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Product Design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology or Architecture, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Product design is concerned primarily with the relationship between products, systems and those who use them. The Product Design programme at NID inculcates user-centric approach and processes. Responsibility and concern towards the social, physical and ecological environments is emphasized in the process of developing innovative ideas. The Product Design programme assimilates inputs in diverse domains such as human factors, cognitive ergonomics, form studies, studio skills, advanced CAD, research methods, design management, materials & manufacturing processes & social sciences. Emphasis is on process centric approach which shapes a student's education through participation and teamwork. Design projects form the core of a product designer's education, with gradual increase in level of complexity and cover broad areas that product designers are likely to encounter in their professional careers. Students are actively encouraged to participate in collaborative projects with industrial houses, social sector, government & MNCs Design projects can be broadly classified into domains of: Design for Industry: explores creative opportunities for partnerships with small, medium and large scale industries across India to develop core competencies in design and manufacturing for a globalized presence. Projects focus on products and services for consumer needs, manufacturing and economic impact. Design for quality of Life: explores unique social and cultural responses to existing and emerging technologies as reflected in the creation and adoption of everyday objects of life. Projects focus on design and development of products and services that improve the quality of living in home, office & public environments. Design for Healthcare: explores a growing movement among designers to design cost-effective healthcare solutions for people who have no / limited access to institutionalized healthcare. Projects leverage the power of design thinking to find unique ways to address the basic challenges of health, survival and progress faced by underserved populations in the Indian context. Design for Social Impact: explores the role of design-led solutions at the national level to the infrastructural challenges of a rapidly growing Indian Economy. Projects look at developing scalable solutions to problems of urban mobility, sustenance and social equity that are people-centric and embrace sustainable values. Design for Sustainability: explores the power of design to influence an ecologically responsible approach to development of products, systems and environments. Designers evolve new systems of development which improve the quality of life and the human experience, while simultaneously restoring the environment, rebuilding the community and creating a sense of oneness with the natural world. Design led Futures: explores global trends, challenges and opportunities to shape the future. Projects focus on the enormous challenges that India will face in the coming decades in terms of population, health, mobility, sanitation, energy and ecology. Today's technologies are used as a basis to project the future, and concepts generate frameworks to evolve and guide society and behavior in the future.



Furniture & Interior Design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology or Architecture, OR Diploma in Interior Design or Craft Design (under 10+2+4yr)

The Discipline of Furniture and Interior Design deals with the creation and evolution of objects, structures and systems at human scale that aim to improve the quality of life in the immediate living and working environment, while looking at sustainable and innovative use of diverse materials and processes. It believes in a broad and interdisciplinary attitude for enriching the design activity and draws from experiences of Industrial and Environmental Design professions. The Programme provides an integrated approach to the design of furniture and interior objects and systems as part of one's living and working habitat, while striving to redefine the boundaries of such elements with a systems perspective. The Furniture and Interior Design discipline encourages the students to develop a strong foundation of basics, which facilitates anticipation of the future. The institute achieves this purpose through a diverse pool of faculty who bring academic knowledge and work experience to their instruction. The programme aims to educate designers to handle all aspects of furniture and interior design as one integrated user centric area of study; and their ability to integrate all such elements and systems into coherent wholes in various interior spatial contexts is considered to be important. Special emphasis is placed on the ability to develop self-made prototypes in order to test human and functional factors v/s aesthetics and use of materials. Furthermore, the students are expected to attain an understanding of a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and are trained to carry out design processes as a part of a team as well as independently. Their understanding of the domain of design is demonstrated through measurable learning outcomes during the programme. Students are not only expected to complete specific courses but also to develop critical and analytical abilities together with educational values that contribute to a lifelong learning attitude.



Ceramics & glass design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in Design, Fine Arts, Engineering Technology, Architecture or Interior Design OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Ceramic and glass design programme at NID takes inspiration from both intrinsic art and craft traditions and it equally recognizes its potential and scope for the future. Discipline offers tremendous expressive qualities in the domain of art and creativity as well as functional possibilities in the domains of craft, architectural spaces (indoor and outdoor spaces), hospitality industries, home decor, hi tech products and lifestyle product categories. The curriculum at NID offers courses to introduce the technological and skill aspects of the core materials while other courses such as form and structure; colour and composition, ergonomics etc. are offered to sensitize students towards the other essentials of design. Additionally, design projects spread over the semesters bring in a critical understanding towards user's, functional and aesthetic requirements, socio-cultural context and market reality. An extensive exposure is provided towards craft sector as well as ceramic and glass industries which bring in awareness towards wider range of production techniques and variety of work environments laying deep emphasis on the production possibility of these materials in a variety of production scenario. Students also get hands on experience to a variety of forming techniques in both the materials. They get to experience hand-molding techniques in clay such as coiling, pinching, and throwing along with molding and casting as production methods. While, they also explore their creative expressions through kiln formed glass such as slumping, fusing and pate de verre and practice glass blowing as part of hot glass in the curriculum. Exposure to allied materials apart from core materials is provided for a wider knowledge base. Ceramic and Glass Discipline has established important alliance with the clusters of small and medium scale industries located in several parts of the country such as Firozabad, Khurja, Jaipur, Morbi etc besides existing linkages with large-scale industries such as Borosil Glass, Somany Tiles, HSIL (Hindware Sanitary ware), LA OPALA Glass, CERA Sanitary etc. The association and exposure towards the clusters provides a platform to the graduates to utilize the cluster's production capability for their own entrepreneurial ventures and creative expression. It also has active alliance with international design schools offering these two materials in their core curriculum; this provides a rich exposure as well. Graduates find careers in the area of tableware, tile, sanitary ware, glassware industries, lifestyle brands and export houses. There are ample opportunities to work in the craft and NGO sectors or start-up own studios, enterprises with independent batch production and establish one's own brand. Overall, the in-depth understanding of technology, production techniques and material skills and expression enables the graduates to take up challenges and make appropriate use of these materials in applications other than the conventional ones.



