Programmes

5-years Integrated Master of Design Programme

5-years Integrated Master of Design Programme

The 5-year Integrated Master of Design programme at UID is a fast track, cutting edge programme that provides an accelerated pathway to a Masters degree. Ideally suited for applicants who aim to reimagine, transform and redefine the boundaries of design. The M. Des Integrated is an ideal springboard and qualification for further advanced levels of study in rapidly evolving disciplines of design management, technology, sustainability & innovation with increasingly complex & interconnected spheres of practice.

The journey begins with a multidisciplinary foundation, and our students are lead through, design thinking, making and integrating modules. Beyond that, students will go through extensive industry exposure and real-life projects along with, design labs, business & legal inputs. The final semesters are research lead and focused on building collaborative practices.

Interdisciplinary Highlights

The M. Des Integrated is a fully interdisciplinary course that allows students to pick up pathway-based skills through a set of inter-departmental electives. The course is interspersed with innovation, and sustainability centric labs and studios focused on humanising design. This course has the highest industry exposure along with experiential & live projects. The student takes a journey from design basics to critical understanding moving on to skill-based making, experimental labs followed by exposure to legal & managerial ecosystems of design. The course is heavily focused on interdisciplinary research combining self-initiation, collaboration & industry context.

Why study Integrated Masters at UID?

In the future, interdisciplinary skill sets will increasingly be the norm rather than the exception and the UID Integrated Masters program provides a platform to develop these vital skills by engaging with evolving futures and emerging perspectives.

Evolved through a deep dive into emerging collaborative approaches, UID – M. Des Integrated incorporates the best pedagogical practices of design education. The program is focused on developing design leaders for the future with a holistic understanding of the design process and ecology.

The student’s learning journey is mapped to develop an understanding of design technology design management & research aimed at developing entrepreneurial skills.  The refined mix of making, managing & researching mapped on to collaboration, technology and sustainability will help our students to resolve complex design problems of the future.

Course Structure

  • Design & Cultural Studies
  • Communication Skills
  • Drawing
  • Basic Design
  • Material Exploration
  • People and Environment
  • Basic Elective
  • Design Criticism and Aesthetics
  • New Age Media
  • Advance Elective
  • Form and Space
  • Sound , Image & Time
  • Design Experience
  • Interdisciplinary Design Project
  • Global Culture & Transitions
  • Ergonomics
  • Design thinking 1
  • Design Process
  • Pathway Elective 1 (Students can choose a Major between Fashion, Communication, Industrial and Interior Design)
  • Pathway Elective 2 (Students can choose a Major between Fashion, Communication, Industrial and Interior Design)
  • Integrated Design Project
  • Human Behaviour & Psychology
  • Human Centric Design
  • Design thinking 2
  • Pathway Elective 3 (Advance towards a Major between Fashion, Communication, Industrial and Interior Design)
  • Pathway Elective 4 (Students can choose a Major between Fashion, Communication, Industrial and Interior Design)
  • Social Innovation Inter- Disciplinary Project
  • Semiotics and Design Communication Theory
  • Emerging Technologies
  • System Thinking and Services
  • Pathway Elective 5 (Advance towards a Major between Fashion, Communication, Industrial and Interior Design)
  • Pathway Elective 6 (Students can choose a Major between Fashion, Communication, Industrial and Interior Design)
  • Technology-Based Design Project
  • Global Design Trends and Disruptors
  • Experiential Learning
  • Transdisciplinary Elective 1 (Application of Minors in transdisciplinary context)
  • Transdisciplinary Elective 2 (Application of Minors in transdisciplinary context)
  • Design Future Lab
  • Internship
  • Design Research Seminar 1
  • Industry lead Innovation Project (Industrial application of Pathway Majors)
  • Entreprenuership
  • Startup Ecology
  • Brand Managment & Innovation
  • Design Research seminar 2
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Design Project
  • Research Methodologies
  • Dissertation
  • Self-Initiated Project
  • Graduation Project (Pathway based or Interdisciplinary will be capstone project)

*Pathway electives (1-6) are designed for students to pick and pursue their majors. These electives will be curated to offer the best core skills + concepts in their focus areas. They will be offered by the Schools of Fashion (within the subjects MDes), Industrial (within the subjects MDes),   Communication (within the subjects MDes), and Interior Design (within the subjects MDes), and will be progressive in nature.  Students have to stick to the pathway chosen.

Transdisciplinary Electives (1-2) are designed for students to pick up minors outside their chosen pathways. These electives will also be offered by Schools of Business, Law and Mass Communication. Students are encouraged to stick to their chosen minors and pick maximum credit points.

