Connect :: Extend :: Enrich
That combination of thought and action defines creative confidence: the ability to come up with new ideas and courage to try them out. - Tom Kelly
Students of PGDP Bridge working with wet media to explore techniques of visual expression. PC Vishakha Chanchani.
Can I enter a creative field after my graduation in the arts, sciences or economics?
Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology now gives undergraduate students of any discipline a unique opportunity: a year to find the time and a space to engage with ideas and explore the possibilities of a better career and profession in the creative and cultural industries to find their passion.
The Postgraduate Diploma Program (PGDP) Bridge makes it easier for a student to enter a Masters program in Art and Design, even with three years of undergraduate education from a totally unrelated discipline. This program represents a real opportunity for students who have completed a three-year course such as B.A./B.Sc./B.Com/B.Litt.; or in service sector oriented programs such as hotel management or hospitality; as it will give them the essential skills needed to continue into Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Master of Design (M.Des.) or Master of Planning (M.Plan), with its multiple choices of courses.
Work done in the Intuition and expression studio unit. PC Vishakha Chanchani
Taught over two semesters, this one-year graduate level program is designed to build a strong foundation towards the Masters programs (M.F.A, M.Des, M.Plan). The program is delivered through course work which is hands on and rooted in context
Theory and Understanding Units
Knowledge Enhancement (Ability or Skills)
The Bridge program has been crafted for students to develop their creative skills at a foundational level.
- The program encourages the understanding of art and design practice through unlearning.
- The process helps students reflect on their training so far, break down convictions and reorient themselves for discovery.
- Acquire proficiency in using tools of thinking, visualisation, inquiry and questioning.
Research presentation by students of PGDP Bridge. PC Swati Maskeri.
- Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of a chosen area of knowledge and ability, to communicate the same through a written paper or exhibition, as part of the theory and seminar units.
- Explore and extend new skill sets to develop a practice and demonstrate the ability to engage in the context through studios and projects.
- Teamwork and management in response to design briefs' - through art and design sprints and projects
- Self study, autonomy and creative problem solving through projects
Students working on 3D models in the unit Thinking through Material. PC Madhuri Rao.
After successful completion of this year, a student could gain entry into the two year Post Graduate Professional Program at Srishti Manipal or elsewhere.
- Contemporary Art Practice
- Design Computation
- Design-Led Innovation
- Earth Education and Communication
- Heritage Design, Planning and Management
- Human Centered Design
- Industrial Arts and Design Practices
- Information Arts and Information Design Practices
- Public Space Design
- Urban Design, Sustainability and Conservation
Contemporary Art Practice
Contemporary Art as it is defined today encompasses a wide range of styles, mediums, and approaches. It distinguishes itself from earlier approaches to art in that it goes beyond painting and sculpture, and is more about exploring ideas and concepts about the world. It can be site-specific, and contextual, and medium-specific too, and at its core, it also questions conventional notions of art. It can include working with ephemeral media, new media, working collectively in public spaces, and reimagining curatorial methods. These attributes make Contemporary Art an exciting space for creative practitioners to explore and build a practice that embodies ideas ranging from the environment we live in, to the self and personal histories.
The 1-year PGDP program at Srishti Manipal provides a wide range of units to facilitate this exploration and experimentation. It enables a student who may not have had a foundation in the arts to enter the realm of Contemporary Art by using the knowledge they have gained from other disciplines to begin to think in an interdisciplinary way. In this one-year program students will engage with learning to use their hands, building their foundational artistic skills, along with thinking concepts, and art theories, to shape a unique and individual art practice.This program prepares the student for further study and for entry to the MFA program in Contemporary Art.
Applying computational principles and algorithmic thinking to fields of design leads to artifacts of a very different nature – examples of these are visuals that are interactive and dynamic, objects that behave and communicate “intelligently” and systems that anticipate the needs of individuals or organizations and modify themselves accordingly. Along with technologies that emerge, practitioners need to look at issues such as the repercussions of building certain types of systems and availability and equitable access to data. While one can imagine applications of design computation to many aspects of people’s lives, some of the key areas where we see applications are in health, education and entertainment.
The 1-year PGDP Bridge program prepares the student for entry into the M.Des in Design Computation. Students have to be able to move between the areas of Technology, Art and Design combining the different viewpoints they bring to a context. The learning units in this course lay a foundation towards this. Learning is fostered by an exploratory and hands-on approach, which is based on making and tinkering with materials (both physical and digital), exploring tools and techniques, which may begin with established methods but move towards the playful and experimental. Students learn to “sketch” their ideas – in pictures, diagrams, flowcharts, mind maps, words, code – and then “make” from these ideas. While students have access to the wide array of workshops, tools and staff that make up a part of Srishti Manipal, they are also supported in becoming autonomous learners and in feeling secure that they can “learn to learn”. In this process, students begin to find questions that stay with them, some of which should grow to become intense, personal inquiries that they pursue beyond the Bridge course.
Design Led Innovation.
Everything around us is changing in an unprecedented manner. The future is quite uncertain. Innovation is one way to anticipate and manage change for the better. Innovation is not merely a proposal of novel, inventive solutions, but a systematic approach to manage change purposefully. It encompasses thought and work processes across the disciplines of design, economics, management, and technology. And as we head towards unprecedented change, we more than ever need people who are well equipped to navigate us and transition into better and more caring futures.
