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M.Des. (CD) – FAQ

What is the last date for submission of online applications?

31 May 2024 (Revised)

When will the Entrance Exam be conducted?

16 June 2024

When will the Announcement of list of candidates called for interview be announced?

19 June 2024

When will the Interviews be conducted?

24/25 June 2024

Please give me the program overview.

The MDes (Communication Design) is a 2-year post-graduate degree program (4 semesters) that offers specializations in Visual Communication Design and Interaction Design. This distinctive interdisciplinary program prepares students to pursue careers in the fields of Graphic Design, User Experience / Interface Design, Film-making, Animation, Photography, Design research and teaching.

What is the selection criteria for M.Des. (CD)?

Candidates for this program without a valid CEED score will be selected for interview through a Design Aptitude Test (DAT) to be conducted at selected centers all over the country.

Candidates with a valid CEED score will be selected for interview if they have qualified Part A, and have obtained a minimum of 25 marks in Part B. Further, for such candidates their CEED score will be used as DAT score. The final selection will be based on the combined scores attained in the DAT and the interview. The DAT will constitute 60%, and the interview 40% of the overall marks assigned to the admission test.

What is the eligibility/educational qualification required for M.Des. (CD)?

A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent from a statutory university in the fields of Design, Science, Engineering, Technology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Applied Arts and Performing Arts. Professional Diplomas from nationally recognized institutions such as NID, NIFT, CEPT and Srishti School of Art and Design will also be considered for eligibility. Candidates must have 55% marks or equivalent in the last qualifying degree/examination and are required to submit the provisional Degree certificate or proof of completion of Degree before 30 October 2024 failing which their admission is liable to cancellation.

What is total intake of M.Des.( communication design)?

Total seats: 20

What is the program structure for M.Des. (CD)?

The MDes (CD) is a full time two-year program, which is divided into four semesters. The program blends Design concepts, skills and practices with inputs from the disciplines of Sociology, Anthropology and Cultural studies. Students are encouraged to understand and engage with real life contexts and evolve habits of critical thinking for effective problem solving. At the end of the 2 year program students are expected to understand Design processes and methods and be able to conceptualize and prototype solutions to communication problems in various social and cultural contexts.

The detailed course structure consisting of both core courses and elective courses can be found here

Which amount I have to pay at the time of admission in M.Des. (CD)?

At the time of admission an amount of Rs. 1,29,000/- (Rs. 1,04,000/- towards Tuition Fee for the First Semester and Rs. 25,000/- towards a Caution Deposit) is to be paid.

What is the amount of caution deposit?

Rs. 25,000 (Refundable at the end of the program)

Is an educational loan available for the M.Des. (CD) program?

The students can also avail loans from banks of their choice and in either of the case; the Institute will extend support in completing the loan documentation process.

What is the refund policy for M.Des. (CD) program?

The refund policy for the withdrawing candidates will be in accordance with the UGC rules.

What is the DAT test?

Design Aptitude Tests consists of 3 parts, each bearing 20 marks each.

Part 1: This test will evaluate the candidate’s drawing skills, imaginative visualisation and ability to interpret a problem.

Part 2: Will evaluate the candidate’s recognition and understanding of a range of design idioms, visual/performative art forms and practices from various social and cultural contexts.

Part 3: The candidates will be asked to write a subjective response to a Communication Design brief.

The candidates should secure a minimum of 40% in the exam to be considered for the interview process.

Is it mandatory to attach an SOP with the application form of M.Des. (CD)?

All candidates will have to submit their Statements of Purpose online, along with their applications. Applications without an SOP will not be considered. Candidates will have to relate the curricular content of the MDes (CD) program to their own interests and aptitudes and explain how they can learn and contribute to the program in their own way.

What is the selection procedure in case of tie, after the final merit list for M.Des.(CD)?

In case of a tie, years of experience, marks in 10+2 and 10th examination or age will be considered in order to break the tie.

Is there any management quota in M.Des. (CD)Program?

No. Admission to M.Des. (CD) program is completely based on merit.

I have completed my diploma from NIFT, am I eligible to apply for M.Des. (CD) program?

Professional Diplomas from nationally recognized institutions such as NID, NIFT, CEPT and Srishti School of Art and Design will also be considered for eligibility. For details please check the eligibility criteria https://www.daiict.ac.in/admission-mdes-communication-design

Can we withdraw our Application?

No. Application fees are non-refundable.

Do hostel rooms have A.C?

No, all the rooms in the hostels are Non-A.C.

Are distance learning courses available at DAIICT?

No, at present, we do not offer any distance learning programs.

Is there any certification program available at DAIICT?

No, we don't offer any certification Program.

Is MCA offered by DAIICT?

No, DAIICT does not offer the MCA.

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