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Indian Institute of Technology

Overview

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) offer various design-related courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These programs aim to nurture students' creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills while providing them with a strong foundation in design principles. Here are some of the prominent design courses offered by IITs:

  1. Bachelor of Design (B.Des.):

    • This is a four-year undergraduate program focusing on various aspects of design.

    • Specializations may include Industrial Design, Communication Design, Textile Design, Fashion Design, etc.

    • The curriculum typically includes courses in design fundamentals, visual communication, design thinking, material studies, user-centered design, and design management.

    • Students are encouraged to engage in hands-on projects, internships, and industry collaborations to gain practical experience.​​

  2. Master of Design (M.Des.):

    • This is a two-year postgraduate program for students with a background in design or related fields.

    • Specializations may include Product Design, Interaction Design, Visual Communication Design, Animation Design, etc.

    • The curriculum usually consists of advanced design courses, research methodologies, design theory, design studio projects, and elective courses.

    • Students are often required to complete a thesis or a major design project under the guidance of faculty members.

  3. Integrated M.Des. Program:

    • Some IITs offer integrated M.Des. programs, which combine undergraduate and postgraduate studies into a single five-year program.

    • Students typically spend the first three years completing foundational courses in design along with general education requirements.

    • In the final two years, they specialize in a specific area of design and pursue advanced coursework and projects.

  4. Ph.D. in Design:

    • IITs also offer Ph.D. programs in Design for students interested in pursuing research in various aspects of design.

    • Candidates typically have a master's degree in design or a related field and are required to propose and conduct original research under the guidance of faculty members.

    • Research areas may include design theory, design innovation, design education, design for sustainability, etc.

IIT Campus & Courses offered

IIT Bombay

  • Campus: Located in Powai, Mumbai, the IIT Bombay campus is spread over 550 acres and is known for its lush greenery, well-equipped laboratories, and modern infrastructure. It houses various academic departments, residential complexes, sports facilities, and a central library.

  • Design Courses: IIT Bombay offers design programs through the Industrial Design Centre (IDC). They provide a Bachelor of Design (BDes) program and various Master of Design (MDes) programs.

    • Bachelor of Design (BDes): This four-year undergraduate program focuses on developing a strong foundation in design principles, processes, and skills. It integrates knowledge from various disciplines to prepare students for a career in design.

    • Master of Design (MDes): The IDC offers MDes programs in specializations including:

      • Industrial Design

      • Communication Design

      • Interaction Design

      • Animation Design

      • Mobility and Vehicle Design

IIT Guwahati

  • Campus: Nestled amidst the scenic hills of Guwahati, the IIT Guwahati campus spans over 700 acres. The campus offers excellent academic and recreational facilities, including well-equipped laboratories, modern classrooms, well-maintained hostels, and a central library.

  • Design Courses: IIT Guwahati offers a Master of Design (MDes) program through the Department of Design. The two-year MDes program focuses on creating design professionals who can contribute to product, system, and service innovation.

IIT Delhi

  • Campus: Located in Hauz Khas, New Delhi, the IIT Delhi campus is known for its architectural beauty and sprawling greenery. The campus houses well-equipped labs, libraries, lecture halls, and residential facilities.

  • Design Courses: While IIT Delhi doesn't offer a design program, they do have a Centre for Applied Sciences and Technology (CAST) that offers various courses related to design, including:

    • Design Thinking and Innovation

    • Human-Computer Interaction

    • Design for Manufacturing and Assembly

IIT Hyderabad

  • Campus: Located in Kandi, Telangana, the IIT Hyderabad campus is a picturesque blend of modern architecture and natural beauty. The campus provides world-class academic infrastructure, well-equipped labs, and sports facilities.

  • Design Courses: IIT Hyderabad offers a Bachelor of design (BDES) & Master of Design (MDes) program through the Department of Design.

  • Bachelor of Design (BDes): Bachelor of Design (B Des) is a full-time undergraduate program in design. The B Des curriculum is designed as a four-level structure leading to a gradual movement from general foundational courses at the introductory level to specialized and detailed domains at the final stage. They will have the freedom to work in the areas of their interest in the core domains of design – Product Design, Visual Communication, and Interaction Design.

  • Master of Design (MDes) : IIT Hyderabad offers 2 years M.Des Program for foreign Nationals in

    • Design (MDes)

IIT Kanpur

  • Campus: The IIT Kanpur campus is situated in Kanpur and is known for its serene atmosphere and extensive greenery. The campus offers well-equipped labs, well-maintained hostels, a central library, and other academic and recreational facilities.

  • Design Courses: The Department of Design is centered around our students. Our students learn by doing, through experimentation, and through collaboration. They focus on innovation and on bringing new, practical, and cool ideas to the table.

