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

Ksenya Samarskaya – SVA MA Design Research

Ksenya Samarskaya is a strategist and creative practitioner, fascinated with the nuances inherent in our visual and literary culture. Born in the Soviet Union, Samarskaya left in 1989 as a refugee, spending time in Italy before eventually landing in Seattle, Washington. She holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Oregon in installation art and photography, and has spent the past decade deep in the trenches of type design. Clients and collaborators have included Apple, Bacardi, Font Bureau, Google, Intel, Monotype, Rosetta, WeWork, and YouTube among others. Samarskaya has served on the board of AIGA/NY, and judged design competitions including Communication Arts, TISDC, TDC, and the SoTA Catalyst Award. She currently splits her time between Brooklyn and Barcelona, Spain where she teaches at Harbour.Space University.