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Interior Design and Build


“ The details are not the DETAILS. They make the design..” - Charles Eames

A student studies human anthropometry to inform their spatial design project Jury. Photo Source: Samir Parker.

About the Program

The Interior Design and Build (IDB) program is an opportunity to develop your skills in creating functional and visually appealing interior spaces. You will learn how to design and build sensitively and efficiently by exploring materials, costs, processes, and user needs. Through practical workshops, visualization exercises, presentations, and experimentation, for a deeper understanding of technical and creative principles. Upon completing the three-year program, you will be poised to succeed in various industries, including construction, retail, tourism and hospitality, and media and entertainment or start your own design business. Additionally, this course opens the door to further education in art, technology, and design or enrollment in a Postgraduate Diploma Program (PGDP) at SMI.

The core content of the course focuses on:

  • Sound technical knowledge and project implementation skills.
  • Sensitivity to design quality, innovation and aesthetic characteristics
  • Material and ecological responsiveness and cultural awareness


The Interior Design and Build course is a systematic approach to a project in which the entire design and construction process is streamlined and undertaken by a single entity. The course will explore innovations changing the face of design-build interiors. For example, 3D printing technology and prefabricated interiors will help learners develop the ability to integrate technology, skill, and technique into practice.

The Interior Design and Build course is an intensive, practice-based curriculum powered by extensive internships in the industry, practical workshop learning, visualization and representation. You will explore innovations that are changing the face of design-build interiors to integrate technology, skill and technique into your practice. The course encourages designing with sensitivity for audiences, highlighting material and ecological responsiveness and cultural awareness without restricting usability and the aesthetics of form.

This course is an intensive, practice-based and practice-oriented training. Emphasis is given to extensive internships in industry, hands-on workshop learning, and skill development in visualization and representation.


Construction, Retail, Tourism & Hospitality
Media & Entertainment

The three years of this course align with levels 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the NSQF guidelines and create skilled practitioners for the above sectors.

NSQF, or National Skills Qualifications Framework, is a nationally integrated and competency-based education framework that allows individuals to achieve their desired competence level. In NSQF, qualifications are organized according to the levels based on skills, knowledge, and aptitude.

Key Elements Of National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF):

  • Skill proficiency promotion to create individuals with international equivalency
  • Multiple entries and exit provisions for students
  • Opportunities to help students become lifelong learners
  • Preparedness for the industry standard with the development of skills
  • A transparent mechanism for the growth of students

Interior of Museum Shop and Cafe. Photo Source: Manya Mahindra.

The making of a storage unit. Photo Source: Samir Parker

What you will learn

Year-1 (NSQF Level 4 & 5)

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts of spatial design, layout planning, and material usage.
  • Cultivate precise observational skills to record and represent design elements accurately.
  • Learn essential space-making techniques, the design process, and the selection of appropriate interior materials.
  • Acquire knowledge of technical conventions, industry-standard design software, and the basics of interior services.
  • Receive industry exposure to understand professional work ethics and culture within the design sector.
  • Experience real-world projects through engagements with various design and build studios.

Year-2 (NSQF Level-6)

  • Master the conceptualization and execution of diverse spatial requirements and interior services.
  • Enhance efficiency in planning and coordination for interior design projects.
  • Design and detail functional spaces and furniture tailored to specific user needs.
  • Integrate the design of spaces with essential services for a cohesive design-build process.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting through an industry apprenticeship.

Year-3 (NSQF Level-7)

  • Gain hands-on experience in a professional industry setting, focusing on a specific role within interior design.
  • Opportunity to identify and specialize in an area of interest within the field.
  • Execute a comprehensive interior design project from concept to completion in the graduating capstone.
  • Develop professional skills in site and resource management.
  • Acquire knowledge about various building systems, including lighting, plumbing, water supply, HVAC, and accommodating special user requirements.

Course Structure

The core principles that govern the design of the unit are as follows:

Mastery Learning with Guided Practice breaks down competences or skills into subskills, methods and techniques. Through targets taught through modelling and direct instruction followed by guided and independent practice, mastery of core competences and skills are achieved.

Work Related Learning is the co-design of opportunities/projects by industry based professionals or employers or other stakeholders on the one hand and faculty on the other. Guided and facilitated by mentors this space allows for future employers to participate in the learner’s journey

Industry Linkages includes both exposure, orientation and direct interactive learning in real time contexts. This is towards specific jobs and roles, as well as work experience within each course’s respective industrial sector. Linkages between academic institutions and creative industries is inclusive of both economic and social benefits of innovation.

Fab.Ateliers builds on the values of thinking, modelling and making to challenging design contexts drawn from indigenous knowledge and / or tools from digital technology.

Public Labs are open spaces that foster DIY thinking along with citizen science and other initiatives to build a culture of learning that is self-initiated, independent and collaborative. Public Labs are open to all learners for purposes of self-study, learning, archiving and developing personal interests in technologies.

Bootcamps foster accelerated learning of concepts, skills and technologies that are directly linked to either employable, entrepreneurial or livelihood based skills. Working through immersion, with a focus on hands-on problem solving and peer learning rather than instruction.

Hackathons can range from competitions or events over days to half-day jams or a one day hack-fest. This format encourages brainstorming, pitching of concepts, working in teams and also planning projects as well as development of prototypes.

Understanding Wooden Joinery Through Making. Photo Source: Samir Parker





Interior Design and Build is an approach by which the entire design and construction of interior space is understood holistically. It will develop the ability to see the progression of the project from its concept stage to its delivery, ensuring a competitive edge in the field. Every stage of the process is integrated, streamlined and undertaken by a single entity.

If you are a person who is hands-on and enjoys interacting and collaborating with different people and are sensitive to the needs of others, this course would be an appropriate means of satisfying your interests.

Interior Design and Build is a hands-on course, which focuses on the basics of space design and on the complete production process from conceptualization, construction and finally the execution of the design. The course also inculcates the habit of designing with sensitivity to the users of a space, use of sustainable processes and materials without losing the aesthetics of the form and function of the space.

A distinguishing feature of the Interior Design and Build course is the practical immersions in the real world through industry exposure, apprenticeships and work experience.

You could be an entrepreneur or be employed in a design firm across the sectors of residential, retail, business, hospitality, entertainment, exhibition and heritage spaces.
This course will also open avenues for higher education in art, technology and design.

On completing this three-year program, students may apply to the Post Graduate Diploma Program (PGDP – Bridge) to be eligible for a Postgraduate Professional Program. Students may also directly apply for a two-year Postgraduate program in Arts at Srishti Manipal.

All admission and fee related information could be viewed on our admissions page.



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