M.Des. in Design Computation


Program Description


Objects that ‘behave’ and ‘communicate’ have rapidly moved from the realm of science fiction to our homes, shelves, and pockets. Products are no longer static but are expected to interact, inform and guide. In a similar vein, data is now available in quantities larger than was imagined in the recent past. Patterns have to be seen and conveyed, often interactively in real-time.

We facilitate design and art professionals of the future, who can work in multiple contexts, make complex connections, lead and manage change. We facilitate and inculcate working with autonomy towards a clear self-position, be it as an entrepreneur, a design lead or as an independent creative practitioner.

As these technologies become accessible, it becomes necessary to find ways in which they make a meaningful difference to the quality of people’s lives. While many of these technologies are actively used in entertainment, their potential in spheres such as education and healthcare has much left uncovered. Innovation in these areas will be based on design-led computation.

Computation and algorithms allow a designer to break out of the static, to make products which evolve; while tangible materials remain as important as they have always been intangible materials like code and language enables the structure of objects to move from finite points to become more like a spectrum.


Course Structure

  • Studios encourage active, contextual learning where students develop core disciplinary skills and knowledge. Studios facilitate collaborative and creative design solutions to complex, open-ended problems
  • Workshops provide intense learning experiences in making and doing, across the different disciplines.
  • Internship with an industry or a design studio is compulsory for students at the end of 1st year
  • Self Initiated Project is an end of the semester challenge that allows the student to engage in research/inquiry or design based projects. Students begin by writing their project proposal and defining the scope of their project and they are mentored by faculty/design professionals.
  • Electives are liberal arts courses aimed to cultivate intellectual and reflective abilities in students and motivate them to probe deeper and approach their design process in a holistic manner.
  • Capstone Project is the culmination of the research, capabilities, and knowledge gained over the last three semesters. Students are required to submit their design output and a mandated thesis document. Students are mentored during this final project and go through seminars to get feedback from faculty and peer groups

Learning Approach

  • Inter-disciplinary and participative since it will be driven by contexts that involve integration with products and services.
  • Theories and frameworks are applied, leading to appreciating, questioning and extending them.
  • Technology changes fast; software libraries and tools rise and fall; hardware never stays the same. To work in this scenario, the ability to learn independently using resources such as documentation and the web. Students of this course will be expected to learn new tools as required.
  • Building prototypes, tinkering, and iteration will be essential to learning.

Capability Sets

  • Conceptualize ideas and interaction techniques using software sketching and prototyping.
  • Apply methods to visualize data of various types from a variety of fields
  • Build the information architecture of a system with a number of entities with different functions and roles.
  • Learn new tools and techniques as needed using online forums, communities, and documentation independently.
  • Implement algorithms in appropriate programming languages.
  • Analyse a conceptual system or product to find parts that are easy to build and elements that require new tools or resources.
  • Contribute to a group working on complex problems and identify the aspects that computation can be brought to bear on.
  • Beyond the process of testing and iteration to develop software that functions correctly, also consider the aspect of interaction and user experience.


Graduates of Design Computation at Srishti will be able to contribute in the areas of implementation of systems design, data visualization, designing smart objects for IoT in conjunction with systems that support them. They could shape innovative products and services in the (traditional) areas of education, healthcare, and entertainment.


For more information about this program, kindly email Gautham Dayal at gautham@srishti.ac.in

Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology is a non-residential institution founded in 1996 by the Ujwal Trust with the objective of providing art and design education in an environment of creat ... Read More

Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology is a non-residential institution founded in 1996 by the Ujwal Trust with the objective of providing art and design education in an environment of creativity to maximize the individual’s potential.The Ujwal Trust also manages Srishti's sister institution, the prestigious Mallya Aditi International School. Read less