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Next-Gen Innovation Design

Undergraduate Program Specialization

This Course is meant for those who wish to enter high-demand highly-paid specialist jobs in Product Design, Transportation Design and Product Engineering
for which there is high demand and a real shortage of well-trained, industry-ready graduates.

Program Duration: 4 Years 
Eligibility: 10+2 & NICC Admission Process

"Design is not just what it looks like & feels like. Design is how it works"..   Steve Jobs

"Design is where Science & Arts break even" .. Robin Mathew

Program Breakup

D.Des : WES-Accepted UGC-Approved Degree + Govt.Approved International Professional Diploma (Linked via ELIA Amsterdam)

National & International 

  • 4-Year International Professional Diploma*
    (NICC-ELIA Europe) with ECTS Marksheet

  • International Professional Projects & Portfolio

NICC is approved by DCE (The Directorate of Collegiate Education, Govt. of Karnataka)


 B.B.A - Combination of Design Skills with Business Administration knowledge is a powerful platform for employment in Industry.

The above WES-accepted supporting degrees are awarded directly by the University

Specialisation Areas

1. Industrial Robotics Automation & A.I

2. I.O.T

3. Alternative Energy

4. EV Development

5. Packaging Design

6. Lifestyle Products

7. Differently Abled Lifestyle Products

8. Green Design

9. Sustainable Design


  • Academic Fees:

    • Rs. 2.8 Lacs /Year 

  • Hostel Accommodation:

    • Single Room with attached bath & food - Rs. 1.9 Lacs/Yr. 

    • Twin Sharing Room with attached bath & food - Rs. 1.5 Lacs/Yr. 

This syllabus outlines an interdisciplinary and forward-looking 4-year program in Next-Generation Innovation Design, aimed at fostering creative problem-solving skills, cutting-edge technologies, and a human-centric approach to design. The course integrates design thinking, emerging technologies, sustainability, and entrepreneurship to prepare students for leading roles in the ever-evolving field of innovation and design.
Further, the integration of  S.T.E.A.M. pedagogic philosophy is in synchronisation with International academic trends and directions. The course is, perhaps, best described as Communication Design + Applied Engineering (Software, Mechanical & Electronic + Design Thinking & Soft Skills)

This program offers Future-Proof  Multi-Industry preferred employability at a high entry point.

Scroll down for a summary of the syllabus


This program empowers you to ensure a secure high-level career and provides the best platform for higher studies - M.Des at NID or Masters at any of 280 global member institutions via the ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts, Amsterdam) network of which NICC is a a member.  Please Note: NICC is listed by its full original expansion, "National Institute of Creative Communication" on the ELIA website,
NICC is the first Indian Institution to offer STEAM curriculum in a full 4-year U.G. program. The importance of STEAM is shown by ELIA's own strong international support for this interdisciplinary education system.
Click this link to see details of this initiative:
On the value of STEAM and arts education - ELIA (
When visiting ELIA, please note that NICC is listed as 'National Institute of Creative Communication' (The full expansion of 'NICC')

STEAM stands for 'Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math'
If you are wondering in what way all these are connected to Design, take a look at the M.Des courses at NID (Govt.of India's premium Design Institution: National Institute of Design) 
The green circles mark which M.Des courses NICC specifically prepares you for:

NICC Courses make you eligible via option 2 and option 3


Because one of the earliest Indian students to win a full scholarship to the most prestigious Design School in the world (IED Milan, Italy)
was from NICC !


Please Note: NICC is referred to here by its older full name expansion, "National Institute of Creative Communication" 

NICC is a Member-Affiliate of ELIA (Amsterdam) and thus enjoys 'Sister'  Status with 280 top Design Schools worldwide

Whether your Dream is to be a preferred candidate for careers at the best Indian Corporates / MNCs or to join NID for M.Des (MASTER OF DESIGN) OR to join IED Milan or any other top Design college worldwide, NICC is the best and surest route.

We would like to point out that again, in 2023, an NICC graduate, Shubham Somani, was selected by TATA Elxsi (TATA group's Design Centre / Hub) and is currently working there. As you can guess, he was selected over hundreds of applicants from other institutions.

