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Bachelor of Design (B.Des)

The Bachelor of Design is a professional degree program for students who wish to work towards improving the inhabited spaces through experimental, experiential, and informed design processes. The program teaches students to imagine, propose, test and refine their ideas about how to live and dwell in the contemporary world and trains students in the knowledge systems that help anticipate changes in the future built environments (from domestic to urban scale). The program uniquely places student-centred inquiry as the core learning, through a sequential studio sequence culminating in a customized capstone design project. These courses are taught by internationally-trained design professors. The professional practice courses include new forms of social and technical knowledge: diversity, sustainability, digital representations and professional ethics. Other features of the program comprise diverse, customizable electives, a flexible system of minors in multiple subjects taught across schools within the university. This is a program for students with ambition, imagination and curiosity who wish to imagine and lead the design of a better world, and wishes to become knowledgeable and influential future design professions.

At present, the B.Des. Program offers following pathways after a common foundation year.

Bachelor of Design (B. Des) - Interior:

A fundamental aspect of being is incumbent upon inhabiting, itself a continuous and fluid practice. To inhabit means to leave traces – individually or as a collective – through objects, materials, memories and practices, within and without our spaces of living, working and playing, all of which intimately intersect with issues of identity, class, caste, gender, communities, ecologies, social justice, technologies, legalities, and economics, to name a few.  How do you, as a future design professional, embed yourself within such a multiplicity of narratives, and craft a new narrative?

The 4 year (Foundation + 3) Interior Design pathway at the Jindal School of Art and Architecture situates itself within this terrain to train and develop you into an industry-ready professional who is critical, and entrepreneurial; who is globally competitive but locally embedded; who is invested in making and able to think on your feet; who exercises empathy and practices judiciously across diverse scales and media. The built-environment, which undergoes constant adaptive re-use, becomes your laboratory.

Though rigorous, this interdisciplinary programme is unique for several reasons. For one, we follow a learner-centric philosophy, and thus, the programme is designed around your interests, allowing you simultaneous lateral and vertical progression. Next, it is the only design programme in the country which has a major and a minor component. The major forms your focus and primary area of study, whereas the minor allows you to strengthen your interests and skills. Lastly, work experience is not only built into the programme, it forms our very bedrock. This is achieved, apart from mandatory internships, by bringing live projects and clients into the studio, thus ensuring seamless integration into your chosen industry upon graduating.


Master classes, workshops and invited talks from a variety of practices further inform the course of study.


The Interior Design Pathway allows you to apply current practices of the industry through, though not limited to, the following


  • Spatial Design
  • Building Services
  • Mapping Interior/ Exterior Environments and Landscapes
  • Body and Perception
  • Materials and Styles
  • Color and Texture
  • Objects, Equipment and Affordances
  • Lighting
  • Social Design and Collaborative Working
  • Gender and Space
  • Ecologies and Sustainable Practices
  • Field Notes and Ethnographies
  • Indigenous Craft Practices
  • Specifications and Codes
  • Ethics and Professional Practices


After Graduation:

Employment: Interior Architect, Independent Researcher, Design Educator, Scenographer, Furniture Designer, Lighting Designer, Product Designer, Marketing and Sales, Hospitality consultant, Sustainable interiors consultant, Landscape Designer, Building Pathologist, Systems Designer, Media Visualizer, Curatorial Consultant, Community Designer, User Experience Designer, Communication Designer, Interior Journalist, Illustrator, Photographer, Project Manager, amongst others.


Post-Graduate Studies: 

Graduating students of the program can apply to a variety of post-graduate programmes, both nationally and internationally, in and not limited to Interior Design Studies, Architectural Studies, Lighting Design studies, Design and Technology Studies, Textiles Design, Product Design, Production Design, Industrial Design, Transdisciplinary design studies, Urban Ecologies Studies, Project Management, Business Studies, Liberal Arts, Legal Studies, Government and Political Studies, Community Planning, Environment and Sustainability Studies, Journalism and Communication, Economics and Policy Studies amongst others.


Bachelor of Design (B. Des) - Urban:

In the (somewhat modified) words of Julius Norwich, we believe that in a City, more than anywhere else, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. However majestic the physical structures, the ultimate masterpiece remains the City itself. As such, the Bachelor of Design (Urban) pathway is designed to give students the tools to engage with the City; as object, as people; as metaphor, as relationships, as networks, as an organism. The pathway empowers students to look at urban areas as formations with multiple spatiality’s and temporalities that are continually interacting. The Urban pathway provides students with a variety of perspectives by drawing its faculty from a wide spectrum of academic and operational expertise, ranging from history, sociology, engineering, architecture, arts, geography, economics, and anthropology, among others.


The Urban pathway allows you to apply current practices of the industry through, though not limited to, the following


  • Physical Layout and build
  • Land use
  • Structures of use
  • Social, economic and infrastructural networks
  • Space planning
  • Air and water quality
  • Urban governance
  • Law and policy studies
  • Geoinformatics
  • Environmental assessments
  • Public health
  • Real Estate and Development
  • Labor and work


After Graduation:

Employment: On graduation, you will have the essential and fundamental skills to work in planning, architecture, real estate and development, government, business, education, public health, law, and the non-profit sector, among others. Some of the areas you could be working on include, but are not limited to: City Planning, Environmental Assessment, Road Safety & Urban Transport, Air Quality, Energy studies, Geoinformatics, Sustainable Infrastructure, Urban Governance, Law and Policy Studies, and Social Services.

Postgraduate Studies: Students graduating from the program become eligible for, and are equipped for, acceptance into Master’s and Doctoral Degree programs in the best universities around the globe in Architecture, Urban Studies and Planning, Policy Studies, Ecology and Environment Studies, Urban and Landscape Design, Project and Construction Management, to name a few.

Bachelor of Design (B. Des)- Community:

Community Planners & Developers are key individuals who improve quality of life through recommendations such as the use of public transit systems, development of walkable communities, development of affordable housing, sustainable practices, or historic preservation. They are involved in the making of communities more livable by regulating land use, creating design guidelines, or developing finance package. They ensure that all members of the community are involved and represented in decision making processes. They work intimately to solve problems while creating political, social and economic opportunities. The pathway empowers students to drive change in organizations and society at multiple levels, including towns, infrastructure, transportation networks and landscape. Their work is to create and develop designs, plans, projects that are both pleasing and functional and work to develop our communities. Graduates work with various structures, spaces, and systems from residential, transport, infrastructure and industrial.

The Community Planning & Development Pathway provides you with essential and fundamental skills to work within the Development sector, Building Industry, infrastructure and planning sector, including but not limited to 

  • Space Design
  • System Design
  • Community Planning and Development
  • Geoinformatics
  • Sustainability
  • Governance
  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Retrofitting
  • Design Management
  • Infrastructure Design
  • Service Design
  • Development Policy


After Graduation:

Employment: After graduating from the Community Planning & Development pathway, students can enter the workforce directly as City Planner, Environmental Impact Analysts, Real Estate Agents, Surveyors, Community Developers, Development professionals. 

Postgraduate Studies: Students graduating from the program (fellowship year option) become eligible for entry into Master’s Degree program across the world in Architecture; Planning and Regional Studies; Urban and Landscape Design; Project and Construction Management, to name a few. Students graduating from the program (3 yr option) become eligible for Master’s degree program in Development Studies, Policy Studies; Ecology and Environment Studies; Development Studies; Business Management etc.

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Mr. Azad Ali                                                    

Director-Admissions & Outreach                                     

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