Specialisation : Indian Thought and Practices
“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.”
- M. K. Gandhi
The specialization in Indian Thought and Practices is a structured and intensive study with a substantial component of individual research. This program opens up new ways of entering the inquiries and practices of different Indian traditions. Both pedagogy and research will center on the learner as a seeker, an apprentice, who will be guided by a practitioner. The search may not necessarily take the form of a theoretical treatise. It may be a work of art, a poetic performance and a meditative intervention.
- The program prepares the students with skills to be independent researchers, undertake scholarly work, publish and pursue further research-based programs.
- Practitioners of different arts, craft and science would be able to deepen their pursuit through interdisciplinary inquiries into Indian traditions.
- It allows students to produce research-based creative outputs such as paintings, illustrations, musical compositions, performances and others as part of their study.
The seminar provided a space for investigating a particular idea, topic, praxis through reading, writing, making and discussion. The seminar can include presentations, reviews and readings of work in progress or completed work.
Provides intense learning experiences and enable discourse through making and thinking. It will be a core practice space where students will draw from their learning and critical thought from individual programs. seminar-studios here for a more enriched understanding and experience. It is envisioned as a space for experimenting, synthesizing knowledge and practices through immersive engagement, intuition, contextual learning, design processes and creative methodologies.
An independent study can include systematic exploration/research/studies undertaken in an area of interest with faculty mentoring through specially designed study units.
General Studies provide an expansive view of issues in order to broaden the mind to become aware of contexts for design, as well as sharpen critical thinking and communication skills. They run parallel to the disciplinary studio programs and, play the role of nudging, inspiring and provoking the students’ evolution as Artists, Designers and Creative Practitioners.
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Skills Enhancement Course
The Skills Enhancement Course (SEC) is value-based and/or skill-based and aimed at providing hands-on-training, competencies, skills, etc. that is relevant to specific disciplines.
The Self-Initiated Project is a form of end-of-semester summative assessment where students are given an assigned task to complete. They are required to apply and synthesize their learning and use the thinking skills and capabilities that they have developed over the semester. The Self-Initiated Project tests a student’s ability to research, conceptualize and execute a given task with autonomy and self-direction.
Performance of Understanding
A Performance of Understanding is a form of end-of-semester summative assessment where students are given an assigned task to complete. They are required to apply and synthesize their learning and use the thinking skills and capabilities that they have developed over the semester. The Performance of Understanding tests a student’s ability to research, conceptualize and execute a given task with autonomy and self-direction.
Interlude is a space for critically engaging and responding to themes and provocations of contemporary relevance. It lies at the intersection between academic learning and a ‘design-free’ zone. Interlude requires working in collaborative endeavors to develop outcomes that are creative, reflective and multi-dimensional. The work can take the form of conceptualizing and conducting experiments, symposiums, exhibitions, public engagements and others.
A professional internship provides an opportunity to put to use the multidisciplinary skills and learning acquired during the course of study and obtain professional inputs that complement academic study. The internship can be completed in a professional art or design studio, organization/industry, research institutions, government or in the cultural and not-for-profit sector. It fosters students understanding of the working of art/design practice and of a studio or business establishment.
A systematic exploration or study undertaken in an area/place, within a community or organization. Field Practice can involve ongoing participation, research or intervention.
The Capstone provides an experience of the full cycle of a design/art project under the mentorship of disciplinary faculty and/or external experts. It can be taken forward by the individual researching, proposing, validating and executing ideas or solutions. Or it requires the individual to experiment, speculate, and critically inquire into emerging ideas around art, design, and technology within the purview of a specified framework. The Capstone is rooted in real-life contexts and concerns; the subjective creative process and/or industry or societal organizations. It is a performance of understanding that integrates and demonstrates the learning acquired in previous semesters of study.
The Dissertation is written discourse taken forward by the individual researching, proposing, validating and executing ideas or solutions. It can require the individual to experiment, speculate, and critically inquire into emerging ideas around art, design, and technology within the purview of a specified framework. The Dissertation can be rooted in real-life contexts and concerns; the subjective creative process and/or industry or societal organizations. It is a performance of understanding that integrates and demonstrates the learning acquired in previous semesters of study and is completed under the mentorship of disciplinary faculty and/or external experts.
The learning approach of this course is active, collaborative and practice-oriented. It combines a philosophical approach with art and design thinking and practice-based enquiry. Students, with their unique personalities and specific learning styles, are at the center of the process. The participants of this postgraduate course will be encouraged to constantly question, critically analyze and look through different lenses on their own practice. Through experiential learning and reflection on different kinds of knowledge systems students will develop the ability to formulate research questions and plan their own project.
- Ability to be independent researchers to undertake scholarly work and publish
- Ability to undertake interdisciplinary inquiries into various Indian traditions and pursue advanced research
- Ability to combine critical inquiry and creativity
The capability sets equip and prepare the student for a wide range of opportunities, including,
- Education and Research
- Cultural Institutions and NGOs
- Archives and Museums
- Foundations and Philanthropy
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The program is informed by the following disciplines:
Design and Architecture
Language and Literature
Vernacular Art and Music Practices
Research and Collaboration
The students under this program will have the opportunity to work with the following centers and labs at Srishti.
Center for Public History (CPH)
The Kabir Project
UNESCO Chair at Srishti