The deadline for applying to SVA's MFA in Products of Design program is just one month away on January 15th, so if you're interested in grad school, you'll want to give this a hard look. Chaired by Core77's Allan Chochinov, the program is a "two-year, immersive program at the sweet spot of design thinking, making, business and social impact."
"Although we are always looking at larger systems, we are nevertheless obsessive about the prototype." asserts Chochinov. "We believe in 'making' at every stage of a design project—in using our hands while we're working through brand strategy, business model, digital platform, and social innovation.
"We want to teach way more than industrial design in the program. If you talk to any working design professional, they'll tell you that they need to be considering stakeholders across many disciplines to create effective solutions. So we teach everything from Arduino and prototyping in hardware, to leadership and management. We have tons of business classes, and we put a premium on presentation skills and team building. And we do it in a 2-year MFA program."
"Of course, we're also in New York City, so we really use the city as a learning lab, where students take classes at Frog Design, Johnson & Johnson, and Material ConneXion, and go on field trips to independent designers' studios and beyond.