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 context.
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. The profile of courses include:
The programme focuses on developing products which are aligned to:
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 develop specialised competency in areas of their choice. This is provided by selection of courses offered through electives. Students may do their minor specialisation in: