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BDes Industrial Design

Industrial Design is a discipline that involves the design of objects, tools, appliances and complex technical equipment. It encompasses branches such as Ceramic and Glass, Furniture, Toys and Games, Textiles, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic products, Packaging, Retail and Exhibition structures etc. At the Department of Design, Nirma University, Product design is currently offered as part of the Industrial Design discipline, after completion of Foundation year.

The students are taught Design methodology and creative thinking, to become effective and innovative problem solvers for end users, communities, organisations and industries. The training consists of courses which deal with theory, concepts, understanding materials and processes, prototyping skills, user studies etc. Individual projects are the basis for outcome-based learning. Students develop ideas and concepts with sketches, 3D mock-up models and finally working prototypes which are tested in user contexts.

Learning is through assignments, classroom projects, industry visits, industry immersion through apprenticeship and internship programmes over the four years of study. Working on live projects with faculty mentors and visiting design experts is encouraged. Profile of courses include:

  • Elements of Form and Space
  • Materials & Processes
  • History of Objects
  • Ergonomics
  • Simple Product design
  • Packaging Design
  • Design of Simple Mechanical device
  • Furniture Design
  • Exhibition & Retail structures
  • UI-UX Design
  • Technically complex product design
  • Systems Thinking etc.

The Programme focuses on developing products which are aligned to

  • Human centered design
  • Universal design
  • Healthcare design
  • Heritage design
  • Design for urban services and systems

Students are given inputs to build well rounded professional skills in varied sectors. In the third year, from Semester V, they have the possibility to build specialized competency in areas of their choice. This is provided through selection of courses offered through electives. Students may do their minor specialization in:

  • Product Design (complex electro-mechanical products)
  • Product Design (furniture and packaging design)