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.
- Successful completion of 30 credits, including all required courses, administrative requirements and the thesis project. Documentation of all thesis projects must be on file in the Design Research, Writing and Criticism Department to be eligible for degree conferral.
- A matriculation of one academic year. Students must complete their degree within two years, unless given an official extension by the provost.
- Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in order to remain in good academic standing.
Note: Departmental requirements are subject to change by the department chair if the chair deems that such change is warranted.
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