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Interior Design and Build

“The details are not the DETAILS. They make the design.” - Charles Eames


Intense prototyping in process



As more and more spaces need to be adapted for a variety of purposes, the interior design and build industry requires individuals capable of a sensitive approach towards design, with in-depth technical understanding and detailed knowledge of practical modes of timely and cost-effective execution.

The Interior Design and Build course at Srishti focuses on spatial design with sensitivity to materials, processes, cost and users. The course provides opportunities for students via these learning experiences: internship for first-hand experience of a variety of contexts, hands-on workshop learning, development of visualisation, presentation and experimental skills, and sound technical knowledge.


Construction, Retail, Tourism & Hospitality and Media & Entertainment

The three years of this course align with the levels 5,6, and 7 of the NSQF guidelines and creates skilled employees for Construction, Retail, Tourism & Hospitality and Media & Entertainment sectors.


A workshop crit session in process


The Interior Design and Build course is a systematic approach to a project in which the entire process of design and construction is streamlined and undertaken by a single entity. The course will explore new innovations that are changing the face of design-build interiors. For example, 3D-printing technology and prefabricated interiors will help learners to develop the ability to integrate technology, skill and technique into the practice.

This course is an intensive, practice-based and practice-oriented training. Emphasis is given to extensive internships in industry, hands-on workshop learning, skill development in visualisation and representation. The core skills acquired through the above to build a well-rounded designer are:

  • Sound technical knowledge and project implementation skills
  • Sensitivity to design quality, innovation and aesthetic characteristics
  • Material and ecological responsiveness and cultural awareness


Discussion on mateials and processes

Course Structure

Studio: A space for learning core principles and skills of the chosen field of study through making, building, experimenting and discussions
Elective: Engagement outside the disciplinary framework that allows for extension, building connections and the broadening of skills and worldview
Independent Study: A systematic study undertaken in an area of interest with required mentoring through specially designed units; this could include MOOCs, online resources, forums and documentation in learning of specific skills
Language: Developing skills in aspects of communication that can aid understanding, expertise and outreach in the practice of the chosen field
Portfolio: An opportunity to reflect on acquired capabilities and build a curated collection of work that best showcases one’s skills and competencies
Finals: An end of a semester opportunity to demonstrate skills and capabilities acquired in that semester
Seminar: A space to explore a given context through collaborative investigation and team work, involving diverse skills and fields of practice
Linkages: Learning acquired beyond educational spaces is of three kinds:

  • Industry Exposure: Attending trade shows, festivals, conferences and industry related to the specific and broader skill sectors
  • Apprenticeship: Involves working in a professionally mentored environment. This could be with people in the industry, as well as those with a professional practice that extends disciplinary boundaries
  • Work Experience: Involves working on an assignment in an industry environment

Co-curricular activities: Provides an avenue for students to keep physically fit, engaged in mindful practice, develop their musical or performance abilities, and to learn or increase their proficiency in an Indian or foreign language
Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC): SEC courses are value-based and/or skill-based and are aimed at providing hands-on-training, competencies, skills, etc. that are relevant to specific disciplines
Ability Enhancement Courses (AEC): AEC Courses are based on content and that lead to enhancement of knowledge specific to a discipline
Mentor Lab: The Mentor lab involves integrating work experience and studio project into a specialized area under the guidance of an expert mentor
Capstone: The Capstone is a summative body of work that demonstrates the capability and skills required for successful completion of the course


Working with natural materials in progress

Exit Criteria


At the end of year 1 students will:

  • Have a thorough understanding of basics of space, layouts and materials
  • Have skills to observe record & represent accurately
  • Be equipped with the fundamentals of space making, design process and interior materials, technical conventions, software and basic interior services


At the end of year 2 students will:

  • Be able to conceptualise and execute a range of spatial requirements and interior services
  • Have skills to coordinate and plan efficiently
  • Be equipped to provide inputs in the design and detailing of spaces and furniture with regard to user requirements
  • Be able to incorporate the design of spaces and services for the design build process


At the end of year 3 students will:

  • Be able to conceptualise, plan and execute a complete interior design project,
  • Have the skills to manage sites and resources professionally
  • Have the capacity to provide inputs in systems, lighting, technology and special user requirements



Interior Design and Build – Employment Opportunities

After 1st year

Students will be able to work as entry-level designers in a design build team, interfacing between senior designers and contractors

After 2nd year

Students will be able to manage a design build team interfacing between clients, consultants and contractors

After 3rd year

Students will be able to manage several design build teams, strategize and implement financial plans and represent themselves and their organization at every professional level


Course Coordinator

Mary Jacob


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Ideating and conceptualisation in process