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FAQs - Visual Communication

Yes, you are. Anyone who holds an undergraduate degree in any discipline is eligible for applying to this program. Not having formal training in art/design related disciplines does not hamper your eligibility. However, it is important that you possess a keen interest and awareness for the arts and design, and have a deep desire to carve out a career in design for yourself.

Not having an academic background in art/design will also mean that the student will have to work extra hard especially in the first semester to catch up with the fundamental principles of visual communication design.

This is a fulltime, Course-Based program and this means that students will be enroling in studio units on 3 to 5 days of the week during cycles 1 and 2, and 5 days a week during the 2 weeks of workshop each semester. Contact time with teachers for the studio units is 3 hours per day, however, students are expected to put in at least 3 to 4 hours more towards assignments which could be practical or theoretical in nature. Furthermore, each semester ends with a 2 week period which constitutes the final exam and students are expected to work on examination task for at least 6 to 8 hours each day during this period. This means that a students is left with very little time for additional professional work.

As a young graduate, you need to enhance your creative aptitude and sharpen your thinking and making skills to transform your abilities to become meaningful, resourceful and proficient practitioner in Visual Communication Design. This course will do just that for you. You will learn about and also learn to apply design processes, research methods and history and theories of visual design to create meaningful communication material. This course will also help you enhance your visual literacy, visual thinking, visual perception, imaging and representation skills. It will also enable you to integrate your existing models of thinking with the emerging technologies, methods, media and practices in the field of visual communication.

You will be required to dedicate between 25 to 30 hours of work every week for homework and assignments. These hours may be partly spent at Srishti campus and partly at home.

As a graduate of MA in Visual Communication, there are a variety of creative services that you will be eligible to engage with. You will be able to contribute to and make a positive difference in industries such as Branding & Advertising, Marketing & Communication, Graphic Design, Publication & Publishing, Retail and Exhibition. You will be highly effective to work as Art Directors, Senior Designers and Design Consultants at various design houses, corporates, publishing houses, marketing companies, advertising agencies, NGOs and event management companies.

This is a demanding course and students are expected to be productive from the day one. Focusing on enhancing productivity skills by learning various visualisation and crafting techniques along with working on improving your computer skills (especially Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop) will be tremendously helpful.

Being aware of the latest trends and concerns of the art and design industry will also help to gather and understand the fundamentals quickly. Visiting art galleries, museums, attending Degree Shows of various design colleges, reading books and magazines on art, design and learning about the history of Art and Design will make a big difference in your ability to comprehend complexities and demands of the creative process.

Yes. Srishti enjoys student exchange partnership with over 44 universities from different parts of the world. Postgraduate level exchange programs may not be offered by all of these universities. You can find more information on Exchange Programs here: http://srishti.ac.in/international-center/exchange-program

The course does not allow you to choose another major since Visual Communication is the major of your choice within the Design Practice Course. However, the course allows for Choice-based navigation of units, which means that a student is able to signup for units from other specialisations within the Design practice Course as well as for units from specialisations from other Courses such as Art Practices or New Humanities and Design. There may also be opportunities for a student to work on developing skills in an area of their interest through choosing to work on related projects and thus focus on a specific expertise/skill.

Only some of the Learning Units are mandatory within a specialisation. Apart from mandatory Learning Units, students can sign up for units from other courses that will be termed as allied or elective units. The allied units are the learning units offered by specialisations within the course you have enroled in, and, electives are learning units offered by courses and specialisations outside of the course you have enroled in.

Internship is mandatory. Students are required to do minimum 6 weeks (maximum 8 weeks) of internship during the summer break after the end of semester II. The college provides specific guidelines for internships and also suggests possible places where students may apply for internships. Without successful completion of the required number of intership weeks a student may not be allowed to undertake the Capstone project in semester IV.

Srishti does not provide an official/formal placement event for its graduating batches. Instead the graduation seminar known popularly as The Srishti Collective becomes a platform where industry is invited to attend and view our graduating batch’s capstone seminars and exhibits. Historically at Srishti this also becomes a placement event. Additionally Srishti publishes a catalogue of our graduates each year which is circulated amongst industry and professionals.