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Department of Design

Design as a creative problem solving activity is fundamental to all human beings. It evolved over a period, transforming knowledge from various disciplines (like art, craft, architecture, engineering etc.) into a field of study focused on user-centric innovation. This transdisciplinary field is envisaged to play a critical role in elucidating many complex and multifaceted problems of 21st Century. Government of India acknowledging this potential of design has set-up the National Innovation Council to promote design education, practice, and research. Along the same lines Shiv Nadar University has established the Department of Design under the aegis of School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Department of Design was set-up with the mission of nurturing creative minds into outstanding design leaders passionate for creating a difference in society. We aspire to become a center of excellence in design education, research, and practice. The department is grounded in the philosophy of Liberal Education in Design, and provides students with holistic as well as in-depth knowledge of their specific areas of interest. Through our courses, we intend to enable students develop design thinking skills, and knowledge along with an attitude of applying it in real-world settings.

Currently the department offers the following programs.
  • Minor in Design (for more information click here)
  • Master of Design (M. Des.)

Master of Design (M. Des.)

The Master of Design program at SNU is a two-year full-time program conceptualized with the objective of nurturing design thinking for innovation in a liberal, research-centric environment. The program offers an experiential based learning, facilitating the ‘concept to function’ transition.

The first year of the program consists of eight core courses covering the fundamentals of design, one elective course, and a semester long project work. The second year of the program consists of four elective courses, and a year-long Master’s Thesis Project. Students have the flexibility of pursuing their desired specialization/ areas of interest through selection of Elective courses and the Thesis Project. click here for program structure and tentative list of electives.

The program is open to all the candidates with an undergraduate degree. Candidates without a valid CEED score-card are also eligible to apply provided they show a keen interest in design through portfolio or work experience. click here for eligibility and entry qualifications.

Interested students may click here for more information, or click here for applying.

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