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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 1-5pm. 15 graduating masters students will each present their year-long thesis work, comprised of research, artifacts, services, experiences, and platforms.


The day will be punctuated by (deliciously) catered breaks, as well as a champagne reception at the close of the session. We welcome guests in all facets of design and innovation, including designers, entrepreneurs, teachers, advocates, talent-scouts, journalists and cultural critics.

2016 MFA Products of Design Thesis Presentation
Friday, May 5, 2017
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
SVA Theatre
333 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011

Students Presenting:

Jenna Witzleben
Finding the Wild: A Visceral Approach to Sustainability

Julia Lindpaintner
Justice by All: Revitalizing Civic Engagement in the Judicial System

Doug Fertig
Power Suits: Building Confidence in Children with Mental Health Conditions

Alexa Forney
With, Despite, Because: Chronic Pain as Opportunity for Happiness

Xumeng Mou
Functional Fantasy: Exposing Our Reliance on Imagination

Gahee Kang
Designed Technology: The Bright Side of Growing Up Digital

Will Lentz
Eating Together: Explorations of a Social Food System

Karen Vellensky
Good Grief: Inducing Eco-Distress as a Call to Climate Action

Oscar Pipson
Stoulen: Exploring the Commodification and Appropriation of Black Cool

Dayoung Hong
Pygmalion: Creating a System to Empower People with Social Anxiety Disorder

Michael Kenney
Instigationism: Preventing Pain Through Persuasive Play

Andrea Cameron
Playing With Firebrands: Amplifying Student Voices in Public Education

Josh Corn
Awe And Astonishment: Wonder in the Age of Democratized Magic

Ailun Sai
Dominion: Redefining the Relationship Between Animals and Humans

Arjun Kalyanpur
Invisible Tethers: Exploring How Time and Memory Shape Products and Places

(Want a sneak peek at what you're in for: Take a look at some of last year's presentations!)


About the MFA in Products of Design
The MFA in Products of Design is an immersive, two-year graduate program that creates exceptional practitioners for leadership in the shifting terrain of design. We educate heads, hearts and hands to reinvent systems and catalyze positive change. Graduates emerge with confidence, methods, experience and strong professional networks. They gain the skills necessary to excel in senior positions at top design firms and progressive organizations, create ingenious enterprises of their own, and become lifelong advocates for the power of design.