Our five-pronged approach focuses on your individual strengths to develop your unique qualities towards making you an exemplary pi- designer.
From apps to signage, from illustrated story books to animation films, from magazine layouts to eye-catching brand logos, every aspect of your life involves adept communications.
Communication design teaches you to create compelling messages from concept stage to final form by using appropriate language, visuals, moving images and digital experiences. Our graphic designing course prepares you to address the needs of a hyper-connected world through a wide range of visual media ranging from digital and web to print and publications.
Students get exposure to a variety of fields within the domain of Communication Design, such as graphics & publication, film & animation, branding & advertising and UX/Ul - and many more. Simultaneously, the communication design course prepares students to be specialists in their chosen field, by selecting projects that sharpen their expertise. This approach enables them to move between generalist and specialist, putting them in an advantageous position to address rapidly evolving requirements in their field.
We extend learning beyond the confines of the studio into the larger social, cultural and commercial realms. Students of Communication Design explore the vast potential of the city of Delhi, and discover needs and problem areas to find suitable design solutions; the citizens are your stakeholders, the city's culture and its arts, their repository. Our past collaborations on projects include Select City Walk Mall, Katha Publications, Projection mapping for Martyr's Memorial Museum Hussainiwala, Technical upgrades at the National Museum, New Delhi etc.
Active collaborations between professionals, faculty and peers from different disciplines allows students to learn 'with' and 'from' each other. The communication design course places emphasis on networking, pitching ideas with confidence and seeking feedback from experts, infuses students with an entrepreneurial spirit, as they become experienced and employable.
Society's needs can inspire designers to innovate. Our communication design students are taught to investigate these needs to create solutions that are not only conceptually strong but also shape how our world looks and functions. Through carefully crafted human-centered projects, we sensitise students to create communications that inform, educate and contribute to society's well-being .
Foundation is a bridging program, aiding your transition from school to un-school.
It provides students a pathway to confidently enter the creative, open-ended, exploratory and experimental environment of design education at IIAD. They acquire a broad spectrum of design skills and build their design vocabulary. After successfully completing the Foundation year, students seamlessly progress to BA (Hons) Communication Design course.
VISUALISATION + DESIGN TOOLS + VISUAL & SPATIAL NARRATIVES + COLLABORATION ACROSS DISCIPLINES + DIGITAL NARRATIVES
The first year of communication design entails a journey of ‘unpacking the self’. By digging deep into your memories and childhood, you discover the inner storyteller within you. As you learn new methods of visualization, you are also encouraged to communicate through words, visual imagery and symbols to develop a unique narrative and voice.
Through contemporary debates around gender, diversity, inclusivity, culture and environment, the communication design course lets you explore storytelling using different mediums to engage, inform, persuade, educate, and entertain a varied audience. Your chosen medium – be it newspaper, magazine, television, billboards, apps or internet – becomes the canvas to experiment and explore. Along with developing your hand skills in illustration and storyboarding, you also learn digital tools such as Adobe Creative suite for publication and animation, Invision for UI/UX, Glyphs for type-design, and SketchUp for spatial design, to help you translate your ideas into outcomes. By the end of the year, you would have developed skills to bring your ideas alive across different platforms such as print, digital, audio-visual as well as spatial.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY + PRACTICE-BASED + LEARNING BY MAKING + EXPLORATION-BASED
At the end of this year, your first industry interface will be facilitated with an 8-week Learn On-site internship, which will focus on multidisciplinary learning experiences. Communication design students can opt to work in various avenues of communication design – such as print and publication, film and animation, Visual communication, UX/UI, website design, branding and advertising – to name a few.
VISUAL LANGUAGE II + DIGITAL NARRATIVES + SPATIAL NARRATIVES II + REAL LIFE CLIENT BRIEFS THROUGH INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION BRIEFS + INDUSTRIAL PRACTICES AND PROCESSES + MATERIALITY + UX/UI
The second year pushes the boundaries of communication design and prepares you for the challenges of constantly evolving technology. You will learn both traditional and contemporary skills, tools and techniques, and apply them across complex media applications and practices. From developing your own font to creating a publication, you explore meaningful ways in different mediums to reach out to the target audience. You also learn to use tools and methodologies such as scenario planning, user journey maps, empathy maps, system thinking tools, etc. to come up with user-centric design solutions for UX/UI. Through digital interactive platforms you will weave together images, music, narrative and voice to give modern expression to characters, situations and experiences. The project starts with a visit to an out-station location where you search for stories ranging from personal experiences to recounting of historical events or exploring life in one’s own community.
