Design has been a relatively emerging professional space in India. Earlier, it was looked at with a narrower perspective by many, usually classified under either fashion’ or interior’, as these were considered glamorous and noteworthy for being lucrative career options. However, in the last few years, there has been a growth of mind-sets and perspectives towards Design, and an enormous number of spaces have mushroomed as part of it.
These include animation, graphic design, illustration, visual communication, game design, filmmaking, interface design, digital design, and advertising and communication design among others.
The growth of design education in India
It has also been observed that in the recent past, a number of youngsters wish to study these diverse facets that Design has to offer, and are strongly considering creating a career pathway around the same.
As graphic design and visual communication have particularly emerged as popular programmes amongst Indian students, several design’ focused education institutes too, are offering flexible course structures as part of these undergraduate, postgraduate (degrees or diplomas) and certificate programmes.
These are generally taught on a module basis by a faculty of industry experts, with a number of assignments and projects, group as well as the individual that help students with practical learning and facilitate a spirit of teamwork’ amongst them.
Important things to know for a student before choosing the course
It is important for students to explore and analyse different areas of the design before they choose their specialisation because what they wanted to garner expertise in prior to enrolment can drastically change by the end of the foundation year.
One needs to analyse their designing abilities and thought process in order to check its viability as an aspiring design student.
As the course structures are subjective and intuitive, in a design school it is common to see a particular project being undertaken every semester by students, which naturally gets more challenging as the
Basic structure of design courses
a) First Year
Generally, the first year also known as the Foundation year helps students to get well-acquainted with the fundamentals of the programme. This year helps them unlearn the ways of rote learning and emphasises of learning through curiosity, observation and reflection.
Basic hand skills and design principles are taught to help the students translate their ideas and thoughts into visual expressions. They are encouraged to acclimatise themselves with environmental perception and the design processes at large during this Foundation year for seeking clarity on the way forward.
b) Second Year
Following the first year, students have to pick an area of specialisation. The abundant knowledge, activities and assignments done by the students in the foundation year assure that they are in a better position to make a decision when it comes to selecting their specialisations. In many cases, their foundation grade determines them receiving their preferred discipline, and courses become the determinant of the major that students graduate
During the second year, the discipline chosen generally involves an interesting combination of skill-based learning and theoretical as well as application-based projects.
How to be design education-ready’
A large number of students in India are primarily concerned about being design education-ready’ so that they can enrol into a programme of a reputed and laudable institute and graduate from the same, which further enhances their curriculum vitae.
The application process is again subjective with most institutes in India conducting one or more entrance exam(s) for different programmes.
In order to prepare, students should apprise themselves with the latest happening in the field of design they are interested in, practise what they want to pursue and undertake mock tests etc, in available. Most importantly, budding designers who wish to excel in diverse facets of this booming industry should be tenacious and creatively innovative, remember that it has a bright future in India as well as across the globe, and thus, keep an open mind to optimise a plethora of opportunities that come their way.
Future of Design Students in India
A number of educational institutes in India are in fact, increasingly associating with local industry leaders through live projects and acclaimed international counterparts via exchange programmes too for helping students to create a portfolio that stands out, along with providing internship opportunities locally and globally.
On completion of the programme, students have an array of enterprises to apply to and many institutes thus offer guidance as well as placement opportunities for meritorious students with a robust portfolio to help establish a lucrative career.
This article is written by by Clément Derock, Co-Founder, Ecole Intuit Lab.