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FAQs - Industrial Arts and Design Practices


India is a thriving and emerging economy with a lot of exciting innovations in business, technology, design and art. Studying here will allow you to draw from a wide range of contexts and practices.
The Industrial Arts and Design Practices Course is rooted in the practice of making. It is different from the product/textile design courses offered world wide in that it includes craft and art practices too. India still has many live and practicing artisans who work with traditional tools and practices.
Our campus in Bangalore is located in a suburb, Yelahanka which is a very interesting mixture of the old and new – we have the Old Town with textile hand and power looms, we are 30 minutes away from the International Airport and the surrounding areas are till agricultural. At Srishti many of the learning units are based in the real world and there is a fair amount of travel and interaction with the Indian manufacturing industry at different levels.
Yelahanka has a number of small workshops and students are encouraged to work with them to prototype.

Our courses in Srishti allow you to choose between a wide range of learning units facilitated by experienced faculty with an equally wide range of backgrounds and practices. You can read about our faulty in the People page.

You will find details of the admissions process in our admissions page and the fee schedule is also published. The entire process is online so, there is no need for you to come here physically for the interview.

Eligibility guidelines are clearly published in the admissions process, so please do check if you are eligible to apply. For the Undergraduate program, you will need to have completed 12 years of schooling. For the Postgraduate program you will need to have a University degree after 3 years of study for the MA programs and 4 years of study for the M.Des and M.F.A programs.
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A variety of options are available for a graduate in Industrial Arts and Design Practices (IADP)

  • A job in Industry eg. A textile designer could get a job with an export house, a student interested in Furniture Design could get a job in any of the online or retail Furniture stores like Urbanladder or Dovetail, a product designer work in the design department of large companies like Godrej, TVS etc.
  • Work in any of the numerous Design studios like Foley Design, Elephant Design, Desmania etc.
  • Work in an NGO in the craft sector like Dastakar, Sasha etc.
  • Set up an independent practice as a Design Entrepreneur

Companies such as IBM, Tata Elxsi, Selco, Himatsingka, Sasha and many more have absorbed our graduates.

Srishti does not offer placement in the way that other Institutes do. We have other means of connecting students to Industry. Students have to do a mandatory Internship at the end of the 3rd year. At the end of the 4th year we design and set up a public exhibition of all graduating student’s work. People from Industry are invited and this serves as a good platform for students to interact with the larger world.

IADP offers units in textile, furniture and product design every year, in parallel. Students are free to choose the units that interest them. A student who is focused on textile design can choose only those units and then work on textile based projects in the 4th year. The degree awarded on completion however will be a Bachelor of Design in Industrial Arts and Design Practices.

IADP offers units in textile, furniture and product design every year, in parallel. Students are free to choose the units that interest them. A student who is focused on furniture design can choose only those units and then work on furniture based projects in the 4th year. The degree awarded on completion however will be a Bachelor of Design in Industrial Arts and Design Practices.

We don’t offer a specialization in Fashion. However a good base in textile art and design will certainly help a future fashion designer. We offer some units in garment making.

The emphasis in IADP is not on teaching software skills. Students are expected to pick up relevant skills in Adobe Suite and Microsoft office on their own. Some 3D software especially the Autocad suite are introduced in a workshop mode. However it is only through use and practice that students can gain a mastery over these.

Most Industrial design courses focus on mainstream Industry. Our course allows students to explore creative interests while being mentored by faculty drawn from a large pool of artists and designers.
Many Institutes offer a narrow pathway that allows you to specialize only in one discipline. We encourage navigation across courses, trans-disciplinary learning so that you are able to deal with a variety of contexts and issues. Through this pathway of learning, you would explore as well as acquire an understanding about the larger eco-systems that design, designers and artists operate in – be it at in an art and craft cluster or an industry level.

Srishti has well equipped and staffed workshops for weaving, print, wood and metal work and electronics. Our workshop has a laser cutter and 3D printers.

The three options that a student has on completion of this course are

  • Pursue a masters degree in Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology or elsewhere
  • Apply and get a job in Industry, government or non-government sector
  • Be a design entrepreneur

We facilitate students in creating their portfolios and applying for internships across India.

A list of our units is published in the Prospectus for your reference. Most of our units are hands-on. We teach design/art thinking processes using making as a way of learning.

Industry can be defined as any place of work along with economic activity. This includes manufacturing, production, fabrication and construction at any scale be it a small cottage industry or a large production unit. This also includes design futures and students are encouraged to think and work with the future of production and consumption.

There is a lot of hands-on making in many of the learning units we offer. There is focus on craft as a context for learning. There is an equal focus on design futures and design thinking. Students iteratively learn the design/art process through all the units and also apply this in the 2 projects in the 4th year. This enables them to work in the context and industry of their choice. Final year projects offer a choice of contexts, so both craft and mainstream industry are represented.

We train our students to think creatively and embrace new situations and contexts and this is highly valued by mainstream Industry today. Learning to learn is an important part of our pedagogy and students are able to adapt easily to whichever Industry they work in. Students acquire design/art thinking skills which are applicable across various kinds of industry.

Remuneration is largely based on the sector that the young designer wants to work in. For example, starting salaries in craft based NGOs are typically less than what an Industrial Design studio may offer. A lot depends on the student’s portfolio too, and we mentor students to create portfolios that reflect who they are.

Yes, after a B.Des. in Industrial Arts and Design, students can pursue Masters in India and abroad. They can opt for varied kinds of programs that delve into directly related fields.