What keeps our creative ninjas engaged while they are at IIAD?
When the students are not hard at work in their design studios and workshops, they wholeheartedly immerse themselves in celebrating the IIAD spirit through co-curricular and extracurricular activities. This includes on campus events and off-campus study trips that contribute to their professional development as well as enable them to soak-in the rich design and crafts heritage of India.
The sections below will give you a glimpse of the exciting life and times of students at IIAD.
Study trips are an indispensable aspect of the IIAD pedagogy as they allow students to move out of familiar learning spaces to places where they experience visual and material culture and learn about art, craft and design from subject matter experts in their true surroundings. These study trips also help build camaraderie and a sense of community among students, which in turn, help build positive peer relationships and a conducive environment for students to learn and grow during their collegiate years and beyond.
The third year students in the Fashion Design programme at IIAD recently visited Barmer, Rajasthan as part of the first phase of a live project with Fabindia that they will shortly begin work on in the upcoming semester. The brand is committed to the development of craft clusters and revival of indigenous techniques in print, embroidery, weaving among other areas of apparel and textile design. The students worked with 5 clusters and 3 techniques including reverse applique, embroidery and gudari. During their trip, they completed several primary processes that will now be used to create the garment collection for Fabindia. The trip was unique, in that, this was an ‘engagement trip’ that goes beyond observation and exploration, and required students to take the learning, synthesize it and and apply it as a design intervention to a live project.
The third year students of the Interior Architecture and Design programme undertook a study trip to the historic towns of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer to study the famous architecture as manifested in the imposing forts and palaces of this region. The students had the opportunity to explore and study Mehrangarh Fort and understand the conservation work that is taking place there. They could also observe the blue city from a unique vantage point as the fort is one of the highest points of Jaipur. The students also studied the various cenotaphs (tombs) of maharajs at Jaswant thada and Mandore Gardens. They were intrigued by the juxtaposition of iconic architectural elements like the ‘Shikhara’ seen in South Indian temples, Rajasthani Jharokhas and aspects of Islamic architecture. The students also got a tour of the Old City helping them understand city planning of the past and its evolution. In addition, they visited Umaid Bhawan Palace, a proud example of adaptive reuse and conservation, which has a mix of Indian and Western architectural forms and techniques.
The trip to Jaisalmer was equally vibrant as the students had a chance to experience the Jaisalmer Fort also known as the ‘living fort’ as it remains heavily populated with homes and business still flourishing within its robust walls. They understood the history of the fort including the need for a fort, core planning and initiation work. They also visited the stone park and tiber restoration businesses and saw some beautiful artwork that has been restored over the ages. This also gave them ideas on where and from whom to source stone and timber artwork when working on interior architecture and design projects from clients.
Located on the North banks of the Narmada river, the temple-town of Maheshwar has plenty to offer to architects, designers, artists or anybody with a thirst to learn about the rich history of the town. Therefore, it was only fitting that Maheshwar be the epicentre of learning for our students form all three programmes - Communication Design, Interior Architecture and Design and Fashion Design in December 2016.The purpose of this trip was to expose students to the exquisite weaving, architecture, temple motifs unique to this town. In addition, the students had the opportunity to study banks and ghats, observe weavers and their craft, and understand life outside the urban context. They even had a chance to camp at the ghats and experience life as a local. During the trip the students also visited Bagh, a small town in MP, known for its caves and printing. The students participated in the process of creating custom prints on fabric and treating it thereafter using organic printing and treating techniques. The project culminated in visual documentation of the trip through photographs and sketches, a website project dedicated to Maheshwar, measured drawings of built spaces and garment printing with each participant carrying back a self-printed fabric for construction. Click here to experience Maheshwar through the eyes of our students.
Students in the Foundation Diploma and Design (1st Year) course at IIAD undertook a study trip in November 2016 to Fatehpur Sikri, a city rich as rich in its architectural history as in its cultural past. Students in the first year at IIAD explore many themes and concepts in design including visual and material culture, tessellation, ‘positive-negative’, geometry, and design context among others. Fatehpur Sikri is a living example of all these aspects of design. Furthermore, being a prime example of syncretic architecture is an excellent case study in how context influences design. Students documented the visual language of Sikri through sketches and photography. They also wrote a research paper on what the architecture of Fatehpur Sikri reveals about the life of the inhabitants of this city during the time of Akbar, when the city was a thriving settlement.
Students of the Foundation Diploma in Design programme (1st year course) at IIAD, went on their first study trip in December 2015 to explore the untamed beauty in the wilderness of Ranthambore National Park. The students explored Ranthambore through Jungle safaris and captured the essence of the place through photographs and illustrations. The students also visited the dasakar workshops and learnt about various printing techniques from the artisans there.
Events at the IIAD campus are a mix of co-curricular activities that are a natural extension of what the students learn in their degree programmes and extra curricular activities that help them unwind, celebrate and connect with the IIAD community from time to time. Here are some snapshots of major events that took place on campus.