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Areas of Mastery

  • Design Thinking
  • Design Entrepreneurship
  • Socially Lead Design
  • Design Management
  • Systems Design
  • Design Research
  • Design for Sustainability

Graduate Profile

The M. Des. Integrated Masters graduate has the professional skills necessary to undertake broad-ranging leadership positions in the fields of- Design Product Conceptualization, Design development, Entrepreneurship, human-centric design, either as Design heads, Design strategists, Information architects, Team leaders, Communication / Visualization experts entrepreneurs and other related positions. The programme instils professional competence to undertake complex multidisciplinary design projects by leading design interventions in socio-cultural and functional innovations, design development and planning. Our graduates will be leadingcreative thinkers and problem solvers


The main aims of the 5-year Integrated Master of Design programme in Integrated Design are:

  • The program offers a gradual ascending system of introducing concepts in Interdisciplinary Integrated Design and technology in a progressive manner.
  • Students are engaged at each level in understanding and honing knowledge & skills in problem discovery and resolution, critical and imaginative thinking, verbal and visual communication and appropriate technologies.
  • The first year ( known as the Foundation year) will introduce the students to the foundational aspects of the drawing, material, thinking, and process, coding, and software, fundamentals of design. Students will be lead into designing for cultural spaces and the complexities involved in them. The impact and influence of design on society in terms of their outlook, habits, and behavior are discussed. In addition to the established mapping for 1st year of design schools, students of IMD need a fast-tracking. There is an added exposure to elective based learning designed to raise the cumulative learning outcomes.
  • The second year introduces the students to the advanced basics of design thinking, critical understanding and creation. This is also the time when introduction to global trends, transitions and their impact on society are introduced. Students are exposed to psychology and behavioral studies leading them into socially innovative interdisciplinary human centered design
  • The third year consolidates the students to design thinking, critical understanding and creations abilities. The students work in technology and future centric lab based projects. Conceptually they have advanced exposure to communication theory, design management practices and basic exposure to the design legal ecosystem. This year has a rigorous engagement with systems thinking and semiotics.
  • The fourth year is designed to introduce the students to the industry and design research. This happens through a three month internship followed by guide exposures to entrepreneurship, startup ecology and brand management. The design research skills of the students are horned through seminar based modules. In continuity of the previous years exploration of the design innovations students will go through industry led and collaborative design innovation projects.
  • The fifth and the final year integrates the learning outcomes of the previous four years into a comprehensive post graduate experience. This year is predominantly a research based and self initiated approach. Advance exposure to research and research methodologies culminates in a dissertation. Self initiated design explorations, industry collaborations come together in the final graduation project keeping design, technology, sustainability and human centric design at its core.

The UID based masters curriculum is a sequential mix of different design experiences. There is an emphasis on conceptual understanding and solving complex design challenges through advanced research, problem solving, management and execution skills. The course will take students through intersections of design disciplines including and not limited to different approaches to design from Communication Design (visual communication / graphics), Fashion Design, Product Design, Interaction Design with the flexibility to choose the masters track from integrated domains and design disciplines.

Students will be challenged to reformulate and use evidence based design knowledge in a symbiotic framework with intuitive, cross disciplinary and practical design skills. These facilitate independent enquiry and deep learning to create new pathways in contexts where there are myriad interacting factors.

The programme comprises a mixture of Core inputs, track-specific inputs and elective courses offering students the opportunity to select learning pathways that match their individual interests and career goals. During the programme, students will have ongoing projects with industry providing students with valuable experience from practice.

In the final degree project, students perform in-depth analysis and work on a contextual design challenge from industry, society or academic research that is in line with the chosen specialisation. The degree project is supervised experienced mentors and can be performed in an industrial setting or in an academic environment

Taruna Vasu

Associate Director, Fashion Design

PhD (pursuing) in Dept of Fashion and Textiles at IIS University; M.A. Drawing and Painting - Rajasthan University; Undergraduate Diploma in Fashion Design, NIFT Gandhinagar; PGCHE from NTU, UK

Rahul Bhattacharya

Associate Professor, Visual Communication (Graphics)

M.F.A. (MS University), B.F.A. (MS University)

Debjani Mukherjee

Additional HoD, Animation & Motion Graphics

Ph.D., M. Des., B.Sc. | Research Scholar at IDC - IIT Mumbai

Rudrajit Bose

Assistant Director, LSA

Design Graduate, (NIFT, New Delhi); Graduate Gemologist (GIA, California)

Timcy Mehta

Associate Professor

M. Arch. (Interior Design), Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture & Fine Arts University, Hyderabad; B. Arch., Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University, Hyderabad

Note: All Faculty names are in alphabetic chronology and not as per seniority