School of Continuing, Open and Professional Education (SCOPE)
"The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live." - Adler J. Mortimer
Srishti’s School of Continuing, Open and Professional Education is committed to the advancement of lifelong learning and to the provision of open access to high quality educational resources.
We create learning opportunities for practitioners to develop and extend their practice towards their personal and professional growth.
Our programs are designed to provide learning that is flexible, diverse and available at different times across geographical boundaries. We offer opportunities for practitioners to re-engage with learning in multiple ways, paced to keep up with the demands the world of practice.
The school faculty and courses draw from the following disciplines:
Our programs include courses with both full-time and part-time residency options, across a range of modules, and of different durations across the year.
We have fulltime, part-time and online learning options. The Masters courses involve full-time study and have small residency requirements, where a considerably large proportion of time is spent on field studies and action research undertaken at your site of professional practice. Smaller duration courses and workshops are offered at our various campuses and through our online learning platform.
Our learning approaches include:
Direct learning through contact programs and summer school, bootcamps, studios, workshops or conferences
Mediated learning through tutorials,& apprenticeships
Mentored learning via e-groups, webinars, critiques and discussion forums
Action research through field studies
Culminating performances through design charettes, written assignments, portfolios of practice
Personal mastery & reflective practice sessions
2-Year Courses: The following courses offered by the School of Continuing, Open and Professional Education require full-time study and short periods of residency in Bangalore. Upon successful completion, students will receive a MA degree.
A webinar about the opportunities and challenges of designing and building spaces where people live, work and play. As the world is cross-pollinated by new ideas and technologies there is a need for competent professionals who are trained to deal with the realities of interior projects, who can take them seamlessly from conceptualization to execution.
Design is often framed as problem solving or an extra element that make a space ‘aesthetic; while contractors, crafts-people and those who make are relegated to the background. What is evident is that we must use design as both process as well as outcome. Design must impact not only what we produce but the way we work as well.
We see more images each day, and read more text than ever before – whether it’s in books, the newspaper, or the Internet. This demand must be met by artists and graphic designers, who create illustrations, use photos, and put it all together in a layout so that information is easily read by the audience. Experience some of the creative process used by graphic artists in this session, from ideation, to thinking about symbols, to developing a character.
3. What is Public History and what can you do with it?
This webinar examines the development of public history and some of the forms and activities it engages in. We explore some of the key questions: What is the public purpose of history? What does the practice of history entail in different institutional and community settings? We look at the implications of audience engagement and the role of expertise and authority when undertaking community-based public history projects. We explore a few examples and discover the tensions, contradictions and paradoxes that emerge in historical interpretation with public spaces. We also touch upon a few professional areas that are opening up to students of public history.
What happens to knowledge in a society of search engine query? In recent times, Google and other search engines have with alarming speed gained dominance as the primary mechanisms of information dissemination. The politics of page ranking and keyword predictions is far from neutral. Similarly, the spatial organization of information on mobile or desktop screens is an area demanding critical inquiry. In this webinar, we will talk about how for example 3d printing technology can be explored in the classroom as a tool with the potential to disrupt dominant paradigms of information display, in a manner that generates insights into the question of whether we are controlling the machine or if the machine is controlling us.
We also engage with how screen culture and technologies have provided both a compelling subject and new set of tools for photographers and visual artists. Is a photograph still a photograph when it is taken via a keyboard command and not through releasing the shutter button of a camera? Does the future of photography lie in the various new modes of image making technologies, or do these screen-based media signal its death? By engaging with a set of visual art works made with computers and mobile phone cameras, we think about what it means to make images in an age when interchangeable apps replace interchangeable lenses, and the screen itself becomes the site for both making and displaying visual information.
Over the last decade, India has moved from creating piece meal software code to designing and developing full product and services. With large companies, small & medium size companies and start-ups starting to embrace human centered approach, India will require a substantial number of well trained experience designers in the near future. Great initiative from CII and India Design Council to put design on the agenda for "Make in India'. In this webinar, through few case studies, Girish and Shashank talks about how human centered design and innovation is practiced in India.
In a time of globalization and rapid change, we see around us moments of crisis, and a need to identify problems - from issues of poverty and rights to water and waste. These problems require the attention of designers who see them not as problems but as opportunities to influence and transform ways in which we see and act in this world. What can a designer offer that is different from a scientist, technologist, or engineer? Complex issues require complex ways of thinking, bringing together various disciplines and ecologies in order to synthesize, imagine and invent. So how does one begin to investigate problems? A designer learns that, to reveal these issues and inconsistencies, it is important to immerse into a practice, place or context in a particular way. We will discuss design as an act of construction, from the seen to the unseen - the objects around us, public space, a law, a language, or geographies. These things are represented and communicated through image and text, tools and platforms, space and time - all of which are powerful media to understand our world. A designer's practice involves immersion and investigation, imagining and communicating possibilities, offering choices and ways of seeing, to actively transform experiences.
View the webinar to find out more about the role of design in our everyday lives.