Department of Design (DoD) was set-up with the mission of nurturing creative minds into outstanding design leaders with a passion for creating a difference in society. It is grounded in the philosophy of Liberal Education and intends to offer programs that provide students with holistic transdisciplinary education along with specialisation in their specific areas of interest. Through its research-centric, practice-oriented, innovation-driven design curriculum, the department aspires to become a centre of excellence in design education, research, and practice.
Design as an activity is considered fundamental to human beings. Every human being designs and everyone is a designer. However, as a professional field of study, it evolved since 1920s by transforming knowledge from various disciplines including art, craft, architecture, engineering, humanities, and social sciences etc. It is often considered an applied art, and science of using the process of design thinking in conceiving products, systems, services that are innovative, sustainable and satisfies users’ need in specific and society at large.
In future, Design as a field of study is envisaged to play a crucial role in elucidating many complex and multifaceted problems of the society, environment, and economy. The department intends to offer programs which prepare students for the problems, needs, and applications relevant to 21st Century. Currently, the Department offers Master of Design (M. Des.) and Minor in Design. In the near future, the department intends to offer undergraduate (B. Des.) and doctoral (PhD) programs in Design.