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B.Des. (Humanising Technology)

Design Product experiences for the future

Course Duration: 4 years

The role of a designer today is varied and comprehensive - it combines design with technology to serve business and social needs; entails designing communications to designing businesses.

NMIMS School of Design offers a AICTE approved, four-year undergraduate Design program (B.Des.) in Humanising Technology. This unique program caters to the minutest nuances and gives the multidisciplinary edge to the ever-evolving field of design. Our well-trained, visionary faculty ensure that our students are trained for a bright career in Design.

This program has a generalist two-year foundation, progressing to a focus on designing seamless product experiences with emergent technologies such as Internet of things (IOT), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented reality (AR) in the third year and professionalising the learnings in the fourth year.


Humanising Technology is the act of design to make technology accessible, usable and delightful to the users.

 


Program Objectives

The graduated students of B.Des. (Humanising Technology) will be proficient in:

  • The program teaches students to face and solve the design challenges in the modern world
  • To create designs that will make technology accessible and consumable to the users
  • To expose students to multidisciplinary fundamentals like sociology, psychology and business
  • To open up numerous career avenues with our future-scoped, transdisciplinary, multi-skilled and industry focused program

Unique features

  • A trans-disciplinary design program considering People, Technology, Science & Business
  • Equips student with multi-stream skillsets & sensibility to visualize 2D, 3D & 5D experiences
  • Vibrant student life & campus ecosystem
  • State of the art studios and labs to tinker.


Curriculum design

Our curriculum is a progressive tenet of using Design as a focal point to address problems considering the interpretations from cognitive, behavioural sciences and business. More importantly, considering technology as an opportunity and an enabler.

The module (course) structure facilitates multi-skilling in graphic, product, motion and digital design as well multi-disciplinary capabilities such as coding, Scientic research writing, business, psychology and sociology of the user and technology to equip the design student to take a trans-disciplinary, holistic and user-centered approach when designing solutions.

The curriculum is pillared on four multidisciplinary fundamentals- design, technology, sciences and business. Modules in these fundamentals fall under two basic categories ‘Design centric’ and ‘Design allied’. Below is an indicative representation of the module structure of the Program. The detailed version is available on the link – ‘Module structure


Design

Technology

Science

Business

Sketching

Interface Design

Social Narratives

Business Communication

Visualization

User Experience

Cultural Narratives

Marketing

Typography

Creative Programming

Sensorial Studies

Project Management

Videography

Web/Mobile Experience

Behavioural Studies

Creative Entrepreneurship

Information Design

Connected Environment

Usability Studies

Managing Finances

User Research

Immersive Experience

Ethnography

 

Story Telling

Experience Design

 

 

 


Learning goals

The curriculum distribution over four years of B. Des. in Humanising Technology gives our students the much-needed robust foundation, moving on gradually to focus on designing seamless, user centric experiences enabled and opportune by emergent technology.

Years 1 & 2
(Foundation program)

Develops skill sets for multiple streams such graphic, product, animation, interaction design. Advances sensibilities to visualise using 2D, 3D to 5D sensorial narrative methods whilst congregating to a transdisciplinary mind-set by engaging in modules in technology, business, behavioural, cognitive & social studies, scientific approach to research and communication when problem solving.

Year 3
(Project centric application)

Focuses on problem solving in a project model. Students undergo an internship in the social sector to learn the ropes in the real world. The year also includes modules for designing real scenario experiences opportune and enabled by emergent technology such as web and mobile, Internet of things, virtual reality and such others.

Year 4
(Professionalising)

This is dedicated to maturing the learning with a professional perspective. A six-month internship in an industry of their choice is followed by a capstone degree project and dissertation.


Pedagogy

  • Interactive sessions interspersed with mentored practice studios and labs to engage and challenge the students.
  • Workshops on niche aspects of design.
  • Knowledge sharing by ace professionals on design and other allied areas.
  • Valuable learning engagements through exhibitions and conferences.


Career Opportunities

With design dominating, most of the sectors today, it spells good news for budding designers. Thanks to our intensive, immersive and all-encompassing curriculum, aided with the necessary practical training, our graduates can easily land a lucrative job in the consulting, hospitality, IT, banking, healthcare, education, tourism and other sectors. The opportunities are endless. For those wanting to fly solo, the scope is limitless. While the world of start-ups beckon, they can even opt for a master’s degree in design in India or abroad given the awarded degree is internationally recognised as well


Possible Job Profiles

  • Interaction Designer
  • Experience Designer for emerging technology
  • Design Researcher
  • Data Visualizer
  • UX & UI Designer


Seeking admission to B.Des. ( Humanising Technology)

Eligibility

To apply the aspirant should have passed in the first attempt and obtained a minimum of 60% aggregate marks in 10 + 2 or equivalent exam including International Baccalaureate in any stream (Science, Commerce, Arts) from a recognised board. Note: Diploma & D.P. awarded candidates are not eligible

Admission Process

NMIMS NPAT 2020 wil be conducted ONLINE(Home proctoring)

Instruction Sheet for NMIMS NPAT 2020

IT Infrastructure Requirements for NMIMS NPAT 2020

Admission to B.Des. (Humanising Technology) is a 3 steps selection process. It begins with applying on the NPAT portal (https://www.npat.in/design.php) in the month of December to April. The dates for the Step II and III are update in the information brochure here.

Step no.