Communication design students also work on international competition briefs such as D&AD, RSA and TypoDay as studio projects. You will create engaging content based on global themes and contemporary issues to inspire change and foster innovation.
INDUSTRY PRACTICE + COLLABORATION + BRAND AND CLIENT + ORGANISATIONAL SET-UP + STAKEHOLDERS + REAL-WORLD CHALLENGES
The 16-week Learn On-site internship is a long-term industry exposure envisaged as the gateway to your professional debut. You get opportunities to work in industry environments and understand the dynamics of organisational set-up. You will work in set-ups such as design studios, advertising agencies, production houses, publication houses amongst others, both within India and internationally. In the past, students have secured internships in several leading design studios including Ogilvy & Mather, JWD, Quicksand, Denstu, Studio Fry, Quicksand, Om books, Roli Books, Oyorooms, Katha publications, Double Barrel Production house and Reliance, among many others.
JOINING THE DOTS + AN EVOLVED SELF + COMPLEX DESIGN PROCESS + ENTREPRENEURSHIP + MAJOR DESIGN PROJECT
Starting your journey with, “unpacking” to now “repacking” the self, you come a full circle. In the final year of the communication design course you create a distinct brand identity for yourself while building your networking and entrepreneurial skills. Working on a Social Design project leads you to evolve into ethical and purposeful design professionals committed to “designing for a better future”.
With the exposure to diverse areas within this versatile discipline and on-site work experience, you now have a chance to focus on an area of interest and strengthen your design abilities within the chosen area.
The Major Design Project is an amalgamation of your chosen medium of specialization and subject-area of interest. Communication design students work on projects in sectors ranging from social to business to entertainment, aggregating a diverse portfolio for themselves. You undertake a project set in business realities, which can be self-initiated or industry-sponsored. You will take independent design decisions while being closely mentored by faculty and industry experts.
Your project will culminate in a creative outcome such as a film, animation, typographic design, social design, campaign, editorial design, interaction design, service design, user experience, spatial experience and many more, bringing a sense of accomplishment to your transformative design education.
Creation of packaging and visual branding for Beejom - an organisation promoting sustainable lifestyle practices. Monika Jain, Communication Design (Batch 2018 - 2022)
‘Dadvice’, a UI/UX application, is a pregnancy guiding app for ‘Dad-to-be’ that covers the trimesters of pregnancy and celebrates the joy of parenthood. Shreya Bhardwaj, student of Communication Design (Batch 2018 - 2022)
A series of fun rhyming story books that revolves around Chandu, The Wonder Pig, a storybook project involving storytelling, visual design and illustration. Janvi Khera, Communication Design (Batch 2018 - 2022)
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Communication Design is one of the fast-moving fields, and proliferates all media and enterprises. From your mobile app, advertisement, poster, movie or book to designing museums, experiences, installations and events, a communication designer is involved in conceptualizing and creating designs that combine visuals and words. Communication design is a wide stream, offering many opportunities, and these are all listed here. Your overarching task is to engage your target audience and deliver a message successfully.
Aarti Uberoi is a multi-disciplinary design practitioner with over two decades of experience as a consultant, academician and entrepreneur. An alumna of Massey University, New Zealand and NIFT, New Delhi. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) from Nottingham Trent University, UK.
Chandrika holds a master degree in Interactive Multimedia from The LCC, London pivoting the area of Retail, Financial and Travel by applying innovative and transformative thinking. She pursued her Bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish from Delhi University in 2000.
Rich experience of over 20 years in Animation, Design and Storytelling, Shaaz has been an explorer in methods and mediums of visual narratives. As the Founding Director of Mud n Water - a Communication Design Studio, he has produced Animations, Urban Art, Space Design, Ad Films, Short films, Documentaries and Performance Art.
Devan is a design academician with 12 years of versatile experience in both teaching and design industry. He has a B.Des from NIFT - Chennai and an M.Des from NIFT - Delhi. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. from MITID Pune in the area of Design Education - exploring design metaphors as a bridge between cultural interface and curriculum development (for design) in Indian higher education.
Gagan is an interdisciplinary designer, with practice in digital and information design. He holds a Masters degree in graphic design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and has completed his bachelors in Applied arts. Gagan has experience of working in the areas of digital product development, game design, IOT products and multimedia journalism.
