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About B.Design (Hons.) Interior & Furniture Design

The B.Design (Hons.) Interior & Furniture Design programme inculcates within the students to engender environments that address social, cultural, aesthetic & utilitarian aspects of human occupation. We offer the students, opportunities to examine and explore enterprises of versatile scales within the field of usability and user-centred design – be it spatial interventions or elements within space. They engage with live and theoretical design briefs that encourage the students to expand their horizons and mould themselves as global designers. It teaches students to create imaginative spaces and meaningful interior products that meet the needs and enrich the experiences of modern life. They engage with live and theoretical design briefs exploring multidisciplinary ideas that allow them to explore both individual ambitions and collective practices.

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B.Design (Hons.) Interior & Furniture Design is offered as part of Department of Interior Design

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Department of Interior Design

The Interior & Furniture Design programme equips the students with expertise in entwined fields of Interior Design and Furniture Design that sculpts their ability to collaborate competently in a diverse integrative ecosystem. The programme offers a gradual ascending system of introducing concepts in Interior & Furniture Design and technology in a progressive manner. Students are engaged at each level, understanding and honing knowledge and skills in problem discovery and resolution, critical and imaginative thinking, verbal and visual communication, and appropriate technologies. We prioritize developing 21st-century skills inclusive of advanced sensibilities for strategic design interventions.

Why study Interior & Furniture Design at UID?

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  1. Capitalising on the rich design and architectural heritage of Ahmedabad, the Interior & Furniture Design programme at UID gains directly from the city's manifold and prolific estate.
  2. The distinctive and progressive profile of our curricula encourages students to expand their horizons and discontinue the preconceived beliefs of spatial design by advocating liberal and divergent thinking processes.
  3. The curricula focus particularly on building students' knowledge, abilities, and comprehension of interior & furniture design in conformity with global benchmarks.
  4. In an era where the future is evolving rapidly, we inculcate in the students to adapt and contribute to the needs of the capital's creative economy. The enterprise of the faculty is to expedite trans-disciplinary attitudes and develop experiences that move beyond the context of space and lead to the design of human behaviour.
  5. A strong emphasis on bringing forth a spectrum of cosmopolitan opportunities in a mentored environment that enriches with atypical discourse & networked exchanges to facilitate user-centric design innovations.
  6. The Institute has state-of-the-art workshops of wood and metal that employ the latest equipment with complete guidelines and protocols to assist the students with real-life prototyping.
  7. Each student has the scope to get mentored by competent and diverse academicians as well as industry veterans as they embark on their careers in the field of interior & furniture design.
  8. The Institute regulates and counsels the internships & placements of students, emphasizing gaining valuable experience with prominent designers and leading organisations in the domain of interior & furniture design.
  9. The students remain conversant with design forecasts and global trends owing to international alliances with multiple international universities for summer programs, summer apprenticeships, and ventures.
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Course Structure

Semester 1

KU CORE COURSES

  • Professional Communication
  • Leadership Development Lab

PROGRAMME COMMON COURSES

  • Art, Design and Culture
  • Visualisation & Representation
  • Material Exploration
  • Digital Tools-I
  • Design Process
  • Basic Design

Semester 2

KU CORE COURSES

  • Thinking Skills

PROGRAMME COMMON COURSES

  • Design Criticism and Aesthetics
  • Form Space and Structure
  • Digital Tools-2
  • Discover Design in India

PROGRAMME CORE COURSES

  • Communication Practices – 1
  • Story of Furniture
  • Integrated Foundation Project- Interior Design

Semester 3

KU CORE COURSES

  • Professional Ethics

KU OPEN ELECTIVE- I

  • Principles and Practices of Management

ELECTIVE COURSES

  • Programme Elective- I (Any one)
    1. People and Environment
    2. Spatial Interaction
  • Programme Elective- II (Any one)
    1. Interior Styling
    2. Interior Landscaping

PROGRAMME COMMON COURSE

  • Creative Coding

PROGRAMME CORE COURSES

  • Communication Practices II
  • Interior Services I
  • Maker Lab I
  • Simple Furniture Design
  • Studio: Public Spaces

Semester 4

KU OPEN ELECTIVE- II (Any one)

  • Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Applied AI

PROGRAMME COMMON COURSE

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Tinkering Studio

ELECTIVE COURSES

  • Programme Elective- III (Any one)
    1. Heritage Conservation
    2. Urban Environments
  • Programme Elective- IV (Any one)
    1. Parametric Design
    2. Crafted by Nature

PROGRAMME CORE COURSES

  • Psychology & Human Behaviour
  • Communication Practices-III
  • Urban Furniture Design
  • Craft & Furniture Workshop
  • Interior Services-II
  • Social Immersion-Studio:Urban Spaces
  • Apprenticeship (4 weeks)

Semester 5

KU CORE COURSES

  • International Language- I (Any one)
    1. German- I
    2. Italian-I
    3. French-I

