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NMIMS School of Design

Challenge – Evolve - Impact

We challenge our students to evolve them with Design education to impact lives


NMIMS Deemed to be University has added to its impressive multidisciplinary lineage of imparting outstanding learning experiences, the School of Design. The nucleus of the School is to impart future-scoped Design education to prime the student to be a design professional in the emerging scenarios.

NMIMS’s School of Design is a definitive pathway for those students who harbour a creative and an artistic bent of mind while also being enthusiastic about technology. For today, the role of a designer is varied—it combines design with technology and cognitive and behavioural sciences to serve business and social needs. It entails designing communications to designing businesses. Responding to the fact that Design is much more than mere visual appeal now; but a strategy, a solution that builds business value, the school relays a trans-disciplinary approach wherein design is crafted based on user centricity, scientific inferences and expected business outcome which is enabled or opportune digitally.

Our AICTE approved, 4-year undergraduate program, B. Des. in Humanising Technology, resolves the problem faced by young students to make a choice between their interest in art, science and technology by offering a seamless amalgam of the these streams. The program brings new focus on this aspect of ‘multidisciplinarity’—the byword in the field of design. It enables crafting product/service experiences that are delighting wherein the technology is consumable and unseen, thus ‘humanised.’


To prime designers to craft value enhancing, future scoped solutions in an increasingly digitised world.


  • To nurture students in an immersive, holistic, multi-disciplinary learning engagements
  • To prepare students to be innovative professionals who will create value by humanising technology in emergent scenarios.

Dean's Message 

Dr. Guruprasad Kuppu Rao

Professor & Dean
NMIMS School of Design


Dear Students / Parents / Industry Partner,
I am thrilled to extend a warm welcome to all external stakeholders of NMIMS University's School of Design, where creativity meets technology and business. Building upon the success of our B. Des in Humanising Technology course, I am excited to introduce a significant enhancement – the integration of B.Sc., Animation & VFX course from School of Science within our esteemed School of Design.

In today's rapidly evolving world, the convergence of Design, Technology, Animation, and Business is more crucial than ever. The B. Des program at NMIMS University is meticulously crafted to provide students with the skills and knowledge essential for navigating this dynamic landscape. Our goal is to nurture a new generation of professionals who can harness the power of technology to create design solutions that are not only innovative but also deeply human-centric.

What makes our B. Des / B.Sc., course truly distinctive is its holistic approach, seamlessly weaving together Design, Technology, Industry Orientation, and Business. We understand these facets are interconnected and interdependent, and our curriculum reflects this belief. By fostering a comprehensive understanding of these disciplines, we empower our students to become versatile professionals capable of bridging the realms of creativity, innovation, and business success.

Throughout the course, students will explore various dimensions of design, including visual communication, product design, interaction design, user experience design, and now, Animation & VFX. They will also develop a strong foundation in technology, encompassing areas such as user interface design, programming, and emerging technologies. Furthermore, our curriculum places a strong emphasis on business acumen, ensuring graduates possess the entrepreneurial and managerial skills vital in today's competitive industry.

At NMIMS University, we champion a hands-on approach to learning. Students will engage in practical projects, internships, and industry collaborations, gaining real-world exposure and applying their skills in diverse contexts. Our experienced faculty, experts in their respective fields, will mentor and guide students, providing a rich and immersive learning experience.

Enrolling in our B. Des / B.Sc., course not only equips students with technical expertise but also fosters a deep understanding of the human element in technology. We firmly believe in design's power to enhance human experiences, promote inclusivity, and address societal challenges. Graduates will emerge with the skills and mind-set to create technology-driven solutions that are user-friendly and socially responsible.

To parents, we assure you that your child's education and future are our top priorities. We strive to provide a nurturing and supportive environment that encourages creativity, critical thinking, and personal growth. Committed to a well-rounded education, we prepare students for successful careers and lifelong learning.

To students, we invite you to embark on this exciting journey. The B. Des / B.Sc., course at NMIMS University opens doors to a world of opportunities and a platform for unleashing your creative potential. We promise a transformative learning experience, shaping you into skilled and empathetic professionals ready to make a positive impact in the industry.

To industry professionals, we welcome collaboration and invite you to witness the exceptional talent our students possess, now including Animation & VFX expertise. Building strong connections with the industry, we provide students exposure to real-world challenges and opportunities. Partnering with NMIMS University allows you to contribute to the growth and development of future design and animation professionals.

We invite all stakeholders to join us on this thrilling journey of innovation, creativity, and transformation.

Best Regards,
Dr Guruprasad Kuppu Rao
Professor & Dean, School of Design.




Dr. Guruprasad Kuppu Rao

Professor & Dean

Dr. Arundhati Guha Thakurta

Assistant Professor, Program Anchor of B.Des.(Humanising Technology)

Prof. Nitin Shantaram Nigde

Assistant Professor, Program Anchor of B.Sc.(Animation & VFX)

Ms. Blanche Dias

Placement Executive

Ms. Pragati Ghugare

Coordinator (Academic - Admin)

Ms. Vidya Thorat

Coordinator (Academic - Admin)

Mr. Abasaheb Padalkar

Workshop Instructor (Lab incharge)

Academic Council Member: Design

Prof.Uday Athavankar,

Emeritus Professor
IDC, IIT, Mumbai

Board of Studies

The B.Des. Humanising Technology & B.Sc. Animation & VFX programs has been enriched by the expertise and experience brought to the table by the eminent members of its Board of Studies. This Board is unique mix of Academia, Design professionals and Business owners.

