The second stream of activities the student will engage in consists of baskets . Baskets are thematic fields that contain a number of courses based on the nuances of professional development. They also have workshops under their milieu.A minimum of 30% of time is expected to be spent on courses from Baskets.
Each basket is offered every year, but with potentially different courses. Only a few courses are mandated and remain constant. The suggested list of courses in the baskets can change over time and additional ones can be added. The student is expected to take at least two courses from every basket in his entire journey to get a minimum of 3 credits from it.
The student has to complete a specified number of credit courses from the ‘Building Blocks’ Basket in order to specialize in that field. Software learning for various fields is recommended to be done out of term- time.
All baskets deal with understanding design and design understanding. Eight baskets have been defined and they may broadly fall in three categories that each has at least one theoretical and practical basket.
Understanding the world:
Baskets about analyzing and understanding people & the world, to form a
vision/dream. These baskets draw on knowledge from the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and techniques from anthropology and design research.
Baskets about communicating, translating and selling what you want. These baskets help you to see the organization or business perspective, to understand your client, and offer you tools to effectively communicate your aims.
To make it work:
Baskets on establishing interactions and the final manifestation. The baskets in this category help the villager to design their dreams by focusing on the human-product interaction and the methods and means through which these are given shape.