February 1st is the deadline to apply to be a part of the Class of 2019 at SVA's MFA in Products of Design program. Chaired by Core77's Allan Chochinov, the program is a design program that centers on "the sweet spot between design thinking and design making"—but it's courses go far outside traditional ID education.
"We believe that to be at-all effective in today's world, a designer needs the skills, methods, and fluencies from almost every design discipline. We teach systems mapping, interaction design, smart objects and internet-of-things, UX, UI, graphic design, design for social innovation, design research, branding, service design, sustainability, strategy, and business, business, business," argues Chochinov. "And we do it in a 2-year MFA program."
"Plus, well, we're in New York City, so the students take a lot of classes at professional consultancy offices like IDEO and Frog Design, go on field trips to independent designers' studios...even a fall retreat upstate to visit local farms and learn about food resilience."
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To learn more about applying to the program, hit their apply page. Check out student work on their project blog, read 14 THINGS THAT MATTER: What distinguishes the MFA in Products of Design? to get a quick list of unique features, and watch their short "Life at Products of Design" film by Michael Chung to get some video flavor!