BOS Members : B.Des. Humanising Technology Program

Prof. Dr. Prasad Bokil,

Associate Professor,
IDC, IIT Bombay



Mr. Dhananjay Shahane,

Co-founder & Director,
Isomorphic Design Lab LLP


Mr. Amit Inamdar,

Founder and CEO | UX Design Consultant,
Zealous Design Solutions | HFI



Mr. Gavin Remedios,

Leader Experience Design Director,
IBM, India / South Asia



Mr. Tanmay Shah,

2626 Creative Studio Delhi / Mumbai


Mr. Mahesh Patil,




BOS Members : B.Sc. Animation & VFX Program

Prof. Sumant Rao,

IDC, IIT Bombay



Prof. Dr. Sameer Sahasrabhude,

Professor of Practice (Design),
IIT Gandhinagar


Mr. Naveen Paul,

Founder & Creative Head/Visual Effects Supervisor,
NY VFXWAALA (a division of Ajay Devgn Films)


Alumni Association

Ms. Sehej Pahujaa,

UX Consultant, Deloitte



Ms. Prajna Raghuveer,

Vice President
UX Consultant, Deloitte



Ms. Hasika Tejwani,

UX Consultant, Deloitte



Ms. Rhythm Gauba,

Head of Marketing
Product Designer, Axis Bank FreeCharge



Mr. Himanshu Mantri,

Head of Logistics
UX Designer, Yuj Designs



Ms. Saima Khatri,

Admin Head
Senior Product Designer, Axis Bank FreeCharge




An educational experience is complete only with committed, talented and inspiring faculty. The School of Design is proud to have well-qualified academicians with practitioner experience. Specialists in their own right, they engage wholeheartedly in moulding and engaging young design aspirants.

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Dr. Guruprasad Kuppu Rao
Professor & Dean


Ph.D. from IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay.

M.Des in Product Design from, CPDM, IISc, Bengaluru.

PG in Tool Engineering from GTTC, Bengaluru.

BE (Mech) from Bangalore University.


Product Design / Industrial Design, Product Prototyping, Design for Healthcare / Medical Devices, Design Management, Design Thinking, Packaging Design, Jewellery Design & Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing & Industry 4.0, Product Aesthetics, Product Life Cycle Management, Visual Literacy, Design Research

Kshitija Katare
Dr. Arundhati Guha Thakurta
Assistant Professor


Ph.D. (Industrial Engineering, Ergonomics & Human Factors Engineering), National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai

Master of Science (Human Physiology with Ergonomics & Human Factors), University of Calcutta

Bachelor of Science, (Human Physiology), University of Calcutta


Design Ergonomics, UX/UI Design, Cognitive Psychology & Human Factors, Usability Design, User centric Design & Research Innovation through Design Thinking, HCI/HMI Automation

Geet Sharma
Assistant Professor


Bachelor of Computer Application from Gujarat Law Society - Gujarat university, with specialization in Web Application Development 


Film Making, Photography, Branding, Animation, Character Development, Web & Digital Design, Visual Effects & Compositing, Sound Design

Himabindu P
Assistant Professor


PG in Product Design from MITID, Pune.

B.Tech in Mechanical Engg from JNTU, hyd.


Physical Product Design / Industrial Design, Design of Plastic Electronic Enclosures. Plastic Product Design, Product Detailing, Product management, Ideation and conceptualization, Design Thinking, Strategic Thinking, Research Analysis.

Nitin Shantaram Nigde
Assistant Professor


Master of Fine Art, Sir J.J. School of Art , Mumbai

Bachelor of Fine Art, Sir J.J. School of Art , Mumbai


Academic Portrait Painting, Cartoon , Caricature , Illustration ,Sketching & Drawing, Animation Pre-Production Designer, Percussionist

Pranav Prabhakar More
Assistant Professor


Master in Media & Entertainment Management, SGVU Jaipur University

Bachelor of Commerce, Mumbai University


V- Ray Professional, 3D Lighting & Rendering, 3D Game Assets Modelling, 3D Environment Modelling, 3D Unwrapping & Texturing.

Shirsekar Siddhesh Sushil Sheetal
Assistant Professor


Master of Fine Arts (Applied Art)- (Lettering and Typography) from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, University of Mumbai 

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Applied Art)- (Lettering and Typography) from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, University of Mumbai


Lettering and Typography, Communication Design, Information Design, Publishing Design and Design Research

Sneh Hazra
Sneh Hazra
Assistant Professor


Masters in glass and ceramics art and science, VICARTE research unit, New University Of Lisbon, Portugal.

Certificate course in Cultural management, University of Vienna.
Certificate course in Crafting Luxury and Lifestyle Businesses, IIM A.

Bachelors in Crafts Design, Indian Institute of Crafts And Design, Jaipur, India


Product design – ceramics and glass | Design research in Heritage crafts and processes | Creative entrepreneurship

Sneh Hazra
Sudhakar Yashwant Kalgutkar
Assistant Professor


Master of Fine Art (Portrait Painting) from Ojaswini College of Fine Art (OCFA), North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon

Bachelor of Fine Art, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai


2D and 3D Animator, Storyboarding, Composing, Character Designing & Caricature

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