PROGRAMME OPEN ELECTIVE- I (Any one)

  • Conceptualization & Characterization
  • Speed Modelling in Clay
  • Fashion Styling Fundamentals
  • Space Perception
  • Design Systems
  • Style Statements: Costume Jewellery
  • Concept Sketching
  • Illustration

ELECTIVE COURSES

  • Programme Elective- V (Any one)
    1. Experience Design
    2. Digital Environments
  • Programme Elective- VI (Any one)
    1. Systems in Motion
    2. Dynamic Mechanisms

PROGRAMME CORE COURSES

  • Communication Practices-IV
  • Makers Lab-II
  • Complex Furniture Design
  • Hybrid Studio: Retail Environments

Semester 6

KU CORE COURSES

  • International Language- II (Any one)
    1. German- II
    2. Italian- II
    3. French- II

PROGRAMME ELECTIVE- II (Any one)

  • 3D Background Design
  • Industrial Design CTG (Color, Trim, Graphics)
  • Surface Design and Development
  • Design with Parametrics
  • Design for all Senses
  • Bespoke Bags
  • Component-Based Design
  • Brand and Identity Design

PROGRAMME COMMON COURSE

  • Research Methodology
  • Interdisciplinary Design Project

ELECTIVE COURSES

  • Programme Elective- VII (Any one)
    1. Bio-inspired Systems
    2. Virtual Environments
  • Programme Elective- VIII (Any one)
    1. Robotics & Sensors
    2. Additive Manufacturing

PROGRAMME CORE COURSES

  • Portfolio Design
  • Furniture Systems
  • Fab Lab-I

Semester 7

PROGRAMME COMMON COURSE

  • Design Management

PROGRAMME CORE COURSE

  • Internship
  • Responsive Realities
  • Responsive Environments
  • Fab Lab – II

Semester 8

PROGRAMME CORE COURSE

  • Graduation Project

PROGRAMME COMMON COURSE

  • Design Research
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Areas of Specialization

  • bachelors of interior furniture design specialization in spatial and exhibition design – Spatial and Exhibition Design
  • bachelors of interior furniture design specialization in scenic design – Set/Scenic Design
  • bachelors of interior furniture design specialization in interior styling and cretive direction – Interior Styling & Creative Direction
  • bachelors of interior furniture design specialization in speculative design – Speculative Design
  • bachelors of interior furniture design specialization in furniture curation and manufacturing – Furniture Curation & Manufacturing
  • bachelors of interior furniture design specialization in parametric and generative design – Parametric & Generative Design
  • bachelors of interior furniture design specialization in furniture, craft, and accessory design – Furniture, Craft & Accessory Design

Career Prospects

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The Interior & Furniture Design programme at UID hones the technical abilities of the students alongside building their reasoning skills and creative expertise. The quantum of opportunities available to fresh interior and furniture design graduates is extensive. Our students explore projects of varied scales such as residential, commercial, hospitality, interior furniture and products, exhibition & retail environments. Today, students have the leeway to pursue and practice in the domain of their choice; as Interior Designers, Furniture Designers, Interior Stylists, Furniture Curators, Exhibition Designers, Exhibition Curators, Design Entrepreneurs, Design Writers, Design Curators, Set Designers, Digital Visualizers, User-Centric Design, Design Research, and many more. The UID Interior & Furniture Design programme gives students the latitude and opportunity to collaborate within their disciplines as well as with other design disciplines to facilitate a distinctive interdisciplinary attitude to their future career prospects.

Learning Model

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Learning Model of B.Design (Hons.) Interior & Furniture Design

The learning model at UID is incubated to create and adapt to an appropriate environment of learning that facilitates our students with new experiences. We make sure our learning model engages the learner into new dimensions of work. This model provides an environment for interactive student engagement and enhances the system thinking ability.

At UID, we believe that the experiential knowledge gained while developing and implementing this unique learning model is transferable to other disciplines as well.

Master Class

Invited Speakers for Master Classes (2020)

Karel Vredenburg
Saumya Aymuas
David Foley
Nehal Bhatt
Nidhi Aggarwal

Invited Speakers for Master Classes (2019)

Marina Puyuelo Cazorla
Bram Rouws
Sonkehoof
Meetu Akali
Niraj Shah
Chirashree Thakkar
Devdutt Pandya
Moksh Thapar
Anand Vishwanathan
Anuj Ambalal
Shweta Balasubramoni
Jenny Andrews
Rishit Shroff
Shailesh Manke
Hemal Shah
Falguni Shah
Nirmit Zaveri
Yatin Pandya
Shantanu Garg
Sameer & Shilpa Balvally
Ayaz Basrai
Megha & Keyur Vadodaria
Lipika Sud
Kavya Sheth
Gerard Rebello
Pavitra Rajaram

Workshop

The Interior Design department at UID conducts various workshops for students in the campus where they get to explore CNC machines, lathe machine, 3D printer, computer-aided machines, hand drills, table drills, table saw cutter, thermocol modelers, grinding machines. They work with different materials like wood, metal, glass, and hardware in these workshops to come up with interesting elements like furniture and lights. Students thus get to explore their creative ideas and construct them to reality by working hands-on in workshops inside the campus with workshop people.

