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

Samira Jain – SVA MA Design Research

Samira Jain is a user researcher from India. She obsessively speculates on how to engage and communicate with stakeholders for effective design outcomes. After earning her undergraduate degree in product design and a master’s degree in design management, Samira began exploring the applications of design research in non-design scenarios. In 2014, she presented a paper on the relevance of design research in financial inclusion at the “Design for a Billion” conference in Gandhinagar, India. She was this year’s winner of the Maria Popova Scholarship for Homecoming to Purpose for her essay “Connecting Minds.” When not working, Samira can be found doodling, daydreaming, and/or eating oranges.

Selected Research & Writing