Graphic design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in any discipline, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

We have been witnessing dramatic change in the way a graphic designer works. The rapid changes in the way communication is happening in recent context of technological advancement has made through understanding of graphic design much more important than ever before. This programme prepares students to take on all new context challenges and technological advancements in the field of Visual Communication and specially in Graphic Design domain. Paradoxically, traditional skills have become more necessary than before. Quality and creative solutions contextual to the user's needs are still a basic human input. The fundamental importance of creating a visual vocabulary through drawing, the development of aesthetic judgment, values of form, proportion, image and word have become an integral part of learning graphic design at NID. During their period of study, students in graphic design are encouraged to work on a variety of projects, majoring in the selected sub-domain of graphic design. The areas coveredinclude typography & type design, publication design, image making, illustration, photography, packaging, print design, corporate identity, branding, information & communication systems in digital domain as well as analogues medium. Students, on successful completion of the programme would have acquired the competencies to find placements with leading graphic design firms working in the area of branding, publication, communication design and design for Digital medium. They could also start their own design enterprise. A graphic design student, in addition to a thorough grounding in design abilities and theoretical aspects, undertakes the study of the cultural and historical context in which designers need to function, as well as of the social and ethical factors that influence design decisions. The ultimate aim is to stimulate the development of independent critical judgment, sound research skills, the ability to think creatively and practice design as a professional.



Animation Film Design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in any discipline, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Indian Animation industry is now opening up to original ideas to mark its own identity in the global animation map. For this there is an ever-increasing demand for trained human resources and thinking minds as animators, content creators and mentors. Animation programme at NID, since its inception has always nurtured and mentored uniqueness both in the global and the local context. The objective of this programme is to enable students to find solutions to complex problems in various fields of communication design using animation film making as a creative medium. Initial part of the 1st semester, students get introduced to basic design skills and topics for broader understanding of subject and context of design education before they get introduced to knowledge areas pertaining to animation design in particular, as well as communication in its social and cultural contexts. In the later semesters, students are exposed to a workshop and project mode of learning where they experiment with various mediums ( e.g. 2D,3D,Clay,Mixed Media, Pixilation, Experimental, Graphic Narratives etc) to tell animation stories of many kinds. In addition, for students experiential learning, crossdisciplinary campus life, NID Film Club, Action Analysis, Field Visits, Case Study and other interactive sessions always give a value added experience. After the initial inputs and dynamic curriculum, students projects eventually result in a unique and original product, which also brings various international and national awards and recognition from time to time. The department also exposes students with Chitrakatha- a biennial student international animation festival where many national and international experts of animation world come, share and interact about their work with the students. Graduates of this programme find rewarding careers as animators, character designers, story-board artists as well as creative directors, producers, consultants and designers in many organizations such as Channel [V], MTV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Tata Interactive, Infosys, Cognizant to name a few and also as individual designpreneur or as faculty/designers at various design schools in India, including their alma mater (NID), and abroad.



Film & Video Communication

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in any discipline, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

The primary aim of Film & Video Communication programme is to train versatile design informed communicators, fluent in the conception and production of short films on a range of educational, cultural, social, entertainment and marketing communication needs. Students first go through the foundation of basic visual communication skills, along with inputs in social studies. Thereafter the grooming continues in theoretical as well as technical aspects of film making leading to holistic conceptual abilities. As we are celebrating the 100th year of Indian Cinema the aims and applications of this medium has undergone a vast change. In last two decades more and more audience segments have emerged with very diverse communication needs. Therefore, at NID the emphasis is on developing holistic conceptual abilities that are adoptable to changing technologies. The films made by NID students have won a global appreciation with numerous awards in competitive film festivals in India and abroad. The graduates of this programme have built rewarding carriers in almost all areas of audio-visual communication. These include advertising agencies, Film production houses, television channels, feature film industry, interactive media, ventures along with government bodies and NGOs who have specific developmental and communication agenda.



