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Foundation Studies Program


The Foundation Studies Program is marked by its strong artistic enquiry, the voice of a responsible artist in a designer. Besides having hands on practice, students get introduced to a broad interdisciplinary contextual approach towards cultural and critical enquiry as an over arching principle of creative art and design practice.

Srishti has come a long way by turning this space into a creative roller coaster, where aspirations take the ride of adventure, imagination and practice. It also encompasses the fun of experiential ‘unlearning’, the thrill of exploring and the joy of making.

The program provides space and the necessary scaffolding for students to Explore, Experiment and Fail without fear by integrating three core values of creative practice: Concept (Idea and Ideology), Craft (Aesthetics and Industry) and Community (Social Relevance and Integration).
During this year of transition, students engage with a range of facilitators including artists, designers, theorists and performance artists with varied interests.

Visual Thinking Workshop for Foundation Studies students at Srishti led by Jayesh Sivan Click here to view >>

The Program

The Program is divided into four components:

Contextual Enquiry

This unit offers the wide umbrella of art and design practice to students through
courses clustered around generative themes of importance. These courses
introduce various art and design tools, methods and contexts of enquiry to students.

"Everyone who is a part of shadow liberation is like a story with their own plot, their own feeling, their own aim, their own direction, their own pain, their own personality and with their own high. We all are stories within a story called Shadow Liberation."

"Ultimately, all these performances just provoke us/ enlighten us/ shock us/ make us aware of what role we play in our everyday lives."

Generic Skills

This module facilitates the learning of essential skill sets to translate expressions into visual. At the core, courses from this unit aims to improve the observation and tactile experiences of creative production. Courses offered introduce 2D and 3D art and design exploration.

Outcome of happiness project where participant is expected to visualize happiness. Here the participant enquire the relationship between pain and happiness

Participants created dioramas from their research findings of food habits of different communities

General Studies

Courses offered under this unit expose and engage students with a wide range of theoretical and historical ideas and developments in philosophy, history, critical thinking, cultural studies, science, literature and language. This module develops the critical understanding of the connection between humanities and art & design practice. While these courses are focused on reading and writing, they also at times involve hands-on exercises.
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Form of a tree has been explored through squares and cubes.

Imagined tree was the outcome from the study and exploration of form of tree. Each has to have a personality of its own and followed the design brief created by participants.

The course expected participants to explore materials such as paper, and bamboo and create structures that extends the limit of the chosen material

Patterns found in nature as well as manmade object was taken as a source to generate images for printmaking

Simple animation technique was used to understand the narrative structures.

Participants recreated space that make viewer to look into the relationship between sensorial experiences and space/place.

Large-scale drawing to explore the theme of space and place.

Workshop and Elective

Courses offered under this module range from art & design disciplines, related skill sets such as photography, illustration, film appreciation and basic weaving and public art projects.

Interim: is a short semester between the first and the second semester where students participate in two separate sets of electives:

1. Study of Social Ecology
2. Performing arts workshops

Study of Social Ecology: is the unit that exposes students to culture/craft/design/art practices through field visits and research and documentation methods. Courses are divided into three modules; immersion, exposure visit and knowledge sharing.

In the first module (immersion) students get an overview of the chosen area of study. They are sensitized to all the issues involved in this mode of enquiry.

Second module (Exposure) involves field visits and introduction to tools and methods of study.

Knowledge sharing expects students to compile their learning from the field visit and give it a form that can be shared.

Foundation Program students travelled to nine different parts of India to interact with place and people. Excursions were made to Kutch, Malwa, Rajasthan, Shantiniketan, Tripura, Varanasi, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Coorg in Karnataka. Each of these tours was set out with specific goals. Craft, organic farming, sufi singers are some of the communities students interacted with.

Study tour to Shantiniketan where students interacted with craft communities.

Study tour to Shantiniketan where students interacted with craft communities.

Study tour to Malwa: Documenting / drawing 180%

Performing arts workshops: This includes a set of electives that introduce students to Theatre, Sound and Movement and related fields of study taught by experts. Curated workshops are geared towards a final set of performances.

Pages from Visual Journal.

Pages from Visual Journal.

Pages from Visual Journal.