Soft Material Design (SMD)

(Textile, Leather, Paper, Natural Fibre)

There are many passionate individuals who look forward to pursuing either a leather, paper or textile designing course in India. These courses and learnings are the ladder to reach a new height in crafts and design industry of the nation and even the world.The Central University of Rajasthan recognized Soft Material Design (SMD) course at IICD offers a full-fledged B.Des. degree. The course teaches textile, leather, paper and natural fiber designing to 25 design aspirants with a constant focus on enhancing their creative ability. The course employs traditional and innovative skills to provide valuable guidance while exploring evolving materials and technology.

For students looking for a B.Des. degree, Soft Material Design at IICD is a perfect choice. The learnings at this course demand a challenging and dynamic environment to explore the creative interface between the materials and the making.

The Soft Design Course employs several multidisciplinary and collaborative efforts to express the breadth of soft materials though the context of ‘Body’ and ‘Space’ where:

  • The Body involves the surface design of fabrics and construction for fashion accessories and clothing.
  • The Space incorporates design for the built environment, interiors, home furnishings, textile furniture and accessories.

The four-year course at IICD encourages the students to base their study on materials such as Natural Fibers, Paper & Pulp, Yarns & Fabrics, Leather and Mixed media. The programme offers a degree in designing that takes relevant contemporary issues such as:

  • Market knowledge
  • Natural resources available
  • Sustainability,
  • Eco-designs
  • Ease of manufacturing with cultural diversity and expression of crafts.

Under textile designing, IICD provides the students with an in-depth understanding of the functionality and creation of various textiles and materials. It will help students further explore the processes and technologies that go into designing and producing textiles along with an enriching hands-on experience.

The leather designing learnings under the Soft Material Design course are structured and focused on the human resource requirements of the leather design industry and emphasize on the integration of design concepts with leather material knowledge.

IICD offers one of the best leather, natural fiber, paper and textile designing courses that equip the students with knowledge related to design & range development, merchandising, manufacturing, buying and retail. It involves a high exposure to the textile/leather industry and its multidisciplinary approach strengthens the spectrum of profiles. Besides these, the SMA programme also enhances knowledge on Paper designing and Natural Fibre designing.

The young design students receive massive knowledge in relation to design fundamentals, traditional knowledge, IT tools and exposure to the leather/natural fiber/paper/textile designing industry in India. The prospective employers include craft enterprises, fashion brands, export houses, buying houses, design consultancies, NGOs. The students can apply their learning and pursue careers such as

  • Designers in craft, fashion and related enterprises.
  • Facilitators in NGOs and organisations dealing with crafts.
  • Linkage nodes between global groups and craft communities in the country.