Textile Design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in Design (Textiles/Fashion/Accessory/Knitwear/Interior), Fine Arts or Architecture, OR Diploma in Handloom Technology/ Textile Technology (under 10+2+3yr/4yr)

The Textile Design programme strives to develop innovative and synergetic approaches to design for diverse sectors of the textile industry, markets and the social sector informed by an appreciation of the cultural heritage, socio-economic and environmental concerns that is developed through fieldwork and research. The courses stress on creative explorations and from concept to prototype developed through various stages of further explorations and refinement. The curriculum emphasizes on building a variety of skills, in combination with theoretical knowledge and practical application. The programme commences with the fundamentals of textile design. This includes, textile fibres, weave structure, surface design, dyeing techniques, printing methods, sewing techniques, constructed textiles and basic inputs in garment design. Through increasingly complex design projects, complemented by related inputs in the social sciences, fashion, trends, brand identity, technology and computer-aided design, students are encouraged to design textiles for the apparel and furnishing industry. The programme includes several interdisciplinary projects of designing textiles for Public Spaces/ Exhibition/ interiors and for the automobile industry The learning is made relevant by building links with automobile companies and manufacturers of automotive upholstery and with their professionals forming part of the teaching team. Exposure to all levels of industrial and craft production is given through field visits and a short training with industry. Documentation of crafts introduces the student to fieldwork and research methodology and enables the student to develop a deeper understanding of the cultural issues that impact design. Our graduates are employed with the textile manufacturing industry differentiated by wide range of materials, products and markets. Some graduates are designer-entrepreneurs having established their own companies in textiles and fashion. Some graduates join social-developmental projects, pursue higher studies or seek careers in academics.



Transportation & automobile design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in Industrial Design, Engineering, Technology, Architecture or Interior Design, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

The programme emphasizes on environmental, socio-economic and cultural context of Transportation and Automobile Design and ethical responsibilities of a professional designer. It imparts core skills and knowledge to the students to enable them resolve the prevailing and future challenges in product, system and service levels, with utmost confidence. The course, which is 'process centric' in nature, is structured around a learning curve that starts off with inculcating aesthetics/form/human factors sensitivity and a broader understanding of concepts and concerns in 'mobility'. Students then move on to tackle varying levels of complexity through design projects ranging from non-motorized transport, vehicle exterior/interior design, to transportation systems design. The highlight of the program is to partner with Industries for live projects as part of the curriculum, to give a 'head start' for the students to work as professional designers. The programme has produced creative talents to join the industries in India as well as some of the best design studios abroad, besides successful entrepreneurs.



Toy & game design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in any discipline, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

The PG Diploma in Toy and Game Design at the National Institute of Design aims to develop a professional and creative approach to the growing needs and aspirations in the field of education and entertainment. The programme draws its strength from its trans-disciplinary nature, integrating knowledge from various disciplines both in terms of creative conceptualisation as well as in terms of working with a variety of material and media. The learning modules give equal importance to conceptual thinking as well as practical exhibition/ understanding. The curriculum is progressive in nature with courses involving basic design fundamentals, material and media studies, cultural studies, creative thinking, user psychology etc. and progressing into methodologies for understanding complex system level problems and scenario visualisations. Modules such as elements of play, game theory, character design, user research methods provide specialized inputs. The project based pedagogy helps students to choose projects of their choice and integrate creative ideas with practical know how in order to come up with innovative designs. Students work on design projects of their choice ranging from heritage toys, digital games, educational play material to sports equipment and designs for futuristic scenarios. An active student exchange programme with Dept. of Play and Learning, Burg Giebichenstein, School of art and design, Halle, Germany as well as collaborative classroom projects with industries provide a rich exposure to students. The emphasis on innovation-led designs helps students to begin their career in a spectrum of industries or start their own enterprises.



Photography Design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in any discipline, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Photography Design aims to support the advanced study and practice of a wide range of photographic practices. It offers a unique opportunity to develop body of work that engages with the photographic image within the context of a critical understanding of contemporary photography and visual culture. It engages in the creative process and comprehends the physical and intellectual demands of the visual artist. The development of new conceptual strategies and an understanding of the broader debates surrounding photography practice are all a very important part of the course. Practice units begin by encouraging students to work experimentally, questioning their own methods as well as those of other contemporary practitioners. The practice is underpinned by history and theories that supports in the consideration of the context; audience and professional relevance of their practice in an independent or commercial environment. Students are expected to develop strong and original practice based projects and an ability to evaluate this work critically. Postgraduates of this program can seek work ranging from a highly specialized, technical variety of the field that requires creativity and visual literacy such as press/ news photography, documentary photography, fine art photography etc and other related fields like Curation, Archiving, Documentation and Research in Photography. Students get International exposure through exchange programs, "CHHAYA" international conference, exhibitions and from practitioners as visiting faculties from across the globe. The course runs over five semesters (2 1/2 years) full-time, starting every June of the year.



Apparel Design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in Design (Textiles/Fashion/Accessory/Knitwear/Interior), Engineering, Technology, Fine Arts or Architecture, OR Diploma in Handloom Technology/Textile Technology (under 10+2+3yr/4yr)

The Apparel Design Programme at NID aims at educating individuals to be creative and responsible designers who will be competent to handle diverse areas of need/ situations in today's, highly competitive and diverse, Apparel Design Industry. The Apparel Design Programme commences with a foundation programme in design. Area specific inputs begin in the first semester gradually increasing in complexity as the programme advances. A broad knowledge base is honed through a balance of inputs in History of Costume and Fashion Design, Science and Liberal Arts, Design Management. Skills and conceptual abilities are also developed through project-based learning wherein students are individually guided and encouraged to pursue and develop their own creative abilities. Learning by doing, interdisciplinary interaction with other disciplines of Design at NID, enhance their abilities to work with a team and as a professional Individual. The programme focuses on research based design learning and self development that builds and encourages both creative and innovative abilities. The programme is aligned to develop knowledge and skills to enable the graduating students to serve the industry professionally. Graduates of this Programme are employed throughout the broad spectrum of the Apparel Industry which includes Ready to Wear, Specialized areas of Fashion, Active Sports-Wear, Functional Clothing, Design Education, etc. Our Graduates are currently working as Entrepreneurs, Free-Lance Apparel Designers or otherwise employed in the Garment Industry.



