A Master of Design that’s more than just Designing.

Unleash Your Creativity


The innate nature of humans is to be creative. In the era of technology, machines will become the workforce. One domain that will always need human visioning and execution is creativity. We help our students to realize their creative nature and utilize it for a professional and societal impact.

The Master of Design (M.Des) program offered by Rishihood University is a two-year, full-time postgraduate program aimed at providing students with a comprehensive education in design. The program focuses on providing students with a practical and hands-on approach to design, enabling them to develop their skills and expertise in the field.

Why should you pursue a Master of Design at Rishihood University?

  1. Be the part of the first residential School of Creativity under UGC, in India
  2. Earn while your learn
  3. Boutique learning in design as per industry standards
  4. Industrial and International tie-ups
  5. Diverse peer group
  6. Design in India made for the world
  7. Fully equipped studios and resource centre
  8. Integrated M.Des to make you future ready

Learning Journey

Integrated Maters in Design Programs (M.Des) at the School of Creativity is meant for the candidates who wish to gain design knowledge along with tools to opt for career pathways in public service, academia, NGOs, innovative ventures, as well as developing specific expertise for design practices.

The M.Des program consists of four semesters with relevant coursework and studios. This program is extensively research oriented and has an opportunity of incubation. We want our learners to be job providers and not only job seekers.

During their fourth semester, M.Des students come together to focus on collaborative advanced research in the form of PROJECT in the area of their expertise by findings application/s on a current issue.


A. This Program is based on the understanding of 5 essential aspects –

1) HUMAN STRENGTH – agriculture and warfare
2) HUMAN SKILLS – arts, crafts
3) HUMAN KNOWLEDGE – Science & Technology
4) HUMAN CREATIVITY – Innovation & Entrepreneurship
and undertake 4 minors and 2 electives set of courses, including research methods and related

B. There will be 4 domains for the entire 2 years Program –


The Master in Design program at the School of Creativity, Rishihood University will enable students to gain insights towards the present challenges – environment, inequalities, ideological economies etc. do require the most novel and unique solutions and new horizons of inquiry.

Immersive Experiences for Impactful Learning

  • Mandatory industry internships
  • Community projects
  • International collaborative research projects and conference
  • Research, Design and Development opportunity for Incubation for creativepreneur
  • Curriculum that integrates creativity, design thinking, and creativepreneurship, while emphasizing the importance of sustainability, social responsibility, and ethical design practices

M.Design Specializations

Industrial Design

Interior Architecture

Communication Design

Fashion & Textile Design

The program’s main goal is to promote a well-rounded design experience through an interdisciplinary teaching and training process. This main objective is the focus of all theoretical, technological, and managerial inputs that are covered in numerous courses, seminars, and workshops.

The program’s main goal is to utilise design as a tool to promote cultural enrichment and to interpret culture using a professional design approach. Academic exposure, while focusing on broad concerns like sustainability and other such topics, is also very pertinent to the pressing problems relating to technical, manufacturing, and marketing components of the modern industrial world.

Main courses offered in M Des Industrial Design are –

  • Design Workshop
  • Product interface design
  • Product ergonomics
  • Systems Thinking and Design
  • Design research seminar

HISTORY OF ART & ARCHITECTURE – Objective of this course is

  • to analyse and understand various art forms and understand their application in interiors
  • to understand the influences of social and cultural aspects are reflected on interior design
  • to understand the evolution of interiors in Indian and global contexts

MATERIAL STUDY AND STRUCTURES – The course provides information on the properties, management, specifications, use, application and costs of the materials used in the interiors. To impart knowledge on the various materials while highlighting the current trends and innovations in the usage of interior design materials.

To gain an in-depth understanding of the concepts associated with framed structures.To provide knowledge of the different forces, force systems and structural behavior of different members due to applied forces.

TECHNICAL DRAWING – The course introduces the fundamental techniques of concept sketches, design development sketches, presentation sketches, presentation renderings and architectural drawing and develops the appropriate skills for visualization and representation.To introduce representation and design drawing techniques and to facilitate effective visual communication.

ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN – The focus of the course is to impart scientific building design and site planning as related to climate, particularly to tropical climates as found in India by giving importance for human comfort in interior spaces through natural elements. To equip the students with the basic understanding of climatic types in India and the impact on requirements of building design and site planning. To introduce them for planning for thermal comfort, day lighting and natural ventilation, familiarize them with the data, methods, principles, standards and tools for planning and designing for climatic comfort.

