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

Molly Butcher – SVA MA Design Research

Molly Butcher was born in California on the 17th of May in 1986, just three years before the Loma Prieta earthquake and twenty-eight years before today. She grew up barefoot in her backyard, digging ditches and collecting tadpoles.

Six years ago she received a BA in Fine Art from Stanford University. More recently, she spent one year living and working in the arts Berlin before spending two years touring the Western United States, mountain biking, and checking out farmers markets and heirloom apples. She had been in New York for a total of three years, working in art and technology and starting her own digital strategy consulting firm, before enrolling in the SVA Design Research Program this year.

In her evenings, she writes letters to her family and non-narrative science fiction about terraforming Mars. On her weekends, and in life, she aims to be outside and to swim in as many bodies of water as possible.