Lifestyle Accessory Design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology, Architecture or Fine Arts, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

The Lifestyle Accessory Design postgraduate programme educates and trains professional designers to visualize and create lifestyle accessories and systems using different materials, processes and technologies. The programme inspired from India and its socio cultural values, beliefs, practices, cultural diversity and indigenous knowledge which has contemporary application in a global context. The designers from this programme aspire to drive the market and make 'Designed in India' a premier global brand. "Design in India and Design for India" will have a clear goal of "good design for India" and instrumental in socio cultural innovation by Designing for changing need and Design for Future Need. It relates to people's living habits and the products they interact with which form an important basis of their dayto- day lives. It delves into perception and trend studies of diverse dynamics influencing the lifestyles of consumers from various strata of society. It offers a strong multidisciplinary edge wherein the students get opportunity to work with a wide spectrum of product categories - jewelry, bags, luggage, footwear, lighting, furnishings, furniture, space accessories and automobile interiors. The programme curriculum encourages students to develop alternative approaches to designing products by building innovative, out-of-the-box thinking skills while ensuring that the design solutions successfully accomplish their commercial expectations. Design projects, which are actively plugged into the curriculum, provide a vital learning experience whereby the students exhibit their capability to converge and synthesize their creativity, skills and knowledge base to come up with tangible outputs. A plethora of rewarding career opportunities is available to LAD graduates across diverse industry segments where a growing number of alumni are meaningfully contributing.



New media design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Fine Arts, Music, Computer Science and Applications, Electronics or Visual Communications, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

New Media attempts to examine the impact (change) that technologies may have on mankind in the future. The thoughtful and appropriate application of technology at an individual, organizational and national level can lead to significant economic benefits, while being aware of its cultural impact. Through a historical grounding in art, craft and design practices; surveying of scientific and technology landscape of the world; and building an ability to keenly observe the cultural fabric of the country, students of new media develop integrated and context relevant solutions for addressing contemporary issues. There are three primary objectives of the programme:

  • Exploring and critically examining the relationship between technology and culture.
  • Gaining competency in judging the appropriate application of technology.
  • Developing insights leading to the invention of new technology.
Contemporary practice and study of new media is at the intersection of art, craft, science, technology and design. In this sense the programme is truly transdisciplinary. Students of new media design should be capable of creating associations / cross linkages across the fields of art, science, technology and design. They should be able to function in situations where lack of definition persists, and define their own practices and grounds, informed through practice and research.



Strategic Design Management

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology, Fine Arts, Architecture, Interior Design or Planning, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

importance of design and design thinking in formulating business strategies, co-creation and implementation of integrated management decisions. Design has become the key to developing and delivering innovative products and processes leading to market success in the business arena today. The need for strategically managing creative design process becomes significant in the profile of not only managers but also designers. The Strategic Design Management (SDM) programme at NID has evolved around the idea of Design Thinking as a strategic management tool. The SDM programme aims to develop human resources for the corporate, government and the socially important sectors who would understand the emerging issues from a context specific and systemic perspective. SDM programme caters to the need of developing new breed of managers, who are skilled at working with a wide range of multi-disciplinary inputs in order to achieve holistic and sustainable business solutions. In all, SDM education caters to business aspects of design in a design thinking paradigm in an integrated way. As a design manager, a person is involved with strategies, action plans and processes. Critical functions such as innovation management, managing new product development, retail design management, competitive analysis, trend forecasting, design audit and sustainability are in the ambit of the design manager. It also involves design research, scenario building, brand management, designing communication strategies and social development. They can also perform applied research in design management with a view to develop new tools, methods and processes. The students who complete the programme successfully will be well equipped to enter any industry or consultancy as strategic designers, design entrepreneurs, design managers, contributing either as team member or as team leaders. Many of our graduates are performing the above tasks.



Information Design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Fine Arts, Music, Computer Science, Electronics or Visual Communications, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Advances in information technology are permitting organization, dissemination, accessibility and reception of information with incredible efficiency and reach. Whereas ubiquitous digitized systems are fast replacing every mode of manual transaction and are transferring a colossal data to stake holders. At the core of the programme is a quest of assisting mankind about knowledge of the facts and data so as to use it for one's own and social benefit. Visualization of information that clearly and intelligibly augments insights is a design challenge. It synchronizes fields of visual aesthetics and statistics as well as engineering and humanities thus helping connect people and technology. Hence there is this emerging position of trained individuals with a good blend of abilities making design applications more efficient and effective for the end users. Therefore the objectives of the Information Design programme are to train the students to design accessible and effective systems for a range of audience and media, from print, spatial to digital; to develop specialist designers who will be able to convert large data and complex information into a clear, user friendly and impelling resource which help develop knowledge, awareness, insights and decision making.Beginning with the fundamentals of visual design and along with courses in design processes, the program is a combination of - methods from design; ideas from the arts; tools from social sciences and insights from business. Students will be exposed to courses in Visual Communication, Information Graphics, Interactive Information Visualization, Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization, accompanied with research projects that refer to experiences and information reflecting the real-world. An ID student would be one with a passion for art and science of visualization of information making it easy to use. As a result of the course, he/she would typically contribute to multidisciplinary teams that design communicational needs in an information dependent environment. Apart from good visual skills, program seeks students with willingness and motivation to learn the tools of imaging technology, information processing, and basic software programming.



