Foundation course

Bridging
You
and
Design

Foundation is a bridging program, aiding your transition from school to un-school. The journey of all undergraduate design students begins with one year of Foundation. This phase gives students a creative pathway, preparing them to enter the open-ended, exploratory and experimental design environment at IIAD 

Students gradually evolve into confident, self-directed learners, ready for the future challenges of their chosen design discipline.

Course highlights

COURSE DETAIL

COURSE DETAIL

  • Foundation
A learner-centric, studio-based approach in Foundation enables students to acquire a broad spectrum of design skills, building their design vocabulary. Students learn myriad techniques, methods and technologies for their future design practice. From hand-sketching to experimenting with materials, students develop sensitivity for a wide range of media. These experiments also give impetus to students to arrive at their personal ways of expression.
Students develop essential creative and critical thinking skills and also learn techniques for research and problem solving, which prepares them for their future design learning. Through theoretical and analytical approaches, they explore cultural, social and commercial perspectives, and begin to understand how context shapes design. This exploratory approach helps students formulate their own definitions and perspectives.
The Foundation year culminates with a Capstone Project. The most significant aspect of the project is that it enables students to articulate their individual creative process and expression through a personalised visual and design language. Students get an opportunity to demonstrate their design learnings by working on a project brief that is based on their future field of specialisation. This marks an important transitional phase, where students become aware of their potential to make a confident choice about the field of specialisation they wish to pursue. After successfully completing the Foundation year, students receive a UG Diploma and progress seamlessly into the BA (Hons) degree course of their choice.
A learner-centric, studio-based approach in Foundation enables students to acquire a broad spectrum of design skills, building their design vocabulary. Students learn myriad techniques, methods and technologies for their future design practice. From hand-sketching to experimenting with materials, students develop sensitivity for a wide range of media. These experiments also give impetus to students to arrive at their personal ways of expression.
Students develop essential creative and critical thinking skills and also learn techniques for research and problem solving, which prepares them for their future design learning. Through theoretical and analytical approaches, they explore cultural, social and commercial perspectives, and begin to understand how context shapes design. This exploratory approach helps students formulate their own definitions and perspectives.
The Foundation year culminates with a Capstone Project. The most significant aspect of the project is that it enables students to articulate their individual creative process and expression through a personalised visual and design language. Students get an opportunity to demonstrate their design learnings by working on a project brief that is based on their future field of specialisation. This marks an important transitional phase, where students become aware of their potential to make a confident choice about the field of specialisation they wish to pursue. After successfully completing the Foundation year, students receive a UG Diploma and progress seamlessly into the BA (Hons) degree course of their choice.

STUDENT WORK

“You have the freedom of thinking. The way we work is really cool, go have a cup of tea, chill out and work according to yourself.”
– Nikhil Shankar, Foundation Year

success stories

FACULTY

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Prachi Mittal

Associate ProfessorFoundation in Design

A firm believer in the potential of Design and Creativity education, Prachi is a designer, educator and researcher. Her 20 years of industry experience spans across product design, social design, publication design as well as the business process of design. An Accessory Design graduate from National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, she is also armed with a PG certification in higher education from Kinston University, London.

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IIAD Faculty Prachi-Mittal

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Pranay Mangrati

Associate Professor

Pranay Mangrati graduated from National Institute of Fashion Technology, He is now an associate professor with the Indian Institute of Art & Design and even though he is essentially a product designer at the core, he prefers not being confined to one disciplinary box.

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IIAD Faculty Pranay-Mangrati
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Tanya Kumar

Associate Professor

With over twenty years of experience, Tanya’s work spans across Alternate Construction, Crafts Initiative, Digital Content, Exhibition Design, Heritage Conservation, Product Design, and others. A strong advocator of hands-on learning, it is no surprise that Construction, Design, Graphics and Materials are her main subjects.

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IIAD Faculty Tanya-Kumar
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Kishore Chakraborty

Associate Professor

A sculptor from Kolkata, Kishore Chakraborty has been a practicing artist for the last 27 years. He was a senior fellow in sculpture from the Ministry of Culture. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in India and abroad along with his national and international solo shows. Kishore is a founding faculty member at IIAD.

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IIAD Faculty Kishore-Chakraborty
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Anshoo Rajvanshi

Associate Professor

Anshoo Rajvanshi with two decades of experience in the field of art and design has a fine arts and sociology background. She has conducted numerous workshops, solo and group shows in India, and has been a national scholar awarded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India. She was awarded a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK in 2018.

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Pankaj Narain

Associate Professor

Pankaj Narain is a Furniture Design Alumnus from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He holds a post graduate certification in teaching and learning in higher education from Kingston University, UK and has a teaching experience of over 14 years at various design institutes in the country. He has also completed a certification programme in Wood Seasoning from The Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. Currently, he teaches at Indian Institute of Art and Design.

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Josh P. S.

Associate Professor

osh P. S is a young reputed contemporary artist. He secured a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting with distinction from College of Fine Arts Thiruvananthapuram, and a master’s degree from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

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Hemanshi Sagar

Assistant Professor

Hemanshi’s strong passion for design stems from her days at her alma mater (NIFT). With a varied career experience spanning over 8 years, her knowledge in design expands in multiple domains like UI/UX, packaging, and branding. 

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IIAD Faculty - Himanshi Sagar
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Gauravi Mittal

Lecturer

She is a faculty of Design Research & Context at IIAD, mentoring the students pursuing their Foundation Year Programme. She is a product design graduate from Indian Institute of Crafts & Design, Jaipur. She has worked innumerable design interventions as a facilitator in rural craft clusters under the Ministry of Textiles.

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IIAD Faculty Gauravi-Mittal

STUDIO

AND RESOURCES

IIAD has a purpose-built campus that is aligned to 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.

STORIES