The Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID) is proud of its faculty, and for good reason. “The combined experience of teachers at the institute is a whopping 150 years. It could be much more,” says Prof. J A Panchal, Director, who spent nearly four decades at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, before retiring as the head of product design and principal designer. 

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The head of one of the departments at the Unitedworld is the head of the NID alumni association. Another Head of Department is its treasurer. “Almost all our faculty comprise ex-NID students,” Prof. Panchal added.  


Founded in 2012, the Unitedworld Institute of Design has waded its way onto the list of top design schools in the country. The school offers a four-year Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) programme and a two-and-half-year Master of Design (M.Des.) programme. In the M.Des. programme, a student spends six months in the industry. The programmes consist of specializations like communication design, industrial design, fashion design, interior design, lifestyle and accessory design and automobile and transportation design.

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B.Des: (4-year) Communication Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design

Eligibility: Class XII (minimum 50 percent marks)

Selection Process: Design Aptitude Analysis

M.Des: (2 year + six month industrial research) Communication Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design

Eligibility: Degree in relative area of studies (minimum 50 percent marks)

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Studio-oriented campus

The institute is part of the new Karnavati University in Gandhinagar, which awards the degrees to the UID students. The institute also shares the campus with the university, which has a law school, dental college, management institute and many other faculties. “We are a studio-oriented institute,” says Director (Academics) Col. Surojit Bose (retd). “The UID is about designing knowledge, skills and processes. This is possible only in a studio situation,” he adds. “Design is dynamic. Rapid changes are happening in the society.”

The institute is known for its strong emphasis on basics. The first two semesters are rigorous, with the students learning the fundamentals. The Foundation course is split into two, of six months each. In the first six months, a student learns art, design, culture, and technical aspects of design. In the second six months, the student learns more about a specialized domain, concentrating more on the subject. “Our students get the basic knowledge in the foundation course,” says Saumya Bandhopadhay, a sculptor and faculty member at UID.

Workshops, master-classes and field trips strengthen that foundation the students receive in their first year. Artists regularly arrive on the UID campus to deliver lectures. One such recent visit was by Bose Krishnamachari, artist and founder of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the largest contemporary art show in the country. Next year, the institute is planning to send its students to the 4th edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Fort Kochi to get a first-hand knowledge of the installations by globally renowned artists.


Studying with industry

There are as many as 1,300 students on the UID campus in Uvarsad in various disciplines. The institute has forged a strong relationship with the industry. The UID’s industry connect is called ‘Disha’, literally meaning giving a direction to the students to be industry-ready. “’Disha’ is a career-bridge initiative,” says Col. Bose. Industry representatives visit the campus to help students learn from their experiences. Recently, senior corporate leaders from Tata Technologies and Mitsubishi visited the campus to give a presentation on industrial automation design, a new way to integrate technology and design at a faster pace. 

A Centre of Excellence in Automation is also coming up at the UID to equip the students with the latest technological developments. The students will also be getting the new thinking in special effects and 3-D. The idea of technology cohabiting with traditional craft is integral to the philosophy of the institute. Traditional craftspeople are always invited to the campus to help the students understand the rich culture of creativity in the country. The campus of UID resembles a crafts village than a modern design institute. The institute also has built a lifestyle and accessory department, reflecting the changes in the lives of the people today.  

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Till when can we apply for the UID admission examination

Kanupriya Gupta 15th Dec, 2019

United World Institute of Design conducts their entrance exam on 26th of January 2020 for admissions across various design programmes offered at the institute. Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) and Master of Design (M.Des.), both the degrees will be offered on the basis of candidates’ performance in UID entrance exam 2019.

Following programmes are offered at United World Institute of Design:

  • Visual Communication (Graphics)
  • Animation & Motion Graphics
  • Fashion Design
  • Lifestyle & Accessory Design
  • Product Design
  • Automobile & Transportation Design
  • Interior Design

The admission process of UID is a two tier process. In tier 1, candidates need to appear for UID DAT (Design Aptitude Test) and tier 2 comprises of a Situation Test and Portfolio Evaluation. The duration of the UID DAT is 2 hours 30 minutes.

The eligibility criteria for UID Aptitude Test 2020 is different for UG and PG design courses offered at Unitedworld Institute of Design. Candidates can go through the eligibility criteria for UID Aptitude Test 2020 for Bachelor of Design (BDes) and Master of Design (MDes) courses below.

  • Should have completed 10+2, higher secondary education with minimum 50% aggregate score (from any stream) from any recognised higher secondary school board as on date of commencement of academic session from July 2020.
  • Clearance and merit of Design Aptitude Test (Tier 1 and Tier 2) for admission.

The applications are out and you can find it here:

Application form is considered complete only after the payment of the fees. The form fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The UID application form fee is RS 2000/- for every candidate irrespective of caste, gender, and religion.

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