Our five-pronged approach focuses on your individual strengths to develop your unique qualities towards making you an exemplary pi- designer.
Rwituja Gomes Mookherjee
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Now, that sounds incredibly exciting but do you have the aptitude to design your own future and become a part of this incredible industry?
Soon, it’ll be that time of the year, when every well-meaning parent, relative, friend and neighbour will ask, “What are you planning to do after Class XII?”
Quite an irksome question to answer, especially when you’re looking forward to completing your Class XII Examination, finally leaving school after 18 long years, being free and independent, perhaps drop a year and travel, learn a new skill or live life on your own terms.
However, let’s face it, sometimes identifying your core skills hugely helps to fulfil your aspirations. It is also an opportunity for you to impress upon your parents where your interests lay. If this sounds like a win-win, then continue reading.
Are you cut-out for design? Find out by asking yourself the right questions!
If your answer to all or some of these is a yes, then you might just have an aptitude for design!
What is an Aptitude?
Wikipedia says, an aptitude is a component of a competence to do a certain kind of work at a certain level. Outstanding aptitude is ‘talent’.
What is a Design Aptitude Test?
An aptitude test is an assessment that evaluates the talent/ability/potential to perform a certain task, with no prior knowledge and/or training. Every design institute uses a Design Aptitude Test (DAT), also called an Entrance Examination to determine a student’s suitability for enrolment.
Most commonly, DATs assess the following skills and in no particular order of priority.
Visual skills are an essential part of understanding design.
Geometric exploration is concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space.
Spatial ability is the capacity to understand, reason and remember the spatial relations among objects.
Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is formed. The creation may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, or a musical composition) or a physical object (such as an invention, a literary work, or a painting). Creativity begins with a foundation of knowledge, learning a discipline, and mastering a way of thinking. One can learn to be creative by experimenting, exploring, questioning assumptions, using imagination and synthesizing information.
Comprehension skills are your ability to observe and be mindful of your surroundings, irregular occurrences, sounds, and events happening around. It allows you to summarize, form sequences and inferences, compare and contrast, draw conclusions, self-question, relate background knowledge, distinguish between fact and opinion, find the main idea, important facts, and supporting details.
Storytelling describes the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, sometimes with improvisation, theatrics, or embellishment. Stories affirm who you are, and allows to experience the similarities between others, and yourself, real or imagined. Stories help understand lifestyle trends and make meaning. Good stories have the power to transform your perceptions of the world.
It is the process of using a rational, systematic series of steps based on sound mathematical procedures and given statements to arrive at a conclusion.
Problem-solving means how you approach a particular problem given, what is your process of thinking and therefore how you find a solution.
General knowledge explores the generic understanding of the world around.What you should remember when attempting a Design Aptitude Test?
When deciding to select the right design institute, why should the Indian Institute of Art & Design (IIAD) be your foremost institute of choice?
Design is inherently a practice-based discipline and therefore, the pedagogy at IIAD has been built on the philosophy of ‘Thinking Through Making’. The curriculum has been designed with the purpose of grooming design entrepreneurs that suit the dynamism and competitive standards of the global design industry. At IIAD, it is believed that contemporary learning, be it in design or any other discipline, is more about about nurturing innovative ideas in a multi-disciplinary and mentor-driven environment through skill-centric projects.
How will IIAD establish your aptitude for design?
IIAD has a rigorous examination process that involves assessment at two different stages. To begin with, all students have to mandatorily appear for the IIAD Design Aptitude Test (iDAT), a written exam that tests a student’s ability across Logical Reasoning, Creative Thinking and Visual Ability. This is followed by a second round termed Portfolio Assessment and Studio Simulation wherein the candidate will be assessed for design readiness in a studio simulated environment.This is done by evaluating the candidate's interest in the discipline, his/her design aptitude, ability to innovate, capacity to comprehend information and above all solve problems.
Are you ready to design the future of your choice?
Even with all this information at your fingertips, sometimes you might still feel unsure about taking up a course in design or fashion after Class XII.
What do you do then?
As mentioned earlier, aptitude tests evaluate your ability to perform a certain task, without prior knowledge and/or training. DATs allow design institutes to get a general overview of your capabilities. Once admitted into a course of your choice, it’s the Institute's responsibility to teach you the concepts, polish your skills, and work with you to identify your area of expertise.
They will inculcate in you the need for individual research and inquiry to strengthen your understanding. They will be your rightful partners to help build your career.
No matter how frightening a career choice might feel in the beginning, always remember, you don’t need to have all the answers. As Steve Jobs advises, “you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
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