MDes (Social Design)

Programme Description

The MDes (Social Design) is a 2½-year, full time practice-based programme with a predominant social focus. It amalgamates methods, tools and approaches of design disciplines with those of the social sciences to creatively address complex issues of inclusion, access, equity and opportunities through participatory and co-creation processes. More specifically, the programme aims to address complex design areas of public services, public systems, governance interfaces, community networks pertaining to health, hygiene, education, gender, mobility, waste management, resource access/conservation/distribution (water, electricity etc.), urban and rural commons, internet and digital access, safety, informal economies and such areas. The emphasis of the programme is on preparing students with the entrepreneurial competencies and leadership essential to addressing socially complex issues embedded within communities, agencies, organisations and states.

Programme Structure

The Programme comprises of 100 credits over five semesters of 16 weeks each of academic work including taught courses, studio projects and community presentations, research and self-study culminating in a dissertation and thesis project on a real-life brief. Internships and field studies form an integral part of learning through engagement with communities, organisations and NGOs in both rural and urban settings.

Semester I
History of Design—Local and Global
Aesthetics of Form and Experience-1
Gender, Culture and Society
Research Design and Methods-1
Rural Studies
Social Studio-1: Design and Social

Semester II
Emerging Theories of Design
Aesthetics of Form and Experience-2
Technology and Society
Research Design and Methods-2
Social Studio-2: Community Situated Design

Semester III
Aesthetics of Form and Experience-3
Materials and Processes
Project Management
Social Studio-3: Participatory Design-Processes in
Service Design

Semester IV
Ecology, Environment and Development - Critical
Technology and Sustainability Workshop/Seminar/
Independent Study
Social Entrepreneurship: New Economies
Social Studio-4: Systems Design
Independent Study

Semester V
Design Ethics and Practice
Social Studio-5: Project Dissertation and Seminar

*Medium of instruction is English.


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a statutory University is eligible for the program. A 4-year, full time graduate diploma in Design from reputed centers/ institutes of design from India or abroad will also be considered. Individuals with additional work experience are also encouraged to apply for the programme. Candidates must have minimum of 45% marks or CPA of 5.0/10.0 or B-grade in final qualifying Degree/ Diploma. A relaxation of 5% of marks, or 0.5 CPA or C+ grade will be made for candidates belonging to SC, ST and Physically Disabled categories.


Fee Structure

Tuition fees: Rs. 27600 per semester
(Rs. 1380 per credit)
Extramural Interface Cost: Rs. 20000 per semester
Caution Deposit: Rs 5000 (One-time, Refundable)
Student Welfare Fund: Rs 500 per semester

*Partial/full fee waivers and scholarships are available

Admission Procedure

Seats 24
Reservation norms of Government of NCT of Delhi will apply.

Rs. 440 for general candidates
Rs. 180 for SC/ST/PD

Open: 11 April 2016
Close: 24 June 2016

Entrance Test: 7 July 2016
Interviews: 13 & 14 July 2016

Admission Updates

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