Manipal University bringing out designers who think, empathize and act
Dr. Veena Rao , 28 Dec 2017, #Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal

Albert Einstein said, ‘Education is not learning of facts, but training of mind to think.’ This is the philosophy of the Department of Design, Manipal University.

Welcome to Department of Design (DoD), Faculty of Architecture, Manipal University, one of the leading Design Institutes offering programmes in Architecture since 1978. 

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The DoD creates platforms for design experience aided though innovative methods of Outcome Based Learning, Outcome Oriented Assessment, Integrated and Applied Knowledge Systems, Professional Response and Participatory Education. This prepares graduates from DoD to harness the plethora of opportunities in this timeless field and leave a permanent mark of worthy achievements.

Wonderful minds, experienced and new, are wholeheartedly welcomed to explore an environment of holistic preparation, where latent talent is focused on and enriched through the bouquet of competencies.

 

Fashion Design  

Fashion Design course offered here is an amalgamation of theory and practical aspects of the fashion industry with a focus on sustainability and use of indigenous materials. The curriculum is developed with 30 percent of theoretical aspects carefully integrated with the 70 percent of studio subjects to ensure the understanding the concepts as a whole in developing the design projects. The projects are periodical evaluated by internal faculty and assessed at the end of the term by designers from the field. 

The curriculum also ensures the students explore and document the traditional art forms to inculcate art appreciation and implementation of the same in design projects. Economic and ecological sustainability is encouraged amongst the budding designers through the projects. 

 

Economic sustainability

The projects highlight the designer’s attempt to develop collection using the material woven in the local handloom societies often used for religious purpose. The designer interviewed the local weavers to understand the current scenario of production and marketing of the material woven which led to the understanding of low income generation due to the limited use of the material. The same material was used in developing contemporary garments as a means of designer contribution to the increased use of the material thus leading to economic sustainability of the weavers. 

The value addition to the garment is the incorporation of the Toda embroidery documented by the student as a part of the curriculum thus contributing to the revival of the art form. 

 

Ecological sustainability

The impact of fashion industry to ecological degradation is emphasized with the students being sensitized to their part of contribution to the ecological sustainability. The design based approach is introduced enticing the designer to evolve design strategies focusing on making environmental improvements through eco-or green design. The design project below is the interpretation of the student incorporating the creative approach in developing contemporary garment using the waste generated in the apparel industry. 

 

Advantage Manipal University

Manipal University being multidisciplinary provides student an opportunity to design catering the requirements of various fields such as Biomedical Technology, Hospital sector etc. Also, the opportunity of designing the convocation gown for the university is an added advantage. 

Manipal University with its global recognition provides an opportunity of study exchange programs and study abroad programs. This unique opportunity exposes the students to a global design experience. 

Manipal University is associated with Designer Wendell Rodricks designated as Board of Studies member contributing towards the curriculum design and development. 

The university also houses the Innovation Centre that nurtures innovation, and encourages entrepreneurial talents not just among the students and faculty, but also the people of the region. Manipal University facilitates inter-disciplinary research and provides incubation facilities to start ups and those who want to become entrepreneurs.

 

Deekshita

Manipal University has aided me sharpen my knowledge and skills in the past one and a half years, itself. It’s been an amazing journey so far and I look forward to learn, serve and make more memories in 
the coming years.

S Deekshitha,

Second Year Student, B.Des. (Fashion Design)  

Dept. of Design, Manipal University

 

Accolades

The evolving department also witnessed the students bagging prizes in Mood Indigo – Asia’s Largest College Cultural Festival; Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Scholarship; opportunity to intern with leading export companies such as Shahi Exports, Shoppers Stop, Future Group; and work with Nova Krishnan, Fashion Designer at Dubai; a fashion start-up company incubated at IIM – Bangalore, to name a few. 

The author is Coordinator, DoD, FoA, Manipal University


 

Nishant H. ManpureInterview

Careers360 brings here interview with Nishant H. Manpure, who is Director, Faculty of Architecture, Manipal University. He shares that Traditional wisdom is important in design.

 

Q. What do you look for in a design student?

A. Student intake happens through merit; there we cannot get involved. We do not take personal interviews. At the same time, we have an aptitude test for the design courses. This is done not to brand the students, but to understand them. It is important for us to churn out good designers, because if that doesn’t happen, then the society will suffer. 

 

Q. What is your model for industry interface for students?

A. We have a good number of visiting faculty, people who have been practicing the profession have been coming to our institute and mentoring our students. We have live projects where we take up live situations with a client. The design is not going to be implemented per se, but the situation is going to be such that it is going to feel like a live scenario. What we have also done is that in every semester with every student, there is some practicing person who is involved. This helps us to bring in the synergy. 

 

Q. What are the core design areas here?

A. Fashion design is one core area, and then there is interior designing, architecture and product design. We also have digital design. Interior design, fashion design, architecture transportation design, automobile design, they all work together as the world of design transcends across all disciplines.  

 

Q. Do modern designs conform to the traditional ones that we can pick from nature?

A. One of the philosophies of our school is traditional wisdom. Our students go to different places and learn the traditional embroideries and textiles. Our students need to explore traditionalism.  

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