Frequently Asked Questions | Department of Design

Frequently Asked Questions

Candidates are shortlisted for the Design Aptitude Test (DAT), and Personal Interview based on the following criteria. 

  • Candidates with a valid CEED scorecard will be shortlisted based on cut-off percentile which will be decided by the University admission team based on the number of application received.
  • Candidates without a valid CEED scorecard will be shortlisted based on the relevance of work experience and their creative work demonstrated through a portfolio.

University reserves the right to accept or reject any application based on its departmental screening criteria; hence all applications may not be shortlisted for DAT and interview. In such cases, no requests for refund of the application fee shall be entertained whether or not the candidates are called for DAT and interview.

DAT assesses a student’s drawing and visualization skills, observational skills, creativity, logic, and general awareness. You should bring the following items for the test: 

  • Pencils (2B/4B/6B) 
  • Eraser and Sharpener 
  • A set of colour pencils

Please note that the use of scale or any other supporting instruments (set-squares, French Curve etc.) is not allowed.

Portfolio is a document which demonstrates your creative ability. It may contain samples of the following: 

  • Design/design related projects/assignments undertaken during your last degree or employment.
  • Any independent work which demonstrates your designing skills (like ideas on improving existing designs communicated through sketches).
  • Drawing and sketches which demonstrate your skills (both hand-drawn and software rendered).
  • Photographs/Videos which you shot and demonstrates your creative skills.
  • Anything which shows your ability to think creatively.

Although the degree awarded will be ‘Master of Design’, students may pursue their desired specialisation by selecting elective courses and research project in their desired domains. At present elective courses in the following broad domains are available (for specialization). 

  • Strategic Product Design 
  • Visual Communication Design 
  • User Experience Design
  • Information Design

Apart from mentioned specializations, a host of elective courses are also available in generic areas of design like Design Management, Design for Sustainability, Design Research etc.

Teaching Assistantship is available to meritorious students and will be given as per University policy. Refer admission brochure for details. Apart from teaching assistantship, the opportunity for on-campus jobs (OCJ) are also available. 

Yes. On your request, accommodation will be provided to the candidates shortlisted for DAT and interview within the university campus by paying a nominal rent. If you are planning to stay within the campus inform us about your itinerary in advance so that we may make necessary arrangements.

Every year applications are invited from the eligible candidates in the month of April-May through the online admission portal of SNU.

The program is open for all the candidates with an undergraduate degree in any branch from any recognized institute (including B.A, B Sc., B Arch,, B. Tech, B.E, B. Des, B.F.A, etc.). Click here to know more about the eligibility and admission criteria.