Faculty of Art and Design

The Faculty of Art and Design (FAD) which was a major department in the earlier M.S. Ramaiah School of Advanced Studies offers Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in Art and Design.


The 4-year Undergraduate programmes offered leading to the B. Des., Degree are:

  • Product Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Visual Communication   (Not offered for 2017-18 admissions)

The 2-year Postgraduate programmes offered leading to the M. Des., Degree are:

  • Product Design
  • Commercial and Retail Design   (Not offered for 2017-18 admissions)
  • Rural Product Design   (Not offered for 2017-18 admissions)
  • Computer Animation and Game Design   (Not offered for 2017-18 admissions)
  • Fashion Design   (Not offered for 2017-18 admissions)

The programmes in Art and Design will challenge the creative capabilities of students. These programmes are highly popular in the West and becoming increasingly popular in India. The National Institute of Design pioneered Design courses in India and now many of the IITs offer design courses.

The design programmes and the curriculum at MSRUAS have been evolved, over the years, by the members of faculty based on their teaching experience and long standing interaction with various foreign universities particularly Coventry University of UK and Industry. The curriculum offered is outcome based and helps students to develop critical thinking, creative and innovative abilities and imbibe relevant practical skills for a smooth transition from academics to real life work environment. Opportunities are provided for students to do their internship in India or abroad depending on their preference.

The Faculty conducts research and also undertakes sponsored research for lifestyle products, automotive, industrial design and agricultural product companies. The Faculty is recognized as a PACE Institute (Partner for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) and under this partnership programme the Faculty interacts actively with designers from General Motors. Students have opportunities to take part in international student competitions conducted among more than 70 PACE institutes world over. Over the years our students have won many design competitions held at national and international levels. Many alumni of the Faculty are working as designers for reputed car companies across the world.

The Faculty works very closely with MSMEs, Agriculture Universities and NGOs. Annually, the students participate in national level design competitions conducted by Automotive and Product Design and Development Companies and they have won several awards including India Innovation Initiative by CII awards twice. Many designs created by the students have appeared on national TV channels. The Faculty publishes more than 25 papers annually and contributes to the University publications, Book of Students Projects Abstracts, a student feedback magazine called Reflections and a biannual technical journal-SAS Tech.