The Industrial Design Centre (IDC) of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) has launched a new comprehensive, four-year, Bachelor of Design (B.Des) programme and a five-year integrated, Dual Degree B.Des + M.Des programme from this academic year. However, the option of doing dual degree B.Des + M.Des will be available to the students only at the end of third year. The online registration to apply for the said course started on April 10, 2015.
Speaking on the need for initiating such a programme, Prof. B.K Chakravarthy, Head of IDC, IIT Bombay said, “As we progress from the Knowledge Economy towards Creative Economy, there is an increasing need in India for skilled professionals in the area of design. Design can play a crucial role in the development of the nation and work towards improvement of quality of life for all. At IDC, IIT Bombay we already have M.Des and Ph.D programmes and adding B.Des would make the design academics and practice at IDC more rigorous, responsive and pervasive in design implementation for the society.”
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Prof. Ravi Poovaiah, Coordinator for B.Des programme at IDC, elaborated the structure of the four-year programme, “In the first year of programme, the focus will be on Discovery and Explorations. Second year will teach students about Creativity and Problem Solving. Third year will be about Collaborations and Systems and will focus mainly on Skill Development and Media Options. Fourth year will be an amalgamation of Seminar and Projects, which will focus on applications and implementations. In the B.Des + M.Des Dual Degree Programme, the fifth and final year will be all about Projects and Specializations; and students will focus on Mastery and Refinement. Students will also get an opportunity to do research oriented projects and have inputs in both qualitative and quantitative Design Research methods in the 4th and 5th year of their studies.”
Admission Process: Admissions to B.Des will be done through the Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design 2015 (UCEED 2015). Candidates who have passed their Class XII (or equivalent) examination in 2014, OR passed or appeared in 2015 from any discipline are eligible to apply. Candidates need to register for appearing in UCEED 2015 by applying online at http://www.uceed.in/. The online application registration will be open from April 10 to April 25, 2015. The Admission test will be conducted on May 31, 2015 across 9 cities (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune) in India.
Entrance Examination: UCEED 2015 will have one question paper of three-hour duration, which will be administered through a Computer Based Test. The question paper will contain total of 100 questions distributed among the following six broad topics: Visualization and spatial ability, Observation and design sensitivity, Environmental and social awareness, Analytical and logical reasoning, Language and creativity and Design thinking and problem solving. The question paper will consist of three sections. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) for which no choices will be given to the candidates, Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) for which candidates will be given four choices with one or more correct answer(s) and Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) for which there will four choices out of which only one will be correct. There is also negative marking for wrong answers for NAT and MCQ.
For more information on the examination, admission and eligibility criteria, students can download the UCEED 2015 brochure from http://www.uceed.in/