                                                                          SYLLABUS SUMMARY


Year 1: Foundation of Innovation Design

Semester 1:

  1. Introduction to Innovation Design

  2. Design Thinking and Ideation

  3. Visual Communication and Design Sketching

  4. Photography as Visual Design Mind-Training

  5. Fundamentals of Human-Centered Design

  6. Introduction to User Experience (UX) Design

  7. Digital Prototyping and Rapid Iteration

  8. Basics of 3D Modeling and Visualization

Semester 2:

  1. Innovation Design Studio 1: Design Challenges and Solutions

  2. Design Research and User Empathy

  3. Design for Interaction and Behavior

  4. Physical Materials and Fabrication Techniques

  5. Introduction to Electronics & Electricals

  6. Applied Engineering Design

  7. Sustainable Design Principles

  8. Introduction to Coding and Physical Computing

  9. Collaborative Teamwork and Project Management

Year 2: Exploring Emerging Technologies

Semester 3:

  1. Innovation Design Studio 2: Future Trends and Speculative Design

  2. Data-Driven Design and Analytics

  3. Virtual and Augmented Reality in Design

  4. Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Environments

  5. Introduction to Artificial Intelligence in Design

  6. Elective Course 1: Choose from topics such as Bio-inspired Design, Design for Social Impact, Wearable Technology, etc.

  7. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystems

Semester 4:

  1. Innovation Design Studio 3: Multi-disciplinary Collaborative Projects

  2. Advanced Prototyping and 3D Printing

  3. Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing for Design

  4. Robotics and Autonomous Systems

  5. Designing for Mixed Reality Experiences

  6. Intellectual Property and Design Patents

  7. Elective Course 2: Choose from topics such as Interactive Installations, Designing for AI Ethics, Blockchain in Design, etc.

Year 3: Specialization and Real-World Applications

Semester 5:

  1. Innovation Design Studio 4: Industry Collaboration and Real Projects

  2. Advanced UX/UI Design and Accessibility

  3. Advanced Data Visualization and Infographics

  4. Biotechnology and Biofabrication in Design

  5. Designing for Assistive Technologies

  6. Designing with Big Data and Analytics

  7. Research Methodologies for Innovation Design

Semester 6:

  1. Innovation Design Studio 5: Social Innovation and Global Challenges

  2. Advanced AI and Generative Design

  3. Advanced Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction

  4. Advanced Sustainability Strategies

  5. Design Entrepreneurship and Start-up Incubation

  6. Internship or Industry Placement (minimum 8 weeks)

Year 4: Capstone and Future Visions

Semester 7:

  1. Capstone Innovation Design Project Part 1: Proposal and Research

  2. Advanced Speculative Design and Design Fiction

  3. Future Trends and Forecasting in Innovation Design

  4. Ethical Design Practices and Responsible Innovation

  5. Industry Lectures and Guest Speakers

  6. Elective Course 3: Choose from topics such as Design Leadership, Designing for Space Exploration, etc.

Semester 8:

  1. Capstone Innovation Design Project Part 2: Implementation and Prototyping

  2. Designing for Global Impact and Sustainable Development Goals

  3. Presentation and Exhibition Skills

  4. Design Portfolio Development

  5. Graduation Showcase and Final Exhibition

  6. Design Industry Symposium


Note: This syllabus is a general outline and may be adapted or modified to suit emerging technologies, and industry demands. The elective courses offer flexibility to incorporate cutting-edge topics and research interests. Additionally, the syllabus may be subject to changes to reflect the dynamic nature of innovation design and technological advancements.

Meet the Experts


Prof. Dr. Akash Kumar R

Founder & Academics Director

A Recognized  Scientist, Product Designer and Professional Photographer.


Vipin Chandran Pathiyil

Head of Faculty

A designer for 15 years and has been teaching various aspects of visual and communication design for the last 8 years.


Purushothaman Raju

Senior Associate Faculty - Multimedia Design

An accomplished 3-D & Computer Applications expert with two published books on the subject. 


NICC's own Academics Building was created in 2005. In over 10,000 sq.ft. of building It provides state-of-the-art facilities in Software and Product Engineering Laboratories, Two Photo Studios, A/C Conference Halls and Discussion rooms with a pleasant, harmonious atmosphere, and surrounding green spaces for relaxation and outdoor discussion. Classrooms are specifically designed for only 15 students at a time to empower NICC's one-on-one student-specific teaching policy. The NICC Student Accomodation provides single and shared rooms - all with attached baths, 24-hour security and a lady warden, 24/7 helpline and medical assistance.

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