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The MA in Design Research, Writing and Criticism is one of the only graduate programs of its kind in the U.S.

  • Prepare for careers in design research, publishing, curating, education, and management
  • Contribute to the public discourse on design, architecture, and cities
  • Enrich your multi-dimensional practice with research, writing and critical tools
  • Learn how to create compelling narratives about images, objects and spaces

The new SVA MA in Design Research, Writing and Criticism is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. This rigorous one-year program equips students with tools for researching, chronicling, and interpreting all aspects of design. Each student is asked to identify an individual research territory to explore during the year. Through workshops, seminars, lectures, and site-visits, students learn about the issues and policies that shape the man-made environment; deploy research methods, reporting techniques, and theoretical models; while experimenting with media for communicating their research, such as writing, podcasting, video, exhibitions, and events.

The MA department has its own floor in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. Each student has a desk space within an open-plan, light-filled workspace. The program takes advantage of its New York location with frequent visits to the city’s design collections, archives, libraries, design and architecture studios, and behind-the-scenes access to new exhibitions, buildings, and urban planning ventures. With more than 30 guest lecturers and critics visiting the department per semester to supplement the core curriculum, the program connects students to inspirational mentors and helps them to forge relationships with potential employers and colleagues.

The program is suited to mid-career design or media professionals who wish to push their writing practice and deepen their understanding of design, architecture, and urban infrastructure. The program is also aimed at recent graduates, holding BA and BFA degrees, interested in strengthening their writing and critical thinking and developing a multi-dimensional research practice.

The SVA MA in Design Research, Writing, and Criticism is a dynamic program, aligned to the cutting edge of design practice and provocative new thinking about design, and responsive to exciting developments in the media landscape. In providing the tools for constructing compelling narratives about design in multiple formats, the program prepares students for future-facing careers in research, publishing, education, museums, design practice, and entrepreneurship, or for continued studies in a design-related subject. 

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