IIAD is melting pot of cultures and subcultures and we have a vibrant mix of students from all parts of India and the globe. They celebrate each occasion and festival with the equal fervor and excitement. An example of this how the students combined the festivals of Baisakhi (the Sikh New Year), Bihu (the Assamese New Year) and Vishu (the Hindu New Year celebrated in Kerala) to give the entire IIAD fraternity a multicultural flavour - literally! The day began with bhangra, gidda and bihu performed by the Dance society. This was followed by a scrumptious community lunch where ‘sadhya’ or a traditional Kerala meal was served on banana leaves. The students ended day with satiated palates and grateful hearts.
Students of the Fashion Design programme held an exhibition of their avant garde garment designs upon the culmination of their project titled ‘Transform and restructure.’ Through the garments, the students questioned the existing paradigm of garment and body. Inspired by sculpture, architecture, photography and various art forms, they approached the garment with precise sense of dissection and engineering. They did this within the idea of oxymorons, opposing words and ideas that co-exist. While doing this they explored the tension between opposing concepts, two-dimensional pattern and its three-dimensional materiality, playfully exploring and utilizing -shape and texture- to articulate the form. Click here to see some iconic garments from the collection.
Animation is one among the many communication design media that students at IIAD get exposed to. The second year students at IIAD specialising in communication design organized a film viewing of their animated films for the IIAD fraternity. The students used the storytelling artform the create short animated films and experimented with different types of animation techniques including 2D and 3D animation, stop motion, sand animation, flipbook animation, Pixel Art, clay animation, typography animation among others.
Upon completion of their fast paced ‘Lighting Project,’ the third year students at IIAD specializing in Interior Architecture and Design organized an exhibition and auction of finished lighting pieces designed by them. The spectacular pieces received several bids running into bids of over eleven thousand rupees for an individual piece. The students experimented with materials like fabric, wood, steel, iron, plastic to create various lamps that drew from various types of architecture and sculpture. Click here to view images from the exhibition.
The months of September and October are marked by a myriad festivals and religious occasions. New Delhi, being a salad bowl of cultures and ethnicities is a great place to study the festivals of India. As part of a project aimed at helping students learn about the various cultural identities of the inhabitants of a city, the concept of proxemics, and other anthropological aspects, the students created several immersive exhibits to map and showcase various occasions that they witnessed. This included Muharram, Phool walon ki Sair, Durga Puja, Navratri and Dussehra among others. The students created beautiful stalls that captured the essence of these festivals, their history, the sights, sounds and smell of the places they visited and learnt about. This exhibition was a wonderful exercise in experience design for students of all three programmes at IIAD.
Halloween is becoming a big part of the Indian pop culture and is growing in popularity among millennials. Students at IIAD were also eager to participate in cosplay to celebrate the day. We organized a makeup workshop by Costume Designer Megha Khanna, who has worked on costumes and production design for film and theatre. She taught students on how to create different looks for halloween using simple paint and tissue paper. The result was truly spooky. Click here to view the complete image gallery.
The founding batch of IIAD organized their first cultural festival in collaboration with the students of the Indian School of Business and Finance. The fest, which was organized at IIAD, was attended by about 1500 students from 52 colleges from Delhi-NCR and other parts of the country. The students hosted marquee events that included an art installation contest, dance, debate, western and indian classical music competitions. Each of the events saw enthusiastic participation from teams across the country. Click here to see how the campus came alive during the festival.
The Core Council and the study body of IIAD are proud to present the first edition of their art and design fest - Remix 2018. The festival promises to represent, revive and redefine the creed of designers and artists, not just from IIAD and other design colleges but anybody with a creative streak. This is why the fest has a series of signature events not just for aspiring designers but also artists from all allied fields. From music to dance, photography to theatre, fashion shows to branding competitions, the fest has something to everybody.
The Student Council is a squad of enthusiastic and committed design students entrusted with the task of being the voice of IIAD's student fraternity. Being a part of the Student Council helps students gather adequate experience that stretches beyond the academic realm; skills that would hold them in good stead when they begin their journey as professionals. The Student Council is actively engaged in organising co-curricular and extra-curricular activities both on and off the Campus. Keep an eye out for IIAD's maiden art & design fest - Remix 2018 spearheaded by the Student Council.
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The Indian Institute of Art and Design (IIAD) in collaboration with Kingston University, London is located in New Delhi. IIAD has emulated the best practices of renowned interior, communication and fashion designing colleges around the world. In addition, our infrastructure has evolved keeping in mind the dynamic needs of design students and faculty. The result is a state-of-the-art campus with cutting-edge technology poised to deliver truly world-class design education. The specially designed campus of IIAD provides huge spaces to facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration. It also provides advanced facilities for teaching learning as well as ample exhibition space for an art gallery where student's works are displayed. Easels, dummies and soft boards lineup the gallery space for a spectacular display of Art/Design work. Projection facilities intensify the ambience further.
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