MIT Institute of Design
DISCIPLINES

Transcultural Design

‘Design’ is evolving at a very fast rate in today’s world. In this programme, young designers can learn how to use design for positive social impact on humans and businesses and to better understand the global perspective on design.

Design means a ‘change’ – it could be relative or absolute change. India’s growing economy and high demand for design professionals offer vast opportunities to accommodate young designers during and after their studies. In the current context of globalization, understanding other cultures and other value systems is a major asset for every designer. The M.Des. Transcultural Design encourages the exploration of different cultures within an applied, interdisciplinary context.

Keeping this requirement in mind, MIT ID is offering a trans-disciplinary unique master programme. The Transcultural Design program is a two-year Masters course focusing on social innovation, experiential learning, and design for public interest.

With a strong emphasis on building better understanding of the academia-industry relations, the school invites lecturers who are working professionals as well to teach. Actors of the India design scene from areas such as product design, communication design, interaction design, interior design, graphic design, anthropology, and crafts sector work in close tandem with the M.Des. Transcultural Design programme Head of study. There is a strong emphasis on student mentoring and peer learning in the class. The courses are structured to provide experiential learnings conducted through workshops and other outdoor classes and activities.

Close collaboration with cross-cultural teams and work from a totally different perspective provides a rich experience for young designers willing to work at an international level. The courses are structured to provide experiential learnings conducted through workshops and other outdoor classes and activities.

This programme provides a unique opportunity for young designers to specialize in Social Innovation and Design Thinking. Students will get to learn how to use design for positive social impact on humans and businesses and to better understand the global perspective on design. Students will have to comprehend the Indian market and appropriate the local behaviours to offer a coherent project, adapted to users, with an anthropological approach to design.

Faculty
Helene Thebault        
Helene Thebault
Faculty coordinator
Transcultural Design
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Course Structure

 

 

 

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credits
TCDE101 Methodology Seminar
5
TCDE102 Creativity Seminar
2
TCDE103 Project Production
10
TCDE104 Marketing
2
TCDE105 English or French as foreign language
1
TCDE106 TOEIC preparation class
0
TCDE107 Dissertation preparation class
0
×

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credits
TCD201 Intellectual Property
1
TCD202 Languages and TOEIC preparation
0
TCD203 Methodology
1
TCD204 Innovation
1
TCD205 Specialized seminars
1
TCD206 Research
1
TCD207 Long project (design & complexity)
6
TCD208 Conceptual project
5
TCD209 ESP (End of Studies Project) preparation workshop
3
TCD210 Dissertation preparation course
1
TCD211 Professional studies/lab
0
TCD212 Competition preparation
0
×

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credits
TCD301 Accounting
1
TCD302 Law
1
TCD303 ESP (End os Studies Project) workshop
12
TCD304 Dissertation workshop
5
TCD305 Professional studies/lab
1
TCD306 Competition preparation
0
×

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credits
TCD401 Internship as a junior designer or in a research lab
20
×
Scope

This programme trains students to become global players who can converse fluently in English and possibly even local, Asian languages, understanding Indian context better, and most of all, step themselves in the ability to design for clients and employers from other cultures. It is a living experience that will change its participants, often opening up unexpected, exciting international career opportunities.

This programme has an immense opportunity to contribute future design concept for rapidly changing world.