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





(212) 592-2228

Eric Schwartau – SVA MA Design Research

Eric Schwartau is a comedian, artist, creative director, and co-founder of Talk Hole, an “art-jacent” comedy brand, creative agency, and performance duo. He has performed in and produced shows with the New Museum, MoMA PS1, NADA Art Fair, Material Art Fair, and Navel LA. Talk Hole’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Interview Magazine, Art in America, Dazed & Confused, Time Out New York, and He is a former Editor at TASCHEN GmbH, where he worked on photography and design titles including projects with The New York Times and National Geographic. He received a B.A. in Urban Studies from Vassar College and received Honors for his thesis examining the interrelation between the HGTV “designed-to-sell” aesthetic and the US subprime mortgage crisis. He has a (scholarly) obsession with House Hunters.