Ujwal Trust Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

mission statement

The mission of Srishti is facilitated by its organizational structure – a “community of learners” comprising industry-experienced faculty and energetic students who continually explore and experiment with art and design pedagogies, aesthetics, values and innovative practices.

We believe that education is beyond instruction and skill; that knowledge is inherently integrated and complex and, hence, learning must be embedded in real-world problems and situations.

We believe in looking beyond the origins of references and citations from scholarly texts and peer-reviewed journals; the references of artists and practitioners of the unschooled also contribute to learning. 

We believe in extending education beyond the “gated” and the “preserved”; it should be “permeable” and “porous” allowing students to work at the level of the street and the bazaar, and to explore and experiment with the textures of the rural and the urban.



international role

As an interdisciplinary platform for interaction among practitioners, scholars and learners Srishti has been actively engaged with the global community through systematic academic and research collaboration. Srishti believes in the world which is interconnected and is in constant dialogue, the world which is more cooperative rather than competitive. Therefore we encourage both our students and faculty to have as much intercultural experience as possible. The exchange program is organized for students at all levels of education (Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD) and it provides them with an opportunity to explore and learn in diverse contexts. Currently Srishti collaborates with more than 40 international colleges for academic and research exchange.   

Moreover every year Srishti becomes home for 20 – 30 international artists who join the Interim semester to collaborate with Srishti students, faculty and residents on a variety of projects. Srishti Interim enables an extended dialogue among the representatives of different disciplines, practices and cultures. Furthermore Srishti Interim acts as a catalyst transforming some projects into a long-term collaboration, where collective international action is taken. 

At the same time, there are also broader international collaborations targeted at the continuous exchange and co-creation of knowledge as well as cutting edge approaches to education. In order to explore alternative paths and stimulate a rich multicultural conversation, Srishti regularly organizes international conferences (like Typoday, ICOMOS or International Oral History Conference), seminars and workshops. 

It must be pointed out that Srishti International Community is growing fast and, apart from the faculty, researchers, artists and students who choose to join the institution on full-time basis, Srishti has an International Board of Advisors and is a member of larger international structures and organizations as Cumulus and The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) . 

national role

Srishti has had student exchanges, faculty collaboration and scope for common projects, workshops etc with the following: 1. Idiom Design, Bangalore 2. IILM School of Design, New Delhi 3. DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu 4. National Centre for Biological Studies, Bangalore 5. National Institute for Advanced Studies, Bangalore 6. Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore 7. Kamala Raheja Vidhyanidhi Insitute of Architecture, Mumbai 8. Collective Research Initiatives Trust, Mumbai 9. Khoj International Artists Collective, New Delhi 10. Bangalore Habba 11. Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) 12. Kyoorius Design Yatra 13. Association of Indian Design Industry (AIDI)

main focus

Srishti's culture encourages thinking, questioning and experimenting to harness the artistic and intellectual potential of each individual and place the institution at the leading edge of contemporary art and design discourse. 

A multi-disciplinary approach inculcates self-initiated learning and independent thinking and expands perceptual perspectives. Regular interaction with design studios, production and distribution centers, community projects, retail establishments and industry forms a vital bridge between Srishti and the world. 

Srishti has a strong indigenous cultural grounding in the teaching of the visual arts and also provides a liberal arts curriculum comparable to reputed institutions in the West. Srishti is interfacing with institutions across the world with a vision for and commitment to quality education through new technologies and pedagogies.

Through the Artists-in-Residence and Research Associate programmes, Srishti supports new and critical innovations in the field of art and culture using real world projects to enable an integrated cognition of the design and communication arena, facilitating at times an environment where one can “earn and learn”.

faculties and departments

School of Media, Arts and Sciences

School of Design, Business and Technology

School of New Humanities and Design

School of Law, Environment and Planning

School of Advanced Studies and Research

School of Continuing, Open and Professional Education

School of Foundation and Preparatory Studies

bachelor level programs

Bachelor’s in Design (B.Des.):


  • Business Services and System Design
  • Creative Education 
  • Human Centered Design 
  • Industrial Arts and Design Practices 
  • Information Arts and Information Design Practices 
  • Public Space Design 
  • Visual Communication and Strategic Branding 

Bachelor’s in Creative Arts (B.Cr.A.):

  • Contemporary Art Practice 
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Media Arts 
  • Experimental Media Arts 
  • Film
  • Film from Srishti Films

master level programs

Master’s in Design: 

  • Design led Innovation 
  • Earth Education and Communication 
  • Heritage Design, Planning and Management 
  • Human Centered Design 
  • Industrial Arts and Design Practices 
  • Information Arts and Information Design Practices 
  • Public Space Design 
  • Strategic Design and Brand Leadership 


Master’s in Creative Arts (MCra):

  • Contemporary Art Practice (includes Gallery and Curatorial Practices, Botanical Arts, Public Art, Arts Management)
  • Creative Documentary 
  • Digital Media Arts (includes Animation, Visual Effects and Gaming)
  • Experimental Media Art Practices (includes Electronic and Hybrid Art practices, ArtScience)

Master’s in Arts (MA)

  • Aesthetics and Visual Cultures
  • Digital Humanities
  • Knowledge Systems and Practice
  • Land and Livelihood Studies
  • Public History and Heritage Interpretation
  • Screen Studies


Master’s in Planning (MPlan)

  • Urban Design, Sustainability and Conservation

research activity and main areas

practice based and ranges from performance, visual art, architecture, environment, crafts and creative economy

doctorate level programs

Doctoral Research in Art & Design (accredited by Manipal University & the Transdisciplinary University)

subject areas for exchange students

Exchange students are accepted in all Undergraduate and Graduate programs

application deadlines

For the First semester (fall): 15th of April

For the Second semester (spring): 31st of October

teaching languages


semester dates

First Semester: end of July/August – end of October

Interim Semester: November – December

Second Semester: January – end of April

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Approximately 400 euro

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