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Post Graduate Diploma Program, Finish

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Like a muscle, your creative abilities will grow and strengthen with practice. - Tom Kelly

Deconstructing Gender identities by studying gendered objects, a project by PGDP student. PC Jaishree Garg


Students who take the Finish program experience a significant transformation in their creative capabilities and position making: they are confident and prepared to enter both professional and academic practices in the art and design fields. Many new careers have emerged today which prize design thinking and creative and artistic expression.

The Post Graduate Diploma Program, Finish helps students to extend and consolidate learning from an Undergraduate program that touched on professional skills in the creative or design sectors such as Animation, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Textile Design, Design in Education or others. Students will get the opportunity to build on their knowledge and skills through a year spent on focused practice, mentored by qualified professionals with considerable practical and professional experience.

After their time at Srishti, students will be able to look at new professions and careers in a range of creative sectors where skilled professionals are in short supply.

Course Structure

The course allows you to build a creative practice based on previous education and experiences. Taught over two semesters, this one-year graduate level program is designed to fulfill the standards set by Level 8 of the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF).

  • Disciplinary Studies
  • Trans-disciplinary Projects
  • Theory and Understanding Units
  • Practice
  • Self-Directed Inquiry/Research
  • Knowledge Enhancement (Ability or Skills)

Learning Approaches

Students will learn through a combination of course work and projects.

  • Students aquire an independent learning mindset.
  • An active learning approach through participation in seminars, peer reviews and trans-disciplinary projects.

Reflective critique of self and peers as part of a media and materials workshop unit. PC Madhuri Rao

Capability Sets

  • Self study, autonomy and creative problem solving through research and projects
  • Question and extend known skill sets to develop a practice and build an ability to demonstrate skills through disciplinary studios and self directed practice.
  • 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 understanding units.
  • Teamwork and management in response to design briefs' and trans-disciplinary projects.

Students working in a team to brainstorm ideas towards a project brief. PC Swati Maskeri


After successful completion of this one year program,

  • Students could join the second year of the Master of Arts program in the pathway they completed.
  • A student could begin work as a creative professional in companies/ad agencies/design houses/production studios etc.
  • Practice as an independent artist or designer.


Postgraduate Diploma in Art Practice



Animation and Visual Effects

The fields of animation and computer generated imagery are ever changing and expanding. They require constant learning and re-orientation to expand one’s potential within the fields. This is a space for people with some experience in these subjects to locate their skills within the practices of art, design and research, further their knowledge in focused areas and/or build on their portfolio. The course allows students to advance their practice through the PGDP Finish category. This one-year Post Graduate Diploma Program runs concurrently with the first year of the MA in Animation and Visual Effects.

The course offers different modes of learning through taught units, workshops, projects and/or mentor based learning. These modes of learning will help students position their work and further their existing skills through the lens of creativity, artistic inquiry, design and research processes. People with knowledge and/or experience in 2D and 3D animation and VFX are welcome to apply for this course.


Those who have completed an undergraduate course in animation and related fields are eligible to apply. This course will also be relevant for those currently working in the fields of animation and visual effects who want to develop their expertise further. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree/diploma from a recognized university. Please refer to eligibility criteria listed on the admissions page.

Curatorial Practices

At a time in which the role of the curator often blends in with that of the artist, the publisher, the researcher, the archivist and the creative entrepreneur, this programme offers professionals in the field of artistic and cultural production opportunities for re-defining themselves and their practice.

The PGDP in Curatorial Practices, has been developed to nurture new ways of thinking about curatorial work and acting as cultural producers in the contemporary world. Using the notion of interdisciplinarity as the basis for learning processes, this programme will provide students with practical and theoretical skills to operate across a vast ecology of contexts and spaces, from the museum, to the commercial gallery, to the artist-led space, to the festival, to a lab, to new creative ventures.

By focusing on practice-based learning, this course will support emerging and established practitioners in the development of an independent, sustainable and context-specific practice that will respond to the changes and challenges of the contemporary cultural world.

This one-year Post Graduate Diploma Program runs concurrently with the first year of the MA in Curatorial Practices.


This course is for professionals working in the field of art and cultural production (art galleries and museums, festivals, archives, publishing houses, educators, and independent artists) and allied fields. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree/diploma from a recognized university. Please refer to eligibility criteria listed on the admissions page.


Creative Documentary Practice

The first film ever made was a documentary. Since then, the practice of filmmaking, and of documentary film in particular, has undergone a huge transformation. New technologies have made way for different stories and unheard voices to emerge and together they have evolved into a variety of forms, styles and genres that allow for highly individualised ways of seeing and showing reality.

The Post Graduate Diploma Program in Creative Documentary is a one-year course that allows students to advance their practice. It is a space for people with some skills or experience in the medium, who wish to locate their skills within the larger context of an expanding documentary practice, further their knowledge in a focus area, or build on their portfolio in a conducive and mentored space.

