The Kerala State Institute of Design (KSID) was established for the purpose of creating a vibrant design community in Kerala through synergistic partnership between artisan community, professional designers and general public. The institute was later merged with Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE) on 1st April 2014. KASE is the apex agency for all skill developement activities in the state of Kerala. One of the most important objectives of KSID is to promote design education. To realise this objective, KSID is supported by National Institute of Design Ahmedabad. NID support includes creation of a comprehensive roadmap for KSID through systematic plan of action to develop and strengthen the organisation, faculty development and offering courses developed by NID.
Education programs Offered
School of Product Design
School of Product Design offers Design Programs which are conceived strategically, looking at the lifestyle product market & Industry in Kerala as well as in India. Designing delightful Lifestyle & Utility Products, Furniture and Living Spaces to enhance the living experience will be the focus of these programs. School of Product Design offers programs that have been tailored to fit the need of local industries as well as user through local research and understanding the cultural social relevance in Indian context. School of Product Design has resources spread in 3 labs, namely:
Woodworking and Bamboo Workshop
Workshop with advanced machinery for prototyping various Products and Furniture Design
Plastic and Metal Prototyping Workshop
Workshop with advanced machinery for Prototyping various Products and Production Engineering
Computer Aided Industrial Design Lab
Computer Lab with High-end Graphic Workstations for training of advanced methods of Representation Techniques, Virtual Prototyping and Product Engineering
Postgraduate Diploma in Integrated Lifestyle Product Design
The Integrated Lifestyle Product Design Course is a 5 semester PG Diploma Program which involves an understanding of strong design fundamentals including Design Representation, Elements of Color and Form, Materials and Process, Applied ergonomics, Design Process and Thinking, Socio-cultural Influences etc. at various levels through the programme. The Main Projects will be conceived through various semester in many levels, like Accessory Products, Utility Products, Furniture and Space where user and use of local material/elements can be an integrated part. There will be a few Mini Projects which also can look in to the need of local craft sector requirements, through which we can build more sensitivity towards understanding the traditional sector and local materials etc. Every project based course follows a design process & methodology essential for the student to arrive at creative and informed design directions.
At the same time, product designers need to be increasingly aware of technological advancements, and the social and ecological impact of their work. A wide range of inputs including History of Design, Systems Thinking, etc. are essential in the product designer's education. The Integrated Lifestyle Product Design programme will be a balanced mix of theory and practice through lecture, research, various assignments and projects. Other areas of inputs will be Computer Aided Design for developing Product, Space & Environment, Design Management, and Ethnography for sustainable Development etc. Field visits to diverse markets, manufacturing facilities and exposure to domain specific national events, lectures and interaction with Industry domain experts would be an integral part of the curriculum.
The student concludes the programme with a 4-6 month, industry lead live project, guided by an in-house faculty member and assessed by a team of jury. Students after successful completion of this program have the ability to conceptualize and realize design of lifestyle product in a creative, customer centric, systemic approach with local as well as global sensibilities and nuances
School of Interactive Communication
Communication by its very nature is interactive and stands as the backbone of our information society. Today digital Information technology tools are utilized for transfer, manipulation, storage, and retrieval of human symbols, cognitive products, and interactive relations. The school of Interactive Communication looks at the significance of these social and technological tools and studies how we consume these interactive tools in human communication on a daily basis. Through its academic research the school intends to generate scholarly knowledge on the phenomena of interactiveness of communication so that we can overcome the challenges faced by the diverse, new and emergent users, and take advantage of the new technologies that are becoming available. The school intends to share this scholarly knowledge and professional competence developed by it with the general public, professional bodies and industry organisations through publications and consultancy service. The school also intends to train and develop a community of designers capable of designing new tools, applications and methodology to manage and improve the process of human communication.
Postgraduate Diploma in IT Integrated Communication Design (IICD)
IT Integrated Communication Design is the first academic programme started by the school. This PG Programme aims at imparting knowledge and furthering research into the domain of designing interactive experiences in media, products and computer design applications. It will create graduates with good analytical abilities, skilled with specific techniques, creative in their solutions, sensitive in their approach and knowledgeable about current practices of communication & interaction design. The programme develops mature communication professionals who also have a deeper understanding of aesthetic aspects.
The school has state of the art infrastructure including multiple Digital Labs with high end works stations, a number of Digital Video Cameras and still cameras, 2D Animation lab, Digital Edit machines, Audio studios and equipments, Graphic machines, and printers apart of state of the art class rooms. The campus is wifi enabled and labs are open 24X7.
School Of Textile and Apparel Design
The school of textile and apparel designing intents to train young people as professional designers in the area of textile, apparel, coir and other natural fibers. The school also intends to impart the people from the craft, handloom, MSME and cottage sectors involved with craft of the State with the knowledge of quality awareness, designing, dyeing and marketing through short term training programmes and workshops.
Post Graduate Diploma in Textile and Apparel Design
The two and a half year Textile and Apparel Design Programme is developed to prepare students for employment in the Textile as well as the Apparel Design / Fashion Industry. The course intends to train young professionals with the relevant technical and design inputs in the areas of surface ornamentations of fabric through various weaving structures and post loom processes like printing and dyeing. Emphasis is given to train them with real projects in association with the handloom, coir and garment sectors of the State. Due importance is given to the theory of fabric structures, study of looms, loom mechanism, dyeing and printing while imparting them with the practical knowledge in the apparel, weaving, dyeing labs of the textile department.. The students will initially have good grounding in the Fundamentals of Design, Colour, Form, structure, etc.
They will learn how the Textiles and Apparel are developed and made through hands on learning as well as through technical, theoretical, historical studies, field study, research and project based. These inputs will enable them also to understand the properties of materials, uses and its application. Inputs to understand different fibers, natural, manmade, manmade natural and mineral fibers, enable the student to select the appropriate material for the purpose required.
The course will cover a wide range of textile techniques. It will cover the study of fiber, fabric development using one element, such as knitting, crochet, multiple elements using weaving structures and different techniques in weaving, non-woven structures such as braiding, sprang, felt, etc. and the related technologies used to achieve all the above which will enable the student to use these to design as well as make products.
The use of dyes & pigment as a medium in use of surface design to apply colour and pattern to ready fabric / textile as garment will be an integral part of the learning. In the area of apparel the student will learn to measure the human body and transfer this information into a draft pattern used for production and convert it to a garment. Different kinds of seams and construction methods for different applications / styles of garments, sleeves, skirts, dresses, covering different methods of achieving fullness, flairs, gathers, cowls, pleats, etc. will be explored through design projects and special exercises in styling and construction.
The student will be exposed to designing and developing both male and female apparel. Learning to design collections for a ready to wear market, Indian as well as international will be covered through projects. Similarly through Design project a collection of clothing for special occasion for High-end market will be experienced through research, developing a fashion and colour forecast, developing a concept which will include print, embroidery and other types of surface and value addition methods integrated into the collection of garments.
Similar project based learning will also be undertaken for the designing and use of textiles for clothing, interiors and outdoors. After the 1st yr an internship in industry of 4-6 weeks will be undertaken by the student in the textile or the apparel industry to gain experience & apply the learning so far in the real life industry design and production set up. The curriculum also incorporates training in entrepreneurship for encouraging them to take up their own business.
Final Graduation / Diploma Project will be guided by KSID faculty for 4 to 6 months, during which a student will take on a challenging project with the industry as a design student who will need to perform as a professional, applying the learning so far, from developing a design brief, concept development to prototype and development. This whole experience will be systematically documented and submitted as a document for evaluation by a Jury of Faculty to graduate from the programme.