With 15 years of experience in the field of illustration, storytelling, and animation, Ikroop Sandhu is a Graphic Novelist. She completed her graduation in Philosophy from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi and continued to pursue her passion for artistic expression from Vancouver Film School, Canada. Her diverse base of clients over the years includes NGOs, contemporary Indian artists, and Silicon Valley engineers. She has taken workshops on drawing and graphic storytelling for children and adults, also taught animation and drawing as a guest faculty at NIFT, Kangra.
She has honed her artistic skills by making video art pieces for contemporary Indian artists such as Raqs Media Collective, Sarnath Bannerjee, and Mochu. Her work has been exhibited at The Centre Pompidou (Paris), The Tate Modern (London), The Gardner Museum (Boston), The Photographers’ Gallery (London), The Sharjah Biennale (UAE), The India Art Fair (New Delhi) and The Gwangju Biennale (Korea). She has also been a speaker at events organised by SAAG (South Asian Avant-Garde), Ananke - Women in Literature Festival (Dubai), and the Liberty and Light Festival (Goa).
Over the years her illustrated stories have been featured in newspapers and magazines such as Times of India, The Hindu, Mint, and Platform.
With nearly ten years of experience, Avanish has an M.A. in Sequential Design & Illustration from the University of Brighton, UK, and a Graduate Diploma in Communication Design from the IILM School of Design, Gurgaon.
Oshin is a Communication Design alumna from DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore, and has a master's degree from Nalanda University, Rajgir. In her young career, she has worked on a breadth of projects in the industry across design agencies to startups ranging from graphic design to UI/UX. Having an analytical bend, she is a firm believer in the design process. She likes to combine her learnings and abilities best through works that cut across disciplinary boundaries.
Inderjit Singh Jassel is a seasoned industry professional with over 13 years of experience in Visual Communication and Graphic Design. He has hands-on experience in creative project management and is highly skilled in tech applications in design
Kaushikee is an artist, writer and educator based in Delhi. Kaushikee holds a Postgraduate degree from the Royal College of Art and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from the University for the Creative Arts.
With a graduate degree in Animation from DSK Supinfocom - Pune, Pranay Patwardhan is an accomplished artist, illustrator and animator.
IIAD's a purpose-built campus to meet the dynamic learning-teaching needs of its progressive pedagogy and curriculum. The adaptive spaces with studios, digital labs and 3D material workshops have been designed to facilitate seamless multidisciplinary collaborations and exchanges.
Students are taught by design professionals. They learn to create compelling messages from concept stage to final form by using appropriate mediums.
IIAD’s photography lab is equipped with tools like DSLR cameras, professional lighting, backgrounds and screens made available for students to explore visuals, moving images and for documentation purposes.
Linocut and Woodcut printing - Communication Design students put up an exhibition of their work built around 2 key themes - Personal Narratives and Visual Language.
IIAD students exhibit their work as part of the annual global Art Challenge - INKTOBER 2019.
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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. IIAD graduates will be alumni of Kingston University and members of our alumni community. See here for information: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/alumni
Candidates with 10+2 or equivalent in any stream (Science, Commerce, Humanities/Arts) with an aggregate of minimum 50% are eligible to apply. Candidates appearing for Class XII examination in the current academic year or awaiting results may also apply.
Please refer to the ADMISSIONS (https://www.iiad.edu.in/admissions/) link for details on online and offline admissions.
The screening process at IIAD aims to test the merit of a candidate based on their aptitude for design learning. The IIAD Entrance test has two components, which vary based on the course you apply for. Refer to the table given in this section to check your course requirements.
Interior Architecture & Design
Fashion Business Management
The IIAD Design Aptitude Test (iDAT) is a written test designed to assess a candidate’s creative and visual ability, cultural awareness and logical thinking. The exam paper is a combination of visual tasks, writing tasks, one-word answers and multiple choice.
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IIAD provides merit-cum-means scholarships to deserving students. All students who qualify the IIAD Entrance Test are eligible to apply for scholarships. The information about applying for a scholarship will be made available along with the offer of admission.
IIAD is connected with 200+ organizations across the industry for student internships, collaborative projects and placements. IIAD encourages students to explore internship opportunities throughout the duration of their chosen program. At the end of the 2nd year students are encouraged to complete an 8 week internship. In the third year a Career Building Internship of 16 weeks duration is mandatory. Credits are awarded based on work done during the internship. In the final year students undergo a 6 month Major Design Project which can be in conjunction with the industry.
The Career Services Division cell at IIAD provides complete internship and placement support with a 91% placement record. Some of the companies that have visited the campus previously are IBM, E&Y, Sostronk, Yuj Design, Userfacet, among many others.
The student placement cell at IIAD provides complete internship and placement support with a 91% placement record for the most recent batches.