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Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Industrial Design Centre (IDC)

The prime objective of the centre is an integrated and interdisciplinary approach towards design education. The design training at IDC is intended to develop an attitude among the young aspirants towards problem solving in design. The programme is designed in order to prepare them to go into the field and face a wide range of design challenges at the end of their education at the centre.


Ph.D. Programme in Design

A Ph.D. programme in Design has been recently started at IDC. Information on the programme may be obtained from the website of IDC, IIT Bombay.


Master in Design Programme

The courses for M.Des. commence with developing in the students perceptual abilities, skills and techniques, social and general awareness. It leads them to a series of projects, characteristic of the problems of a country like India and pertaining to the industry, government, private institutions and other organisations.


Industrial Design:

An Industrial Designer is committed to improve the quality of human environment with products that are functional, ergonomic and aesthetic. Correlating technical and ergonomic information with its real human needs creatively, is the testing ground for the student. The students interact with industries, institutions and social organisations during their projects to understand, study, analyze and solve various existing problems. The choice and outcome of the final degree projects reflect the students' aspirations to change the global product scene.


Mobility and Vehicle Design:

While facing a big challenge in terms of changing life styles, environmental issues and increasing population density and highly competitive environment, the auto companies are strengthening product development functions, including design. International auto majors are setting up design studious in India to meet this challenge. The demand for competent design professionals is to grow many folds to man these studious.


Masters program in Mobility and Vehicle Design envisages developing graduates with skills and knowledge, which will make them competent designers for auto industry in India. The studies include the understanding and identifying the transportation and mobility issues facing the country along with developments in other countries and finding creative solutions. The course covers broad spectrum from personal to mass transportation. Lectures are supported by hand-on exercises and projects.


Visual Communication:

The programme envisages developing graduates with better maturity in handling communication design problems, a deeper understanding of aesthetic aspects, and generating methodologies for solving communication problems. The emphasis is to be a creative problem solver, who can effectively use various design methods and systematically find appropriate solutions. The students are given opportunities to learn new skills in different media and to advance their level of understanding. The students are encouraged to take up projects that solve social and educational needs through visual media.



The programme aims to draw upon our rich resource of indigenous images and narratives for socially, culturally and contextually relevant animation and to equip animation makers with skill levels at par with international standards while allowing for experimentation and explorations using diverse media, techniques and tools. Students are encouraged to take on cross disciplinary and collaborative projects; also new areas for animation applications can be explored and experimented with. Students also have the opportunity to do full scale individual projects as well as research oriented projects.


Interaction Design:

Interaction Design graduates will have good analytical abilities, will be skilled with techniques, creative in their solutions, sensitive in their approach and knowledgeable about current practice in the field. The programme has a focus on the needs of Indian users and the Indian industry, but it also provides a global perspective. The curriculum is flexible and encourages self-development. It offers students core courses relevant to Interaction Design, a choice between a Product Design track and a Visual Communication track and a range of electives and projects.


Eligibility for M.Des. Programme:

The candidates should have a minimum of 55% marks (50% in case of SC/ST) or equivalent grades in the qualifying examination (as listed below).


Industrial Design:

(i)    Bachelor's degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design/ Interior Design, or equivalent

(ii)   Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT, or equivalent)


Mobility and Vehicle design:

(i)    Bachelor's degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design/ Interior Design, or equivalent

(ii)   Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT, or equivalent)

(iii) BFA (4 year professional programme in Fine art/Commercial art after 10+2)


Visual Communication, Animation and Interaction Design:

(i)    Bachelor's degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design/ Interior Design, or equivalent

(ii)   Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT, or equivalent)

(iii) B.F.A. (4 year professional programme, after 10+2)

(iv) G.D. Art (5 year programme after 10th) with one year professional experience

(v)  Master’s degree in Arts / Science / Computer Applications


Selection Process:

For M.Des programme, shortlisted candidates with valid CEED score will be called for the departmental written test and interview. CEED Score as well as marks obtained in written test and interview are considered for final admission.


M.Des. Programme for Foreign Nationals

(i)    A minimum of 60% marks or equivalent grades at the qualifying examination.

(ii)   Valid TOEFL score (for candidates from non-English speaking countries)

(iii) Outstanding portfolio (to be evaluated by PGC of IDC, IIT Bombay)


For further information:


Institute Website


Department Website




Postal Address

Head of the Department,

Industrial Design Centre   

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Powai, Mumbai - 400 076.


(022) 25767801,  (022) 25767802


(022) 25767803




Last updated: 15th January 2015