Interaction design

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology, Architecture or Fine Arts, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

The interaction design program at nid would focus on aspects of design and behaviour of various forms of digital products ranging from mobile, web based to dynamic ones in gaming, education, transportation, healthcare, banking, retail and other domains. This program is offered as a two and half years post graduate diploma program in interaction design. This program educates the students on concepts, theories, practices and processes in the area of interaction design. The design projects and courses aligned for the various semesters progressively move from being able to communicate concepts, web & mobile platforms, to dynamic interactive interfaces and finally to look at product appliances & interfaces with strong relationship to physicality of the space context. The programme is a research driven and provides importance to various dimensions/aspects of interaction design: Sensory-perceptual-cognitive-behavioural and sociocultural- aesthetic etc. The students would gain adequate knowledge and training enabling them to design wide range of products using varied digital media/technologies and for diverse target audiences. They would develop the ability to conceptualize, visualize and prototype products following design process that begins with research phase and progresses till the final design development. The two and half years program spans across 5 semesters with design projects in each semester. The students spend four semesters with focus on academic work. In the final 5th Semester, the student takes up real / live design project with the industry or design firm or academia. Candidates seeking admission to the post graduate diploma program in interaction design could be from varied backgrounds such as graduates in varied engineering disciplines, fine arts, architecture, 4-year diploma in design. The prospective students are required to be passionate and be aware of the emerging digital and product trends. Post graduates of interaction design program could look for career opportunities with various industry verticals such as IT services & products, consumer durables & devices, automotive, healthcare, media etc.



Design for Retail Experience

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PGDPD Degree in any discipline, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Retail Design as a profession has been established in India and is gaining a good degree of recognition from the Retail industry. With the major changes in the Indian Economy this has become an area of expertise to the large variety of retail industries. Market competition is intense and a great degree of flexibility is demanded to sustain the day to day changes in the market. The Design for Retail Experience PG course offered at NID R&D Campus, Bengaluru, was started in the year 2007. The course has an integrated approach to designing process, systems and spaces to accommodate multi-sensory experiences in the retail space in the context of enhanced user experience. The programme offers a challenge to redefine boundaries, understand consumer lifestyles and aspirations in order to visualize and create new concepts for an outstanding shopping experience. In this course various knowledge domains such as Fundamentals of design, spatial design, retail communication, Retail furniture& fixture, Packaging, Visual merchandising, Branding, Store Design and Retail management are coherently brought together and taught through various modules and projects to the students in general for understanding effective 'retail experience'. This course has been developed to build aesthetic sensibility and design competence as well as knowledge of the professional aspects of conception and presentation, managerial skills and provision of requisite skills to put various design ideas systematically into practice.



Graphics Design

We have been witnessing dramatic change in the way a graphic designer works. The rapid changes in the way communication is happening in recent context of technological advancement has made through understanding of graphic design much more important than ever before. This programme prepares students to take on all new context challenges and technological advancements in the field of Visual Communication and specially in Graphic Design domain. Paradoxically, traditional skills have become more necessary than before. Quality and creative solutions contextual to the user's needs are still a basic human input. The fundamental importance of creating a visual vocabulary through drawing, the development of aesthetic judgment, values of form, proportion, image and word have become an integral part of learning graphic design at NID. During their period of study, students in graphic design are encouraged to work on a variety of projects, majoring in the selected sub-domain of graphic design. The areas covered include typography & type design, publication design, image making, illustration, photography, packaging, print design, corporate identity, branding, information & communication systems in digital domain as well as analogues medium. Students, on successful completion of the programme would have acquired the competencies to find placements with leading graphic design firms working in the area of branding, publication, communication design and design for Digital medium. They could also start their own design enterprise. A graphic design student, in addition to a thorough grounding in design abilities and theoretical aspects, undertakes the study of the cultural and historical context in which designers need to function, as well as of the social and ethical factors that influence design decisions. The ultimate aim is to stimulate the development of independent critical judgment, sound research skills, the ability to think creatively and practice design as a professional.



Film and Video Communication

The primary aim of Film & Video Communication programme is to train versatile design informed communicators, fluent in the conception and production of short films on a range of educational, cultural, social, entertainment and marketing communication needs. Students first go through the foundation of basic visual communication skills, along with inputs in social studies. Thereafter the grooming continues in theoretical as well as technical aspects of film making leading to holistic conceptual abilities. As we are celebrating the 100th year of Indian Cinema the aims and applications of this medium has undergone a vast change. In last two decades more and more audience segments have emerged with very diverse communication needs. Therefore, at NID the emphasis is on developing holistic conceptual abilities that are adoptable to changing technologies. The films made by NID students have won a global appreciation with numerous awards in competitive film festivals in India and abroad. The graduates of this programme have built rewarding carriers in almost all areas of audio-visual communication. These include advertising agencies, Film production houses, television channels, feature film industry, interactive media, ventures along with government bodies and NGOs who have specific developmental and communication agenda.



