One more month to go: If you're looking for grad school, you might want to use some of the holiday break to polish up your portfolio and apply to the MFA in Products of Design program at SVA in New York City. You could be part of the class of 2017, studying with such design luminaries as Paola Antonelli, Sigi Moeslinger and Masamichi Udagawa, Jason Severs, Emilie Baltz, Ayse Birsel, Steven Dean, and dozens more. Classes take place in their spacious and sun-drenched Chelsea studio, as well as in the New York City-based offices of IDEO, frog, Material ConneXion, SYPartners, and Aruliden. Guest lecturers range from Michael Bierut and Tina "SwissMiss" Roth Eisenberg to Tim Brown and Aimee Mullins, and field trips take you to Google Creative Lab, Etsy, The New York Times, MakerBot and more. Here's a couple paragraphs on the program:
"The MFA in Products of Design is an immersive, two-year graduate program that creates exceptional practitioners for leadership in the shifting terrain of design. We educate heads, hearts and hands to reinvent systems and catalyze positive change.
Students gain fluency in the three fields crucial to the future of design: Making, from the handmade to digital fabrication; Structures: business, research, systems, strategy, user experience and interaction; and Narratives: video storytelling, history and point of view. Through work that engages emerging science and materials, social cooperation and public life, students develop the skills to address contemporary problems in contemporary ways.
Graduates emerge with confidence, methods, experience and strong professional networks. They gain the skills necessary to excel in senior positions at top design firms and progressive organizations, create ingenious enterprises of their own, and become lifelong advocates for the power of design."
Check out their list of "14 THINGS THAT MATTER: What distinguishes the MFA in Products of Design?" article for the highlights, and then jump over to their blog and student projects section to see the latest. The Apply page is here; applications are due February 1st.