New Delhi: In a rapidly growing industry, businesses require fresh and innovative approach. Every aspect of life demands new ideas, creativity, and a new way to look at. This era belongs to creativity and thus design thinking is gaining importance, and professionals having an aptitude and skills are in high demand. As Design education is becoming mainstream, the field has been disrupted by coming of institutions like World University of Design offering cross disciplinary courses with contemporary curriculum & pedagogy in a university environment. There are very few educational institutions in India that offer futuristic odd-ball courses for the students.
World University of Design (WUD)equipped with one of the largest portfolio of design courses in Indiaoffering over 24 cutting-edge programs including transportation design, product design, game design, film & video, Digital Drawing & Illustration, built environment & habitat studies, design management, art education and curatorial practice among others; going way beyond the traditional offerings.
These professional future-oriented odd-ball courses aim to produce skilful professionals who will shape up seamlessly with the work environment and readily meet the requirements of the fast-growing global design economy. These courses offer unique platforms that not only aim at academics but also look to spread awareness of newer, emerging career streams and, perhaps, even lead to job creation.
Dr Sanjay Gupta, Vice Chancellor – World University of Design on the occasion said, “Every individual is different with unique talents and varied skills and therefore, should choose a career path according to their passion. At World University of Design, we aim at providing experiential learning to our students through a mix of in-studio learning, field-work and theory. The so-called unconventional odd-ball courses are in fact well-researched well-thought out courses that have been designed keeping the future requirements in mind. These courses will prepare the students in various streams other than the traditional ones thus making them future ready.”
To help you discover some less-trodden academic pathways, here are 8 odd-ball courses offered in the field of design:
Simple car or automotive design is passé. Transportation design is the future. These designers are those who have specialized, and who create designs for vehicles and transportation related products. In Transportation Design, work can be found in designing private and commercial automobiles, marine vessels, motorcycles, aircrafts, rockets or heavy weight transportation vehicles.
Design Strategy & Management (Executive)
Design Strategy & Management (Executive)Executive Degree provides an unusual learning pathway for working professionals. This program will offer a unique synergy of Design principles as applied to business management. This course goes way beyond the traditional HR, Finance & marketing type of courses. The retail industry offers national and international career opportunities for the graduate.
Built Environment Studies
Built Environment Studies is a 3yr program and is concerned with providing a liberal understanding of spatial designing within the context of a built environment. The course caters to emerging areas within the architectural space like built environment design (in areas such as heritage), Policymaking, Architectural/Built Environment journalism, research or education, BIM modeling, Architectural rendering, Curation etc.
Curatorial Practices in Art
This master’s level program addresses the emerging requirement for art and design curators. Offering a hands-on curriculum that balances collaboration and socially engaged practices, the program covers academic research in history and theory. Museum curator, Independent curator or consultant, Foundation/ gallery or museum director, Art critic, Writer, Archivist, Art collections manager, Exhibit designer are few careers options one can choose from after completion of the course.
Not every fashion designer wants to be bothered with making patterns and stitching their creations. Visualizing high fashion as an art form is itself a career option. Fashion brands, design houses, architects, graphic design companies, advertising agencies, media, event and entertainment companies, trend forecasters and the publishing industry are always looking out for and hiring this profile. This course is designed to help students understand the nature of creativity by letting go of stale habits and conditioning that prevent one from making contact with the natural flow of creative energy.
Animation & Game Design
Animation & Gaming Industry in India is acquiring a global identity providing many employment opportunities around the globe. The courses of study exclusively deal with Animation, Games & on a large scale, the entertainment and advertising industry. In recent times even corporate has been making use of this exceptionally rare expertise.
Digital Drawing & Illustration
This unique course is specially designed to keep pace with changing technology and its impact on art and culture. The curriculum integrates traditional drawing and illustration with digital technologies that further the dimensions of these mediums. Drawing based visualization and illustration skills are required in the product, automobile, textile, graphic and fashion design industries along with a heavy demand from the printing and publishing industry.
While every education board talks about the constructive impact of art in school education, there has been surprisingly no higher education program on art education. This course focuses on preparing art educators for the future. The pedagogical approach ensures creating an awareness of the needs of a global and diverse society. Individuals could become art teachers to children, teenagers or even adults. Others may choose to work as curriculum directors.