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Empowering the future architects of India’s urban landscape

For students who are creatively inclined, a course in architecture or interior design can open up a world of possibilities.

Brand stories Updated: Jul 12, 2017 10:34 IST
Manav Rachna International University offers state-of-the-art undergraduate courses in Architecture and Interior Design
Manav Rachna International University offers state-of-the-art undergraduate courses in Architecture and Interior Design(Manav Rachna)

Design and architecture—the art and science of built environments—have been around since the beginning of mankind. Creativity meets logic in this field of learning, which can be a lot of fun for creatively-bent students. Unlike courses which involve massive amounts of slogging, reading, and writing, architecture allows you to use the right side of our brains – the one responsible for creative thinking and execution.

Manav Rachna International University offers state-of-the-art undergraduate courses in Architecture and Interior Design. Both disciplines play an active role in the planning and design of modern India, including the hundreds of smart cities and SEZs which are coming up in various parts of the country.

The university has well-qualified faculty whose vast and varied experience helps in training and moulding architects. The aim of the course is to instil the delicate sense of design and generate acumen of creative professionals in students.

“Faculty of Planning and Architecture (FPA) is the design faculty of MRIU which equips the students with the competencies necessary for being creative professional designers and architects, and exposes them to the aesthetic, technical, social, political and ethical dimensions of the designed built environment”, says Prof. Ar. Jatinder Saigal, Chair Professor of FPA, Director Projects.

A future in architecture

The Bachelor of Architecture course, approved by the Council of Architecture, covers different aspects of modern life, such as urban environment, landscape, conservation, transport, societies, human interaction, climatology, energy conservation, sustainability, waste disposal, renewable energy, green buildings, and planning of services and infrastructure like sewage, water supply, and power. Students interested in the course are admitted on the basis of marks obtained in the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) administered by CoA (Council of Architecture) and JEE of CBSE. During their first year, the focus is on developing basic design skills. The following two years focus on advanced skill development. The fourth and fifth years allow students to focus on different areas and practice domains of their choice. During the tenth semester, students undertake individual capstone projects.

The programme is centred around a ‘studio environment’ where students are expected to resolve life-like design problems on their own. On four occasions, during semester breaks, students are required to sign up for study tours or courses, organized as part of the Summer and Winter School Programmes.

In addition, the university also hosts the National Association of Students of Architecture, which brings together alumni and students from other renowned colleges and universities. This gives an opportunity for the best talent across the country to come together to interact, discuss, devise and innovate.

Graduates of the course can build careers as independently practicing architects, work in architectural firms, take up teaching and research, or work within non-governmental organizations. In India, the architectural profession is regulated by the Council of Architecture (CoA), which was established by Parliament through the Architects Act, 1972.

A career in interior design

For the B.Sc Interior Design course, students are admitted on the basis of portfolios of their previous work. It is an integrated course in collaboration with Algonquin, Canada. After the successful completion of two years, a diploma in interior decoration is awarded to the students, in addition to the Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Designing. The course encourages students to develop imaginative, responsible solutions to problems created by social needs and economic constraints, as well as the material and physical limitations of the built environment. The integration of fine-art classes elevates the student’s ability to develop innovative solutions and further balances the increasing demands of technology.

The programme trains students to design and create spaces for various sectors of industry. Graduates can find employment in sectors such as residential, retail, hospitality, exhibition/ events, lighting, or furniture design. Career opportunities for interior design students include space planner, freelance interior designer, office & workspace designers, set designer, art director, furniture designer, Vaastu consultant, Feng Shui consultant, window treatment specialist, interior design educator, kitchen & bath designer, design journalist, and colour consultant, etc.

Two words that define the fields of Architecture and Interior Designing are ‘relevance’ and ‘innovation’, and this is reflected in the opportunities and challenges that MRIU provides. As students will testify, learning at Manav Rachna is an experience in joy and creativity.

Here’s your chance to take that giant leap in securing your career. For more details, visit Manav Rachna online or call 0129-4259000.

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