Working alongside New York’s best-respected editors, authors, critics, curators, and historians, SVA MFA Design Criticism students learn how to build an argument, develop a critical stance, and hone a writerly voice. Instructed by such faculty members as MoMA’s senior curator of Design and Architecture Paola Antonelli, urban design critic Karrie Jacobs, and online media maven Elizabeth Spiers, students communicate their unique perspectives through a range of media, including radio podcasts, exhibitions, video essays, events, syllabi, online media, and books.games
News of Working Life from D-Crit: Grads Report From NYC’s MoMA, Facebook’s HQ in San Francisco, ,The New Institute Museum in Rotterdam, ArchDaily in Santiago, and Beyond
Murray Moss, founder of internationally renowned Moss design gallery, Joins D-Crit Faculty This Fall
Featured D-Crit Alumni
He took a background in English and philosophy, mixed with some hardheaded financial website analysis (and a dash of long-form improv comedy bravado) and brought it to his study of the built environment. The result is well-reported, witty missives from design’s front lines. More
A born connector, he is now running events, curating exhibitions, writing for international publications, and generally helping to re-shape the global design conversation. More
The off-Broadway lighting designer who got to work with Paola Antonelli at The Museum of Modern Art via a shooting range in northwestern Wyoming. More
A design time-traveler, she left her pre-D-Crit study of antiquities; now she is defining the future of design and architecture. More
With an ear for language, and a nose for a good story, she used D-Crit to sharpen her design savvy. Now she applies her expertise as manager of a design studio, and writes for top magazines. More
From an orchard in upstate New York to an MFA at D-Crit, he’s on a mission to build repair back into the industrial design process. More
A mover and shaker in NYC’s design and architecture publishing scene, his Indian roots are never far away. More
A book editor with a philosophical turn of mind, he quit San Francisco for NYC and a chance to write thoughtful design commentary, and to inspire emerging designer and critics through his teaching. More
Hailing from Lisbon, she challenged the social design movement to do better and was catapulted to the web editorship of Domus in Milan. More
D-Crit Faculty More
Akiko Busch, author of books on design, culture, and nature • Teaches: “Reading Design”
Andrea Codrington Lippke, design and culture critic • Teaches: “Thesis Consultation”
Russell Flinchum, archivist at Century Association Archives Foundation • Teaches: “Design History”
Adam Harrison Levy, writer, documentary filmmaker and producer • Teaches: “Art of the Interview” and “Video Essays”
Murray Moss, founder, Moss Bureau and Moss Gallery. • Teaches: “Critical Thinking”
Ginger Nolan, researcher and writer, The Architect’s Newspaper, African Arts Journal. • Teaches: “Cultural Theory”
Karen Stein, writer, architectural consultant and former editorial director at Phaidon Press • Teaches: “The Design Book”
About SVA MFA Design Criticism
School of Visual Arts
MFA in Design Criticism
The SVA MFA in Design Criticism is devoted to the study of design, architecture, and urban infrastructure. The innovative two-year graduate program trains students to interrogate and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications, and to experiment with ways to engage design criticism’s publics.
Working alongside New York’s best-respected editors, authors, critics, curators, and historians, D-Crit students learn how to build an argument, develop a critical stance, and hone a writerly voice. Instructed by such faculty members as MoMA’s senior curator of Design and Architecture Paola Antonelli, urban design critic Karrie Jacobs, and online media maven Elizabeth Spiers, students communicate their unique perspectives through a range of media, including radio podcasts, exhibitions, video essays, events, syllabi, online media, and books.
The SVA MFA Design Criticism program seeks to cultivate design criticism as a discipline and contribute to design discourse with new writing and thinking that challenges and inspires. Applicants come to the program with experience in design, architecture, journalism, and from academic backgrounds in art history, English literature, philosophy, and critical studies; alumni of the program go on to work as editors, writers, curators, researchers, bloggers, managers, entrepreneurs, and educators.
Admission to the program is by online application and the submission of one essay written specifically for the application, up to 2,000 words of writing samples, and three letters of recommendation. If you have any questions about your application please contact us. We are happy to arrange for prospective students to tour the department or meet with the department chair, and to attend a class or a Tuesday evening lecture.
School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.
How to Apply
Effective Fall 2014, we adapted the two-year, 64-credit MFA into a one-year, 30-credit MA in Design Research, Writing & Criticism.
Please note that full instructions on applying, as well as details about the program and its curriculum, can be found at designresearch.sva.edu.