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B.Design (Hons.) Global Design Programme

B.Design (Hons.) Global Design Programme

The B.Des Global Design Programme at UID has been crafted through deep research, collaboration with top International Design Schools, using innovative approaches for reimagining Design education in India. It provides a unique opportunity for a student to understand global perspectives to tackle design challenges. Through an international style of learning in a global class room with world renowned faculty in a multi city / country learning model in vibrant Design Capitals of the world to give students a career edge. Our vision is to provide students with an experience that is unparalleled, nurturing them to be design leaders and creative catalysts who deliver positive social, environmental, economic and cultural change

The Programme is nested in the Unitedworld Institute of Design [UID] but functions without geographical boundaries with integrated learning in four leading international Centre of design and innovation in Asia, Europe, UK and Australia. Collectively offering students a unique educational mix characterized by multidisciplinary intakes, shared values, complementary approaches and distinct expertise. We foster innovation that provides practical solutions to real-world issues, and our project themes in each location reflect local design culture, commercial interests and social challenges.

 

The vision of UID’s Global Design Programme is to provide an international education environment that is unique & unparalleled in this part of the world, bringing together major centres of design, culture and industry: UK, Europe and Australia. The 4 year UG B Des (Global) Programme has been evolved, developed & designed by incorporating global best practices in interdisciplinary Design education and anticipates incorporating the course curriculum strengths and paradigms of partner institutions / Universities, all recognized as international leaders in creativity and innovation, offering complementary expertise in art, design, innovation and technology via the integrated Semesters of the Programme. . It would encourage students to work collaboratively, with dedicated studio spaces, students would acquire and hone skills and learn design theories, methods and processes that would help develop and refine their ideas which would address the problem identified in a holistic manner.

Why study B.Design (Hons.) Global Design Programme at UID?

The Global Design Programme (GDP) is created to nurture and train creative catalysts and future leaders of design and innovation. It is for students who have the passion, intelligence, and creativity to drive the redefinition of the trajectory of global design. Students who want to experience and learn design in different continents, with an immersive educational experience in world-class educational institutions based in four culturally diverse countries; viz. India, Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom.

This course prepares students to explore the future-scape of design by negotiating across disciplines in an interdisciplinary ecosystem. It allows them to be curious and evolve the ability to question and respond to design challenges both individually and through collaborative global perspectives. It aims to impart competencies that aid opportunity mapping, strategies to transform design, innovative practices to develop entrepreneurial ventures, new businesses, and start-ups for the creative industry.

How does it work?

The UID-based curriculum is a sequential mix of different design experiences emphasizing design thinking, problem-solving, making and prototyping. The curriculum would also emphasize Hand Skills, Digital Skills, Specialization Specific Skills, User Research, Knowledge of Making, Materials, Processes, Sensitivity to Aesthetics, Knowledge of Humans and their behaviour, Society, Culture and Environment. The teaching philosophy is practice-based and self-directed learning, with the Programme participants defining their path and processes. The course will take students through various facets of design disciplines and to able to solve complex design challenges. How does it work?

Year 01 (July  – May ) at UID Gandhinagar, India
Year 02 (July – December ) at Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia
(January – May) at UID Gandhinagar, India
Year 03 (August – December) at NABA, Milan, Italy
(January – May) at UID Gandhinagar, India
Year 04 (August – December) at Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
(January – May) at UID Gandhinagar, India

Course Structure

The B.Des (Global) – Design program is an academic platform for emerging young designers to experience the world in a unique multicultural, intellectual, visual, and tactile way.

In addition to a ‘home-base’ centre at UID – Ahmedabad, each student spends an integrated alternate semester at each of the other partner institutions in Europe, Australia & UK. The students will spend 14 weeks Trice abroad – Years 2, 3 and 4.

These experiential learning each year are totally immersive in different world-class cities, each with their own local, global, cultural, economic and human characteristics. The journey is rich in terms of design learning and experience and a dynamic path towards becoming a ‘global creative catalyst’ – one capable of envisioning and delivering new possibilities for a better world through a multiplex approach to design.

B.Des (Global) student has a distinct advantage to interact with international faculty, professional environments, studio-based collaborative and experiential learning in a global, multicultural classroom to imbibe best practices in Design education – the world has to offer that provides him/her a vital global edge in advancing their careers goals over their peers.

Areas of Mastery

The Programme has an Interdisciplinary approach to education where students can create their own mastery. Some of the indicators are as follows

– Design & Innovation
– Interdisciplinary Design
– Inclusive Design
– Social Innovation
– Design Research
– Service Design
– Brand Experience Design
– UX/UI Design
– Spatial & Experience Design
– Speculative and Future Design
– Lifestyle & Accessory Design
– Product and User Centred Design

Career Prospects

The goal of full-time 4 years B. Des. (Global) Programme is to prepare students to explore the future scope of design by negotiating across disciplines in an interdisciplinary ecosystem. It allows them to be curious and evolve the ability to query & respond to design challenges both individually and through collaborative interdisciplinary & global perspectives. It aims to impart competencies that aid opportunity mapping, strategies to transform design, and innovative practices to develop entrepreneurial ventures, new businesses, and start up for the creative industry. This course provides students with a vital global edge in advancing their career goals over their peers in the design industry by adopting the best practices in design education that the world has to offer.