The 1-year PGDP bridge prepares you for entry into the M.Des in Design Led Innovation. The course introduces you to fundamental art and design thinking through hands-on making and sketching with a range of physical and digital materials. Sketching and making are employed as vehicles of inquiry and exploration, and not merely resolution, to enable you to ask and frame questions of importance. The course introduces multi-disciplinary research methods and approaches, enabling you to develop the ability to engage with the questions in depth and in a designerly manner.
Earth Education and Communication
We are at a time of ecological crisis struggling to make sense of the impact of human life on the planet. As much as modern education and a growing globalised world have empowered us, they have also left us confused, conflicted, overwhelmed and lost in our relationship with the environment and other beings. There is a lack of awareness of the complexity of the issues.
The 1 year bridge course in Earth Education and Communication prepares you with art and design skills and tools for effective intervention in ecological and conservation contexts and issues. This program prepares students to widen their understanding of the ecological crisis and ways of navigating diverse viewpoints in the field of conservation & environmental education, thus preparing them to join the M.Des program in Earth Education and Communication.
Heritage Design Planning and Management
The pace of change has never been this fast in the history of mankind. The changing landscapes of places, socio-cultural practices, technology and ways of life, creates tension between history and the future. Heritage studies address the core of this tension with cultural and natural heritage resources being identified as wellsprings for both traditional and contemporary creative practices rooted in place. The discourse on change and continuity in relation to practices, knowledge and way of life is moving beyond the actions of conservation, protection and restoration.
The PGDP 1 year bridge prepares students for entry into the M.Des in Heritage Design Planning and Management. The course through its units introduces basics of art and design thinking, processes and making that are required to engage with tangible and intangible heritage, and culture. Students will engage with inquiry-based frameworks, research methods and tools through projects that cultivate an understanding of context, systems, processes and their interactions.
Human Centered Design.
Digital technologies are increasingly pervading our everyday life. Not only as visible products and services, but also as invisible data systems and infrastructures, digital technologies shape each and every aspect of our individual as well as collective lives.
How to design digital products, services and infrastructures from a human-centered perspective?
Which humans do we center and whom do we move to peripheries so that the designed technologies do not harm?
Is there also a more-than-human perspective to be explored as we face unprecedented crises?
These are the central questions driving human centered design approach at Srishti Manipal.
The PGDP 1 year bridge prepares you for entry into the M.Des in Human Centered Design. The course introduces you to fundamental art and design thinking through hands-on making and sketching with a range of physical and digital materials. Sketching and making are employed as vehicles of inquiry and exploration, and not merely resolution, to enable you to ask and frame questions of importance. The course introduces human centered research methods and approaches, enabling you to develop the ability to engage with the questions in depth and in a designerly manner.
Industrial Arts and Design Practices
The 1-year PGDP Bridge prepares students for entry into the M.Des in Industrial Arts and Design Practices. The course is an introduction to art and design thinking through various units. This thinking is developed largely through hands-on making of different kinds. Drawing and making are explored as tools of expression, understanding, building complex connections and the imagination. Asking questions and deepening these questions into inquiry that can be taken forward through projects are an important part of the course.
Making here is seen as an engagement with the world and with oneself. It goes beyond skills to thinking and is seen as the connection between the heart, the hand and the mind. Srishti Manipal has excellent workshop facilities for textiles, wood, metal, digital fabrication, print labs, electronic labs and much more. Through the contexts in the various units, students could work with different materials learning skills independently and experimenting with new ways of making. Thus students develop autonomy in learning as they prepare to join the M.Des program.
Information Arts and Information Design Practices
We are in an information age, struggling to make sense of its impact on us, both positive and negative. As much as access to information has empowered us, we find that we lack skills to process the quantum of information that is thrown our way on a daily basis. In Information Arts and Information Design Practices (IAIDP) we encourage reflection and critical engagement with what the notion of Information is and how we must engage with it. We look at information as narrative and focus on research, interpretation, critical reflection and communication. While the design of communication is what we do at IAIDP, what remains at the crux of our work is social design. Working with diverse media, we focus on engagement with contexts and communities.
The PGDP bridge program in Information Arts and Information Design Practice prepares students to work with information and data, storytelling and narratives. Introduction to art and design skills, working with different media and engaging with participatory research methods prepares students to join the M.Des program in IAIDP.
Public Space Design
Public spaces are the spaces of encounter, contestations and collaborations, where changes manifest and play out, through interactions between people, networks and time. The design of public places therefore should inherently be collaborative and trans-disciplinary, bringing together people of various interests, ideas and competences. These spaces need to be inclusive, equitable, diverse and resilient.
The 1-year PGDP Bridge prepares the student for entry into the M.Des in Public Space Design. The course through its units introduces basics of art and design thinking, processes and making that are required to engage with spatial design problems. Students will engage with inquiry-based frameworks, research methods and tools through projects that cultivate an understanding of context, systems, processes and their interactions with space.
Urban Design, Sustainability and Conservation
How can the cultural understanding of a place and its history be integrated into urban development processes and policies?
How can one introduce more humanistic and sensitive concepts of development in creating a sustainable city?
As more Indians are moving into cities, the design planning and management of urban spaces is key to balancing immediate needs with the challenges of creating resilient futures. Urban Design, Sustainability and Conservation lays emphasis on inquiry-led place-based learning.
The PGDP 1 year bridge prepares students for entry into the M.Plan in Urban Design Sustainability and Conservation. The course through its units introduces basics of art and design thinking, processes and making that are required to engage with urban issues. Students will engage with inquiry-based frameworks, research methods and tools through projects that cultivate an understanding of context, systems, processes and their interactions.