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

Yasmeen Khaja – SVA MA Design Research

Yasmeen Khaja graduated from CCA in 2017 with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Writing & Literature. She most recently worked at SYPartners in San Francisco, and is a designer supporting the Arab Film & Media Institute as they grow. She was born and grew up in Kuwait. She spent most of the last five years in the Bay Area accidentally losing touch with the Arab community, and she now has a strong inclination to understand her existence in the modern, globalized world through the lens of Islamic philosophy.

She has a complex affinity with words and visual language as they continue to both materialize ideas and implicitly freeze them in time, and is keen on figuring out how to represent language and images as they open themselves to an evolution of thinking. She also believes that these are notions that may be introduced to common conversation over thoughtful meals involving communal prep as a way to ground the ever-changing relationship between individual and societal rituals. It is her hope that we can design for a culture that finds moments in the trivial pockets of daily life as opportunities to educate, support, and empower.

Selected Research & Writing