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Foundation Studies Programme

Core Skill Programme

Communication Design

Specialisation in: Visual Communication Design
Digital Video Production

Industrial Design

Specialisation in: Textile Design
Furniture and Interiors
Product Design

Design for Community and Self



The Foundation Studies programme is a year long, entry-level course. It exposes students to a holistic, heuristic and creative learning process that concentrates on the building of basic technical and conceptual skills in art and design. The pedagogy is multidisciplinary, research-oriented, often self-initiated, self-directed and self-assessed, exploratory and experimental, contemporary and radical, with adequate inputs in the liberal arts.

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It is mandatory for students who have completed the Foundation Studies course to do a second year of studies in the Core Skills programme. The technical and conceptual skills they had been exposed to in the Foundation Studies course are enhanced and honed in an increasingly rigorous manner. By the end of this programme, students would have acquired the necessary skills, understanding and exposure to various disciplines through explorations to decide on their future course of studies, whether in a specialized design discipline or a programme that is not discipline-specific.

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This is a two-year, full-time programme offered by the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology.
It is open for admission to students who fulfill any one of the following criteria:
1. Those who have completed Foundation and Core Skills program of studies at Srishti
2. Students from other art/ design/architecture/related-discipline courses with minimum two years of study successfully completed
3. Professionals from similar/ related disciplines with minimum two years of work experience, and having completed 10+2
4. Long-standing professionals from any discipline with a genuine passion for design and communication
Minimum age for any direct-entry candidate is 20 years by July 2004.
At the end of the two-year programme you may be given an option to join a one-year Lab leading to an Advanced Diploma.

Course Description:
The course will provide conceptual foundation needed for a lifetime of professional practice in design. Students will learn how to develop critical thinking skills and to apply them visually in an experiential studio environment.
The curriculum is designed to give you a depth of knowledge and expertise in the discipline of Visual Communications Design, with a breadth of understanding of all related disciplines like Internet design, Animation, Photography, Mass communication and Exhibition Design.
You will gain an understanding of the process of Visual Communication by engaging in coursework and class projects covering variety of print and design projects. Interdisciplinary studies in arts and humanities are combined with intense studies in visual form, typography, design history and theory, concept and image generation, and studio and digital methods to provide students with intellectual tools to educate and enrich themselves through their lives and careers.

Fit with Market:
Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be suitable for entry-level jobs in:
a. A design studio or an advertising agency
b. An exhibition design or interior design firm
c. A publication house
d. An internet/IT design firm
e. An NGO
f . An Animation firm

Topics covered:
· Computer applications - graphics, imaging, web
· Illustration using different media
· Print media design - poster, newspaper, book, magazine
· Corporate design - branding, logo, packaging
· Colour aesthetics & composition
· Photography
· Typefaces & typography in general
· Exhibit and signage design
· Production process - scanning, colour printing, etc.
· History of graphic design
· Web design & management process
· Interface, navigation & interactive design
· Basic animation
· Creativity & resourcefulness using low-cost/no-cost materials & processes
· Hand lettering & calligraphy
· Critical & analytical abilities
· Interpersonal & teamwork skills, preferably facilitation
· A professional portfolio of work
· Elaborate/interpret/understand client brief and write/define a brief
· Explain design concepts and validate design outcomes in the context of marketing/client needs
· Professional execution and finish
· Ability to plan and navigate a design presentation
· Basic Design Practice (budgeting, negotiating, pricing, etc.)
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The Professional Diploma in Textiles Design is a two-year specialization offered at The Srishti school of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore. The course offers a broad-based education in many aspects of fiber, fabric and pattern, emphasizing a thorough understanding of the design process, materials, structure and techniques as well as the interdependence of these elements. The students would interact with the Craft sector as well as the Textile Industry during their course of study through classroom projects as well as Internship opportunities. The faculty would support the development of students as artists and designers who will energize the field through personal vision and understanding of the larger artistic context of the discipline.