ART STUDIO AND SPATIAL PLANNING – Space Planning provides a specific design methodology for understanding the nature of spaces, scale and space within a space along with elements and organisation.To impart an understanding of perception of interior space through architectural elements. The fundamental objective of this course would be to develop a strong sense of space and the translation of space in its three-dimensional form to two-dimensional and vice versa. The structure of the course will emphasize the elements and principles of art as aspects that can be manipulated to add and remove focus both visually and  conceptually. Within the comfort of each student’s own visual language, each will be initiated to explore the limits of their predetermined knowledge. The development of an individual aesthetic will be encouraged.

BUILDING SERVICES – This course is intended for understanding the significance ofas essential components in Interior Design, understanding electrical services and utilities generally installed and special types of services and facilities in the interiors and focusing on the principles as well as practical aspects and solutions. To expose the students to various ways to provide information on the principles of water supply and sanitation, design and functioning of water and sewerage systems To develop the understanding of layout, functioning and application of utilities and services in the interiors.

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN – This course will enable the students to have an understanding of the importance of sustainability and the understanding of “green” design, green building technology, renewable energy, water conservation techniques and sustainable practices.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE – This course provides an overview of rules and regulations in Interior Design practice.To impart awareness and technicalities of code of conduct in professional practice. Legal, technical and financial aspects of Interior Design practice and management skills for professional practice. Role of Interior Designer in society: Interior Design Profession as compared to other professions. Difference between profession and business. IIID and other organizations related to the interior design profession. Interior Designers approach to works, ways of getting works: types of works, works partly executed by other Interior Designers. : various precautions to be taken before taking up the work, conditions of engagement between interior Designer and client:commencement of work.

ARCHITECTURAL ACOUSTICS AND LIGHTING – This course is intended to study Acoustics as determinants of built form with an emphasis on the application to the Interior spaces.To equip the students with tools for application of acoustical design in interiors.  The knowledge of specific acoustic and lighting requirements of different spaces.

Skills to deal with acoustic and lighting problems within buildings. Knowledge that enables to deal effectively with specialists and consultants in acoustics and lighting.

Computer aided designing.

Communication Design is the study of expressing information through visual design. It involves various formats of media such as printed, crafted, electronic media or presentations to communicate with people.

Communication Designers develop the relationship between the viewer and visuals.


In this course, students learn the basic concepts of visual communication focusing on conceptual development, technique, and design tools. This course provides an in-depth study of graphic design principles and their applications to the industry. Students learn to use motion graphics as a medium for experimentation and communication. They study motion and interactivity in the context of aesthetic, cultural, historical and critical issues.

Students learn essential design processes and techniques in their exploration of time-based media both as a tool and as a medium for evolving designers.

The student will be able to understand the principles of graphic design, their applications, and understand the graphics/motion in terms of our society today.

COMPUTER GRAPHICS – This course helps students explore spaces, volume, form, and movement. It teaches student radii manipulation, form transition, and morphology. It highlights the character of a film through development, modelling, and animation and develops character structure employing rigging, skeletons, deformers, and scripting. Students learn how to combine the principles of traditional and modern 3-D graphics. They learn to represent objects and spaces using drawing and computer graphic tools and techniques.

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  •       Identify design elements, features, and principles for a 2D/3-D design
  •       Create and animate 2D and 3-D objects
  •       Identify materials and lighting for an Advertisement

LIGHT, COLOUR AND DESIGN – Students learn to make visual observation through the study of colour and composition.  Students analyse the cultural, social and psychological implications of colour in everyday life. Colour interactions such as Relativity, the Illusion of Transparency, the Bezold Effect, Redistribution and Contrasts of Extension, Clash, Vibration and Spread) are thoroughly studied through a series of projects culminating in a final that focuses on the use of colour in each student’s specific discipline. Students will have developed aesthetic sensibilities and will be able to use various media tools for communicating visually by applying design, colour and concept with purpose.

PUBLICATION DESIGN – This course aims to teach students of the design industry surrounding publication media such as magazines, newspapers, books, and others. The course covers format, identity, audience, content development, and emerging formats, and concentrates on skills in typography, layout, and photo editing. Students learn to take a look from beginning to end without changing the essence of it. They learn to develop a style template, articles, ads, and front and back covers of books.

Students also explore the context of posters through history and build skills to combine type and image at a large scale for poster-making.