Special Features/ Highlights

• Study abroad for 14 weeks from 2nd year onwards.

• Interdisciplinary Innovation based Design Education.

• International Exposure in a Global Classrooms.

• Ideal for students to go abroad for further education.

GDP Programme Structure

PART-1

KU CORE
  • Professional Communication
  • Leadership Lab-1
PROGRAMME CORE COURSES
  • History of Design and Art
  • Digital Lab
  • Material Exploration
  • Drawing Lab (Observation Based)
  • Fundamentals of Design - 1 Elements-Principles- Colour-Allignment- Type- Gestalt) PROJECT

PART-2

KU CORE COURSES
  • Thinking Skills
PROGRAMME CORE COURSES
  • Thinking Skills
  • Discover Design in India
  • Global Culture and Trends
  • Design Drawing Lab
  • Observing Culture and Environment
  • Material Techniques
  • Fundamentals of Design - 2 (Form Studies- Advanced Gestalt)

PART-1

KU CORE COURSE
  • Professional Ethics
PROGRAMME CORE COURSES
  • Human Behaviour and Design Psychology
  • Experiential Learning Seminar -1
Global Experiential Learning- 1 (Australia) KU CORE COURSE
  • International language -1 (any one)
    1. German
    2. Italian
    3. Spanish
    4. French
ELECTIVE COURSES
  • Programme Elective - 1(any one)
    1. Interior Materials and Technology
    2. Product Materials and Processes
    3. Fashion Construction Lab
  • Programme Elective - 2(any one)
    1. Interior Representation and Documentation 1
    2. Product Design Drawing & Form Studies
    3. Fashion Illustration & Drawing
KU Open Elective
  • KU Open Elective - 1(any one)
PROGRAMME CORE COURSES
  • Ergonomics and Human Factor
  • Visual Communication Studio - 1
  • Human Centric Design
  • Social Innovation Design Lab

PART-1

KU CORE COURSE
  • International language -2 (any one)
    1. German
    2. Italian
    3. Spanish
    4. French
PROGRAMME CORE COURSES
  • Future - Trends Technology and Disruptions
  • Experiential Learning Seminar -2
Global Experiential Learning- 2 (ITALY)

KU CORE COURSE
  • Entrepreneurship
ELECTIVE COURSES
  • Programme Elective -7 (any one)
    1. Creative Coding
    2. Tinkering Studio
  • Programme Elective - 8 (any one)
    1. Biomimicry
    2. Sustainable Communities
PROGRAMME COMMON COURSE
  • Research Methodology
PROGRAMME CORE COURSES
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Design for User Experience and Interaction
  • Interdisciplinary Design Lab

PART-1

PROGRAMME CORE COURSES
  • Internship
PROGRAMME COMMON COURSE
  • Experiential Learning Seminar -3

PART-2

PROGRAMME CORE COURSES
  • Design Research
  • Graduation Project
PROGRAMME COMMON COURSE
  • Design Management

GDP Year-wise Learning Outcomes

The course will take students through various facets of interdisciplinary design with a focus on pathway based disciplines such as Visual Communication, Fashion Design, Product Design, Interior Design with the flexibility to choose from different domains and design disciplines.

In addition to a ‘home-base’ center at UID, Gandhinagar, each student undergoes a global design learning experience at each of the other partner institutions in Europe, Australia & UK.

The first year is dedicated towards building a strong foundation and introducing the students to the basics and fundamentals of Design using an interdisciplinary and practice based approach. It gradually moves on to relatively complex approaches to develop their critical thinking skills and their understanding of design and elements around them.

As the course progresses the students undergo a global learning experience in their second year, first half focuses on innovation and design. They are taken through increasing degrees of complexities of design practice and understanding. They understand and connect to larger issues of society and culture, semiotics and aesthetics, environment and ethnography, innovation and socially responsive design. In the second half of Second year the students choose a discipline or pathway of their choice with elective options that are interdisciplinary. The students further develop their skills in their chosen pathways with a choice of electives culminating in the interdisciplinary design lab.

In the third year the students continue discipline or pathway of their choice with elective options that are interdisciplinary. The students undertake a global experience where they learn advanced pathway based skills to inculcate best practices and experience an international classroom. The students further develop their skills in their chosen pathways with a choice of electives culminating in the interdisciplinary design lab.

During the fourth year students undertake a highly advanced research based experience abroad at a leading university internationally. Then they undertake their major project and have the final showcase of the overall disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning process through the B.Design (Hons.) Global Design Programme.

Application Eligibility-

B. Design (Hons.) GDP: 10+2 pass/appearing (any Stream) or 10+ 3 Years Diploma from any recognized higher secondary school/institute.

Admission Eligibility-

B. Design (Hons.) GDP – Clearance of UID’s Two-Tier Evaluation process and a minimum 50% aggregate score in the last qualifying examination.

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