2020 Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Above: Scenes from the Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive. Courtesy SVA.
Above: Scenes from the Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive. Courtesy SVA.
June 1–12, 2020

School of Visual Arts (SVA)
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
United States
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Join us this summer in the School of Visual Arts MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism studio for a two-week intensive devoted to research and writing about design. Participants will be introduced to a range of techniques for constructing compelling narratives about images, objects, and spaces. You will experiment with different research methods, writing formats, and complete several projects across media, including a collaboratively produced publication.

In addition to the unique opportunity to study closely with leading writers, editors, curators, and researchers, each participant will have a workstation in the light-filled, open-plan SVA MA Design Research studio in New York’s Chelsea district, and 24-hour access to department resources. A robust daily schedule of seminars, lectures, workshops, and one-on-one consultations, will be supplemented with 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 developments.

Instructors include: Karrie Jacobs, Robin Pogrebin, Steven Heller, Molly Heintz, Adam Harrison Levy, Jennifer Kabat, Craig Taylor, and Rob Walker.

Applications being accepted as space available; priority enrollment deadline April 1, 2020. Apply here.

Tuition: 2,000 USD. SVA housing available.

The SVA MA in Design Research, Writing and Criticism is a one-year, intensive MA program well suited to the circumstances of established professionals, in addition to graduates wishing to continue their studies at an advanced level. In providing the research tools and journalistic techniques for researching, analyzing, and critically interpreting design, the program amply prepares its graduates for future-facing careers in research-driven design practices and institutions, in journalism and publishing, or for continued studies in a design-related subject.

In addition to our Summer Intensive, applications for our one-year program are currently being accepted on a rolling basis as space allows, and scholarship funding is available. Apply here.

Contact us to arrange a visit or for more information at [email protected].

February 13, 2020


School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York