Indus University

About Indus Design School

The inception of Indus Design School (IDS) came about to address the growing need for a well-structured and credible formal education in Design. IDS is located in Ahmedabad, one of India's most culturally and historically vibrant cities. The delicate interlacing of the city's art legacy and contemporary lifestyle made it a perfect host for a revered design school- IDS.

The curriculum of holistic knowledge development is structured to provide in-depth, progressive learning in design creation & effectively navigate learners through the core of the design process that varies between design disciplines. As the design is a highly skill-driven stream, IDS executes the 'learning-by-doing' approach, starting from foundation year itself. Our program provides hands-on design classes guided by our experienced faculty. Indus Design School houses the best equipment and technology of professional standards, made available to students and faculties to provide the best learning experience.

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The Specializing Master that combines design and marketing to analyze and reinterpret the strategies of the design sector brands in an innovative way. The Specializing Master involves the deepening of issues related to the design of a new kind of marketing and management in the design sector, with the involvement of transversal disciplines and according to themes and strategies belonging to the fields of Design, humanities and Management. The students will be able to progress to diverse potential employment routes including setting up their own business, in-house and external design leadership roles, cultural positions and agency management. The course will be designed in such a way that it provides students with practical application of the learned theoretical knowledge.

Course Feasibility

The pace of change is highest today than it’s ever been. This has become mandatory for all to focus on outcome centered courses. This course will offer a unique meeting ground between the theoretical and practical areas related to the design, and the analyses and studies related to the world of marketing and business management.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates having a minimum of 50% marks (or Equivalent Grade Point) in Graduation in any discipline are eligible to apply. This degree must entail a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling [Class 12 or equivalent]. Candidates appearing in the final year examination may also apply (subject to fulfilling the minimum eligibility conditions). Selection will be based on Entrance Test Score, Academic consistency, and performance in Personal Interview (PI).

Undergraduate Prospects:

  • Completed 10+2 in any stream from a recognized board with at least 50% or above marks.
  • Selection will be based on academic consistency and performance in Personal Interview.

Postgraduate Prospects:

  • Candidates having a minimum of 50% marks (or Equivalent Grade Point) in graduation in any discipline are eligible to apply.
  • Selection will be based on academic consistency and performance in Personal Interview.


At IDS, we believe that education should be accessible to all, regardless of financial constraints. That's why we offer a range of scholarships to support your academic journey. Our scholarships are designed to recognize excellence, empower individuals, and foster a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

Admission Process is as follows:

Our Admission Process consists of 2 simple steps:

  1. Fill-up the Online Registration form.
  2. Appear for the Entrance Exam (which contains 3 stages)

The Entrance Exam is in 2 Stages:

Stage 1: IDAT - Indus Design Aptitude Test (Objective type Questions) to access your logical skills.

Stage 2: Personal Interview will check your design knowledge, awareness and interpretations along with the Portfolio review.

Course Duration

2 Years


Indus Design School (IDS) is launched with a multi-fold vision etched in the often paradoxically perceived pillars of decolonization and globalization arched by the bearings of techno chic futurism and intrinsic value based humanism.  

Indus Design school is the first and only design school in India incorporating the culturally significant and globally revered concept of decolonizing of design thinking as well as Design Development. We aim for our students to appreciate the indigenous design values of not just India, but indigenous communities around the world. The emphasis of decolonizing of design doesn’t come at the cost of global exposure that is necessary to thrive within a design environment. The vision of IDS involves a harmonious sync of global best practices of design and Indigenous design applications of India creating a GLOCAL model of education. 

At Indus Design School, we embrace the next generation technologies practicing futuristic design in the present by using tech-forward mechanisms and processes to create design outcomes that can stand apart globally for the next decade and beyond. The savviness of technology is also accompanied by an acknowledgement of the human touch of design and the need for community development in the field of design. Indus Design school takes the lead in democratizing design beyond the often – elitist notion of design. We adhere to the concept of not only community driven but community intrinsic chapter of designing believing in democratization of design – for Designing is of the people by the people and for the people. Indus Design school is one of the first design schools of India that looks at design education beyond vanity, embracing the role of design in social change


At Indus Design School, we invite our students to make mistakes and cherish their mistakes – facilitating the idea of learning together rather than learning from us. We make sure that the process of design learning and design thinking is imbibed by the students instead of the over emphasis on outcomes. Our mission is to provide a process oriented learning to develop our students holistically in their fields ensuring their success in the longer run and also creates an environment of free – thinking where design students can vibe with their peers and their work. Indus Design school reaffirms its commitment to Re-inventing the process of learning through unadulterated learning – by – doing model that can only happen when you make it a mission to put process over outcome at the preliminary stages of career development.

Apart from the state of the art infrastructure and exposure of the students to the top faculties from Universities of national and global importance teaching at the Indus Design School; we also provide our students with the best possible exposure through study trips at local, national and international level. The essence of interdisciplinary applications in design is etched in the DNA of Indus Design school with a continuous and output oriented interaction between students of all spheres of design – Interior, Product, Communication and Fashion. there is a minimum 3 credit module that serves as an interaction between students of all spheres of design – Interior, Product, Communication and Fashion

The future of design is technological and social – and we are best prepared to create professionals that can stand apart with their work around the globe due to the continued zeal of the Indus Design school to amalgamate leading national and international subject experts pass on their knowledge to the students in learning beyond the regular teaching. The focus on futuristic developments of design using next – gen techniques like parametric form design in Interior and Product Design, scientific culturing of fabrics for Fashion Design, Experiential learning for Communication Design, etc. and emotive aspects of design with study of anthropology, liberal arts, etc. are harbored in equal proportions for grounded yet futuristic design thinking development of the students.

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Our Admission Process consists of 2 simple steps:

  1. Fill-up the Online Registration form.
  2. Appear for the Entrance Exam (which contains 2 stages)

The Entrance Exam is in 2 Stages:

Stage 1: Aptitude Test The design test will consist of two parts. Part a: Objective-type questions, which will assess your logical skills and aptitude for design. Part b: Drawing test, which will assess your creative skills and hand skills.

Stage 2: Personal Interview At the personal interview round, you will be tested for design knowledge, communication skills, awareness, and interpretations, along with a review of your portfolio which you are required to bring along with you.

  • Interested prospects should achieve at least 50% or above in their 10+2 qualifying exams.
  • Candidates can complete 10+2 in any stream from a recognized board.
  • We offer our students with a high-performance computer system.
  • We have a well-equipped photography studio set up for the use of students where they can shoot their designed products. 
  • Each student has access to licensed Adobe software installed in communication studio computers. 
  • We have a high-quality projector in each studio classroom that students and faculty can use to conduct daily presentations and classes.
  • The fashion design studio consists of electronic sewing machines and overlocking machines. The students also get to practice draping on the body-forms that are available in the classroom for better understanding of draping and pattern making. 
  • We supply our students with specifically built drafting tables and chairs that are ergonomically necessary when working on the designs.
  • A well-equipped workshop for the students to use which will help the students for hands on skills like model making.