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Prospective Student FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about the program....

EVOLVE: The 2023 MFA Interaction Design Thesis Festival

Please join us in celebrating “EVOLVE,” the School of Visual Arts’ 2023 MFA Interaction Design Thesis Festival. The culmination of the two-year program, the Festival...

3 Lessons I Learned Spending 6 Years in the US

My Journey: I was born and raised in Shenzhen, China. In August 2016, I came to the US with my large and heavy...

Beyond design thinking

In September 2021, I started my MFA in Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts. Coming from a communication design background, I...

A Tale of Two Whoopi’s / How My Hyena Laugh Got Its Groove Back

I was fifteen years old sitting in my sophomore year English class when I first saw it. The smart board flickered on and...

From Architecture to UX Design

Back in 2015, the passion for combining art and engineering had drawn me to architecture, a traditional design discipline, in my undergraduate. About...

Meet the Class of 2023:

Meet the students of the Class of 2023! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting incoming students, so our community can get...

Meet the Class of 2022:

Meet the students of the Class of 2022! This is the last in a series of posts highlighting our newest class, as well as their...

Meet the Class of 2022:

Meet the students of the Class of 2022! Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight incoming students, as well as their professional bios...

Important SVA Update: Fall Semester To Be Conducted Fully Online

Our program has made the difficult decision to conduct the fall semester fully online. The mounting public health concerns related to COVID-19 will...

MFA Interaction Design’s Fall Reopening

SVA is following the guidance of local, state, and federal health authorities in adapting its health and safety policies. SVA plans to start...

How Machine Learning Can Change the Way We Create

Patrick Hebron, Machine Intelligence Design team lead at Adobe Design, spoke about the applications and implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning....

Application Updates

The official application deadline has passed, but for anyone who may have missed that deadline, you may still apply by contacting the department....

Portfolio Design Wisdom

Alum Derek Chan, Class of 2011, shared his top recommendations for resume preparation, portfolio design, interviewing, and more....

Teaching Design Futures at SVA

Alex Wright describes the persistent problem of shortsighted thinking in design that fails to take societal issues into account. The class he co-taught...

Students Tour Award-winning Creative Agency

Jason Severs’ class of Framing UX students visited Droga5 for a workshop on brand purpose with two of the agency’s dynamic brand experts....
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Imposter Syndrome and Taking Flight

The honors student shares his thoughts on insecurity, growth, and courage....
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Q+A with Sarah Henry

Interview with instructor Sarah Henry about her upcoming summer class....
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Q+A with Alex Wright

Interview with instructor Alex Wright about his upcoming summer class....

How Can Inclusive Design Shape the Future?

Kat Holmes spoke to IxD about how the inclusive design principles behind her book can be used to reshape the world we live...

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The "no."

At one time, long before I was a designer, I was a theater student. Theater students, with certainty and on more than one...

Should Designers Code?

Back in 2003 I wrote a bowling game in QBasic. I have been writing code since I was 12 years old. So yes, I...

Delightful

It was late morning, I had slept in (truly an event worthy of celebration these days) and I was in the living room,...

Alumni Spotlight: Chia-Wei Liu

Class of 2017’s Elushika Weerakoon caught up with Class of 2011’s Chia-Wei Liu for our latest Alumni Spotlight, who told us all about...

"This is what it's like for me."

“There’s often a visceral point in the interview where the exchange shifts from a back-and-forth of question-and-answer, question-and-answer to a question-story setup. It’s...

Applications Open for Fall 2018

We’re pleased to announce that online applications are open! Prospective students for the Class of 2020 can now apply online through January 15, 2018. Find...

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All Those Who Waltz

“Pay no attention to that huge computer behind the curtain.” — Dan O’Sullivan and Tom Igoe, Physical Computing I find myself somewhere in the middle...

What I Learned as a Design Intern in a Different Setting

The past year has been quite an exciting ride for me, from moving to New York, starting a master’s program at the School...

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That Which is Yet to be Learned

“Learning and designing are inextricably linked. The act of designing is always an act of learning.”  — Liz Danzico, forward to How they...

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The Class of 2018 Launch their Kickstarter Projects!

Entrepreneurial Design, one of our Spring semester classes taught by Gary Chou and Christina Xu, feels like a right of passage.  The first years...

Putting Yourself Out There

In the Spring semester of the first year, the students are tasked with launching a Kickstarter campaign that will make at least $1,000....

Let's Make a Brand

We use brands to project who we want to be in the world, how we want people to perceive us, and how we...

Getting to Know…Min Lee

Everytime when I see Min in school, I screamed her name, MIN!! She is one of the friendliest and shyest classmates. But don’t...

Second-Years Visits Intersection

For our first field visit of the semester, Munawar Ahmed our instructor for Leadership, Ethics and Professional Practices took us to Intersection, the...

We Are Hero Builders

It’s been 3 weeks since we are back for our last semester ever. And what busy 3 weeks it has been. We already...

