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School of Design

  • Musings...

    As the Dean of the School of Design at Dehradun Institute of Technology, I find myself reflecting on the evolving landscape of design education in our increasingly interconnected world. The challenges and opportunities presented by the global pandemic have catalyzed profound changes in how we approach teaching and practice design. This period of disruption has been a catalyst for innovation, urging us to rethink and reshape the future of design education.

    Today, we stand at the crossroads of tradition and innovation. As we integrate new technologies and methodologies into our curriculum, we are also mindful of the rich heritage of craft and creativity that forms the bedrock of our discipline. The fusion of cutting-edge digital tools with traditional design sensibilities is preparing our students not only to enter the industry but to transform it.

    Environmental sustainability has become a non-negotiable aspect of contemporary design. Our students are encouraged to think beyond aesthetics and functionality to consider the environmental impact of their creations. This holistic approach to design is not just about creating objects or experiences that are visually appealing and functionally sound, but also about fostering a sustainable future. Furthermore, the role of design in addressing social issues has never been more critical. We are empowering our students to use their skills to solve complex societal problems, from enhancing public healthcare systems to making technology accessible for all. This vision of design as a tool for social change is at the heart of our educational philosophy.

    In looking forward, our commitment is to not only maintain but elevate the standards of design education. We are dedicated to providing a platform where creativity meets purpose, innovation meets sustainability, and young designers are equipped to face the challenges of tomorrow with confidence and empathy. As we continue on this journey, we invite all aspiring designers to join us in shaping a future where design transcends aesthetics and becomes a fundamental part of solving the human challenges of our time.

  • Profile

    Dr. Ekta Singh, Dean – School of Design

    Distinguished academic leader, Prof. Dr. Ekta Singh, boasts an illustrious history of building and advancing institutions dedicated to design and architecture. Her expertise as an academic head and leader spans various design disciplines (at UG, PG, & Ph.D levels) such as Fashion design, Textile design, Product design, Visual communication, Visual arts, UX/UI, Interior design, Architecture. Her commitment to intellectual property awareness is evident through the integration of patents, design registrations, and copyrights into the curriculum, resulting in several successful student design registrations & copyrights. She herself have various design registrations and copyrights to her credit. Further, Dr. Ekta has to her credit several research publications in distinguished scopus-indexed journals. She has been a peer reviewer with significant Emerald Journals.

    As an alumna of prestigious institutions like AKTU Lucknow, IIT Roorkee, BITS Pilani, and Jamia Milia New Delhi, Dr. Singh's rich cultural exposure enhances her role as a Multiverse designer, fostering contextual and empathetic design principles. Recognized as a judge for the CII-Design Awards at Goa, where she along with a panel of esteemed jury from across the globe evaluated the various industry & student’s design entries. She is a MASHAV Fellow and had received International Scholarship from the State of Israel and holds distinguished fellowship of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), and Member of Association of Designers in India (ADI). She has been on the jury boards of different National-Level Architecture, Design & Planning competitions. She had been associated as consultant with UP Government on prestigious ‘Namami Gange’ project of GOI. Having occupied diverse roles across various institutions, she demonstrates a profound grasp of the design education landscape.

  • Mission

    • Provide versatile design education that enables students to think critically and to collaboratively engage with the global community and AI to understand their co-creation goals and create sustainable solutions to their problems.
  • Vision

    Our vision is to cultivate global citizens who are socially and environmentally responsible, deeply attuned to sustainable community and ecological growth. We aim to develop a diverse set of competencies in our students, equipping them to pursue various pathways to holistic success, and preparing them to make impactful and meaningful contributions to society.

  • About

    School of Design is a dynamic hub of creative innovation where human-centric values act as the cornerstones of our foundation to help forge the design thinking for a new era. At the heart of our ethos lies a commitment to nurturing the next generation of design pioneers, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and mindset to thrive in a rapidly evolving global landscape.

  • What sets us apart is our holistic approach to education, blending theory with hands-on practice and fostering a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration. Our world-class faculty comprises industry veterans, seasoned academicians, and visionary mentors who guide students through every step of their educational journey.

  • Beyond academics, we encourage our students to embrace a spirit of inquiry, to challenge conventions, and to push the boundaries of creativity. Through internships, workshops, seminars, and industry partnerships, we ensure that our graduates are not only technically proficient but also possess the adaptability and resilience required to thrive in today's dynamic marketplace.


  • Software Lab

    The faculty of School of Design at DIT has a cutting-edge software lab equipped with high end systems boasting of licensed software for our design students. These systems come with latest design productivity application such as Blender, Flashprint, SketchUp, Adobe CC 2020(Photoshop,Illustrator,Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Animate, Z Brush, Autodesk Maya, 3DS Max, AutoCAD Rhino 7, Mac Monkey Jam, Dragonframe Studio, etc.


  • Prototyping Workshop

    The prototyping workshop is where the magic happens! CO2 Laser Cutters, Welding machines, Bench drill press, Airbrushes, Glue guns and lots of crafty tools at the disposal of our creative students. With these kinds of pieces of equipment, the sky is the limit!

  • Materials Library

    The Materials library is a treat for all Interior Designer aspirants to marvel at. Samples of materials used in Interior Design are all displayed here for students’ hands-on perusal so they can utilize the learnings in their projects.

  • Books Library

    Besides the Central Library, the School has its own library with a vast selection of useful books on various design fields to satiate our students’ thirst for knowledge.

  • Chroma Studio (Proposed/ Upcoming)

    Chroma studio is a state-of-the-art green screen studio purpose built for our Visual Graphics and Animation students to allow them to understand what goes on, on an actual film set! With all the latest gadgetry, rigs and cameras available in the studio, the students get a hands-on feel for producing that movie magic right here in DIT.