The one-year preparatory course aims to develop within students the aesthetic and design sensibilities that go beyond learning the skills and techniques of a discipline. It sows the first seed of creativity and lets budding designers find their own shoot of limitless potential and unexplored identity, developing the ability to challenge their own preconceptions, and develop intellectual curiosity through critical understanding by maintaining an open mind towards the exploration of new ideas.

The course content helps to enrich conceptual thinking, develop an insight for design concerns, understand design processes, evolve design perception and prepares one to start thinking about eventual solutions. The curriculum is taught in a highly motivated and supportive environment. It begins with an exploratory stage, during which basic skills of drawing and sketching, use of media, development of ideas, use of colour and 3D model making etc. are emphasized.

Students are exposed to a learning process that builds up common technical, conceptual and critical thinking skills for the design practitioner. Skills already acquired are linked with ideas and challenges, which extend students’ critical independence andenable them to demonstrate a full understanding of the application of art and design.

Contextual and Cultural Referencing develops learners’ knowledge of the cultural history and social theory which informs current thought and debate across the visual arts and design. Emphasis is on research and study skills and on learners acquiring source material and knowledge.

All in all, the Foundation program ultimately builds upan understanding and awareness of the design industry in both the national and international context & offers a comprehensive realization of the multidisciplinary nature of design and its relationship with environment, culture, stimuli, human senses, experiences and emotions thereby laying down the base for future learning. The pedagogy includes lectures, tutorials, practical projects and CAD applications. The outcome provides students with a sound platform to embark on a journey in the field of art and design.


1 Year


  • Elements of Design
  • Visualization and Representation Techniques (Nature Drawing / Human Figure Drawing / Object Drawing / Geometry / Perspective Drawing / Isometric Drawing / Orthographic Drawing)
  • Analysis of Structures and Experimentsin 3D Geometry
  • Photography & other Mark making Techniques
  • Material Studies
  • Visual Communication in Art & Design
  • Ideas Generation and Development
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing
  • Design Method
  • Design Principles
  • Business Management
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Communication Skills

Design Education in the New Normal

in conversation with : Prof. Pradyumna Vyas

Former Director, National Institute of Design (NID)

Hidden Inner Mask

A Classroom Project with: Maira Gouveia