The Visible Futures Lab at the School of Visual Arts exists to further the theory and practice of interaction and product design through structured explorations of emerging technologies, systems, and behaviors in identified areas of research interest. In partnerships with industry-leading organizations, the VFL will bring its interdisciplinary approach to solving tomorrow’s real-world problems. In self-guided efforts, the VFL acts as a research and development organization for the world of entrepreneurial design, discovering directions for the next wave of products and services. Work done in the Lab contributes to a lasting spirit of purposeful and extensible projects.

Students from all graduate departments across SVA are welcome to use the VFL. To maintain a safe, usable, and creative workspace, access to the Lab must be monitored and limited to a certain number of students per week. Graduate students who have projects that support and/or enhance the VFL’s philosophy of purposeful and extendable projects can request access to the Lab. Lab access is free for all students and includes staff mentorship and full use of the Lab's tools and resources.

A Lab Access Request must be completed and approved by the VFL in order to gain access to the facilities. This will allow the staff to anticipate project requirements and allocate the Lab's resources accordingly.

The Lab Access Request Form is here.

Located on the 7th floor of 132 W 21st Street, New York, NY 10011, between 6th Ave & 7th Ave, the Visible Futures Lab is open:

Fall/ Spring  10am-11pm Monday-Friday & 12pm-6pm Saturday & Sunday.

Summer       10am-6pm Monday-Friday. Closed Weekends.