Creative Education (B.Des.)


“In India, the measure of a singer's freedom is in his own creative personality. He can sing the composer's song as his own, if he has the power creatively to assert himself in his interpretation of the general law of the melody which he is given to interpret.” - Rabindranath Tagore

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” - Albert Einstein


Center for Education, Research, Training, and Development (CERTAD) at Srishti envisions Creative Education as the spring board for youth aspiring to be creative practitioners in education and allied fields, in re-imagining and participating in the future of learning and living. The Creative Education program works at two levels. It aims to develop:

  1. Individuals who are creative learners themselves, such that they can meet the challenges of an evolving and dynamic world
  2. Unique art and design professionals who are equipped to envisage, design and provide learning experiences in diverse contexts such as art and cultural organizations, centres for conservation and ecology, community settings as well as formal educational spaces like schools and colleges

This program takes an expansive and inclusive view to learning. It includes transformation of the traditional modes such as face-to-face, real-time, interaction between facilitator/teacher and learner using art and design ways. Technological innovation and interventions, product and space design in designing creative learning programmes will be a critical component of this program.

Graduates of this program will be grounded yet open: they will have a depth of understanding in approaches, philosophies and thought traditions that come together with a deep, personal art/design practice and yet be adaptive, responsive and experimental in their approach.

Key Values

The key values that this course is built around are:

  • Empathy: Understanding people in different situations and contexts
  • Embodiment: Recognition of the role of the body in learning
  • Beginner’s Mindset: Curious, Speculative Experimenter and Explorer
  • Enterprise: Imagination, Intuition, Risk-Taking and Confidence
  • Lifelong Learning: Being, Knowing, Persevering as a Way of life
  • Equanimous Mind: Being Present, Courageous in Uncertain and Unpredictable Circumstances

Course Structure

The curriculum comprises of different ways of learning as follows:

  1. Foundation introduces students to basic principles and tools of Art, Design and Technology as methods, tools and processes
  2. Disciplinary Studios are learning spaces where students develop core disciplinary capabilities, while navigating a trans-disciplinary environment
  3. General Studies: A common and compulsory programme of study that integrates Humanities, Sciences, Development and Policy Studies and also offers Languages-English, Indian- Hindi and Kannada as well as Foreign (Spanish, French and German)
  4. Interim: An introduction to practice in new and emerging areas of art and design
  5. Electives: Of three kinds- this program allows students to expand their skills, develop the interests as well as provide opportunities for travel exchange
  6. Internship/Apprenticeship: Compulsory work experience done over the summer-break between the 6th and 7th semester
  7. Project involves the application, synthesis and demonstration of capabilities acquired, and is a qualifier to the thesis
  8. Thesis is culmination of the 4-year program, which allows for demonstration of an integration of values, positions, capabilities and practice.

Learning Approach

“Since we can’t know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.” - John Holt

CERTAD sees the potential for future educators to work across disciplinary boundaries; to draw from and integrate different knowledge bases and traditions in a manner that reflects creative wisdom in action. At the undergraduate level, students have the advantage of being exposed to many art and design disciplines and practices where they learn through drawing, movement and performance, materials and critical making. These experiences will contribute to and inform their work in Creative Education.

The learning approach of this program will include:

  • Experimental, experiential and playful learning
  • Framing failure as an opportunity for learning
  • Learning through absorbing or osmosis from master practitioners/artists
  • Collaboration with peers, practitioners and the community in real world situations
  • Bringing together theoretical and practical knowledge and experience
  • Mindfulness and contemplative practice
  • Designerly ways to draw upon insight for action

Capability Sets

The course structure enables you to:

  • Develop and pursue a personal line of inquiry being informed by schools of thought and practices
  • Uncover meaning in layers and draw insights to evolve the big picture using art and design tools
  • Seek harmony in
    relationships and environments through negotiation, exchange, collaboration and reciprocation
  • Question, alter or dissolve set patterns of thinking using tools and techniques of the absurd
  • Engage in speculative experimentation with ideas, material, media and technology to
    nurture imagination and intuition
  • Adapt and find resilience by using failure as an opportunity for learning and insight
  • Reclaim under-utilised and unproductive spaces and reimagine it for ecological regeneration and literacy
  • Nurture beauty, aesthetics and a sense of wellbeing through attention, introspection and presence
  • Restraint in facilitation to allow learners to find their own rhythms
  • Deepen practice through repetition, ritual and reflection
  • Take critical feedback for reflection and action
  • Animate self, space and situation to provoke, evoke or facilitate


Graduates of this course will find opportunities as education service providers, entrepreneurs, innovators, resource persons and specialists who

To and deliver learning experiences & programmes in diverse contexts such as

  • Museums, galleries and publishing houses
  • Performing and fine art studios
  • Schools and colleges
  • Maker spaces and laboratories
  • Community centres and NGOs

Design and create educational artefacts

  • Film, text, new media and digital platforms
  • Interactive Technologies and digital platforms
  • Toolkits: DIY, DIWO and mobile

Re-imagine, conceptualize and create learning spaces such as

  • Libraries
  • Maker spaces and gardens as studio and labs
  • Classrooms
  • Schools
  • Parks, malls, street and other public spaces


For more information please email Padmini Nagaraja at or Babita Belliappa at

Disciplinary Intersections

The course is informed by the following learning disciplines:

Research and Collaboration

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