M.A. in Professional Practice and Design in Education

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Program Description

M.A. in Professional Practice and Design in Education

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

M.A. in Professional Practice and Design in Education


In the rapidly changing world of the 21st century, emerging worldviews of learning and education are providing an urgent impetus for professionals to re-define themselves and their practice. Today and tomorrow’s professionals face new demands and expectations in how they navigate complex realities and opportunities to spearhead both personal transformations and within the world of learning.

How do we nurture within ourselves a consciousness to adapt, embrace uncertainties, become facilitators and leaders of transformation?

We envision the Professional Practice and Design in Education as a learning opportunity for professionals who want to meet the dynamic and changing needs of learning societies and seek a vehicle for supporting their critical and reflective practice. Therefore, the PPDE’s vision is to develop professionals in education and allied fields of learning who are:

  • lifelong inquirers about their self and practice,
  • designers of new learning worlds,
  • creative innovators within emerging educational paradigms and frameworks,
  • active and networked members in communities of reflective practitioners, and
  • seekers of personal mastery.

This course conceives of a future of learning that is foregrounded in ideas and principles of systems thinking, mindfulness in practice, embodied and tacit knowledge. It is conceptualized to provide opportunities for professionals to nurture a design sensibility within their workplace and their practice.


This program is informed by the following learning disciplines:

  • Design Research
  • Digital Arts
  • Education
  • Game Art, Design, and Development
  • Information Technology
  • Language Arts & Literature
  • Mathematics and Physical Sciences
  • Public History
  • Service Design
  • System Design

Research and Collaboration


The Professional Practice and Design in Education course offers its students opportunities to connect with artists and designers from a range of research and practice labs and centers based at Srishti. These include:

  • (Art)ScienceBLR
  • Center for Education, Research, Training, and Development (CERTAD)
  • Center for Public History (CPH)
  • Design+Environment+Law Laboratory (DEL Laboratory)
  • designEARTH lab
  • Grass Roots Innovation Design Studio (GRIDS)
  • The Kabir Project
  • Shadow Liberation
  • Srishti Labs (Slabs)
  • Srishti Films

Students will also have opportunities to intersect with partner organizations working in areas such as environmental conservation, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, stories and place as pedagogies, oral histories and more.

Launching balloons to do aerial mapping and GIS tagging of a changing landscape within a peri-urban area in Bangalore

Key Values

The Professional Practice and Design in Education course is rooted in the following core values:

  • Openness and Unlearning.
  • Mindfulness and Introspection.
  • Empathy and Resilience.
  • Participation and Collaboration.
  • Slowness and Wholeness.
  • Equality and Universality.

Course Structure/Components

Learning opportunities in the Professional Practice and Design in Education course are embedded in the following structures:

  1. Tutorials: Face to face and online master classes, workshops, seminars, online course (MOOCs, Think Quests, Blogs, Discussion Forums, Wikis, Webinars etc), etc.
  2. Studios, Labs, and Circles: Immersive spaces and forums that foster making, experimenting, conversations, thinking and a sense of being.
  3. Peer Circles: Participative opportunities for dialogue and reviews that can be facilitated and independent, face-to-face or online (such as blogs, discussion board conversations, wiki creation).
  4. Practice: Experimental, embodied, field-work including that in the workplace. Practice includes self-study and reflective documentation (for example, journaling and maintaining reflective blogs).
  5. Webinars: Forums for receiving feedback on projects undertaken and for presenting and defending a written paper and dissertation in response to a given situation, context or proposition.
  6. Electives: Engagement outside the workspace that allows for extension and building connections, This can include visits to exhibitions, plays, places, talks, walks, participation in workshops and studios. It also includes the option to take another unit or course in a parallel course of professional practice (such as in oral history methods; design thinking etc).
  7. Portfolio: Development of a reflective and curated body of work, which represents professional practice over a time period.
  8. Dissertation as Personal Mastery: Practice-based research and its documentation; dissertation and viva voce.



Learning Approaches

The Professional Practice and Design in Education foregrounds pedagogies such as Slow Design, Play, and Story, Mindfulness, and Making. It is designed to cater to diverse learning styles and draws upon principles of Universal Design for Learning both in its core components and learning experiences for students. The course is designed for students to experience the potential and power of:

  • Making, Mindfulness and Reflective Practice
  • Compassionate, Critical and Collaborative Learning Communities
  • Interdisciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Approaches
  • Personal and Professional Mastery

This course will provide opportunities for educators to be facilitators, designers, DIYers (do-it-yourself) and DIWOers (do-it-with-others), curators, hackers, gamers, artists, digital natives, storytellers, travelers and critical and creative thinkers.

Capability Sets

We are committed to supporting professionals in becoming creative and critical practitioners who develop design sensibilities. Graduates will develop their capabilities to:

Expand the inner self
By channeling intuition, mindfulness, openness to critique and embracing new experiences.

Design the mind
Through observation, questioning, making, unlearning-relearning, dialogue, imagination, and critical reflection.

Nurture wellness and freedoms
By strengthening personal resources and developing a sense of personal well-being, identity, and agency to take decisions in all spheres such as professional, economic, social, political, and cultural.

Go beyond vulnerabilities and deprivations
Through critical self-disclosure about self, connecting people with the planet and creating humanizing pedagogies of practice.




Graduates of the Professional Practice and Design in Education course will be equipped to work:

Within the K-12 Sector (in national and international schools) as

  • Teachers/Institutional Leaders
  • Curriculum Designers/Instructional Designers
  • Specialist/ Advisors/Educational Consultants
  • Innovators/Entrepreneurs

Within the Higher Education Sector as

  • Design Educators in Design Schools
  • Lectures/Professors/Institutional Leaders
  • Curriculum Designers/Instructional Designers

Within the Non-formal Education Sector (in formal and informal learning centers, art & craft collectives, environmental organizations, publishing houses etc) as

  • Content Developers
  • Program Developers
  • Facilitators

Corporate/for-profit education sector (publishing houses, training units, entrepreneurial ventures in the fields of digital platforms & applications) as

  • Content Developers
  • Institutional Designers
  • Instructional Designers
  • Trainers

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This course is led by Dr. Manjari Singh.
For further information, kindly email Manjari Singh at manjari@srishti.ac.in

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 12, 2018
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July 2018
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India - Bangalore, Karnataka
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