Animation and Film Design

Indian Animation industry is now opening up to original ideas to mark its own identity in the global animation map. For this there is an ever-increasing demand for trained human resources and thinking minds as animators, content creators and mentors. Animation programme at NID, since its inception has always nurtured and mentored uniqueness both in the global and the local context. The objective of this programme is to enable students to find solutions to complex problems in various fields of communication design using animation film making as a creative medium. Initial part of the 1st semester, students get introduced to basic design skills and topics for broader understanding of subject and context of design education before they get introduced to knowledge areas pertaining to animation design in particular, as well as communication in its social and cultural contexts. In the later semesters, students are exposed to a workshop and project mode of learning where they experiment with various mediums ( e.g. 2D,3D,Clay,Mixed Media, Pixilation, Experimental, Graphic Narratives etc) to tell animation stories of many kinds. In addition, for students' experiential learning, crossdisciplinary campus life, NID Film Club, Action Analysis, Field Visits, Case Study and other interactive sessions always give a value added experience. After the initial inputs and dynamic curriculum, students' projects eventually result in a unique and original product, which also brings various international and national awards and recognition from time to time. The department also exposes students with Chitrakatha- a biennial student international animation festival where many national and international experts of animation world come, share and interact about their work with the students. Graduates of this programme find rewarding careers as animators, character designers, story-board artists as well as creative directors, producers, consultants and designers in many organizations such as Channel [V], MTV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Tata Interactive, Infosys, Cognizant to name a few and also as individual designpreneur or as faculty/designers at various design schools in India, including their alma mater (NID), and abroad.



Exhibition (Spatial) Design

Exhibition Design is a synthesis of multiple design disciplines that come together to communicate objects, information and ideas across a range of three-dimensional environments. Simply understood, it means communication and storytelling through environmental experiences that inform, entertain, and inspire. The discipline considers the exhibition from the perspectives of communication, design and fabrication that involve a mastery of spatial planning, image manipulation, narrative, color, lighting, and multimedia, and working knowledge of structures, typography, combined with an understanding of audience and human factors, to shape storytelling experiences across multiple exhibition venues. This can include staging of representative and experiential spaces; interior-design environments and scenography for festivities; museums, galleries and trade exhibitions; and cultural and theatrical events. In a country that is becoming rapidly urban and metropolitan, Indians increasingly find themselves having to navigate through vast buildings, concrete cities and massive transport hubs, but there is a distinct lack of communication design (signage / way-finding) guiding them on their way. Too often, these spaces are designed with little empathy for users, and this is where exhibition designers can contribute to these public spaces by bringing an overall perspective of spatial communication to the table. Exhibition designers create experiences that are physical but also emotional and psychological and this is where they have something extremely unique to offer. Aim of the discipline is to equip students with an understanding for planning of built or open spaces to provide an appropriate environment for communication, and to create a contextual / experience that supports communication / interpretation of ideas to audiences by creating a multimodal and multi-sensory experience.



Product Design

Product design is concerned primarily with the relationship between products, systems and those who use them. The Product Design programme at NID inculcates user-centric approach and processes. Responsibility and concern towards the social, physical and ecological environments is emphasized in the process of developing innovative ideas. The Product Design programme assimilates inputs in diverse domains such as human factors, cognitive ergonomics, form studies, studio skills, advanced CAD, research methods, design management, materials & manufacturing processes & social sciences. Emphasis is on process centric approach which shapes a student's education through participation and teamwork. Design projects form the core of a product designer's education, with gradual increase in level of complexity and cover broad areas that product designers are likely to encounter in their professional careers. Students are actively encouraged to participate in collaborative projects with industrial houses, social sector, government & MNCs Design projects can be broadly classified into domains of: Design for Industry: explores creative opportunities for partnerships with small, medium and large scale industries across India to develop core competencies in design and manufacturing for a globalized presence. Projects focus on products and services for consumer needs, manufacturing and economic impact. Design for quality of Life: explores unique social and cultural responses to existing and emerging technologies as reflected in the creation and adoption of everyday objects of life. Projects focus on design and development of products and services that improve the quality of living in home, office & public environments. Design for Healthcare: explores a growing movement among designers to design cost-effective healthcare solutions for people who have no / limited access to institutionalized healthcare. Projects leverage the power of design thinking to find unique ways to address the basic challenges of health, survival and progress faced by underserved populations in the Indian context. Design for Social Impact: explores the role of design-led solutions at the national level to the infrastructural challenges of a rapidly growing Indian Economy. Projects look at developing scalable solutions to problems of urban mobility, sustenance and social equity that are people-centric and embrace sustainable values. Design for Sustainability: explores the power of design to influence an ecologically responsible approach to development of products, systems and environments. Designers evolve new systems of development which improve the quality of life and the human experience, while simultaneously restoring the environment, rebuilding the community and creating a sense of oneness with the natural world. Design led Futures: explores global trends, challenges and opportunities to shape the future. Projects focus on the enormous challenges that India will face in the coming decades in terms of population, health, mobility, sanitation, energy and ecology. Today's technologies are used as a basis to project the future, and concepts generate frameworks to evolve and guide society and behavior in the future.