WEB DESIGN – The course aims to teach the concepts and principles of user experience, and technologies and languages used to design and build modern interactive backgrounds. Students understand the web as a medium and learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for web designing. The students also understand the applications of graphic design in web systems. The students will also be analysing the problems. After the completion of this course, students will be able to design front end web pages using technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

CHARACTER AND LAYOUT DESIGN – MOTION GRAPHICS & ANIMATION – Students learn to design their own stop-motion figure—sculpt the parts, build a wire structure, learn various jointing methods and detailed sculpting with polymer clays. The figure will be assembled, painted and dressed. They will explore how to design sets – where the doors, windows, cars and lampposts need to work on cue, as well as the techniques of miniature set and prop construction.

DESIGNING FOR VIRTUAL REALITY (VR VX) – This course teaches students to use graphic design as a moderator between humans and technology. It explores and creates visual representations of how humans and machines interact. Students perform research to understand the impact of virtual reality on design, communication, and production. After the completion of the course, students will be able to create prototypes of immersive experiences and designing virtual and physical interfaces.

Students use Adobe After Effects to create visual effects, 2D and 3D animation, and broadcast graphics. This allows them to control each element of design and digital effects with precision. They learn to create motion paths (Bézier curves) and layered compositions using animated masks and filters.

 STORYTELLING AND STORYBOARDING – This course works in two parts, the first aims to teach students about storytelling with pictures and the second covers the methods to portray the essence of a story by means of quick and accurate sketches.

In the first part, they learn the relationship between character and story development, how to compose images, and arrangement of images in a sequence to present a coherent and emotionally effective story.

In the second part, students develop and create a sequential series of staged drawings. They form scripts plot, situations, and conflict from rough sketches to finished presentations. Students also explore staging, cinematography, drama, action notes, dialogue, pacing, timing, and sequencing the story’s action.

VISUAL IDENTITY & BRANDING (LOGO/TYPOGRAPHY/COLOR/GESTALT THEORY OF PERCEPTION) – Students will understand the importance of audience and personas, brand promise and purpose, brand values, and brand personality. They learn the process for brand positioning, strategic thinking, brand case studies, integrated brand communications, the launch of new products, target audiences, and a collaborative design process.

Students also dive into the aspects of motion branding, where they focus on integrating time-based elements like space, pacing, audio, and interaction with brand identities.

SUSTAINABLE GRAPHIC DESIGN – This course focuses on the application of various facets of sustainability and demonstrates how its principles and philosophies within graphic design. Students are informed about the trends, theories and ideologies, practical design needs, tools, resources, and best practices. They learn about sustainability and set a sustainable goal for their design. They understand the importance of small items such as paper and ink for printing design in contributing to the depreciation in the environment and explore alternatives for it. This course intends to help students understand the importance of sustainable designs and to inculcate the idea of creating sustainable design and using viable materials.

FASHION CULTURES & HISTORY – This course offers students an opportunity to learn about the cultures of fashion and dress through the lens of critical fashion history and theory. Students will learn and develop high-level writing, research and analytical skills to interrogate fashion as global industry and bodily practice.

FASHION IMAGING & ILLUSTRATION – This course is forward-thinking and challenging; it will enable students to understand and develop cross-media professional practices. Through the exploration and integration of analogue and digital platforms, students will have the opportunity to produce immersive experiences using new and emerging technologies in showcasing their ideas and design developments.

FASHION DESIGN TECHNOLOGY – This is an intensive course enabling students to develop the skills required for entering the fashion industry. Based on the approach of experimentation, students are introduced to diverse approaches to research, leading toward a greater sense of integrity and identity in their designed outcomes.

It will also help students in developing their essential skills in innovative pattern-cutting and garment technology to prepare for a successful career in the commercial fashion industry.

FASHION INNOVATIVE DESIGN DEVELOPMENT –  The fashion industry is fast-changing. There is a shift and an urgent need to reform production practices to be more agile, cleaner, and smarter. Students will get an understanding of society and how to move to more sustainable practice, which involves more than material resources. The course embraces innovative ways of thinking and developing the entire product. Hence, enabling students to design and develop smart and intelligent clothing.

FASHION PSYCHOLOGY – This course provides the critical insight into human behaviour, society and culture which are the key elements to understand and improve the human aspects of the fashion business. It emphasises the application of psychology to positively enhance the industry’s impact on its workforce, consumers and the environment.

FASHION & TEXTILE FUTURES – This course will focus on the importance of sustainability for fashion practice to help shape the next generation of sustainable brands and fashion pioneers. It will also help in understanding how fundamental production along with innovation is currently shaping the fashion industry of the future.

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