in his academic, and entrepreneurial growth. He believes the Design Research program at SVA will allow him to continue to creatively connect the dots in his desire for design fluency and will ultimately help him become a better communicator.