READY TO IMMERSE YOURSELF IN YOUR CREATIVE PURPOSE? 

PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS JANUARY 15, 2020. 

 

Products of Design empowers exceptional people to use design to accomplish great things. We are looking for creative, curious, fearless leaders who believe in the power of design to tackle the challenges ahead. We seek both designers and non-designers with strong 2D and 3D skills and a passion for exploring how design can transform the world.

 

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Note: International applicants will be happy to learn that Products of Design is a STEM-certified graduate program.

If you haven’t already done so, you might want to take a few minutes and visit the following links as you prepare your put your application together. They'll give you a great grounding on the mission of the program, and you'll meet some of the students, faculty, and alumni:

WATCH>> The 2018 Open House/Info Session Videos 

LOOK AT>> A Day in the Life at Products of Design!

CHECK OUT>> The all-star line-up of companies and brands that attended our most recent job fair! 

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN>> Recent Masters Thesis Projects


 DEADLINES + SCHEDULE

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Priority deadline for the fall 2020 semester is January 15, 2020. Priority Applicants will receive a decision by March 16, 2020. Applications submitted after this date will be considered if space remains available in the program.

INTERVIEW SCHEDULE

In-person and Skype interviews of select candidates take place once a full application has been submitted.

FINANCIAL AID

Prospective students seeking financial aid are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 1, 2020.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

TYPES OF CANDIDATES

Products of Design welcomes both applicants with deep design knowledge and experience as well as applicants practicing in other disciplines who are looking to leverage scale, entrepreneurship and effectiveness by way of design. Above all, we are interested in individuals who have broad, interdisciplinary curiosity and are seeking deep immersion at the intersection of design thinking, design making and design doing.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university

  • Online application form and nonrefundable $80 fee

  • Official college or university transcripts

  • Three letters of recommendation from instructors or practicing professionals, submitted as indicated in the online application form

  • Résumé, including professional experience, internships, publications (print and web) and awards

  • Proof of English proficiency (required of applicants whose primary language is not English)

  • Upon acceptance to the program, nonimmigrant alien applicants are required to submit documentation of sufficient financial resources to attend SVA.

  • Portfolio (further explanation below)

  • Statement of purpose (250-500 words)

  • Personal Interview (Skype where necessary)


ABOUT YOUR PORTFOLIO

PROJECTS

You should conceive of your portfolio as a collection of projects. We are open to projects of varying aesthetic, formal, and conceptual types. Projects should:

  • Demonstrate an ability to think through a problem

  • Articulate the designer’s approach and resolution in compelling ways

  • Manifest solutions and offerings that show craft, rigor, and delight.

Please include at least 7 projects in your portfolio. These projects may vary in complexity and kind. Some examples of possible project types:

  • Designed object/artifact

  • Sculpture/jewelry/maquette

  • Craft/hack/mod

  • Apps/UX/UI

  • Research project

  • Business venture

  • Volunteer initiatives

Your projects should show process along with finished work. We want to see how you came to a resolution, including some of your decision points along the way. Do not be afraid to show broken models, failed attempts, iteration, and learning.

***Products of Design accepts both trained designers and ought-to-be-designers***

For accomplished designers: We will review your portfolios for concept development, sketching, iteration, research, problem solving, analytical thinking, strategy, prototyping, presentation and story-telling. In addition to strong strategic, research, and three-dimensional abilities, we are especially interested in candidates possessing strong two-dimensional skills, including drawing, graphic design, typography, motion graphics, and branding.

For non-designers: Products of Design welcomes candidates who do not have a formal design degree or experience in professional design practice. Here, your portfolio will be a collection of projects that convey your ability to problem solve and to think critically and analytically.

PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION FORMAT:

Only the following formats are acceptable:

  • URL link to an online portfolio (preferred)

  • PDF document

Do not send links to folders of loose jpg images.

Note: All portfolio submissions become the property of the School of Visual Arts and will not be returned. For this reason, we strongly recommend that applicants NOT submit original artwork. The College is not responsible for any media that is received in damaged condition and cannot be viewed.


MAILING APPLICATIONS

If you are submitting your application materials via postal mail, all materials must be received together in one package by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please include recommendation letters in a sealed envelope with recommender’s signature across the seal. Applicants who need confirmation of the receipt of materials should mail documents by a trackable means.

All materials should be sent together to: 
Office of Graduate Admissions
School of Visual Arts
209 East 23 Street
New York, NY 10010-3994