SVA MA Design Research

SVA MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism1 is a one-year graduate program2
devoted to the study of design, its contexts & consequences.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue research-related careers in publishing, education, museums, institutes, design practice, entrepreneurship, & more.3

  1. Formerly known as D-Crit
  2. About the program
  3. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. All successful candidates awarded a significant scholarship!
SVA MA Design Research

136 W 21st St, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10011


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(212) 592-2228

Eric Schwartau – SVA MA Design Research

Eric Schwartau is an artist, satirist, editor, and the co-founder of Talk Hole, an “artjacent” comedy brand and monthly showcase. He has performed in and produced shows at MoMA PS1, NADA Art Fair, and Navel LA. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Art in America, Dazed & Confused Magazine, Time Out New York, and  He is a former Editor at Taschen where he worked on photography and design titles including multi-book deals with The New York Times and National Geographic. He received a B.A. in Urban Studies from Vassar College where he studied the interrelation between the HGTV “designed-to-sell” aesthetic and the US subprime mortgage crisis. He has a (scholarly) obsession with House Hunters and Forensic Files.