Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive

Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

Scenes from the Department of Design Research, Writing and Criticism. Photo: James Emmerman.

February 13, 2024
Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive
Application deadline: April 1
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Program dates: June 3–14
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School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Design Research, Writing & Criticism
136 W 21 St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011
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We are so back… in-person! Join us from our studio space in the heart of Manhattan for our renowned two-week Summer Intensive, aimed at those who would like to refine their skills as thinkers, reporters and storytellers.

For practicing designers, this is a chance to examine the profession and its impact through writing and publishing. Clear thinking, deep research and engaging expression are vital skills in a contemporary designer’s toolkit. For non-designers, this program offers methods and insights for writing compellingly about images, objects, people, and spaces.

A range of writing genres and approaches will be introduced in seven workshops spread over two weeks. Working individually and in small groups, participants will experiment with essential techniques such as interviewing, podcasting, pitching, archive research, close observation, analysis and critique.

By the end of the program, participants will have completed several pieces of writing, formulated ideas for stories, and garnered a robust set of tools and approaches for writing authoritatively and imaginatively about design.

This year’s faculty-led workshops include The Art of the Profile with Adam Harrison Levy, The Critical Essay with Anne Elizabeth Moore, Engineered Nature with Karrie Jacobs, Writing for the Ear with Leital Molad, Narrative Strategies for Objects with Rob Walker, Speaking of the Streets with Craig Taylor, and Pitching and Publishing with Molly Heintz, Eric Schwartau and New York Review of Architecture editors.

Studio visits and interview subjects have included Natasha Jen, Eddie Opara, John Wilson, Julio Torres, Porto Rocha, CFGNY, Adam Rigg, Kiosk, Mike Eckhaus, Sarah Zapata, Ti Chang, Craig L. Wilkins, Local Projects, Kate Noll, Jon Key, Kayfa Ta, Jiminez Lai, Rockwell Group, Kouros Maghsoudi, Lucille Tenazas, Sam Stubblefield, Polymorf, Mimi Zeiger, and Prem Krishnamurthy.

Priority application deadline: April 1, 2024 / Program dates: June 3–14, 2024 / Tuition: 1950 USD. Apply hereSubscribe to our email list to keep up to date with our offerings.

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