DIRECT ENTRY: Source (Minimum two years in any of these or similar Institutions)
1. Home Science with textile or fashion (Home Science, MSU)
2. Polytechnic (Sophia Polytechnic, Nirmala Niketan, SNDT)
3. Art colleges (CKP, JJ school of Art, Indian Art college, Calcutta, Shantiniketan)
4. Textile technology or engineering students
5. Industry experience (2- 3 years)

ENTRY CRITERIA: (Direct Entry)
1. English language proficiency:
- To be able to take instruction in English
- To be able to express one self
- To be able to collect information that is available in English
2. Relevant technical knowledge
- Basic level knowledge of weaves, looms, techniques, representation on graph,
- Print repeats, screen and/or block process
- Material knowledge fibers, yarn, dyes, chemicals
- How a manufacturing setup works, business, accounts
3. Design aptitude
- Basic aptitude in the areas of drawing, composition, color, analytical skills
- Art and Design history
- Knowledge of computer application (Word, Corel draw, Photoshop)

1. In depth knowledge in the areas of weaves, print, embroidery and material.
2. Ability to express one self through the medium of textiles.
3. Ability to visualize a concept or a theme or mood based on the technical understanding of the medium

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This 2 year specialisation imparts a thorough understanding of the self, surroundings and user insight and the ability to translate these understandings to real design solutions. This discipline's aim is to equip the young professional with the competence of the craft with all its technological and vocational aspects on a contemporary industry level and yet build in a deep sense of responsibility and sensitivity towards the surroundings and related issues.


The vision is to build a teachable and learnable transparent body of knowledge for the extended art and design community based on a collaborative learning platform, which can be referenced and made freely accessible. The facilitative mode of instruction shall be based on the instructors' personal passions and missions and not on the craft and vocational expertise, the latter can and will be provided on a course to course basis according to requirement. Course locations for this reason may or may not be always in house and a group of students may have to travel for a part or whole or a number of courses sometimes almost in a spirit of an internship. Certain inputs may even be provided online. Reason for this is to provide for the students the best that is available regardless of location.

What we Expect

Product design is not just a discipline, it is a way of life. We want the student to be convinced of this basic notion before entering this discipline.

In this discipline we expect the student to come with a basic level of maturity and learning responsibility which will keep the student on track through various ups and downs of a gruelling and evolving curriculum.



This 2 year course aims to equip participants with a high degree of practical, technical and creative skills in the field. With emphasis on creative aspirations and a firm foundation in technology, we will train young professionals who are capable of efficiently integrating with the industry and delivering high standards of design creativity coupled with a sense of sound business practice and sensitivity to the broader view of life.

The 2-year program will include a period of internship in industry. On successful completion of this, participants may undertake a 3 month long Diploma Project.

Broadly, there are three components to the course
1. History and Contemporary Practice,
2. Science, Engineering, Computers, 2D and 3D skills
3. Design Projects, Internship and Diploma Project

The course will deliver a compact schedule focused on developing a high degree of hands-on skills and sound working knowledge of the marketplace, to enable a successful career plan that will bring prosperity and enrichment in life.


For Direct Entry:

- Ability in Freehand Drawing
- Quality of 3D visualization, modeling skills (not computer but physical)
- Knowledge of Technical drawing (orthographic, isometric, axonometric)
- Language and People Skills
- Portfolio
- You may be from any of these or similar backgrounds:
Technical colleges, architecture schools, people with experience in industry with a minimum of 2 years of participation

AGE CRITERIA - 19 till 30

Course Content:
- History of Design and Art, Contemporary Practice
- The Design Process
- Technical Drawing and Illustration
- Materials and Processes, Basic to Advanced Model making
- Working Knowledge- Ergonomics, Electricity, Air Conditioning, Sanitation and Construction
- Materials, Services and Standards for Interior Design
- AutoCAD and 3D Modeling Software
- Furniture Design Projects in accessories, basic furniture, technically complex furniture, storage, furniture for public, corporate and domestic use.
- Interior Design projects for domestic, retail, public and institutional spaces
- Participation in international furniture/interior/workspace design competition/s?

