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5 Reasons to Join Online Courses in India

Everything is online today and online is everything in the future! The advent of internet has changed our modern lives and is on the brink of shaping an entire century to come! India is no stranger to this Internet revolution and issues like ‘Net Neutrality’, ‘Digital India’ and ‘Internet.org’ have awakened the average Indian who is about to go ‘Digital’! ‘Online Courses/Distant Education’ is one of the by-products of this Internet Revolution and online courses in India have already attracted a great number of young and enthusiastic learners across the nation.

Launchpad Academy itself, an online design institute, offers its Car Design and Interior Design courses through an online platform. So we decided to share our views on ‘Online Education in India’ and list out 5 reasons why students should take up online courses in India, especially design courses like Web Design, Car Design, Interior Design and UI/UX Design.

1. All Is ‘Not’ Well with Colleges and Universities
According to surveys and studies conducted on the internet using crowd, scientists and psychologists have come to the conclusion that most people prefer online courses compared to regular college courses once they are introduced to an online course. Online education sites like Lynda, Coursera and Udemy and universities like Stanford and Harvard are offering verified, industry recommended and credit-transferable online courses, initiating the era of online education. According to Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Chief of Design, ‘Design education offered by popular design schools are in a tragic state today. These schools are wasting years on only teaching fundamentals, theories and are failing to offer industry exposure and practicality in their degrees’. Online courses on the contrary are more practical and aim at making students industry ready!

The Begin of Online Universties

The Begin of Online Universties

2. Online Courses are Job/Internship oriented
Continuing the above point, online courses unlike college degrees are making students industry ready by designing course curriculums and structures which are job/internship oriented. Also, distant education courses ditch the old ‘grading system’ to evaluate a student and instead focus on traits like skills and problem solving capabilities. Design is a field that changes every day and a field that expects its fresher candidates to focus on industry related problems, understand the modern trends and foresee the future, instead of just being good with sketching and design skills. Working in this regard, online educators are offering many job and internship opportunities to their students more used to the industry and its ways.

3. Online Courses are more Flexible, Accessible and Personal
Online courses in India and elsewhere have three distinct characteristics that make them better than regular classroom courses. Online education is more flexible when compared to the traditional ways of Indian education. Students can have access to the course material 24×7, re-play the live sessions any time they are convenient with for future reference and research. Also, the trainers of these online courses try to maintain a friendly approach with their students to make the whole online experience more transparent, easy to follow and interactive. Individual attention is in fact higher in online courses and students can keep in touch with the faculty for guidance even after the completion of these courses.

Advantages of Online Courses

Advantages of Online Courses

4. You don’t have to go anywhere!
This is one of the most fundamental features of distant education, you don’t have to attend classroom sessions. You don’t have to travel to places or totally uproot your location in order to pursue a course. For example, most of our DiCD online course students don’t reside in Bangalore and come from places like Chennai, Hyderabad and even Uganda! However, through our online courses those students were able to access the only course of this kind in India, without coming to Bangalore. Students can take up any number of online courses from the convenience of their home and cut down on expenses like travel, relocation and accommodation.

5. You don’t have to give up anything!
If you are to pursue a regular classroom course, you are bound to give up all other activities and dedicate a part of your day exclusively for the course. Working professionals who are willing to learn further often find this restriction very discouraging and give up on their wish to learn more. Online courses are an excellent alternative to people like this who cannot give up their jobs or students who are still completing their degree or even housewives who want to put their free time into good use. Online courses offer the convenience of ‘Anytime, Anywhere’, thus giving the learner the freedom to choose his/her study time table and place to learn.

Learn From Home Anytime

Learn From Home Anytime

 

 

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Top 10 Interior Design Colleges in India

Until the 80s, the study of interior design was only considered to be a part of architecture studies. But with changing times, lifestyle trends and evolving mindset of the people, interior design has grown to become a fully-fledged professional course today. The number of people dwelling in cities is off the charts and unfortunately living spaces are shrinking day by day. This calls for smart usage of space and who else to the rescue other than Interior Design! So yes, interior design is in its prime time in India and the industry is looking for lakhs of talented interior designers, professional and freelancers alike.

So if you are an aspiring interior designer looking for Interior Design Courses and Colleges in India, here’s a comprehensive list of the ‘Top 10 Interior Designing Colleges in India’ to help you to make an informed career choice!