Furniture & Interior Design

The Discipline of Furniture and Interior Design deals with the creation and evolution of objects, structures and systems at human scale that aim to improve the quality of life in the immediate living and working environment, while looking at sustainable and innovative use of diverse materials and processes. It believes in a broad and interdisciplinary attitude for enriching the design activity and draws from experiences of Industrial and Environmental Design professions. The Programme provides an integrated approach to the design of furniture and interior objects and systems as part of one's living and working habitat, while striving to redefine the boundaries of such elements with a systems perspective. The Furniture and Interior Design discipline encourages the students to develop a strong foundation of basics, which facilitates anticipation of the future. The institute achieves this purpose through a diverse pool of faculty who bring academic knowledge and work experience to their instruction. The programme aims to educate designers to handle all aspects of furniture and interior design as one integrated user centric area of study; and their ability to integrate all such elements and systems into coherent wholes in various interior spatial contexts is considered to be important. Special emphasis is placed on the ability to develop self-made prototypes in order to test human and functional factors v/s aesthetics and use of materials. Furthermore, the students are expected to attain an understanding of a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and are trained to carry out design processes as a part of a team as well as independently. Their understanding of the domain of design is demonstrated through measurable learning outcomes during the programme. Students are not only expected to complete specific courses but also to develop critical and analytical abilities together with educational values that contribute to a lifelong learning attitude.



Ceramics & glass design

Ceramic and glass design programme at NID takes inspiration from both intrinsic art and craft traditions and it equally recognizes its potential and scope for the future. Discipline offers tremendous expressive qualities in the domain of art and creativity as well as functional possibilities in the domains of craft, architectural spaces (indoor and outdoor spaces), hospitality industries, home décor, hi tech products and lifestyle product categories. The curriculum at NID offers courses to introduce the technological and skill aspects of the core materials while other courses such as form and structure; colour and composition, ergonomics etc. are offered to sensitize students towards the other essentials of design. Additionally, design projects spread over the semesters bring in a critical understanding towards user’s, functional and aesthetic requirements, socio-cultural context and market reality. An extensive exposure is provided towards craft sector as well as ceramic and glass industries which bring in awareness towards wider range of production techniques and variety of work environments laying deep emphasis on the production possibility of these materials in a variety of production scenario. Students also get hands on experience to a variety of forming techniques in both the materials. They get to experience hand-molding techniques in clay such as coiling, pinching, and throwing along with molding and casting as production methods. While, they also explore their creative expressions through kiln formed glass such as slumping, fusing and pate de verre and practice glass blowing as part of hot glass in the curriculum. Exposure to allied materials apart from core materials is provided for a wider knowledge base. Ceramic and Glass Discipline has established important alliance with the clusters of small and medium scale industries located in several parts of the country such as Firozabad, Khurja, Jaipur, Morbi etc besides existing linkages with large-scale industries such as Borosil Glass, Somany Tiles, HSIL (Hindware Sanitary ware), LA OPALA Glass, CERA Sanitary etc. The association and exposure towards the clusters provides a platform to the graduates to utilize the cluster’s production capability for their own entrepreneurial ventures and creative expression. It also has active alliance with international design schools offering these two materials in their core curriculum; this provides a rich exposure as well. Graduates find careers in the area of tableware, tile, sanitary ware, glassware industries, lifestyle brands and export houses. There are ample opportunities to work in the craft and NGO sectors or start-up own studios, enterprises with independent batch production and establish one’s own brand. Overall, the in-depth understanding of technology, production techniques and material skills and expression enables the graduates to take up challenges and make appropriate use of these materials in applications other than the conventional ones.



Textile Design

The Textile Design programme strives to develop innovative and synergetic approaches to design for diverse sectors of the textile industry, markets and the social sector informed by an appreciation of the cultural heritage, socio-economic and environmental concerns that is developed through fieldwork and research. The courses stress on creative explorations and from concept to prototype developed through various stages of further explorations and refinement. The curriculum emphasizes on building a variety of skills, in combination with theoretical knowledge and practical application. The programme commences with the fundamentals of textile design. This includes, textile fibres, weave structure, surface design, dyeing techniques, printing methods, sewing techniques, constructed textiles and basic inputs in garment design. Through increasingly complex design projects, complemented by related inputs in the social sciences, fashion, trends, brand identity, technology and computer-aided design, students are encouraged to design textiles for the apparel and furnishing industry. The programme includes several interdisciplinary projects of designing textiles for Public Spaces/ Exhibition/ interiors and for the automobile industry. The learning is made relevant by building links with automobile companies and manufacturers of automotive upholstery and with their professionals forming part of the teaching team. Exposure to all levels of industrial and craft production is given through field visits and a short training with industry. Documentation of crafts introduces the student to fieldwork and research methodology and enables the student to develop a deeper understanding of the cultural issues that impact design. Our graduates are employed with the textile manufacturing industry differentiated by wide range of materials, products and markets. Some graduates are designer-entrepreneurs having established their own companies in textiles and fashion. Some graduates join social-developmental projects, pursue higher studies or seek careers in academics.

