British Council and the India Design Council jointly released ‘The Future of Design Education in India’ Report on 8 November 2016 at the hands of Mr Jo Johnson, UK Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.
The report envisages a strategic relationship between the UK and India design education sector to advance and lead the design pedagogy in the context of unfolding future, with a particular emphasis placed on the need to build capacity and capability, agree a framework for quality and standards and explore a range of blended learning opportunities to support internationalisation in both nations. A three part workshop series has been identified as a plan of action.

The Workshop Series
Three workshops will be convened in India to develop a shared knowledge and understanding each focusing and building on three strategic pillars:

  • Curriculum Review and Design Careers 
  • Pedagogic Innovation, Research and Training (Quality and Standards framework)
  • Research, Enterprise and Social Partnerships

Each workshop will reflect on the development of both future designers and design educators and academics. Each of the workshops will be independent of other and yet synchronized and will set a topic of enquiry and deliberate upon it with the sharing of experiences and ideas.




The first workshop of the series is planned at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad on May 05 and 06, 2017. The aim of this workshop is to share, discuss and deliberate upon various aspects of Future of Design Education. The idea is to bring faculty members from various Indian and UK design institutions for a collaborative brainstorming and give them a platform to share their thoughts.

A delegation of leading academics UK will be visiting India and attending the workshop. The delegation includes Trustee of Design Council, UK, and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, University of Brighton - Professor Anne Boddington

She will lead the delegation accompanied by Dr Jo Anne Bichard from Royal College of Art School Research Leader; Dr Graham McLaren, Head of the Department of Design and Critical Studies, Bath Spa University and Dr Emma Dewberry, Senior Lecturer, Design Group at the Open University, UK
The delegation will also be visiting leading design schools in India from 1 to 4 May 2017.

The workshop will also focus on scoping strategic actions and identifying key shared initiatives and opportunities for establishing a 21st Century curriculum and the pedagogic and research aspirations for the future of Design Education of mutual benefit to India and the UK.

The methodology of participatory design will be used to facilitate the conversation and provide participants with tools to visualize and communicate their ideas.
We invite design faculty from all across the country along with design professionals interested in design education, to this immersive design dialogue. This two-day intensive program is the beginning of a journey towards collaborative brainstorming to shape design education.


Dates:  Friday & Saturday, May 05 and 06, 2017

Time:   Day 1 – 10.00 AM – 4.00 PM
            Day 2 – 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM

Venue: National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad 380 007

This workshop would provide an interactive platform where all the faculty members would participate in open deliberations and provide constructive feedbacks to help one another craft their way through to identity the possible new directions design education must embark on by re-evaluating old methods and their relevance in changing times today. There will be 3 presentation sessions of 2 hrs on each day.
The format will be:

  • Presentation Sessions: There will be 5 presentations of 10 minutes each per session. The presentations will set the context and put forth ideas vis-à-vis the session theme.
  • Discussions and Summarising: The remaining 45 minutes will be for discussion involving all attendees. The last 25 minutes will be for summarizing the discussion.

One could participate as a presenter or as an attendee. Participant interested in presenting will have to send in the synopsis of the presentation in a given format for inclusion in the program. The submissions will be evaluated for the coherence with the workshop objective. We will have 30 slots leaving ample room for wider inclusion.

Session 1

The Shape and Contribution of Design - academic and research base

  • Future fields of investigation in design as a subject (its academic frame)
  • Design traditions and Design futures: Changes to Design Knowledge

Session 2

The changed reality of design practice and design education and modes of education that would work for the future.

  • Design practice 2017 and its discontents
  • What do we need to change and stop doing or start doing now
  • Future Design Curricula must include? Core and complementary fields

Session 3

The best ways for preparing students for current and emerging local and global contexts?

  • Desirable skills, survival skills and transferable skills in the future context
  • Best practices, pedagogies and methodologies to educate the millennial student


Session 4

Design Careers

  • Design careers and design in future practice
  • Scenarios and skills

Session 5

Possible occupations for design students

  • Using the transferable skills that are accorded to the design students, what alternative careers or occupations could they pursue


1. Presenter Registration

  • Participation is open to faculty from all design disciplines from all institutes of design.
  • A design institute can nominate any number of participant.A design institute can nominate any number of participants.
  • The presenter should submit his / her proposal for presentation in the format provided with the Presenter Registration Form.
  • The participation fee for Presenter Registration is Rs. 1000/- (Rs. One Thousand Only) per presenter, to be paid only after approval of the submitted proposal.
  • Participants will receive certificate of participation as Presenter.

2. Attendee Registration

  • Design Professionals and Design Faculty who wish to gain first-hand experience of teaching methods and strategies are welcome to attend the workshop
  • The participation fee for Attendee Registration fee is Rs. 1500/- (Rs. Fifteen Hundred Only) per attendee.
  • Attendees will participate in all discussions and deliberations.
  • Participants will receive certificate of participation as Presenter


How to Register

Registration is possible from the IDC website. Interested participants are required to fill-in the enclosed registration form available at