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.



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:

READ>> 14 THINGS THAT MATTER: What distinguishes the MFA in Products of Design?

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



Priority deadline for the fall 2020 semester is January 15th, 2020. Priority Applicants will receive a decision by April 1st, 2020. Applications submitted after this date will be considered if space remains available in the program.


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


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



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.


  • 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)


  • Video profile (See details below)



You should conceive of your portfolio as a collection of projects. We are open to projects of varying aesthetic, formal and conceptual types. Whatever their form, 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 10 projects in your portfolio. These 10 projects may vary in complexity and kind. Below is a partial list of some possible project kinds:

  • Research project

  • Designed object/artifact

  • Craft/hack/mod

  • Business venture

  • Conceptual work

  • Published work

  • Pro-bono initiatives

  • Competition entries

Several of 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.

Be sure to include any published work (on the web, in print, or in exhibition), awards or competition submissions, and any other materials that evidence your commitment and passion for the enterprise of problem solving, celebration and design.

For accomplished designers: We will review your portfolios for concept development, sketching, iteration, research, problem solving, analytical thinking, strategy, prototyping, presentation and story-telling.

For qualified candidates entering the world of design: Products of Design welcomes candidates who do not have a formal design degree or experience in professional design practice. While these candidates’ portfolios may not emphasize the specific competencies listed above for practicing designers, they must convey the applicant’s acute ability to think analytically and strategically, and to harness this thinking toward successful problem solving. Your portfolio projects may be less visual, but please include snapshots of your process, images of the project in its final form, screenshots or PDFs of written documentation, and any documentation or press coverage of results.

Communication design and graphic ability: In addition to strong strategic, research, and three-dimensional abilities, we are especially interested in candidates possessing strong two-dimensional skills and who can create visually convincing artifacts. These can include graphic design, typography, motion graphics, branding, advertising, packaging, writing, websites, apps, and other collateral elements.


Applicants are asked to submit an optional, speak-into-the-webcam video profile, 2-3 minutes in length, answering the following questions:

  • What is your assessment of the current state of the design industry?

  • Where do you see yourself within it, both now and in the future?

  • At what scale are you most interested in working? Personal? Interpersonal? Community? Political? Global?

(Don’t like guidelines? Then scrap these questions and tell us what you’re really about and why you want to pursue advanced work in the enterprise of design.)


Only the following formats are acceptable:

  • Link to an online portfolio (preferred)

  • Bound books or physical printouts

Videos should be published online with a link (and password if required).

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.


All required application 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