A list of resources for D-Crit students.

About the Reading Room

The Reading Room is an evolving collection of essays, articles and book excerpts that address aspects of the designed world from a variety of critical perspectives. They include the work of students, faculty members, friends and progenitors of this program.

On-Site and Academic Resources

Students work in a custom-designed studio environment with personal workstations and Internet networking. The MFA in Design Criticism has its own floor of a beautiful building in the Flatiron district of New York City. In addition to its own resources, SVA has institutional relationships with some of the world’s best design collections, libraries and archives, as well as being in close proximity to the city’s design studios and publishing houses.

SVA Scholarships and Awards

Offered to Design Criticism MFA students

Henry Wolf Scholarships

This annual, partial-tuition scholarship is for first-year students. It honors Henry Wolf (1925–2005), the graphic designer, photographer and seminal art director of EsquireHarper’s Bazaar and Show magazines in the 1950s and ’60s. The receivers of this award are chosen based on their submitted D-Crit application, and no application form is necessary.

Silas H. Rhodes Scholarships

Partial-tuition awards—totaling $50,000 annually—will be distributed to students entering their second year who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement during the course of their first year of study.

Offered to all SVA students

SVA Alumni Scholarship Awards

This interdepartmental award offers support for the direct costs of completing a final thesis project. The grant ranges from $500 to $2,000 based upon academic and artistic merit as determined by a review panel, and financial need as demonstrated by your project budget. The average award is expected to be $1,000. Students may request amounts in increments of $500 (i.e. $500, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000). In 2008, 30 awards were distributed throughout graduate and undergraduate departments, totaling $40,000.

SVA Matching Outside Scholarships

SVA will match 25% of any outside scholarship, up to $2500, that a student obtains for enrollment at SVA. This award is available to full time graduate students.

Outside Scholarships

Please keep in mind that this is by no means an exhaustive list. We encourage candidates to search for additional scholarship and grant opportunities. The SVA Office of Financial Aid has a list of free scholarship search engines.

Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development agencies with mandates ranging from health and education to architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalization of historic cities. The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master’s level courses but is also willing to consider applications for PhD programs, when doctoral degrees are necessary for the career objectives of the student. Requests will also be considered for travel and study awards for PhD students doing their research in Third World countries on topics judged to be of interest to the Aga Khan Development Network. Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study. The Foundation accepts applications from countries where it has branches, affiliates or other AKDN agencies that can help with processing applications and interviewing applicants. At present, these are Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Syria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada.

American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship

The American Scandinavian Foundation awards fellowships and grants for students from Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, and Finland to study in America, and also for Americans to study in these countries.

American Indonesian Cultural and Educational Foundation, Inc

The American Indonesian Cultural and Educational Foundation offers scholarships for study in the U.S. to citizens of Indonesia who intend to return to their home country, have with genuine financial need, and a superior academic record. Students with previous or current teaching experience should apply for support in Education.

College Art Association Fellowship

Visual arts students who are members of the College Art Association may pursue CAA Professional Development fellowships. CAA’s Professional-Development Fellowships in the Visual Arts offer financial assistance to promising MFA candidates. Fellows are honored with grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens, members of CAA, and exceptional visual arts students graduating in the year following the grant application.

Datatel Scholars Foundation

The Datatel Scholars Foundation awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending eligible datatel client institutions. Scholarship amounts range in value from $1000 to $2400.

The Dedalus Foundation

Schools may nominate candidates for MFA fellowships from the Dedalus Foundation. The foundation awards two grants to final-year MFA students matriculated at a college, university or art school in the United States. The grants provide benefits in the form of a $20,000 fellowship award. The application process requires schools to nominate MFA candidates for the grant. An eligible student interested in this grant should contact the chair of his art department for more information.

ELA Scholarships

ELA Scholarships are available to women graduate students with physical disabilities who are enrolled in a college or university in the United States. These scholarships, which range from $500 to $2000, are awarded on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Hispanic Scholarship Fund scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage to obtain a degree. They are available on a competitive basis to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

The Jacob J. Javits Fellowship Program provides financial assistance to students of superior ability to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) level in selected fields of the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

John Gyles Education Awards

John Gyles Education Awards are available each year to students in both Canada and the United States. Those selected will receive up to $3000.

The Point Foundation

The Point Foundation awards up to $500,000 in scholarships annually to U.S. and International students who are LGBT or have a history of LGBT leadership and plan to continue their leadership role in the LGBT community. Applications must be attending U.S. schools. Their awards are intended for underprivileged students, especially those who have been abandoned by family and other support systems because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but are not limited to this population.

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund’s Howard Chapnick Grant

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Funds Howard Chapnick Grant may be used to finance any range of qualified undertakings which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. According to the Funds Board of Trustees, special consideration will be given to projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. The grant is not intended to be used for the production of photographs.

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships

Worldstudio Foundation, in conjunction with AIGA, the professional association for design, provide scholarships to minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying design and arts disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarship recipients are selected not only for their ability and need, but also for their demonstrated commitment to positive change in the larger community through their work. Basic scholarships awarded in the amounts of $2,000-$3,000. One or two top awards may be given in an amount up to $5,000 at the jury’s discretion. in addition, honorable mention prizes in the amount of $500 cash are also awarded.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority offers scholarships to those women pursuing professional, masters and doctoral degrees, as well as those engaged in post-doctoral study. This scholarship is awarded for full-time study for one academic year. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation and a short essay.

Grants and Prizes

Grants, fellowships and writing awards related to design or visual culture. Read more ›

Grant-Searching Resources

Select Web sites for finding awards and scholarship opportunities.

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Design Museums

A selection of design museums and museums with design collections, organized by state and country.

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Libraries and Archives

A list of archives and libraries with design history collections.

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Design Stores and Flea Markets

A list of design stores and flea markets in NYC.

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Design Blogs

A list of blogs recommended by current Design Criticism MFA students.

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