M.Des. in Product Design

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Overview

The consumer product manufacturing sector in India has seen robust growth in recent times. Several organisations involved in product research and development are creating avenues in the field of product design for research on smart machines, composite materials, customer needs and aspirations, including consumer emotions and behaviour. The Indian skilled workforce is recognised across the world and many organisations are in need of designers, developers, innovators, manufacturing, testing and marketing professionals and managers with a postgraduate degree in Product Design. This programme is aimed at preparing skilled professionals with creative skills and knowledge and human resources who can apply processes to meet the demands of the product manufacturing industry in regional, national and global organisations.

Objective

  • To prepare students to have successful careers in the design and development of industrial and consumer products.
  • To impart knowledge of the underlying principles of product design and development.
  • To help students evaluate customer needs and demands and have the ability to suggest product design solutions which meet functional, ergonomic, and aesthetic requirements.
  • To train students to use visual tools to generate product concepts and validate with physical models.
  • To enable students to achieve an integrated understanding of product design and development methodology, visualisation, simulation, synthesis, integration, evaluation, presentation, and documentation.

Highlights

  • International Competitions

    Students can earn 3 or 4 credits by participating in national or international competitions in order to be exempted from elective courses.

  • Exhibition and Shows

    Participating in art and design or fashion related exhibitions and shows both help in exposing students to the real working of industry and account for credits in the grading system.

  • Elective Specialisation

    There are 4 electives in the programme, grouped in a way that students can choose to specialise in a chosen field or stream. However, if the student wishes to opt for an elective module that spans multiple streams, the case may be considered subject to the affordability of academic logistics and approval by the module leader, HODs and Deans.

  • Online Elective

    Students can choose electives through the online mode through MOOCs, SWAYAM, NPTEL and other equivalent platforms, provided they follow guidelines prescribed by the University for such courses.

  • Group Project

    Group projects involve up to 5 students working together on interdisciplinary topics. Students can make teams in consultation with faculty members from across departments. As part of this, students are required to develop a report for assessment and need to demonstrate the working of a product. The IPR rights of all such work lies with the University only.

  • Industry Internship or Project

    Students can opt for an internship in an industry, a business or research organisation during this module. Alternately, students can undertake a mini project that requires self-directed study to be pursued with an affiliated faculty member. It is also necessary for the student to submit a report and make a presentation to the members of the panel constituted by the HoD for assessment.

  • Dissertation and Publication

    This course has two parts – a Dissertation and Publication. Each student has to undertake individual work on a dissertation on a chosen relevant topic. The topic needs to be approved by the committee constituted by HoD. When the dissertation is converted to a technical paper, it can be published in reputed conferences or journals.

Over its 21 years of existence, the Faculty of Fashion Design have ensured that students gain access to the industry while ensuring academic rigour, offering students a program that —

  • Uses application-based learning.
  • Offers research opportunities
  • Offers internship, training and placement support with various worldwide universities and industries.
  • Incorporates expert guest lectures from various institutions and industries.
  • Includes workshops, industry visits, group discussions and debates.
  • Has small batches and encourages in-depth learning.
  • Involves Group Projects and a Dissertation as output.

  • We offer accommodation in student hostels on our campus, and even offer third-party off-campus hotels where necessary to ensure students can focus on what matters the most.
  • Our on-campus facilities include WiFi at any time of the day, 24/7.
  • From a host of eateries and laundry facilities, we ensure that students have access to all facilities.
  • We encourage students to participate in co-curricular activities on campus which include sports and cultural events, both at a university level and a faculty level.
  • Focus on projects, dissertations and sponsored research.

Structure

Study Domains

  • Cx

    Core Course

    An introduction towards developing a strong base in the field of design.

  • CC

    Compulsory Course

    A mandatory course in Ability Enhancement.

  • DP

    Dissertation & Publication

    Building the skills to identify issues and learn problem-solving.

  • GP

    Group Project

    An introduction to professional and personal development, language courses and life skills.

  • EC

    Elective Course

    Projects, seminars and internships in industry that requires active participation and output based activities.

  • SEC

    Skill Enhancement Course

    Through exploration, practice and academic reflection, this course will aid in skill enhancement and cater to individual curiosity.

