M.Des. (CD) – FAQ

When Online Application will start for M.Des. (CD)?

18 March 2021

What is the last date for submission of online applications?

30 June 2021

When will Entrance Exam will conduct?

Tentative date: 11 July 2021

When will merit list be announced?

Tentative date : 28 July 2021

Please give me the program overview.

The M.Des. (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 criterion for M.Des. (CD)?

Candidates for this program without a valid CEED score will be selected for interview through a Design Aptitude Test (DAT). 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)?

Bachelors 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 2021 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.

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

At the time of admission an amount of Rs. 90,000/- (Rs. 70,000/- towards Tuition Fee for the First Semester and Rs.20,000/- towards a Caution Deposit) – The registration fee is payable at the time of registration and hostel rent on allotment of the hostel room.

What is the amount of caution deposit?

Rs. 20,000 (Refundable at the end of the program)

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

The students can avail loan from banks of their choice; 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/AICTE rules.

What is the DAT test?

A Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is an entrance test for the admission of M.Des(CD) which 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 SOP with application form of M.des. (CD)?

Yes, 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 tentative list of centers for DAT test?

The tentative list of centers is: DAIICT Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Benguluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Patna, Jaipur, Kolkata, New Delhi, Pune, Rajkot, Surat, Udaipur, Bhilai, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh/Mohali, Guwahati, Jammu, Karnal, Kochi, Lucknow, Pant Nagar, Ranchi, Shimla and Vijayawada.

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.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 at

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