About us


A revolutionary learning space that nurtures explorers, experimenters and innovators with a global outlook through a design programme emerging from India.

IIAD aims to build designers with strong conceptual and collaborative abilities, by encouraging students to bring in their own stories to shape their individual paths.


We began the Indian Institute of Art and Design with a mission to bridge gaps and build bridges between design, society and industry, by transforming how design is taught, learned and practiced in India.

We nurture our graduates to become lifelong learners.

We motivate every individual to find their unique purpose.

We shape our graduates as discerning, industry-ready professionals with a resume.

Indian Institute
of Art and Design

is built on three



The Individual

We focus on developing your individual voice, enabling you to find your place in the world to contribute with your unique vision

The Process

We support learning through enquiry, exploration and experimentation in an open-ended, interdisciplinary environment.

The Community

We nurture collaborative partnerships and relationships between academia and industry that go a long way in fostering your growth as a designer.


IIAD was established in 2015 as an independent design school in New Delhi. Our partnership with Kingston School of Art gives IIAD students the distinct advantage of world-class education and a globally-recognised degree from Kingston University, London. This prestigious affiliation to a university of global repute enables our graduates to secure coveted career opportunities, as well as pursue further education in any international university.
Senior members of Kingston University, London visit the IIAD Campus.

The Institute is passionate about bringing future-relevant design education to India, and what design can do for the world when merged with the arts, technology and industry.

IIAD’s location in India’s capital city of Delhi –
the vibrant nexus of governance, business, arts and culture – supports our collaborative spirit and interdisciplinary environment.

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”
– John Dewey

Our students graduate with a globally-recognised degree from Kingston University, and are privileged to be alumni of both IIAD and Kingston. Further, our unique education format and alliance with Kingston School of Art integrates design holistically with the arts and crafts. Academic experience, administrative support and services at IIAD, are in accordance with Kingston University’s quality assurance and procedures, which are governed by the international standards established by UK’s Quality Assurance Agency.

IIAD provides a dynamic studio-based environment that is professional and practical, fluid and innovative. Students are inspired to find their own unique voice through a rigorous inquiry-based, learner-centric approach that encourages experimentation, innovation and collaborative practice. Our project based learning and ‘thinking through making’ approach makes our graduates industry-ready with a professional outlook.

With museums, craft-hubs, art galleries, expos and industry, the city offers a vibrant learning experience. The 75,000 sq ft. IIAD campus in the industrial suburb of Okhla in South Delhi, provides great opportunities for students to explore industrial set-ups, workshops, national level events, exhibitions and expos. The city and its environs are crucial in shaping students as we give access to the best of creative, business and professional expertise.

Our distinguished faculty members are experienced educators and practitioners with strong industry affiliations. They bring their research and expertise to impact students’ learning, both inside and outside the studio. Students are also supported by a diverse body of professionals who are committed to making their entire educational journey from induction to graduation, a seamless experience.

The quest to learn, explore and discover is what sparks the human mind to embark on new adventures. Our pi.designers are reputed for their ability to not just ask how, but why. As designers, out in the world, our graduates stay lifelong learners. Just like the value of pi keeps growing infinitely, they never settle into a repetitive pattern. They adapt and transform. They absorb and change. They embark on adventures to find new opportunities.



IIAD is unique as a design institute as it stands apart for its emphasis on process, linkages, connections and individual growth, where success connects the ‘I’ with ‘Everyone’.
IIAD is a bridge between


International Transfers

Owing to IIAD’s collaboration with Kingston University, during the course of their degree programme, students have the option to transfer to universities abroad to complete their studies.  The curriculum at IIAD has been rigorously mapped with  the collaborating university leading to a seamless transfer in either the penultimate or final year of their specialization. This gives the students an opportunity to complete part of their degree programme from leading international Universities.


IIAD has a deep commitment to create robust alliances with leading institutions, associations and industry forums and widen its network. This gives our faculty and students the opportunity to participate in industry forums, academic research, conferences, paper presentations as well as consultancy projects.


Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI)

The Fashion Design Council of India is a not-for-profit organization that is engaged in advancing the business of fashion in India to ensure its sustainable growth.

Association of Designers of India (ADI)

ADI is a meaningful interface between design professionals, general community users, the Industry, education institutions and policy makers.

Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID)

Founded in 1972, the Institute of Indian Interior Designers globally aims to establish good professional & trade practices and ethics amongst its members.

International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI)

IFFTI currently with 61 institutions from 28 countries, is a global network of International Fashion and Textile Institutes, providing a meaningful platform that represents a diverse range of Institutions from across the world.

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.


IIAD has a deep commitment to create robust alliances with leading institutions, associations and industry forums and widen its network. This gives our faculty and students the opportunity to participate in industry forums, academic research, conferences, paper presentations as well as consultancy projects.