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May 24, 2011

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Did someone say criticism is in crisis? Not so at the School of Visual Arts, which still has a few spots left in its “design criticism” department this fall. To entice prospective students, the two-year-old MFA program is dropping some bold-faced names: Paola Antonelli, senior curator of design at the Museum of Modern Art and New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook.

Other lures include “Edit a D-Crit Chapbook with author Akiko Busch;” “Launch a blog with New York Observer editor-in-chief Elizabeth Spiers;” and, most appealing of all, ”Drink martinis with Gay Talese.” Hey, isn’t he the guy who wrote about cheating on his wife?

When “D-Crit” students aren’t rubbing elbows with media and design heavyweights, they learn the foundations of “Design History” and “Writing: Style, Voice and Process” and specialize in topics like “Restaurant Design Review.” For more information, see

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