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Creative Manufacturing: Pathway - Product & Furniture Design

“....craft development needs a paradigm shift from promoting the ’karigar’, the traditional crafts person to ‘karigari’, quality of craftsmanship, since whoever imbibes this quality becomes the craftsperson in perpetuity - Aditi and M P Ranjan: Hand made in India

Experience of making and validation of product.


The Product and Furniture Design pathway offers a comprehensive look at the creation of everyday items, focusing on form, function, and sustainability. You will learn to merge aesthetics with practicality, using design principles and ergonomic research to create items that enhance living and working spaces. The coursework covers materials and production methods, preparing you for real-world manufacturing constraints and innovations. Collaborative projects and critiques are key components, fostering a dynamic learning environment where you will refine their design sensibilities.

The program guides you to think as a designer and business owner, understanding traditional crafts, efficient design, and how to make things. You will learn to design products and systems, how to make them, and how to manage the production process in small or medium businesses. Graduates of the course will have the skills to craft thoughtful, innovative designs for a range of products and furniture, ready to enter the professional design field.

What you will learn

Year-1 (NSQF Level 4 & 5)

  • Training to use hand tools and power tools following all safety protocols
  • Learn various forms of drawing, including product & furniture sketching, orthographic, and technical drawing.
  • Ability to choose appropriate material for a project and able to use various hand and power tools to shape it into a product & furniture
  • Use 2D and 3D software to create visualisations and technical drawings
  • Gain experience in designing simple products & furniture, their detailing, ergonomics, production processes and methods
  • Ability to organize production flow in a micro or small enterprise.
  • To interact with customers and understand the market needs to create products accordingly & to communicate with small-scale industries to produce the design created.

Year-2 (NSQF Level-6)

  • Break down a product’s production processes into component elements for line production.
  • Be able to create products & accessories which would complement the production process, logistics, storage and ease of assembly & use by the end user.
  • Be able to ideate and visualize, design a value proposition, work with multiple materials and processes to add value, and design product ranges in addition to single products.

Year-3 (NSQF Level-7)

  • Ability to break a task down, understand and balance a production cell or line, and plan and design production facilities.
  • Ability to adopt technology appropriately, implement measurement and evaluation systems and understand complex value chains.
  • Ability to start their enterprise or work in a small or medium scale manufacturing enterprise as a designer, production co-ordinator or merchandiser.