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FAQs - Industrial Arts and Design Practices


Industrial Art & Design practices are about the conceptual exploration, translation and expression of three dimensional artifacts and products using the best practices of both the Arts and Design. It encompasses the disciplines of Product, Textile & Furniture Design. It includes thinking and making skills, understanding production eco-systems, markets, trade practices and future ways of making. It develops autonomy and it develops creative confidence.

Most Industrial design courses focus on the needs of only mainstream Industry. The course encourages the exploration of making from large-scale processes to individual studio practice. The student explores different positions and worldviews to eventually find the one that works best for him/her. There is a large degree of autonomy in the course structure that allows the student to propose and execute work while being mentored by faculty drawn from a large pool of artists and designers. The course is designed to help you develop your own inquiry.

This course will allow you to explore creative practices at a more complex and autonomous level. This means that you will learn to devise your own pathway of learning, explore your interests as well as acquire an understanding about the larger eco-systems that designers and artists operate in.(For example policies, management, trade practices etc). After successful completion of the course you could be a part of an organization at a higher, decision making level or be able to set up your own studio practice in a context of contemporary creative thinking and making.


The M.Des course allows you to build on what you already know, whether it is engineering, architecture or art, it allows you to combine it with your own interests and construct new ways of learning and executing complex projects. The autonomy in the course along with the very diverse faculty who are available to mentor you means that you can learn and consolidate at a more complex level. The course will help you develop and follow your own line of inquiry.


The course is designed for different kinds of learners, and is focused on studio learning and trans-disciplinary, independent inquiry. There is an emphasis on exploration through making and doing.

There will be studio courses, workshops, locative making as well as projects (can be self-initiated, client based or classroom projects) and inputs could be in the form of talks, films, seminars and field visits.

Continuous evaluation through seminars, term papers, documentation& exhibition

As a creative practitioner, with an M.Des in Industrial Art & Design practice, there are a wide range of opportunities open to you. You could broadly work in any of the following areas:

-        Become an entrepreneur, setting up a creative industry

-        Work in an NGO, Export house or governmental agency at a senior capacity

-        Set up a studio practice to produce fine art work

-        Become a designer to either work free-lance or work in design or R&D firms

You will need to have a (minimum) 4 year UG degree from any stream to apply. You will find more details in our Admissions page. If you have a 3 year UG degree, you could apply for the Bridge Pathway of our PG Diploma Program, which is a 1 year program that prepares you to enter the M.Des program.

Srishti does not offer placement in the way that other Institutes do. We offer interfaces with industry through mentor labs, internships and the Post Graduate Conference at the end of the Course. These multiple opportunities help you to find the kind of work and organization that align with your interests.

IADP offers courses that develop inquiry and core design thinking. The emphasis is on process and not specific skills. Through the learning units you choose, you are free to explore various materials and media.