Projected Career Paths for Diploma Holders:
- Should be employable at a Senior Design Assistant level in Furniture, Interior & Architecture Design studios
- Should be employable at a Junior Designer level in manufacturing industry
- Should be self-employable as a Interior/Set Designer, Furniture Entrepreneur or 3D visualiser/animator
- Should be sufficiently literate to do post-diploma courses in Furniture, Product Design, Architecture or advanced 3D modeling/FX
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This Professional Diploma in Digital Video Production is a two-year integrated programme that places emphasis on practical training in the various technical and creative aspects of the filmmaking process. It exposes students to the core elements of the medium – screenplay writing, producing, directing, videography, sound recording, non-linear editing and post-production sound – and includes internship with industry and a final diploma project.
The Programme
There are four key elements to this programme:
1. Video Production – Production topics include all aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production – screenwriting/ producing/ directing/ videography/ sound recording/ editing/ duplication. Every semester will be punctuated with a video project, the last being a diploma film. All production work will be on Mini DV.
2. Film Studies - Film studies include film theory, criticism, history (including history of experimental, documentary, and narrative film and video).
3. Liberal Arts inputs - The nature of the film medium requires a broad background in liberal arts and a multidisciplinary approach to learning. This aspect will be integrated into the programme as organic extensions of the films screened. In this way, studies pertaining to history, literature, socio-cultural aspects and by and large the human condition can be undertaken with the objective of feeding back into creative film-making.
4. Elective/Internship - In the second year, each student will do an elective/internship with industry. The elective/internship could be in areas like film titling, special effects, DTS technology, costume design which are areas not offered in the course curriculum.

The Faculty

The faculty for the course will be a mixture of a few who are full-time and a network of visiting faculty - filmmaking professionals who will run specialized, hands-on courses on different aspects of filmmaking.


On successful completion of the course you would have explored filmmaking as an art – opening out the aesthetic, cultural, socio-political issues that are influence and in turn influence the act of image making. In addition to this you will be able to enter the professional industry with a competent knowledge of the basic facets of filmmaking.

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The structure of the new diploma course called Design for Community and Self emerged from the learning experiences and outcomes of the Design Lab. The normative way of engaging with the teaching and practice of design is to get young people to benefit from the "specialization route". But does this present the danger of creating professionals who are adept at solving symptoms but are ill equipped to get down to root issues? How can the school create professionals equipped to handle today’s complexities using conceptual energies, methodologies, tools and skills that can adapt to rapid obsolescence?

The DCS course tackles such questions and is ambitious in its breadth and depth. It offers to cover a range of 2D and 3D disciplines including product design, graphics, photography, web, video, sculpture, painting and new media. The objective is a course that makes students think across or beyond the confines of any single discipline and enables learning both in the classroom and on live projects. The diploma promotes the understanding that the study of art and design must engage with contemporary debates and issues in society, local and global, and be intertwined with those intangible qualities/assets such as trust, ethics and well being which contribute directly to economic wealth creation and culture.

Clarifications on DCS

The usual design courses offer a student a "specialisation route".
While this seems to work for some learning styles, the design lab provides
a learning opportunity that is not driven by answers but by questions.
The medium, skills and tools then are learnt to help to find ways of
addressing those questions in creative, inclusive and empowering ways.

The objective of this course is to make students think across or beyond the confines
of a single discipline. This diploma promotes the understanding that the study of
art and design must engage with contemporary debates and issues in society,
local and global and intertwined with those intangible qualities/assets such as trust, ethics and well being
which contribute directly to economic wealth creation and culture.

The course has a lot of real life work and research and expects the students
to be self-directed in their learning styles. It is demanding , challenging and seeks
to stretch the students comfort zones.

Areas and topics the curriculum will cover
The course is taught around project questions. There are core learning sites and skill inputs in addition.
The core learning sites are, Art & Design Context / Art & Design Literacy / Community / Environment / Community

Career path or outcome the candidate can expect after doing this course
At the end of a one year apprenticeship / 2 year programme / 3 year programme the student will have a more in depth understanding of working in a facilitative manner with communities. The student can then join an NGO, Public Service organisation, or a exporter or set up a project to do community work. The differences in the years will only reflect the experience the student gathers, since most of the key sites will be covered by all the students in the first year itself.

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