From June 4–15, 2018, the Department of Design Research, Writing and Criticism at the School of Visual Arts will host its annual two-week intensive dedicated to researching and writing about design. This richly programmed course equips students with techniques for constructing compelling narratives about images, objects, cities, and spaces under the guidance of esteemed writers and editors, such as Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art author and media critic Virginia Heffernan; architecture writer and critic Karrie Jacobs; author, critic, and The Weeklings co-founder Jennifer Kabat; BBC interviewer and Design Observer contributor Adam Harrison Levy; The New York Times culture reporter Robin Pogrebin; author and playwright Craig Taylor; and design and business columnist Rob Walker.
Through seminars, lectures, workshops, and one-on-one consultations, students will experiment with different research methods and writing formats, including profiles, op-eds, interviews, and more. The intensive will also include visits to the city’s design collections, archives, and libraries—past visits have included tours of Pentagram, Rockwell Group Lab, BIG Architects, Viñoly Architects, MOS Architects, and Met MediaLab—as well as behind-the-scenes access to new exhibitions, buildings, and urban planning developments.
Intensive participants come from all over the world and arrive with experience in diverse careers ranging from design, architecture, and journalism, to curation, education, and event organization. Each student receives a private workstation in the department’s generous, light-filled studio, as well as access to its design library.
Priority application deadline (to be considered for scholarships/work-study): April 1, 2018
Enrollment final deadline: May 4, 2017
TitleApply for 2017 Design Writing & Research Summer Intensive
TypeGrants, Scholarships & Awards
Submission DeadlineJanuary 18, 0004 12:00 AM
VenueSchool of Visual Arts, MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism