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Visual Communication and Strategic Branding – 2018-19


“Design is the intermediary between information and understanding” - Richard Grefé


Design is key to our economic growth and cultural evolution, and a designers’ role involves both individual ingenuity as well as collaborative creativity. A designer no longer functions in isolation as the conduit for communication. In the Visual Communication and Strategic Branding course at the Srishti Institute, we focus on educating visual communication designers to become agents of change, activism and advocacy.

This course is designed to blur the boundaries between Advertising and Graphic Design. Learning fundamental skills, basic principles and conceptual thinking takes precedence over learning to use computer applications and software. Gaining wider historical and contextual perspectives, strategies and solutions, proficiency in communication skills, decoding and making meaningful forms and executing these forms and messages on various media are some of the objectives of this course.

We locate ourselves at the meeting point of business necessity and artistic value. The integrity of art meets the purposefulness of commerce supported by a genuine insight into people and the way they feel.

Key Values

Acknowledging Impact
Critical Perspectives

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)
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  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

The Visual communication & Strategic Branding course crosses a wide range of disciplines such as Photography, Advertising, Illustration, Interaction Design, Information Design and Experience Design. This cross-fertilization provides a coherent conceptual base and insights that can work effectively to address rapidly changing global and local contexts.

Inputs from advertising and strategic design such as qualitative and quantitative research methods and various brand models will enable students to apply their learning in the context of visual communication and advertising.

The curriculum approaches visual communication & strategic branding through theoretical frameworks combined with applied learning. This method not only informs and enhances the practice but also encourages students to question the norms and scale traditional boundaries.

Capability Sets

  • Understanding Users – larger contexts where work is situated: environments, cultures, societies and world view
  • Understanding historical theory, contexts and finding roots to base work upon
  • Articulate in Visual Language – form, shape, color, composition, attention to detail, etc.
  • Ability to think and work using metaphors, signs and symbols to enhance meaning
  • Understanding inherent nature of variety of printed and electronic media and using them effectively
  • Research – having an inquiring mind, curiosity, methodical analysis and contextual perspectives
  • Critical thinking, problem solving, organising, coding, identify needs, propose solutions.
  • Lateral thinking – approaching the unknown, crossing boundaries, engaging in multi-disciplinary ways
  • Collaborate – participative design, to learn from others and engage in joint creative effort
  • Reflective & Balanced Practice – concerns span social, cultural and business contexts


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

  • Graphic Design Studios: As designer in an graphic design studio, Start-ups, small and medium professional studios involved in a wide range of projects from conceptualization to execution
  • Graphic Design in R&D Department of Corporations: As designer to enhance product graphics, designing collaterals and publicity material
  • Advertising Firms: Junior to mid-level designer in the creative department of an advertising firm, able to contribute at various stages of the creative process.
  • Visual Communication Studios: As designer working on multiple aspects of visual communication in a variety of contexts; retail, exhibition, packaging, environmental graphics, digital interfaces and emerging overlaps with other disciplines.
  • Book Design: Content creation combined with image making and/or illustration, with a knowledge of publication design enables graduates to craft narratives and books different kinds of market.
  • Independent Practice: As a contemporary visual designer, entrepreneur and design consultant


For more information, kindly email Kumkum Nadig at

Disciplinary Intersections

The course is informed by the following disciplines:

Research and Collaboration