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School of Design, Business and Technology (SDBT)

"Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It's a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy" - Erik Adigard


Design can be broadly defined as a problem-solving activity, working to satisfy the different physical and emotional needs of people across virtual and physical mediums. Many of these needs are created in a consumerist society and innovating for new products and services, creating new desires and aspirations, seem to fuel the profession of design. The questions we ask here at Srishti are: if design is a problem-solving activity, what are the kinds of problems are we solving today and for whom?

How can the creative arts and design use emerging technologies and new business practices that these technologies facilitate, to envision a better world? Art and Design could engage with larger issues like dwindling natural resources with values like empathy for our fellow humans and all the other species, respect for old/indigenous knowledge and practices, not being exclusive but being consciously inclusive.

As creative professionals, we need to question the use of material and technologies, to stretch the limits of our creativity to imagine a newer and better way of seeing, communicating and making. To be curious, to be empathetic, to be respectful towards people and resources – these are the essential traits of any designer or artist.

The School of Design, Business & Technology (SDBT) is rooted in the convergence of society, culture and business; and aims to empower you to design for the real world. We nurture creative integrity, sustain an independent practice and facilitate the creation of good business frameworks.

The school engages with centers, disciplines and studios, for expressive, experimental use of cutting edge technologies. We offer opportunities to engage with industrial design, craft, contemporary textile practices, visual communication and strategic branding, user experience and interaction design, as well as system and service design.

Courses Offered

Undergraduate Program Courses offered by the School of Design, Business and Technology

Specialisation Program

Bachelor of Vocation (B.Voc), a 6 Semester vocational degree with following specialisations

Creative Coding Undergraduate Technical
Creative Manufacturing Undergraduate Technical
Graphic Arts and Design Practices Undergraduate Technical
User Interface and Interaction Engineering Undergraduate Technical

Bachelor of Design (B.Des), an 8 Semester professional degree with following specialisations

Business Services and System Design Undergraduate Professional
Creative and Applied Computation Undergraduate Professional
Creative Education Undergraduate Professional
Human Centered Design Undergraduate Professional
Industrial Arts and Design Practices Undergraduate Professional
Visual Communication and Strategic Branding Undergraduate Professional

Postgraduate Program Courses offered by the School of Design, Business and Technology

Specialisation Program

Master of Design (M.Des) a 4 semester postgraduate program with following specialisations

Design Computation Postgraduate Professional
Design-Led Innovation Postgraduate Professional
Human Centered Design Postgraduate Professional
Industrial Arts and Design Practices Postgraduate Professional

Master of Arts (M.A) a 4 semester postgraduate program with specialisations

Design Practices Postgraduate Program in Arts


The course offered by the School of Design, Business and Technology are informed by various design, business and technology disciplines as follows:

Research and Collaboration

The courses at the School of DBT intersect with the following centers, labs and projects that are housed within the institute: