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 sits at "the sweet spot between design thinking and design making"—but it's courses go far beyond traditional ID education.
"To design anything means to design everything—that's the beating heart of what we believe," offers Chochinov. A designer needs the skills, methods, and fluencies from almost every design discipline, so we teach systems, interaction design, smart objects, design for social innovation, design research, branding, service design, sustainability, strategy, and business design. And we do it in a 2-year MFA program."
"Also we're in New York City, so the students take a lot of classes at professional consultancy offices like IDEO, Frog Design, and Material ConneXion, and we partner every year to design products for MoMA's wholesale division. There's also a ton of ethics and professional practice built into the entire two years, so we're fortifying designers with a point of view and a personal mission for their creative lives."