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Industrial Arts and Design Practices – 2018-19


“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful” - John Maeda




The future of ‘how things are made’ is rapidly changing with new technologies and possibilities emerging every day. What does this mean for the designer of the future? How can we use the power of new technologies along with the unique tradition of making we have in India to create a new language in design and art?

Just as Information has been completely revolutionarized by digital technologies, the material world is poised on the brink of a manufacturing revolution. It seems increasingly likely that instead of giant factories, we will see production move to localised creative Maker Spaces that are smaller, faster, cheaper and more efficient. With new additive technologies, products will be easily customisable and have a much smaller carbon footprint. The day isn’t far when photocopier shops in our neighbourhood will have 3D printers for all to use.

We offer the Industrial Arts and Design Practice course to take the idea of Making to the future. We believe that making is the connection between the head and the heart. As we make and engage with a variety of materials, we connect to our deepest creative selves to learn with intuition and sensitivity. We are able to connect the tacit knowledge in craft practices and grassroots ingenuity with the new possibilities of tomorrow.

As practitioners we can seek a position in the maker space, be it amongst contemporary hand crafted artefacts or adding value to mass-produced objects of every day use.


Key Values

Exploratory Hands-on Inclusive Frugal Playful



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) Click here to read more about the General Studies Program >>
  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

  • First hand learning through making and managing materials, processes and technologies enabling industriousness as a virtue
  • Harnessing expertise and rich making skills available profusely at all levels in the Indian context through Locative Making
  • Explore, play and innovate, making connections between old, present and future to discover new potential
  • Research, combine and collaborate craft and technology appropriated for tomorrow. Acquiring and using the skills of both the craft industry as well as the technologies and processes of the future with empathy and sensitivity
  • Synthesizing and realizing concepts by making and validating from a stakeholder’s perspective through various hands on visualization and translation methods, managing complex systems, developing autonomy

Capability Sets

Working with Material

Acquire a proficiency in working with specific materials and processes, as well as explore a wide range 
Understand and use technologies from the traditional, contemporary to futuristic, Play and innovate with new materials and technologies to make new connections

Develop curiosity and respect for material, processes and people

Learning through Making

Be proficient in using the design process and creative thinking skills and tools- research methods, tools for analysis, ideating, prototyping, testing and validating, Be proficient in expression through drawing and prototyping

Explore and experiment in a hands-on manner with materials, processes and techniques in order to develop understanding appropriate and sustainable uses,

Use Making as a conceptual thinking tool for envisioning and translating abstractions into tangible forms

Manage Complexity

Develop an ability to detail, plan and manage - materials and resources to arrive at a final finished outcome

Understand the Impact of one’s practice through different lens – Experimentation, Humanity, Business leading to positioning of one’s practice in a larger framework

Develop an ability to create frameworks through Making and Reflective response with art, craft and design techniques, processes, and contemporary ways of perceiving art and design worlds.


These capability sets equip and prepare the student for a wide range of opportunities with:

  • Creative Manufacturing Sectors – Engaging with artisans and craft units at a small and medium scale and become part of the growing global phenomenon of the Maker movement
  • New Product Envisioning and Design studios, R&D departments - Disseminating creative energies as a team player in small & large industries, and multi-national corporations
  • Grass root development organizations, NGOs & Social Enterprises – Bringing in a breath of fresh air and a new perspective to the conventional, through a blend of creative, technical and business acumen
  • Start-ups, small and medium enterprises – Propositioning as a contemporary craft practitioner, entrepreneur, design consultant
  • Emerging and Trans-disciplinary Domains – Merchandising and Strategic Product Planning in Retail, UI & UX in e-commerce for the transactions of the future


This course is led by Meera Curam, Naga Nandini and Binu Bhaskaran.

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Disciplinary Intersections

The program is informed by the following learning disciplines:


Research and Collaboration

The students under this program will have the opportunity to work with the following centers and labs at Srishti.



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