Department of Design was established in 2017 with the mission of nurturing creative minds into outstanding design leaders with the passion to make 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. Currently, the Department offers Minor in Design, and a 4-year Bachelor of Design (B. Des.) program with an option to pursue 5-year Integrated B. Des. – M. Des. Degree from the academic year 2023-24.
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 the 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, and 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 society, environment, and economy. The department intends to offer programs which prepare students for the problems, needs, and applications relevant to the 21st Century. In the near future, the department intends to offer a doctoral (PhD) program in Design.