Lessons Learned from My First Semester

When I was home over winter break, my dad asked me if I had spent more time working in my first semester at...

What to Expect in 2017

If you’ve given thought to attending graduate school in interaction design, the deadline for applications is fast approaching: January 15, 2017. Any application received after...

Getting to Know…Paola Rangel

As our graduate school days are getting shorter and shorter, I have worked with most of my classmates. I am close with some...

Looking Back on Climate Change

The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is...

Thinking About a Future World

Anthony talks to the Product of Design students (and some Ixd's) “Rather than thinking about architecture, products, and the environments, We start with...

Check Out Our Physical Computing Midterm Projects!

Welcome to the first week of the apocalypse. Excuse me…the Trump era. I can think of no better distraction than looking at these awesome Physical Computing...

Class of 2017 Visits Cooper Hewitt

During our Public interfaces class, we visited Cooper Hewitt. For some of us it was the first time and the rest have made...

Feelings on U.S Presidential Election

The entire world is watching the U.S. in this historical election and for some, it feels like a bad dream that you trying...

Houston, we have landed

Kohzy and Ted | Interior of Final Frontier Design Last week, my class had the luxury of visiting Final Frontier Design. Our newly...

On Experimenting – Go Forth and Do

As grad students at SVA we have access to something called the Visible Futures Lab. It’s a fabrication lab on the 7th floor...

Applications Open for Fall 2017

First-year MFA Interaction Design students at the Reception for New Graduate Students. We’re pleased to announce that online applications are open! Prospective students...

The Future is Near

This video was filmed during the 1960’s predicting the future of 1999.The common theme of the video was everything is computerized at your...

Summer Intensive in Interaction Design

Summer is always “my time” to catch up on activities I can’t seem to fit into my September-May schedule. There is something about...

Career Pathways in Social Innovation

The role of design and designers in society and the marketplace is changing. In the new publication LEAP Dialogues, 84 designers, educators, and...

David and Saba Talk Cataloging Lost Landscapes

Interview by Elushika Weerakoon I am here to tell you about an unique project, that my classmates David Al-Ibrahim and Saba Singh have...

Faculty and Alumni up for Webby Awards – Vote Now!

This year’s Webby Award nominees have been announced and among the nominees are IxD faculty and alumni. The Webby Awards are the leadinginternational award...

Keep it simple

Reblogged from elushika: The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda If you don’t remember anything else, memorize The One. “Simplicity is about subtracting...

Apply here for an internship

Reblogged from elushika: I got my very first work experience when I was in high school. I was volunteering at the Audubon zoo...

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WristGuard Wins the 2016 IxDA Student Design Challenge

Congratulations to Song Lee and Kohzy Koh on winning the 2016 IxDA Student Design Challenge! Students from all around the world competed in...

Being a Pessimist

Reblogged from elushika: Ever since I partnered up with Ruth to create a game about pessimism and optimism, I found out that people...

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IxD16 in Helsinki

The 9th annual interaction design conference organized by the IxDA is happening right now in Helsinki, Finland. Students and alumni are in attendance...

That time when I made people laugh

Reblogged from elushika: After a year passed my interest in comedy deteriorated and I wanted to go back to do more design. I...

They say “Do not stop writing”

Reblogged from elushika: I only write when I have to. I know writing is important, especially when you must discuss your process as...

Remembering self

Reblogged from elushika: I was assigned to watch a TED video by Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience and memory. He talked about...

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Jonas blizzard through the eyes of class of 2017

Reblogged from elushika: For some of us it was the first time experiencing snow and for the rest it was nothing new. So...

And we are back for another semester

Reblogged from elushika: These some of the things we have in store for this semester. Spring 2016 will bring us new challengers and...

Last First Day at SVA

This week saw our second year students starting their final semester! Deborah Koo decided to ask her fellow classmate Max Kessler a few...

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New year, new class

Happy new year! The deadline for applications is fast approaching: Friday, January 15, 2016, just days away! Any application received after this date...

5 things I learned during my first semester of grad school

Reblogged from elushika: Finally, keep your ego out. Having an ego does not help in graduate school. Saying that you know about everything...

Finals was like….

Reblogged from elushika: Just to sum up how finals felt for all of us, here are some common tags used: #wait #nosleep #whatjusthappened...

Student Profile Series: David Mahmarian

The end of our semester is nearing and I have gotten to know most of my classmates. Some interesting classmates to say the...

What to Expect: Applying to MFA Interaction Design

(Source: Second Story Workshop, 2013) If you’ve given thought to graduate school in interaction design, the deadline for applications is fast approaching: Friday,...

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pro·to·type

Reblogged from dmxatixd: ˈprōdəˌtīp/ noun: prototype 1.a first, typical or preliminary model of something, especially a machine, from which other forms are developed...

