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

Polly Adams – SVA MA Design Research

Polly is a design researcher and writer based in Brooklyn who aims to build bridges between people, places, and things where they ought to be built. With a background in digital product design on teams big and small, working on anything from data science tools to smart speaker instruction manuals, she’s passionate about people and figuring out ways to make the world work better for them. 

Her time at SVA focused on the designed experience of collecting evidence in the art museum—from buying objects in the store to taking photos in the galleries. After spending a year researching and writing about New York City’s largest art museums and gift stores, she is interested in designed experiences that shape individual identity and codify social behavior. Currently, she’s assisting the editorial team at Oculus Magazine and seeking freelance writing opportunities that take a critical eye to design.

Selected Research & Writing