Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology: Empowering People to Drive Transformational Outcomes

The institute aims to provide art and design education in an environment of creativity to maximize the individual’s potential.

Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology (Srishti) is one of the most prestigious design schools in Asia. It was established in 1996 by the Ujwal Trust in Bangalore, India. This visionary, experimental, and curatorial institute of media arts and sciences offers art and design education at the undergraduate, post-graduate, and PhD levels. Srishti, as an institute, seeks to pull together the latest art, craft, and design ideas and practices from around the world and contextualize them in the emerging Indian context.

Pursuing Excellence in Education and Infrastructure

Srishti constitutes seven schools, and jointly there are 42 different programs on offer across various levels of undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Their academic programs reflect the breadth of their vision. They are committed to cater to the whole spectrum and ecosystem of capabilities. The institute’s programs offer opportunities to make creative impact at different levels of practice through capabilities developed in the areas of law, environment and policy, media art and sciences, education and development, business, and humanities.

The process of creative impact making is interdisciplinary and draws upon the disciplines of art, design, and technology synthetically. Conventional perspectives to sense making, problem-framing, and envisioning are complemented by new methods and approaches that are informed through the intersections of art, design, and technology.

Srishti’s formative matrix of highly skilled art & design professionals, educators, scholars, researchers, and a vibrant and engaged student body is deeply networked with local, regional, and global communities. Dynamic exchanges with various networks ensure that the pedagogies offered through their programs are constantly renewed by their connections with these networks. The institute actively supports and encourages the development of networks across a range of disciplines that forge relationships, augmenting the impact made through their academic programs.

Nurturing Creativity

The institute is of the opinion that the world is becoming increasingly connected, networked, and interdependent, and there is a greater need to change our methods, which need to be inclusive, collaborative, and transformational. Together, these capabilities will make a creative impact on a broader range of societal transformation opportunities in a systemic, multi-disciplinary fashion, driven by sustainable human-centric values. This will leverage the inter-disciplinary potential of art, design, and technology in innovative ways, ultimately empowering society to realize better future.

Collectively and individually, from entry-level practitioners to working professionals and advanced practitioners, Srishti is engaged in creative impact making. They believe in creating an image of a world where creative impact making is widely practiced and envisions a creative individual practitioner who thrives in such an environment as a proactive change and impact maker. The institute emphasizes on having a transferable portfolio of capabilities that can enable effective performance in the wide range of circumstances that are inevitable – in essence, an individual ahead of the curve.

Percipient Leadership

Dr. Geetha Narayanan is Founder Director and the Executive Director & Chairman of the Governing Council of Srishti Institute. She is an educator with over four decades of experience as a teacher, an educator, and a curriculum and instruction designer. At all times a catalyst, Dr. Narayanan has tried over the years to evolve paradigms of learning that integrate the mind, body, and consciousness. She is also serving as a Director’s Fellow at the Media Lab, MIT, USA and a visiting faculty at the Future of Learning Institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA.

Collaborative Endeavors

UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development in India was established at Srishti in 2014. This recognition is nominated by the Government of India at the national level and evaluated and granted by the UNESCO General Assembly at the international level. The chair recognizes the work of the UNESCO Chair holder and the institution in contributing to UNESCO’s mission and goals as well as provides a platform for furthering work in its focus area. It provides an opportunity to engage in policies and strategies at the state, national, and international levels, to build global networks and partnerships with other UNESCO chairs and educational institutions in related fields across the world.
Srishti is a member of two International organizations, Cumulus and ICSID. The Cumulus Conference 2017 “Letters to the Future” was hosted by Srishti in Bengaluru. Srishti has MoUs with over 40 different colleges and universities in different parts of the world facilitating student and faculty exchange programs.

Building Bright Careers

The institute provides a platform where students get the opportunity to meet industry professionals during the exhibition of their final thesis/capstone work and are recruited directly. Moreover, Srishti’s students also have to undertake a mandatory internship for a period of six weeks in their third year. Accomplishments of Srishti students and faculty are continually featured in the press. In 2018, Srishti was featured in 60 different newspapers/magazines both in print and online formats. They also have a growing database of companies and NGO’s which is shared with their students and alumni offering internship and job opportunities.

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