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

Laura Forde – SVA MA Design Research

Laura Forde is a graphic designer and art director. She studied art history and French at Smith College, and received her MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts in 2010. She was one of the founding employees of Wieden + Kennedy’s New York office, and since then her freelance clients have included Google Creative Lab, R/GA, Publicis, Saatchi & Saatchi, Anomaly and Mother New York. Laura has also worked in-house for brands such as Ralph Lauren and J. Crew, and in the editorial art departments of Details, George, and Elle. Laura co-teaches a thesis seminar in the MFA Graphic Design program at Rhode Island School of Design. She has also taught graphic design at the Cooper Union School of Art, and served on the board of AIGA/NY. She was recently a speaker at RE:DESIGN/Creative Directors 2013 and a panelist at Blunt: Explicit and Graphic Design Criticism Now, the 2013 AIGA Design Educators Conference. Her writing about design has appeared in Eye and Back Cover. She lives in New York.

Selected Research & Writing