Course Progression

Course Credits Study Domain
Elements of Design

Theory Practicals

4 Core Course Cx
Concept Sketching and Presentation

Theory Practicals

4 Core Course Cx
Digital Sculpting and Rendering

Theory Practicals

4 Core Course Cx
Virtual and Physical Product Modelling

Theory Practicals

4 Core Course Cx
Research Methodology

Theory

2 Compulsory Course CC
Skill Enhancement Course

Practicals

2 Skill Enhancement Course SEC

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Design Methodology and Research

Theory Practicals

4 Core Course Cx
Creativity and Systematic Innovation

Theory Practicals

4 Core Course Cx
Ergonomics in Product Design

Theory Practicals

4 Core Course Cx
Elective Course (1&2)

Theory Practicals

Stream ‑1 (Product Design and Development)

  • Mechanisms and Modelling for Design

OR

Stream‑2 (Interactive Product Design)

  • Interactive Design and Technology 
4 Elective Course EC
Elective Course (1&2)

Theory Practicals

Stream ‑1 (Product Design and Development)

  • Design for Manufacturing and Assembly

OR

Stream‑2 (Interactive Product Design)

  • User Experience Design
4 Elective Course EC

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Internship/ Mini Project

Practicals

4 Internship INT
Group project

Practicals

10 Group Project GP
Elective Course (1&2)

Theory Practicals

Stream‑1 (Product Design and Development)

• Portfolio Design and Presentation

OR

Stream‑2 (Interactive Product Design)

• Portfolio Design and Presentation

4 Elective Course EC
Skill Enhancement Course

Practicals

2 Skill Enhancement Course SEC

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Dissertation and Publication

Practicals

20 Dissertation & Publication DP

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Details

Teaching and Assessment

During each semester, students’ performance is assessed through Continuous Evaluation (CE) and a Semester End Examination (SEE). CE and SEE carry equal weightage. Students are awarded grades based on the marks scored..

Key Skill Development

  • Ability to use and enhance knowledge of processes involved in the design and development of consumer products.
  • Ability to understand the context or circumstance of a design problem and frame issues around them at a level of abstraction in an insightful way.
  • Ability to research and analyse the needs of the consumer using tools and techniques.
  • Ability to impart training on the effective use of form to embody ideas and to communicate their value without compromising on functionality and manufacturing considerations.
  • Ability to impart training on manual techniques and digital tools for accurate modelling, visualisation, and simulation of multiple alternative solutions towards satisfying consumer needs.
  • Ability to enhance knowledge on validating design concepts and incorporating improvements obtained via customer feedback.
  • Ability to provide a general perspective and opportunities for a career in Industrial Product Design
  • Ability to train students in teamwork, lifelong learning and continuous improvement.

Careers

  • Entrepreneur

  • Industrial Designer

  • Design Consultant

  • Industrial Design Researcher

  • Furniture/​Automotive/​Package Designer

  • Freelance Designer

Admissions

Eligibility

Indian Nationals

Full-time

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Technology, Design, Fine Arts, Fashion, Arts, Science with at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA.

or

Allied disciplines related to fashion design with at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA.

SC/ST category candidates can apply with a lower aggregate as per government notification.

Part-time

Only working graduates are eligible.

Application Process

Indian nationals students seeking admissions should contact the Admissions Department of the University for further details.

Fees & Scholarships

Rs 2,13,550 per annum for Indian nationals

Eligibility

International Students/​OCI/ NRI

  • Must have passed in 12th or equivalent grade in eligibility equivalence from AIU (Association of Indian Universities).
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Technology, Design, Fine Arts, Fashion, Arts, Science with at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA.
  • Allied disciplines related to design with at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA.
  • SC/ST category candidates can apply with a lower aggregate as per government notification.
  • Should have proof of proficiency in English with a minimum TOEFL score of 8.

Application Process

NRI/​international students seeking admissions should contact the Admissions Department of the University for further details.

Fees & Scholarships

USD 6000 + Other fee Rs.38,550 per annum for NRI/​International students

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Prof. Prasannakumar J P
Mr. S L Narasimhan