    • Master of Design (MDes): Masters programme in Design aims at atracting students from diverse backgrounds who exhibit high levels of creativity and intellectual ability.

    • Dual Degree M.Des: Dual Degree programme invites bachelors students from multiple disciplines to explore their expertise in design.

    • PHD in Design : We offer oppurtunities for graduates to pursue their careers in diffenrent areas of research in design.

IIT Roorkee

  • Campus: Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the IIT Roorkee campus offers a breathtaking view and a peaceful environment. The campus is well-equipped with labs, libraries, lecture halls, and residential facilities.

  • Design Courses: 

    • Bachelor of Architecture and Planning (B.Arch.) in Architecture and Planning.

    • Master of Architecture and Planning (M.Arch.) in Architecture and Planning.

    • Ph.D. in Architecture and Planning.

DAT Mains:

  • Only shortlisted candidates from the Prelims are eligible for the Mains exam. This stage consists of a studio test and a personal interview. The studio test evaluates the candidate's design skills and problem-solving abilities, while the personal interview assesses the candidate's motivation, portfolio, and understanding of the design field.

Eligibility

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For B.Des Programs: Candidates who have passed 10+2 in any stream from a recognized board are eligible to apply.

  • Candidates need to qualify for UCEED to be eligible for admission.

​For M.Des Programs: Candidates with a Bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized university can apply.

  • Candidates need to qualify for CEED to be eligible for admission.

Selection Process

1. Entrance Exam:

  • BDes Programs: Most IITs offering BDes programs require a valid score in the Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED). UCEED is a national-level entrance exam conducted for admission to undergraduate design programs across various institutes in India.

  • MDes Programs: The entrance exam requirement for MDes programs can differ between IITs. Some common exams include:

    • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE): This exam is typically mandatory for students from engineering backgrounds applying to MDes programs.

    • Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED): This exam is preferred for students with a design background.

    • Some IITs might have their own entrance exams for MDes programs.

 

2. Application Form and Portfolio:

After clearing the entrance exam, you'll need to submit a well-prepared application form along with a portfolio showcasing your design skills and creativity. The portfolio requirements can vary based on the program, so check the specific program website for detailed instructions.

 

3. Shortlisting and Interview:

Based on your entrance exam score and portfolio evaluation, shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview. The interview might assess your design thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, communication skills, and motivation for pursuing the chosen design discipline.

 

4. Final Selection:

The final selection will be based on a combination of your entrance exam score, portfolio evaluation, and interview performance. The weightage given to each component can vary depending on the specific program.

Here are some additional points to remember:

  • Minimum Marks: Along with the entrance exam, some IITs might have minimum marks requirements in your previous qualifying degree for both BDes and MDes programs.

  • Work Experience: While not mandatory for all programs, some MDes programs might give weightage to relevant work experience.

Preparation Tips for NID Exam

Preparation:

  • Know the Exam: Deeply understand the UCEED exam format, syllabus, and marking scheme. Familiarize yourself with the different sections like visualization, logical reasoning, design thinking, and creativity assessment.

  • Strategic Study Plan: Create a study schedule that allocates sufficient time for each section based on your strengths and weaknesses. Practice regularly to build speed and accuracy.

  • Brush up on Fundamentals: Sharpen your skills in observation, sketching, drawing, and basic design principles.

  • Practice Makes Perfect: Solve previous years' UCEED question papers and mock tests to understand the exam pattern, identify your weak areas, and improve time management. Analyze your performance and work on areas that need improvement.

  • Build a Strong Portfolio: Start working on your design portfolio early. Showcase your creativity, design thinking process, and problem-solving skills through diverse projects. Ensure your portfolio is well-organized and reflects your unique design perspective.

 

Exam Day Strategies:

  • Stay Calm and Composed: Relax and approach the exam with a positive attitude. Don't get overwhelmed by the pressure.

  • Time Management is Key: Allocate a specific time for each section based on your practice sessions. Don't get stuck on a single question; move on and revisit it later if time permits.

  • Read Instructions Carefully: Read each question thoroughly and understand what is being asked before attempting an answer.

  • Show Your Creativity: Don't be afraid to experiment with ideas and showcase your unique design thinking process.

  • Presentation Matters: Present your answers neatly and clearly, even in the sketching and drawing sections.

 

Additional Tips:

  • Stay Updated: Follow design blogs, watch inspiring design videos, and keep yourself updated with current design trends.

  • Seek Guidance: Consider enrolling in coaching classes or seeking mentorship from experienced designers for valuable feedback on your preparation and portfolio.

  • Maintain a Positive Mindset: Believe in your abilities and stay motivated throughout your preparation journey.

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