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[Week 12] The Google of Thanksgiving

Reblogged from elushika: Thanksgiving break was short, but needed. The break gave us a bit of breathing room before our finals, which are...

Testing, Testing, 123 – Part 2

Reblogged from dmxatixd: So, after creating my test plan, which you can read more about here, I moved into the logistics of the...

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Testing, Testing, 123 – Part 1

Reblogged from dmxatixd: Over the past two weeks, I’ve spent much of my time planning and executing a few thesis prototypes. I started...

[Week 9] Tech808 Conference

Reblogged from dmxatixd: Monday I had the pleasure of attending the Tech808 Conference. Tech 808, hosted by Phat Startup, is the only hip...

First Years – First Midterms!

By Elushika Weerakoon I felt that our midterms were comparable to a hurricane thattossed us around, gave us 3 hours of sleep and...

[Week 8] I Heart NY

Reblogged from dmxatixd: This week I took a group trip to Washington Square Park, for Public Interfaces class. Our final project requires us...

[Week 8] Halloween night at SVAIXD

Reblogged from elushika: The Class of 2017, takes halloween very seriously with amazing costumes and a lot of pumpkin beer. Here are some...

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[Week 7] Teamwork Makes the…

Reblogged from dmxatixd: Dream work, duh!  This week I’ve been really focused on developing my thesis idea. In addition to playing Pictionary, which...

[Week 7] Conclusion of the SVA Library Challenge

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[Week 6] How We Pass the Time

Reblogged from dmxatixd: Usually before classes start we’re all finding food and drinks (as you can see from all the drinks on the...

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[Week 6] Mood cube of our times

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Applications Open for Fall 2016

A typical week at IxD, Open House 2014 We’re pleased to announce that online applications are open! Prospective students for the Class of...

[Week 5]  My First Visit to the NYPL

Reblogged from dmxatixd: The Printing Women exhibit had no interactive or tactile elements, making it a bit difficult for me to engage and...

Week [5] An one month anniversary

Reblogged from elushika: Oh, what a week… I just had my first month anniversary of grad school and it was a mix of...

[Week 4] A Week in the Life

Reblogged from dmxatixd: This week I thought I’d try something different and share my some highlights of my week.  Monday It was Sun-Young’s...

Week [4] of Graduate School

Reblogged from elushika: This week, a couple of my instructors in school recommended that we go and see a talk by Sara Hendren....

On Stage at the 2015 NYC Media Lab Summit

Credit: Josh Sucher The NYC Media Lab’s Annual Summit tookplace over the weekend, described as “a snapshot of the best thinking,projects, and talent...

[Week 3] #Mood

Reblogged from dmxatixd: This week, I thought I’d let gifs depict how things are going. I polled my classmates for one word descriptions...

Week [3]

Reblogged from elushika: My research methods class has posed an interesting challenge, which is to re-think the user experience of the SVA library....

Week [2]

Reblogged from elushika: Image by Shane Strassberg Second week is done and I survived. By far one of my favorite classes was Physical Computing....

[Week 2] Thesis – Focusing on the Macro

Reblogged from dmxatixd: As I head into week 3 of my second year, I must admit, I already feel stressed about thesis. After...

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Thesis Thoughts 001

Reblogged from youexdee: I’ve been thinking a lot about data, but it didn’t always start out that way. Last semester, the primary problem...

Week [1]

Reblogged from elushika: My grad school experience began when we had our orientation on the first week of September. It was an all...

Back to Business!

Reblogged from dmxatixd: Welcome back! It feels good to be back in school after a summer of experiencing “the real world”. This summer...

Meet the Class of 2017: Kohzy, Paola, and Ruth

Meet the 18 students who will make up the Class of 2017. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight three incoming students. Today:...

Meet the Class of 2017: Ritwik, Saba, and Seungyoun Sara

Meet the 18 students who will make up the Class of 2017. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight three incoming students. Today:...

Meet the Class of 2017: Shane, Song, and Uijun

Meet the 18 students who will make up the Class of 2017. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight three incoming students. Today:...

Meet the Class of 2017: Junyue, Keith, and Melissa

Meet the 18 students who will make up the Class of 2017. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight three incoming students. Today:...

Meet the Class of 2017: David M., Elushika, and Julian

Meet the 18 students who will make up the Class of 2017. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight three incoming students. Today:...

Meet the Class of 2017: David A., Kyungmin, and James

With summer almost over and fall about to set in, it’s timeto meet the students who will make up the Class of 2017....

Experience Journal Part of STORY’s Latest Concept Store Collection

Credit:Hanna Yoon Alumni Hanna Yoon’s (Class of 2015) Experience Journal will be part of STORY’s newest collection. STORY is a concept retail space...

Paul Ford Talks Computers and Code on Charlie Rose

Credit: www.bloomberg.com Faculty member Paul Ford wason Charlie Rosetalking about his 38,000-word mega essay for Bloomberg Business Week titled “What isCode?” The article...