Undergratuation

Faculty of Communication
Faculty of Industrial Design
Faculty of Textile, Apparel and Lifestyle Access

About NID

The National Institute of Design (NID) is a design school in Ahmedabad, India. The institute functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, government of India. NID is recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research under Ministry of Science and Technology, government of India, as a scientific and industrial design research organisation.

Postgraduation

Eligibility

Admission is open to students who have passed or who will appear for qualifying examinations under the Higher Secondary (10+2) or equivalents like AISSCE/ IB/ ISC during the academic year 2013-14. Successful candidates shall be given admission to the academic programme, by the institute, subject to their passing the qualifying examinations. The medium of instruction at NID is English. Upper age limit for candidates is 20 years (relaxable by 3 years for reserved categories) as on June 1st, 2014. For General Category : The candidates born before 1st June, 1994 are not eligible. For Reserved Categories : The candidates born before 1st June, 1991 are not eligible. Allotment of the discipline of choice at the end of Foundation year is NOT guaranteed. Discipline allotment takes place only at the end of the first year (Foundation Programme), based purely on student's performance in the Foundation Programme and the number of seats available in desired

Registration

TO GET YOUR APPLICATION FORM:

A) For General Category: The application form may be downloaded from website admissions.nid.edu. The completed application forms may be posted to NID/handed over physically with supporting documents and Demand Draft of Rs. 1,500/- drawn on any nationalized bank in favour of 'National Institute of Design' payable at Ahmedabad.

B) For Reserved Category: The application form may be downloaded from website admissions.nid .edu. The completed application forms may be posted to NID/handed over physically with supporting documents and Demand Draft of Rs. 750/- drawn on any nationalized bank in favour of 'National Institute of Design' payable at Ahmedabad. The applicant should also send in an attested copy of the relevant reserved category certificate from competent authority. Attested copies of Caste/Category Certificates required from Reserved Category Candidates: Reserved category candidates must attach relevant certificates of Caste/ Category as per the Government of India rules/format, otherwise the application form will be rejected. OBC (Other Backward Class) candidates are required to submit non-creamy layer certificate from Collectorate. PH (Physically Handicapped) candidates are required to submit certificate from the Chief Medical Officer (minimum 40% disability).

List of documents to be enclosed with GDPD application form:
  • GDPD Hall Ticket (both copies) duly filled in with recent photographs.
  • Attested copies of SSC & HSC marksheets (those who are studying presently in HSC, must submit bonafide certificate from the school/ college).
  • Attested copy of relevant certificate indicating Date of Birth (Upper age limit as on 1st June, 2013 is 20 years for General category-Relaxable by 3 years for Reserved categories).
  • Attested copy of relevant Caste/Category certificate issued by competent authority for SC/ST/PH/OBC non-creamy layer candidates wherever applicable.

Sample Papers

Faculty of Communication

Faculty of Industrial Design

Faculty of Textile, Apparel and Lifestyle Access

Graphics Design

Film and Video Communication

Animation and Film Design

Exhibition (Spatial) Design

Product Design

Furniture & Interior Design

Ceramics & glass design

Textile Design

Product Design

Furniture & Interior Design

Ceramics & glass design

Graphic design

Animation Film Design

Film & Video Communication

Textile Design

Transportation & automobile design

Toy & game design

Photography Design

Apparel Design

Lifestyle Accessory Design

New media design

Strategic Design Management

Information Design

Interaction design

Design for Retail Experience

Study Material

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FAQ

Q.1 How many number of seats are available in NID?
Ans.
  1. Number of seats in graduate diploma programme is projected to be 100.
  2. Number of seats in post graduate diploma programme is projected to be 245.

Q.2 In How many test centres is entrance exam conducted?
Ans. Exams are generally conducted in the following centres:
  1. Ahmedabad
  2. Bangaluru
  3. Bhopal
  4. Chandigarh
  5. Chennai
  6. Delhi
  7. Guwahati
  8. Hyderabad
  9. Kolkata
  10. Lucknow
  11. Mumbai
  12. Nagpur
  13. Noida

Q.3 When is the entrance exam of NID conducted?
Ans. Design Aptitude Test for GDPD & PGDPD is generally conducted in the mid of January.
Q.4 What does GDPD and PGDPD stands for?
Ans.
  1. GDPD: Graduate Diploma Programme in Design
  2. PGDPD: Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Design

Q.5 What is the duration of thr courses at NID? Ans.
  1. Duration od GDPD: 4.5 years
  2. Duration of PGDPG: 2.5 years

Q.6 What is the upper age limit for the entrance of NID examination?
Ans.
  1. Upper Age Limit for GDPD is ->20 years (Relaxable by 3 years for reserved categories)
  2. Upper Age Limit for PGDPD -> 30 years (relaxable by 3 years for reserved categories)
Product Design
Furniture & Interior Design
Ceramics & glass design
Graphic design
Animation Film Design
Film & Video Communication
Textile Design
Transportation & automobile design
Toy & game design
Photography Design
Apparel Design
Lifestyle Accessory Design
New media design
Strategic Design Management
Information Design
Interaction design
Design for Retail Experience
Graphics Design
Film and Video Communication
Animation and Film Design
Exhibition (Spatial) Design
Product Design
Furniture & Interior Design
Ceramics & glass design
Textile Design

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