Master's in Design in Furniture Design

The Faculty of Design at CEPT University is offering a post graduate program in Furniture Design. The M. Des. (Furniture Design) program is a 2-year full-time, skill-based professional program to prepare students as designers and innovators for a rapidly emerging furniture industry.

The M. Des. (Furniture Design) program is a pragmatic response to the growing needs of the furniture industry and of the market. Today, the rate of development in all Indian Metros is exponential in nearly all sectors. The demand for furniture follows on from there in the residential, commercial and institutional sectors. Currently, a large percentage of furniture supplied to the market comes from abroad and could as easily be designed and made in India.

In the spirit of the new ‘Make in India’ initiative by the government, the program will prepare students to be a part of the emerging idea of India as a global, high-tech, high-skill industrial hub. The program aligns with the ‘Make in India’ initiative in its vision to:

  • Foster Innovation
  • Enhance skill development
  • Protect intellectual property
  • Build best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure
Addressing this reality, the program will equip students with the tools to be able to add value to all aspects of the furniture industry. "Adding value" is the key objective for the designer whereby the detailed understanding of materials and manufacturing processes enable better products to be made. In addition, the needs of the consumer, either private individuals, corporate or institutional customers, will be understood so that the most appropriate design solutions may be arrived at.

The program will address contemporary issues in design such as mass production, customization, future technologies and environmental issues and at the same time look at cultural skills and techniques of design and making.

The program spans four semesters that are each structured around a specific design theme, building from small scale simple domestic elements leading to an understanding of complex specialized needs of institutions. At the end of three semesters, students will spend their final semester working on a live-project with a company to acquire first-hand industry experience before they graduate. Students may have the opportunity to be engaged by design studios overseas to undertake their internships.

Students will be taught by highly-trained academic staff that is also practicing professionals engaged with the field. They will have access to a first class workshop facility which will be integrated into the learning process; where ideas can be tested and full scale models made. All the resources of CEPT University campus will be available to the students of the program and they will be encouraged to engage with different design disciplines.

Overall, the program equips students with in-depth understanding of furniture design and production and encourages them to investigate the current trends in materials, technology and consumer behavior to develop innovative, efficient and culturally relevant furniture for the Indian market.

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