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MFA Products of Design at SVA aims to transform designers into strategic agents of change who can tackle the global challenges facing product design and the business of making. Through a combination of design thinking, design making and design doing, students are immersed in hands-on physical exploration, rigorous investigation and strategic intent–helping them to discover and define a strong point of view and professional readiness for new value creation. Graduates are prepared to hold professional positions at top design firms, create valuable enterprises of their own and become lifelong advocates for the power of design.

The two-year, 60-credit program trains exceptional practitioners for leadership roles in the shifting terrain of design. The first year of study is grounded in project-based work and complemented by guest speakers and field trips. The second year focuses on business structures, environmental stewardship, design metrics, strategy, entrepreneurship and delight. The yearlong thesis project generates change-making, multidisciplinary work around a chosen field of inquiry, resulting in a comprehensive set, documentation, design fluencies and a professional network of advisors ready to help graduates move into professional practice. Throughout the program, students enjoy professional studio field trips, expert lectures and access to the Visible Futures Lab, an adjacent 3,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art digital fabrication studio.

2016 – 2017 student population

33 matriculated students

Department chair

Allan Chochinov (partner, Core77)

Faculty members

Lawrence Abrahamson (lead designer, IDEO); Rachel Abrams (founder, Turnstone Consulting); Paola Antonelli (senior curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art); Brent Arnold (creative director, DOOR3); Rinat Aruh (co-founder, ARULIDEN); Kate Bakewell (founder and executive director, Biocities); Emilie Baltz (creative director, BALTZ WORKS); Ayse Birsel (founder, co-principal, Birsel + Seck); Allan Chochinov (chair, MFA Products of Design; partner, CORE77); Michael Chung (freelance industrial designer, filmmaker); Abby Covert (information architect, Abby the IA); Lauren Mackler (founder, Public Fiction); Steven Dean (partner, PREHYPE); Andrew H. Dent (vice president, Library and Materials Research, Material ConneXion); Janna Gilbert (client partner, Luminary Labs); Claire Hartten (designer, Integrative Sitopian Projects); Johan Liden (co-founder, Aruliden); Sigi Moeslinger (partner, Antenna Design New York, Inc.); Jennifer Rittner (principal, Content Matters); Andrew Schloss (director, Reinstein/Ross); Jason Severs (creative director, frog design); Rebecca Silver (senior analyst, Luminary Labs); Sinclair Smith (principal, SS&CO); Rafael Sergio Smith (senior designer, IDEO.org); Elizabeth Galbut (founding partner, SoGal Ventures); Becky Stern (associate editor & video producer, Adafruit); Richard Tyson (co-founder, managing principal, Helsinki Group); Masamichi Udagawa (partner, Antenna Design New York, Inc.); Rob Walker (journalist, Yahoo! Tech); Alisha Wessler (director of operations, MFA Products of Design; visual artist); James Wynn (vice president, SYPartners)

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