Join us at this year's Open House and Information Session, taking place on Wednesday, November 14th, 2017—from 6-8:30pm! Attendees will be able to meet faculty, alumni, and current students, see projects, learn about the program, tour the studio, classroom spaces, and Visible Futures Lab, and ask questions about life at Products of Design. Delicious refreshments will be shared throughout the session.
On Thursday August 2, the MFA Products of Design team led a design workshop for students from Figure Skating in Harlem—a wonderful local youth organization helping young women of color transform their lives by combining the art of figure skating with confidence building, leadership training and academic achievement. The students designed fun and intriguing speculative products using trash from their lunch break. Examples included repurposing a plastic soda bottle into a WiFi hotspot, creating a notebook with detachable tissue papers, and even turning pizza boxes into cardboard windmills to reduce waste and increase renewable energy usage! The girls also designed and presented apps to promote the above speculative products.
With their unique ability to make ideas that seem plausible, feasible, and even inevitable, product designers are able to critique contemporary systems through tangible means. Speculative objects can provoke conversation by raising questions: Should the object exist? Why doesn’t it exist already? What must we do today to avoid needing the object in the future? In Radical Times, students from the Products of Design Master’s program at the School of Visual Arts explore speculative futures to inform product proposals for the present day. Each of these 17 products is a three-dimensional manifestation of their year-long theses, offering the students’ assessment of an urgent, contemporary issue.
The students have created The Datalogue, a four-part stationary machine which emulates the systems and unmasks the consequences behind data collection. Though data mining is an invisible procedure that occurs through countless digital channels, the exhibition transforms it into a visible, tangible process.
To start off the day for the fifth annual MFA Products of Design Thesis Presentations, program chair Allan Chochinov welcomes guests, families, and simulcast viewers, discusses the role of design in the world, and how "the design anything means the design of everything." Enjoy the opening remarks below, and be sure to check out all the thesis projects that follow here!
On Friday, February 23rd, the MFA Products of Design department held its fifth annual Design:Match Job Fair event, where global and local firms and organizations met with students, shared work, and discussed employment, funding, and entrepreneurship. Below is a list of this year's attendees, along with some photos of the event!
We invite you to attend the Masters Thesis showcase presentations of the 2017 graduating class of the MFA in Products of Design program on Friday, May 5th at the SVA Theatre from 11am - 5:30pm. 17 graduating masters students will each present their year-long thesis work, comprised of research, artifacts, services, experiences, and platforms.
On October 27, the first year students of the MFA Products of Design and the MFA Design Research program exchanged their Manhattan classrooms and studios for the vegetable farms, apple orchards and open fields of Washington County, New York.
On the afternoon of Saturday, September 16, the students of the MFA Products of Design department conducted a hackathon for RACKET—a grass-roots organization engaged in work around the topic of menstrual health. After a comprehensive briefing from Racket founders Caroline Angell and Margo Seibert, participants dove into four focus areas. Reimagining the kit, changing the conversation around mentruation, social media strategy, and policy.