 

FAQs

I have an educational background in a non-science stream. Am I eligible for B.Des. (Hons.) Interior & Furniture Design at UID?

Yes, you are eligible for B.Des. (Hons.) Interior & Furniture Design, irrespective of your choice of stream in school. Curiosity and willingness to keep learning are the key traits of a design student.

What should I include in my portfolio for admission to the B.Des. (Hons.) Interior & Furniture Design programme?

Your portfolio should reflect your aesthetic and highlight your skills in 2D/3D sketching, illustrations, 3-D geometry, creative ability to think on paper and with material, basic knowledge of materials, textures, and colours, and your ability to work hands-on. You may also showcase your extra-curricular skills like photography, model making, digital rendering, presentation skills, etc. It is advisable to keep your portfolio concise and crisp.

Are sketching skills a requirement to get into the programme?

Basic sketching skills will surely help you in the Design Aptitude Test. It is recommended to practise sketching regularly as it helps you to present your ideas. Start exploring and enjoying different mediums of sketching. Spatial and interior elements – specific drawings, orthographic drawings and digital renders will be a part of your courses at UID.

Is model-making skill a requirement to get into the programme?

Knowledge of materials and model-making skills are not a requirement for admission; however, candidates should possess fundamental knowledge of some materials. Model-making skills and processes will be an integral part of the courses taught.

What kind of subjects/courses will I study in the Interior & Furniture Design programme?

The Interior & Furniture Design programme at UID offers a holistic, well-proportioned and hands-on curriculum with a notable emphasis on industry-required abilities. The undergraduate programme – B.Des. (Hons.) in Interior & Furniture Design that spans 4 years has a balanced mix of theoretical and practical courses with courses such as Communication Practices, Interior Services, Design studios, Simple & Complex Furniture Design, Maker Labs, Fab Labs, and many more with an Internship in the semester 7 followed by a Graduation Project in semester 8. The postgraduate programme – M.Des. in Interior Experience Design, with a duration of 2 years has a varied cluster of courses ranging from Visual Aesthetics, Interior Systems & Services, Brand Design Management, Interior Experience Studio & Furniture Design with an Internship & Graduation Project in semester 4. Students get an opportunity to study an International language as well as opt from a bouquet of inter-disciplinary electives. Research methodology and research writing are constituent segments of the curriculum as well, wherein students can explore various avenues within the domain of design research.

Does UID organize study trips?

Study trips are organized for students to sensitize them to the cultural influences that might affect the design of spaces, and spatial and interior elements. The trips may include visits to heritage places, industry visits, site visits, design exhibitions, art festivals, design studios, industrial production units, etc. for an immersive experience as per the requirement of the courses. The trips may vary from local visits to outstation travels for a few days. Faculty members also accompany the students on these study trips.

What companies have the students done their Internships & Graduation Projects in?

Our students have pursued their internships with organizations like Godrej, Hafeez Contractor & Associates, Liv Space, Burt Hill Architects, Landor & Fitch, HOF, FRDC, Bonito Designs, Shantanu Garg, Sahil & Sarthak, Figments Experience Lab, Studio RUH, Match Stix Art Direction and HPA – Hiren Patel Architects.

What are the options after graduation & what support is available from the institute?

The students upon completion of their degree choose one of the following,

  1. Have their start-up & be entrepreneurs. The Corporate Resource Centre at UID guides as required.
  2. Go overseas for higher education. The International Relations Office at UID guides and supports the admission & visa process.
  3. Get a job in the industry. The Corporate Resource Centre at UID works with the students from their Internship onwards for aspiration mapping & placement accordingly.

What is the examination/evaluation system?

The evaluation for each course has the following parts-

  1. Continuous Evaluation- It comprises marking regular assignments during the semester. There are points for attendance too.
  2. Mid-Term Exam- Students are evaluated through written exams and an internal jury during the mid-semester.
  3. End Term Exam- The final exam comprises of written paper for theory courses and an external jury for practical courses.

What infrastructure is available on campus?

UID provides world-class facilities at its sprawling campus. The infrastructure includes a technologically advanced Felder Lab, a Makers Lab that includes 3D printers, an AR VR lab, machines for metal works, a fully functional wood workshop, a leather lab, a ceramic lab, audio-visual rooms, a library, an auditorium. All the classrooms are equipped with unique modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment that provide an extensive experience in art and design. The campus also houses a Centre for Craft Innovation where students can engage in a symbiotic learning model with craftsmen & artisans from across the country for product development & diversification.

What are the class timings?

Classes are scheduled from 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays. Labs are kept open after hours at the request of students if required, safety precautions like masks, aprons, and gloves are all mandatory for the student’s safety.

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