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We cannot teach design! This is one comment we always make when counseling potential new students to the Sushant School of Design. As you can imagine, they and their parents are somewhat taken aback by this statement until we go on to explain the often forgotten fact that great creativity exists in every one. Truly able students’ mentors do is help the child discover their inner talent, develop that talent and further direct the talent to where it is best suited, that is,either in a career as a 3D designer or a 2D designer.
To think for a moment of the beginnings of design; Long ago with no predetermined knowledge someone was passing time moldingsome malleable wet clay and by sheer chance formed some brick like shapes. In the heat of the day, those shapes dried and the person in question started to stack them up forming the beginnings of a wall. No instructions, no written manual to build by, and in fact very likely no language as yet to form a guide. Instead it was the raw, instinctive & inventive inner creativity that created the beginnings of buildings.
And that is what we believe in when we bring young people into our courses. There’s magic inside our students and we want to discover, define and develop that magic and finally deliver it into the market place in the form of a great, free thinking designer.
What we in fact do with students is to introduce them to the ability to live design. This has more recently been termed as Design Thinking and Design Thinking is the Bon Mot of the creative industries worldwide.
An empathetic understanding of a problem
Calling upon creative skills to find solutions
Application of process to drive home success
There is a tremendous need for qualified designers in India.But there is a greater need for design thinkers and managers working at senior management levels.
We can bring the basics and facilitate its understanding to the young designer from how to make and explore material, colour theory, history of design and so on. A young creative needs those staples!
But when we come to ‘Design Thinking’it is in fact to do with the person themselves!
We facilitate this independent process of Design Thinking through the following disciplines:Spatial Awareness, Ways of Seeing, Process, Aesthetics and Ethics. A holistic & wonderful path for students to take!
In our B Des programme we start with a Foundation course, the internationally recognized path to introduce students to their inherent skills. This is followed by the student picking from one of the four possible design specializations; Interior Architecture, Fashion & Textiles, Visual Communication& Product Design. However, although students do have to choose a defined path we always ensure that they are aware of and indeed involved in what their colleagues in other disciplines are studying. We at SSD believe that truly great designers can turn their hand to every form of creative invention.
The B.Des is a four-year, eight semester program with the final semester being a internship opportunity amongst several other, shorter internship options during the duration of the course. An ideal way to better understand ones own interest in Design.
Our M. Des programme is an incredibly exciting and indeed quite unique post-graduate programme. It is open to anyone with an undergraduate degree from any discipline, which may or may not be design related. Therefore, it is open to anyone regardless of his/her previous stream of study, as long as Design truly is an inner calling!
The M.Desis a two-year, four semester program. In the first semester the student follows a wonderful but rigorous course of what can only be described as learning and making. Hands on fine art, ceramics, weave and furniture design, followed by a Fast Track study of interior design& Textile.
The second semester introduces the student to a profoundly in-depth study of the same basics we touch in B. Des Foundation, that is, Spatial Awareness, Ways of Seeing, Process, Aesthetics and Ethics. Thereafter, with the third semester the student moves into all aspects of design management, both of creative force and practical assignment. Finally, the concluding semester is an internship opportunity. Allowing our masters students to be integrated into the industry immediately.
Our third programme is the Diploma Course, with three specializations namely, Interior Styling, Fashion business Management & Design Thinking. All three of which are based on the need for Design Thinking and Creativity. This Diploma course acts as a pathway for either existing Design Practiioners or those new to Design Practice to develop and enjoy the ways of the process of problem solving.
To recall our commitment to Design Thinking, there is no better way to develop this way of being than through making. Let it be through, Fine Art, Weaving, Ceramics and Sculpture, we want all our students to revive within themselves the basic human urge of exploration and expression.
On Designing a Chair, LudwigMies van der Rohe stated
A chair is a very difficult object. Everyone who has tried to make one knows that. There are endless possibilities and many problems. The chair has to be light, it has to be strong, it has to be comfortable. It is almost easier to build a skyscraper than a chair. That is why Chippendale is famous
The outcome every student wants is very simply anadvantageous & fulfilling career. We have on our advisory and executive boards the top designers in the country, owners of the best places to work, guiding and taking special interest in our students and therefore allowing the realization of these desires indeed possible.