The ARCH Academy of Design was established in the year 2000 under the management of the Arch Educational Society to impart globally relevant, and industrially specialized education in design.
The institution has developed as a centre of excellence in learning and innovation, and over the last decade, has trained more than 3000 professionals and entrepreneurs from across the country. The ARCH Academy of Design also has a strong international presence, with students from several countries like Sweden, Spain, Kuwait, the United Kingdom, the USA, Nepal, Iran, Canada Korea, Japan, and Dubai etc. who have, at one time or the other, chosen to study here.
The Academy offers Undergraduate & Postgraduate courses in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Textile Product Design, Craft Product Design, Jewellery Design, Graphic Design, Design Communication, Design Management, Lifestyle Accessory Design as well as Diploma & Certificate programmes in Visual Merchandising & Gemmology.
The ARCH Academy of Design is also an Edexcel centre, and in strategic partnership with Pearson Edexcel is implementing nine Edexcel programmes alongside its offered programmes of study. ARCH will offer the internationally recognised and valued Edexcel BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) & the Edexcel BTEC Level 7 Extended Diploma. Experienced faculty members are actively involved in course development which ensures that students are in touch with current thinking and the latest developments in design and relevant technologies. The regular visits of National and International faculty and Industry professionals ensure that students are kept abreast with the changing dynamics of industry requirements.
Affiliated to the University of Rajasthan, ARCH is an authorized study centre of the Punjab Technical University and is the only authorized Program Study Centre in North & Central India of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) for a Certificate Course in Jewellery Design.
ARCH conducts an All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED), for admission to its various Undergraduate and Post Graduate courses.
In January 2011 the ARCH team constructed & conducted the first Online Entrance Examination for Design in India successfully and, to date, is the only design institution in the country doing so. With interactive components at its core and a deliberate random selection of questions from a specially formed question bank, this Online Exam is designed to facilitate students across the globe to appear for the exam using their personal computers or laptops with a choice of time slots on any of the given exam dates.
As a socially responsible design academy ARCH offers Skills Upgradation Programmes for artisans and the underprivileged under the HRD Scheme of the Development Commissioner Handicrafts (DCH), Ministry of Textiles (Govt. of India) in Fashion Accessories. ARCH also conducts several skill based Entrepreneurship Development Programs sponsored by a number of Central and State Government institutions like Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) , Govt. of India; Department of Science and Technology(DST) Govt. of India; Rural Non-Farm Development Agency (RUDA); Rajasthan Mission on Livelihood (RMOL) etc.
This engagement of ARCH in design projects and programmes has progressed towards consultancy and concept development for industry through its Design and Development Project Consultancy cell which extends to the turnkey implementation of projects in the areas of Visual Merchandising, Exhibition Design, Interior Design, Lighting Design, Product Design and Development of prototypes in Apparel, Textiles, Crafts and Accessories, Furniture etc.
ARCH is empanelled with the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad and Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) to conduct the DESIGN CLINIC SCHEME for the Jewellery Cluster in Jaipur. Through the JJADE project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the UPLIFT project of the DELL Foundation through Access Development Services, ARCH is contributing to the development of Fair Trade Practices and Value Chain addition in the Jewellery Industry with important contributions to the upgradation of skills of Jewellery artisans.
Arch is an Associate Member of IFFTI (The International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes) and benefits from the activities of IFFTI in providing educational and related facilities for the student community in one or more areas of Design, Technology and Business for Fashion related Industry.
ARCH is a member of The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), a non-profit organization promoting the profession of industrial design. ARCH is also a member of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA). The key role of (HKRITA) is to foster research, development and technology transfer in the textile and clothing industry.
ARCH has received several International Grants for research towards curriculum development including Faculty exchange programs supporting knowledge dissemination and evolution of innovative industry relevant pedagogy. The Cardonald College, Glasgow and the ARCH Academy of Design have received funding from the British Council, Scotland to initiate new self-sustainable partnerships under the Scotland- Jaipur Partnership Development Fund under the head of “Creative Industries”. Presently, both colleges are actively involved in the development of links in knowledge sharing and the development of common curriculum areas and course content within Fashion, Textile & Jewellery Design.
Previously, ARCH in partnership with Doncaster College has received funding for the Staff Exchange Program and skill transfer between the two institutions under the Prime Ministers Initiative for International Education (PMI2) of the British Council.
ARCH has recently received the prestigious 45,000 GBP UKIERI Institutional Capacity Building Grant (UK India Education & Research Initiative) from the British Council, in partnership with Perth College, UHI, Scotland to implement a mutually beneficial project based on Communication & Use of Design for the Creative Industries. This kind of collaborative activity with UK based universities, institutions and colleges includes Staff & Student Exchange programmes, skill transfer programmes and development of Curriculum and pedagogy in Design Education.
With two successful bi- directional student exchanges already completed, and a third round underway, ARCH is actively engaged with the Textila Gymnasiet in Stockholm, Sweden for student Exchange Programs over the next three years.
Supported by the vitality of the vocational and professional training programs in the field of design and the consequent high success ratio in the gainful employment of ARCH alumni, the Academy continually endeavors to build and develop more design sensitized collaborations with industry and other educational institutions.