In this era of rapid and radical change, various complex and overwhelming issues face the world. It is evident that the role of creative individuals is more important than ever. Design & its communication straddle the traditional place, language and ethnicity in a socio-cultural context and are constantly being reinvented by technological advances, globalization, and mass media.
The well integrated inter-disciplinary curriculum infuses an in-depth knowledge and learning through research of design, arts, & the liberal arts and its relevance to each other. This helps develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry by undertaking sustained investigations of direct relevance to their vocational, academic and professional development.
All programmes are practice based, the studio being at the core of the teaching and learning. A series of design projects at appropriate intervals & levels, and usually guided by real life industry briefs and representative mentorship from industry, are explored through the practice of the design process, and culminates ultimately in the creation of product prototypes/ idea presentations. The commercial context of the work is considered and is achieved through working to such briefs, considering costing, the needs of end users, the environment and issues of sustainability. Decision making, problem solving and communication skills are further enhanced, integrated with previously acquired skills and knowledge to complete a realistic project. “ARCHIVES�?, the ARCH showroom for visitors, had on view an all year round display of all the best work of students from class & projects.
Students frequently visit museums, art galleries, industrial units, exhibitions, and trade fairs to keep abreast of the latest developments in their fields & to integrate theory with practical knowledge and primary research. This is further enhanced by inputs from visiting practitioners from a selection of areas within the specialized subject.
Students intern to understand the structural and functional constituents of the industry in which they may work and learn to adapt to real life industry situations. They are assigned practical projects, which equip them for decision-making in a realistic environment. Learners improve their own learning, and are more capable of problem solving through the use of case studies, role play and reallife activities. The internship also helps strengthen the relationship between industry and students. Learners are encouraged to contact potential employers for interviews, work shadowing or work placement. The whole process is well coordinated with the Client Industry and is efficiently regulated with mentorship & guidance from the Faculty at ARCH throughout the training.
The creative processes of design, research & fabrication of models, sample artifacts & prototypes are achieved in well equipped lab & work spaces. All essential & required operations are efficiently accomplished in Gemmology, Terracotta work, Weaving & Printing, Pattern Making & Drafting, Sewing, Leather working, Wood Working, Jewellery Manufacturing, Metal Working, Casting & Enamelling, Model making, Computerized Operations in CAD, Internet Networking etc.
The continuous progress and development of the student is assessed through presentations and discussions at critiques and reviews during the course of class room activities and via semester end evaluation by a jury comprising industry experts and academicians. The emphasis is mostly on evaluating design understanding, exploratory approaches and effective communication. Students are encouraged to develop their ability to present and defend a personal viewpoint as an invaluable skill for professional life. The continous comprehensive evaluation is a regular practice at ARCH.
ARCH students have an interdisciplinary exposure as an integral part of their curriculum. An open house is a day when individual design department students get a chance to put their work on display for the entire community at ARCH for interactive criticism by peers & an internal and external jury, followed by three best presentation displays to the Academy. The students gain a lot from each other and expand their horizons of creativity further with this practice and develop their capacity for in-depth enquiry, autonomy, critical analysis and initiative in exploring ideas and adapting media, while bringing the scope of their study to an ambitious and coherent conclusion.
ARCH offers Research Fellowships in Fashion, Textile, Jewellery, Gemmology, Interior and Accessory, for durations varying from a month to a year. While based in Jaipur, these research fellows can choose to work anywhere in Rajasthan, known for its age old traditions of adornment and decoration, across clothing, architecture, jewellery, et al. Students are encouraged to consult their academic coordinator and avail of these fellowships at ARCH.
creative freedom and flexibility of expression, through the practice of peer interaction & learning. This regulated self guided learning gains ground when peer inputs & opinions are incorporated after critical consideration. But alongside intellectual and creative freedom and flexibility of expression, there is and always will be, an acceptance of the ultimate responsibility for all initiated actions and results and resultant actions! This is articulated with the greatest clarity possible at all times and is the basis of our teaching philosophy at the ARCH Academy of Design.
ARCH offers summer and winter courses for International students, presently in subjects such as Pattern Making & Garment Construction for Indian Clothing, Surface Design, Weaving Technology, Block Printing, Tie & Dye surface embellishment techniques, and Contemporary Enamelling and Gemmology. These module courses are 5 to 6 weeks in duration and include technical and professional training incorporating exposure trips into the old city quarters of Jaipur to interact with, observe, and learn from expert traditional craftsmen in the field.
The youth clubs supplement additional traits to students enrolled at Arch. The four clubs namely: Rotaract Club, Cultural Club, Creative Club and Entrepreneurship Club aim at development of socially relevant managerial skills to leadership initiatives. The club heads, President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary support the entire framework of Academics and get groomed in return.