The Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme is the first year of the undergraduate study at IIAD. On successful completion of the Foundation year, students progress into their chosen field of design discipline. Specifically, the foundation course acts as a bridge between high-school education and the niche programmes of undergraduate art & design study – Communication Design, Interior Architecture and Design, and Fashion Design. The aim of the foundation course is to equip students with prerequisite core skill-sets necessary to succeed in an art and design degree programme. These include drawing and visual skills, design process and development, material understanding, fundamentals of art and design, relevance of design in contemporary situations, communication skills and computer aided design. The course is structured to maximise the progressive development of the individual’s intellectual and creative potential both independently and within the dynamics of a group.

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How You Learn

The innovative teaching-learning methodology at IIAD allows for multi-dimensional exchange of information, achieved through studio-based mentor-driven modules. This transition from classroom-based, teacher-directed learning to a studio-based supported learning environment is employed not just in the foundation year, but also throughout the course of the degree programmes taught at IIAD. The emphasis is on shaping an attitude in students that empowers them to think independently and chart a successful future.

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What You Learn

Addressing the need to align fresh high school graduates with undergraduate design education, the foundation course in design is structured to extract the students’ intellectual and creative abilities through experimentation and exploration. Through the foundation course, students begin to develop an awareness of the contemporary visual world within cultural, social and commercial contexts. The curriculum is formulated so as to help them understand and build a design vocabulary and equip them with a broad spectrum of techniques, methods, materials and technologies (including e-tools) for use in design practice.

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Application Process


Candidates must have appeared/passed the CBSE/ISC/IB (or any other equivalent board) 10+2 examination in any discipline. Candidates who have recently appeared for the examination and are awaiting their results may also apply.


The IIAD follows a TWO-STEP evaluation procedure for admission to its courses. Candidates will have to clear :
1. The IIAD Design Aptitude Test, or iDAT
2. A comprehensive interview and portfolio assessment

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