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SVA MFA Design Criticism 2012 Open House

Join us on Saturday morning for insight on what it's like to study the social and environmental implications of our built environment with some of the best writers, editors, and curators in the business. Over strong coffee, mimosas, and donuts we'll be discussing the philosophical aims, curriculum, and applications of this exciting two-year graduate program, and engaging in debate over such issues as the priorities for emerging design critics today, the changing media landscape, and the relationship between design criticism and practice. Won't you join us?

BBC documentary producer Adam Harrison Levy, author and educator Steven Heller, and Metropolis columnist Karrie Jacobs will represent the star-studded D-Crit faculty, and share highlights from their classes on "The Art of the Interview," "Researching Design," and "Urban Curation," respectively, and D-Crit chair Alice Twemlow will give an overview of the program. Acclaimed design, artist, and educator Milton Glaser will be our special guest this year, offering some personal reflections on the role of design criticism.

A selection of recent graduates will talk about how the MFA program has trained them for careers in design writing, curation, editing, management, and research. We're also using the Open House as the occasion to launch a new brochure and website featuring graduates of the program and the exciting work they've gone on to do as: curator at the Vitra Design Museum; managing editor of DomusWeb; studio manager of Project Projects; author of Bio Design, a book recently published by Thames & Hudson and MoMA; assistant editor at Metropolis magazine; intern in the newly formed R&D department at MoMA; and as directors of their own design research consultancy, Superscript.

And current students of the program will be on hand to answer questions about what it's really like to produce a radio podcast for Kurt Andersen, to site visit with architecture critic Alexandra Lange, to lift up the hood and study the mechanics of industrial design history with Russell Flinchum, or to create their own online media presence with Elizabeth Spiers.

We look forward to welcoming you to the department!