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

Nawar N. Al-Kazemi – SVA MA Design Research

Nawar N. Al-Kazemi’s research interest is design education in the Arab States of the Gulf Region. She studied Public Relations and Advertising, with a minor in Graphic Design, at the American University of Kuwait (AUK). After graduation, Nawar interned in creative departments of international and local advertising agencies in Kuwait, including Saatchi & Saatchi, Radius Leo Burnett, and Circus BC. She designed “The White Show,” AUK’s portfolio exhibition of graduating design students in 2010, the same year as she collaborated with designers to establish JDN, a design project dedicated to challenging the status quo and standards of the design field in Kuwait. At D-Crit, Nawar explores the integral role of design education in shaping and solidifying Khaleeji cultural identity in the Gulf countries. As an advocate of design possibilities, she looks forward to working on projects that highlight and discuss the relationship between design and cultural identity.

Selected Research & Writing