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Series: Car Design Schools Have Changed So Should You! Part -2

Going By the times we are in right now, it's safe to say future scenarios in many areas including Design Education are not going to be the same as we were accustomed to.

Read Part 1 Here


Dhiren Reger

IAAD, Italy,

Hi, I'm Dhiren Reger. I’m a 23-year-old Design Graduate from IAAD Italy, and currently living in Mumbai. I was born and raised in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

My journey car design started right from when I was in junior college, thinking about what career path I should opt for. I was sure that I wanted to do something related to cars because they always captured my interest. Being a Science

student, I thought the only option I had

was Automotive Engineering, but after

researching more about Automotive engineering, I realized that it wasn’t what I was looking for. Further digging into cars, I came across the term “Design” which was completely new for me. So, I started finding out information about Design Colleges that offered an Automotive Design course, which is when I came across MIT Pune, NID Gujarat (for Master’s), and DSKIC Rubika Pune.

Q1: Tell about us your design college, its legacy, values, and motto?

I have studied in 2 Design colleges both of them had a different Valles in terms of teaching and understanding of design.

I feel like I have learned more in my Bachelor years rather than in my Masters

DSKIC Rubika was the one best place to learn design and grow as a person, the Trainer was from the industry itself and had a background with a design that made even easier for us to understand.

Plus we used to have masterclass each semester once in which one professional used to come to the college have a project done with them which was fun to do.

Coming the Masters, always a dream to study in Italy got me to IAAD and the experience over was completely different from my bachelor's over here everyone was self-motivated and really pushing hard in learning.

The Professor was again from industry mostly from Maserati, Italdesign, Ferrari and many more so exposure towards design were very broad.

Q2: What are the requirements for getting into your design college? Please explain to us in short about the process of application, scholarships, selection criteria, student visa, and any particular difficulty you faced during the entire process?

I would like to categorize these into 2 groups:

The first, for students who just completed high school, or for people who sketch as a hobby, or any other professional who wants to pursue design. People in this group need to prepare for the entrance exam first and then later on for your interview, you need to have a portfolio.

The exam consists of common general knowledge, problem-solving, and design sketching which is the basic need to clear the exam. Next, for the interview, you will need to build your portfolio, which should consist of your sketches and it can be anything like products, automotive, nature, or even human figures or something which shows how creative you’re as a person.

The second group is for students who are already into the design – maybe those who wanted to pursue Automotive design but got into another field, or for those who got into a field of design but later developed an interest for Automotive or another field of design.

It’s not late for you to go for Automotive design, again you will be needing a portfolio but here you need to have projects consisting of Car or Interior Design and exhibit a basic process of designing a car.

While deciding on colleges, look out for those which are offering the program of your choice or maybe a Master’s Program.

Selection and scholarships

The selection completely depends on the interview you had with the professional sitting across, basic things to keep in mind while having an interview are to be confident and being outspoken.

If you need a Scholarship you need to ask the college about it and each college has its own scholarship program depending on the merits of the individual.

If you are looking at programs outside India, the application process is similar to what it is in India. The only additional challenge is getting the visa. If you’re selected by any foreign college, they will send you an invitation letter or email informing you that you have been accepted.

For the visa you will be needing all the documents as mentioned on the consulate website: these essentially are your mark sheets, school-related documents, bank statement, and of course your passport. Proper documentation can help expedite getting your visa.

Q3: What makes your college an ideal place for studying design? (Please elaborate in short about your campus experience, design exposure, and design process)

All this comes together, and we get into a Design School

I got into DSK international Campus ISD Rubika Pune. I spent three years there and the place was amazing not only in the sense of learning design but also to get a wide exposure to so many things in life.

Having a campus life is really important as it keeps us busy at work and helps us juice out our maximum potential. We not only learn from our professor but also from our classmates and seniors too.

The first year was very clean and organized as we were new to the design field. We were introduced to the basics and essentials of sketching, construction of the volume, and art-related stuff.

In the second year, we developed our skills over software and more about graphic design stuff.

The third is the best year because we got to apply all the design techniques we learn, on our projects.

Eventually, I decided to do my Master’s in Automotive Design from Italy, which was a complete shift in the environment. But I got a good exposure in terms of a culture shift where I could see all those supercars out in the wild which was just beautiful.

Over time with practice, I got better with my design skills. In my final year, I got some really good projects to add to my portfolio, which is the ultimate goal in Design School.

Q4: How do you think design philosophy of your college is preparing you to tackle the world of automotive design?

Coming to different sorts of colleges in terms of how they give out their design philosophy.

In India, talking about my college, the exposure towards design was very open and encouraging to try out new things and being creative, which makes you enjoy the experience more. Some colleges on the other hand, still push you to think or picture things in a certain way, which is sort of helpful because that’s how the real world is, with constraints to tackle.

Q5: Which design course taught in the college had an impact on your thought process?

Design courses taught during the program are a very important aspect of Design School. One of my favorites was Viscom (Design Sketching) and another was Design Thinking which allowed you to explore how far you can play around with an idea and how to be more creative in what you are thinking.

Getting reviews on your work is the best as the professor who has seen the industry knows how things work around and what all things are important in your design.

Q6: If given the chance to design your college curriculum, what would you like to change or add?

If I was to add something in the design curriculum, it could probably be Design Talk wherein the designer could share ideas about the thought behind the design or something like an open class talk, it really helps us to grow our thinking to hear feedback from peers.

Q7: What qualities do you think are required to become a good design student?

I think personally no one’s a good design student from the start itself. You need to push to do better than yesterday and practice constantly to hone your skills. Being satisfied with your work but striving every day to go a step further is what will eventually make a good design student

Q8: Any word of advice or personal story you would like to share for young aspiring designers?

I believe in one thing which always keeps me going which is “ If you can think it, you can do it”.

-Design Odyssey


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