This final year of the Undergraduate programs, at The Design Village-an Interdisciplinary, Industry-centric Institute comprises of an International semester and a Final Project semester.
The seventh semester of the Undergraduate study program is the International semester. Students are expected to attend this semester at the Nantes campus in France. Students will join the International class at the L’école de design Nantes Atlantique. This class comprises of students from different nationalities and different design backgrounds. Students are organized into one of three project groups, depending on their previous studies: “Industrial products” for Industrial and Product design & Interactivity students, “Brand design” for Graphic design students and Fashion design students and “Global design” for Space Interior design and Product design/Interactivity students. This semester offers a unique opportunity for students to engage, explore and interact with international students, professors and professionals to get a better perspective and exposure on the international design scenario.
The final semester of the Undergraduate program is fairly independent and is related to project work leaning towards the chosen career path picked by each student. Students will be working on a final design project from the industry or otherwise to create tangible results – this could be a new product for a company for Industrial design students, a new Interface or a concept for Product & Interactivity students; A collection of garments or accessories for a Fashion & Lifestyle brand for Fashion students, A complete branding/rebranding project for upcoming or existing label for Graphic Design students and an actual space solution for an existing site for Space (Interior) design students. Faculty members and professionals will mentor the projects. An emphasis will be laid on how the students take their final projects to the next level of getting them published or applying for competitions or approaching the consumer in the real sense.
The completion of the project will be followed by a final Jury presentation in the form of an exhibition or a show.
The final project should be a reflection of all the learning outcomes absorbed during the past seven semesters.