Test name

Test details

Location

1.

NPAT + Design Aptitude Section (DAS) Test

Multiple choice questions

19 states and 49 centers all over India

2.

Studio Test

Creative Problem Solving and Sketching

Mumbai

3.

Personal Interview & Portfolio review

Individual Dialogue

Mumbai



Labs & Studios

Learning in a design school is experiential, mostly by ‘learn by doing’. Hence relevant and state of art equipment in engaging Labs and studios is necessary to tinker, fail and learn

  • State of the art WiFi enabled, Smart-boards equipped studios plus projection facility.
  • The Builder’s sanctum to prototype with different materials with hand and powered machines and tools.
  • One of the few design schools in India to house a Rapid Prototyping Lab (including a 3D printer, laser cutter and CNC milling machine.
  • A Tinkering lab with a wide range of electronics for prototyping, including proto-boards like the Arduino, the Raspberry-Pi, various kinds of sensors, LEDs, drivers to explore and build with
  • The School of Design also houses the XR reality lab with high-end computing machines and state of the art head mounted devices.
  • It is the only school in India to include a Usability lab (Test Drive) in its facilities to evaluate the solutions designed therein. This facilitates user- centricity and value build in design
  • A well-stocked library with up-to-date knowledge resources in design as well all other faculties of the university.



Hostel

The NMIMS Deemed to be University (as per UGC Norms) hostel facility includes two full-fledged hostels and three rented residential accommodations (taken care of by the University itself) in Mumbai, separately for boys and girls. Students are provided with all necessary facilities in the hostel along with some value-added services as well.
Hostel application forms are available on our website. Students are required to submit the hostel application form and hostel fee along with all necessary documents. Hostel allotment list is provided on our website 3 days before the start of classes.

Hostel Application Form - Click here




Reviews from Internships

Internship is an integral and compulsory part of the curriculum for the B. Des. (Humanising Technology) Program. A student of this program is required to complete two internships with duly evaluated outcomes. The first one is a month-long NGO internship after the completion of year II and the second is a 6-month industry internship after the completion of year III. The objective is to provide the student an opportunity to apply their academic learning in a professional context, assess their capabilities and skill sets and return to academics with a renewed intent.


NGO Internship

On completion of the two-year foundation program, the student is expected to complete a month-long internship in social design and research at a verified NGO. It facilitates the application of the learnings in the foundation years in the real-life context, often in the marginalised communities. It also instils the awareness amongst the students about the power ‘Design’ has to create a measurable social value and impact.NGO Internship is one such opportunity at the beginning of the third year of this program. It is month long and the student is expected to work in location on a NGO suggested or a self-initiated projected to experience design impacting society and explore socially relevant innovations.


"We had interns from this institute and we are extremely happy to see such a well designed course which emphasis more on practical solutions and gives opportunities to students to explore freely and understand the working conditions of any office setups and prepare themselves to any situations adapting to best possible existing resources. Extremely focused and well managed program."
- Mitali Upadhye
"It was a first year of collaboration with NMIMS School of Design and it was a good experience. Close follow up and timely communication from your end was appreciable. Students were very committed, hard working and sincere. They were very comfortable with our working environment. Their interaction and communication with the staff was very positive. The projects they have done are very unique, helpful and innovative. We will surely use their project solutions in our programs. We had a good time discussing about our concern areas/programs and achieving the helpful solution. Our field staff was also very impressed by their efforts and work. The course of School of Design is also well designed. It gives student freedom to explore and to come up with possible practical solutions. "Learn by doing" is so true and the school is following their belief so well."

Best Wishes to the School to continue the great work for many more years!


- Shrutika Bhosale
"We really appreciate Anshika’s understanding of the project and her ability to deliver the ‘Khau Gully’ game within the stipulated time. We are a small team that works remotely and her ability to work on her own, and connect with us when she needed direction is amazing for someone that young.
Feedback for the course supervisors and instructors:
Anshika’s focus was more on research than design. Perhaps the school can also focus on building thinking in terms of mood boards, design visuals, etc. so there’s a balance between both thought (research / design thinking) and design (execution)."
- Anisha Gupta
"Mrunal worked with me at CASP for four weeks. She had spoken to me earlier about the objective of her visit and also visited our office which proved to be really useful as this helped us work out a plan for her internship.
Mrunal was tasked to -
1. Revamp the existing brochure of the organisation which was outdated.
2. Help work out the look for our annual report.
As you can see she was given a clean slate to work on with very little guidance and had to develop her own ideas and concept. She did an excellent job of the brochure by producing a design and layout that is clean, very visual and has just enough information to keep an individual reader engaged and interested. Similarly for the annual report she has produced infographics and graphs that present the data regarding our work in an interesting and informative manner. Finally she went beyond her brief in preparing a colour palette for CASP - though to be honest I don’t know if and when we would use it, unused as we are to the concept. Going forward I would suggest that the institute provide NGOs with a brief regarding the capacity of their students and possible tasks that could be assigned to them. This is because I think very few organisations would have any idea of the capacity of the students and conceptualise projects for them. I look forward to working with students from your institute again next year."
Lt Col (Dr) Anil Paranjape Retd.
"NMIMS's School of Design students are 'surprise package' when it comes to a design application or creating an innovative design based product. We've had a great time discussing and delving into our concern areas and together achieving the best possible solution. Best wishes to the School."
- Swati Kapur


           
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