For those of you interested in the new MFA in Design Criticism program firing up next fall at the School of Visual Arts in NYC (blogged here), there will be an open house on Saturday, October 27th, from 2-4pm. Put it in your calendar. Here's the pitch:
As the first graduate-level degree program dedicated to critical writing about design in the U.S., the SVA MFA in Design Criticism program will train students to research, analyze, and evaluate all aspects of design. Based in New York City, the illustrious faculty includes Kurt Andersen, Paola Antonelli, Michael Bierut, Ralph Caplan, Steven Heller, Karrie Jacobs, Julie Lasky, Philip Nobel, and Phil Patton.
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.