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FAQs - Industrial Arts and Design Practices

Industrial Art & Design Practices (IADP) is about the conceptual exploration, translation and expression of three-dimensional artifacts and products using the best practices of both the Arts and Design. It encompasses the disciplines of Product, Textile & Furniture Design. It is informed by learning disciplines like Information Design, Interaction Design and Interface Design, Visual Communication Design.
It includes critical design thinking, artistic processes, making skills, understanding production eco-systems, markets, trade practices and future ways of making. It develops autonomy and creative confidence.

As practitioners in this creative field, designers and artists make and engage with a variety of materials, techniques and processes, methodologies, and connect to their deepest creative selves to learn with intuition and sensitivity. They associate the tacit knowledge in craft practices and grassroots ingenuity with the new possibilities of tomorrow.
They seek a position in the maker space, be it amongst contemporary handcrafted artifacts or adding value to mass-produced objects of everyday use. This aids them to create a framework of enquiry to interpret needs, challenge convention and actions in varied scenarios and then bring in a contextually apt creative intervention.
Through their own businesses as entrepreneurs, or working with other design studios/organizations, these creative practitioners make a quantum and impactful difference to the community or industry practice - through design thinking, designing and offering innovative solutions to a wide range of needs.

An Industrial Arts and Design Practitioner is one who exhibits a passion and genuine concern towards issues, contexts and communities that have social, environmental, technological and industrial relevance and problems posed by them.
The following is a self-assessment test for you to decide whether you can be an Industrial Arts and Design practitioner.
- Do you enjoy learning through making and managing materials, processes and technologies? - Do you find joy in exploring, playing and innovating, making connections between old, present and future to discover new potential? - Do you love to research, combine and collaborate with craft, communities, use appropriate technologies for tomorrow? - Would you like to understand the process of making in a deeper way – to synthesize and realize concepts by visualization, making and translating?
If the responses to the questions above are YES, then you have exercised the right decision
If you see yourself:
- Becoming an entrepreneur, setting up a creative industry - Working in an NGO, export house or government agency - Becoming a designer to either work free-lance or work in design or R&D firms
Then, you are on the right track, having taken up Industrial Arts and Design.

Most industrial design courses focus on mainstream industry. Srishti’s Industrial Arts and Design Practices (IADP) course allows the students to explore creative interests, propose creative interventions, and execute work while being mentored by faculty drawn from a large pool of artists and designers. Through this pathway of learning, aspiring designers explore and acquire an understanding about the larger eco-systems that designers and artists operate in – be it at in an art and craft cluster or at an industry level.
We encourage navigation across courses and trans-disciplinary learning so that our designers are able to deal with a variety of contexts and issues.

The course is designed for different kinds of creative explorers, and is focused on studio, workshop and project-based learning. There is an emphasis on exploration through making and doing. The learning experience comes through studio units, workshops, internships, locative making as well as projects. Value-added inputs can be in the form of hands-on making, demonstrations, talks through practitioners, and appropriate industry/client visits. We also facilitate exchange programs with foreign universities.