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DA-IICT, Gandhinagar - M.Des. (Communication Design) Admission 2019

Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar
M.Des. (Communication Design)

Important Dates

Online application website opens 17 March 2019
Last date for submission of online applications 7 June 2019
Entrance test and interview of shortlisted candidates 27 June 2019
Announcement of Merit List 27 June 2019
Registration for Fresh PG Students 23 July 2019
Orientation of Fresh PG Students 24 – 26 July 2019
Commencement of Classes 29 July 2019


Total seats: 20

Program Structure

The MDes (CD) is a full time two-year program, which is divided into four semesters. The program blends Design concepts, skills and practices with inputs from the disciplines of Sociology, Anthropology and Cultural studies. Students are encouraged to understand and engage with real life contexts and evolve habits of critical thinking for effective problem solving. At the end of the 2 year program students are expected to understand Design processes and methods and be able to conceptualize and prototype solutions to communication problems in various social and cultural contexts.

The detailed course structure consisting of both core courses and elective courses can be found here.


Educational Qualification
A Bachelors Degree or equivalent from a statutory university in the fields of Design, Science, Engineering, Technology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Applied Arts and Performing Arts. Professional Diplomas from nationally recognized institutions such as NID, NIFT, CEPT and Srishti School of Art and Design will also be considered for eligibility. Candidates must have 55% marks or equivalent in the last qualifying degree/examination and are required to submit the provisional Degree certificate or proof of completion of Degree before 30 October 2019 failing which their admission is liable to cancellation.

Fee Structure *

At the time of admission an amount of Rs. 85,000/- (Rs. 65,000/- towards Tuition Fee for the First Semester and Rs. 20,000/- towards a Caution Deposit) is to be paid. The registration fee is payable at the time of registration and hostel rent on allotment of the hostel room.
Tuition Fee Rs. 65,000/- per Semester
Registration Fee Rs. 2,500/- per Semester
Caution Deposit Rs. 20,000/- (Refundable at the end of the program)
Hostel Rent Rs. 18,000/- to Rs. 20,000/- per semester depending upon the
hostel block in which the room is allotted.
Food On actuals. There are multiple food options available in the campus.
(Monthly expenses are approximately Rs. 4,000/- per month)
* Subject to revision

Selection Process

Candidates for this program without a valid CEED score will be selected for interview through a Design Aptitude Test (DAT) to be conducted at DAIICT. Candidates with a valid CEED score will be selected for interview if they have qualified Part A, and have obtained a minimum of 25 marks in Part B. Further, for such candidates their CEED score will be used as DAT score. The final selection will be based on the combined scores attained in the DAT, Statement of purpose (SOP) and the interview. The DAT will constitute 50%, SOP 20% and the interview 30% of the overall marks assigned to the admission test.

Statement of Purpose
All candidates will have to submit their Statements of Purpose online, along with their applications. Applications without an SOP will not be considered. Candidates will have to relate the curricular content of the MDes (CD) program to their own interests and aptitudes and explain how they can learn and contribute to the program in their own way.

Design Aptitude Test (DAT):
Design Aptitude Tests consists of 2 parts, each bearing 25 marks each.
Part 1: This test will evaluate the candidate’s drawing skills, imaginative visualisation and ability to interpret a problem.
Part 2: Will evaluate the candidate’s recognition and understanding of a range of design idioms, visual/performative art forms and practices from various social and cultural contexts.

How to Apply

  • Please submit the online application along with the Statement of Purpose (SOP) by clicking on the link given below. Application fee (non-refundable) is Rs. 1200/- (Rupees One thousand two hundred only). Non Refundable. Click here to apply online.
  • The Candidate has to satisfy the eligibility criteria in order for her/his application to be considered for final admission.
  • Eligible Candidates need to appear for DAIICT’s Design Aptitude Test (DAT) conducted at DAIICT Gandhinagar.
  • The online application procedure will guide you through the necessary steps for application fee payment, submission of statement of purpose, registering for design aptitude test and appearing for personal interview, Candidates with valid CEED score are exempted from DAT Test.
  • The Candidates who have accepted admission offers will be notified to appear for registration, followed by counseling, document verification, payment of fees and on confirmation of admission, the orientation program.
Admission Offer
Final merit list of confirmed and wait-list candidates based on entrance test and interview performance will be posted on the website of the Institute. Offer/intimation letter for admission will be sent by the institute through post and/or email to candidates accordingly.
For Inquiries
Phone: (079) 68261575/6 (Available Mon–Fri 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)
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