The Finish program offers a combination of taught units, workshops, projects and/or mentor based learning. These modes of learning will help students further their existing skills through the lens of creativity, artistic inquiry and research processes.

This one-year Post Graduate Diploma Program runs concurrently with the first year of the MA in Creative Documentary Practice.


Those who have completed a minimum of three years in an under graduate course in filmmaking, communications media and related fields are eligible to apply. Those who have an undergraduate degree in an unrelated field must have work experience in filmmaking or media production. For further details, please refer to the eligibility criteria listed on the admissions page.

Public Pedagogy and Art Practice 

Public Pedagogy and Art Practice brings together a rich set of public practices from cultural activism, public art, urban and local knowledge practices into an emerging area of study that looks at traditional and contemporary public creative practices that are used to educate, inspire and provoke a larger public. These forms draw from a diversity of public practices, evoke the absurd, catalyse agency for social action and emerge from many different sites of on-the-ground experimentation. They are community based, multi-age and focus on social transformation that challenges mainstream elite forms of knowledge production. The course looks at enriching public conversation by understanding practices and practitioners that have rejected the elite forms of knowledge for peoples' science, peoples' medicine, peoples’ history and peoples’ education using art and design practices. Through this course, students will be guided to develop projects in the public-sphere - working with community partners and understanding processes for public art and design practice. 

This one-year Post Graduate Diploma Program runs concurrently with the first year of the MA in Public Pedagogy and Art Practices.


Students with three or more years experience / education in Contemporary Art, Human Centered Design, Space Design,  Event Organisation and Management, Education, Public Policy,  Psychology, Architecture and Engineering, Community Education. Those interested in community based work, who like working with their hands and building things. Students with interest in working in the public sphere. 


Postgraduate Diploma in Design Practice


Design in Education

In the rapidly changing world of the 21st century, emerging paradigms of learning and education are providing an urgent impetus for practitioners and professionals to re-define themselves and their practice. The field of design is increasingly coming under the spot light as an enabler of creative and reflective educational practice across higher education as well as other formal and informal settings.

PGDP in Design in Education is conceptualized to provide opportunities for professionals to nurture a design sensibility in the new and emerging areas such as maker spaces, digital media learning within universities and colleges who are providing design-based degrees, and as a stepping stone for individuals wanting to lead NGOs, CSRs and other institutions that intersect development and education.

The course is relevant to anyone currently working in areas concerned with communities of learning be it government and civil services, education providers, policy makers, foundations working with CSR, edupreneurs both in formal and non-formal sectors, teachers and heads of department in schools and colleges, educational start-ups and NGOs. It includes practitioners in allied educational fields such as museums, interpretation centres, galleries, zoos, publishing houses and content designers for textbooks and other educational materials.

This course is led by the questions

How can a design disposition enable an imaginative inquiry into educational practices?

How do we go beyond personal and professional schisms, discourses of scale, efficiency and outcomes in formal and informal settings of education?

How do we nurture within ourselves a consciousness to adapt, embrace uncertainties, become facilitators, and leaders of transformation?

This one-year Post Graduate Diploma Program runs concurrently with the first year of the MA in Design Education.


This course will be relevant for anyone currently working in an education and allied fields. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree/diploma from a recognized university. Please refer to eligibility criteria listed on the admissions page.

Entreprenurship for Impact

Entrepreneurs and would be entrepreneurs can take the  one year PGDP program to hone their impact businesses or impact business ideas in a practice and field action based fast track program to earn a diploma. Learn and apply methods, frameworks and tools for business in  a learn-apply-validate-iterate mode. The program includes mentoring by subject matter experts.

The PGDP will enable learners to shift gears in their business through the lenses of design thinking, focused purpose and better world making through leveraging the power of systems.


The course is tailored for practitioners already running their own impact enterprises  or are employed as intrapreneurs in existing enterprises or NGOs, or are practitioners wishing to set up startups with  a strong business idea that they wish to pursue into implementation.

This one-year Post Graduate Diploma Program will run concurrently with the first year of the MA in Entrepreneurship for Impact.


Postgraduate Diploma in New Humanities and Design


Public History and Heritage Interpretation

History has too often excluded the lives of ordinary people. Public history challenges this exclusion. It creates new interpretations of historical phenomena by engaging with people’s experiences of the past that were never earlier included in the grand narratives of history.

At Srishti Manipal, we envision the Public History course within the Postgraduate Diploma Program as an opportunity to engage with communities and to learn new ways of working with historical sites, monuments, and institutions so as to address the contemporary challenges of interpreting history. The course will enable the creation of new resources that would offer fresh understandings of the past, and actively work with history outside of conventional academic practice. It will create professionals trained to transform and reimagine museums, heritage sites, and archives as spaces that draw on new technologies to dynamically interpret the past by