 

1. National Institute of Design (NID)
Location: Delhi
Courses Offered:
1. 4 year B.Des courses in Furniture, Textile, Ceramic & Glass Design
2. 2.5 year M.Des courses in Furniture, Textile, Ceramic & Glass and Lifestyle Accessory Design
Why Join: India’s top most design school in terms of faculty, exposure and placements

 

2. Sai School of Interior Design
Location: New Delhi
Courses Offered:
1. Certificate in Furniture Samadhan
2. Certificate in Vastu Shastra
3. 1 year Professional course in Interior Design
4. 2 year Advanced Professional course in Interior Design
Why Join: Known for its specialized certificate courses and placements

 

3. Sir JJ School of Art
Location: Mumbai
Courses Offered: 4 year BFA program in Interior Decoration
Why Join: Known for its rich history (established in 1857) and notable alumni

 

4. Arch Academy of Design
Location: Jaipur
Courses Offered:
1. 4 year Undergraduate program in Interior Design
2. 2 year Postgraduate program in Interior Design
3. 3 year Vocational program in Interior Design
4. 1 year Short Term course in Interior Design
Why Join: Known for its choice of courses and international programs and affiliations

 

5. IILM School of Design
Location: Gurgaon
Courses Offered: 4 year Undergraduate program in Interior and Furntiure Design
Why Join: Offers scholarships to its students based on the performance in the Aptitude/Analytical test and Personal
Interview conducted by the institute

 

6. Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology
Location: Bangalore
Courses Offered:
1. MBA in Interior Design and Management
2. 3 year B.Sc in Interior Design
3. 1 year Graduate Diploma in Interior Design
Why Join: Versatile choice of interior design courses and includes CAD as a part of the curriculum

 

7. CEPT University
Location: Ahmedabad
Courses Offered:
1. 5 year B.Sc in Interior Design
2. 2 year M.Des in Furniture Design
3. Master of Interior Architecture & Design
4. International Master of Interior Architecture & Design
Why Join: One of the first Indian colleges to offer internationally oriented PG courses

 

8. Shri Devi College of Interior Designing
Location: Mangalore
Courses Offered:
1. 3 year B.Sc in Interior Design and Decoration
2. Diploma in Interior Design and Decoration
Why Join: Known for its contemporary curriculum and the second college in South India to offer Interior Design courses

 

9. Exterior Interiors Pvt. Ltd
Location: Cochin
Courses Offered: 1 year National Diploma Course in Interior Design
Why Join: Run by an Indian corporate architectural firm collaborated with one of the largest architectural firms of the UK

 

10. College of Architecture
Location: Nashik
Courses Offered: 4 year B.Des program in Interior Design, Set Design and Furniture Design
Why Join: One of the most reputed colleges for architecture and interior design studies

 

 

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Want to be a professional Interior Designer?
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Launchpad Academy’s Interior Design Course

Yes, you read that right! An Interior Design Course from Launchpad Academy! It’s been a year since we embarked on our journey to spur a design revolution in India and we feel the time has arrived for us to make our next big move, Interior Design!

Within a short period of time, Launchpad Academy is a known name in the Indian design industry today, all credits to our hardworking team, expert faculty, student coordinators, partner educational institutions and of course, our amazing students! After our Car Design courses and workshops gained tremendous mainstream success, we believe it’s time to dive deeper into the valley of design. Because ours is an offbeat design institute with a mission to promote emerging design domains through online education in India. Which brings us to Interior Design, our next big venture!

Why Interior Design?
Before we say anything about our online interior design course, read the below points to know why interior design is actually a big deal in India.
• Indian real estate market has always remained evergreen and will continue to do so. Due to rapid globalization and increased number of city dwellers, there is a great need for beautiful and artistic living spaces which are also compact in nature.
• However, despite the fact that there is a great demand for interior designers in India, the number of professional interior designers in India is alarmingly less to meet the growing demands of the Indian real estate, furniture and home décor industry.
• To be more precise, currently India needs more than 100000 interior designers, echoing the increasing importance and scope of interior design in India. All we are saying is, you could be one of them!

Why Take Up Our Course?
Interior Design is a unique design domain which demands a deeper understanding of not just design, but construction and marketing as well. An interior designer is expected to shape beautiful residential, commercial and institutional spaces along with clients and engineers. One has to explore aesthetic values in each and every corner of a living space through color, form and space.

Launchpad Academy’s ‘Interior Design Course’ aims to provide just the right amount of information and familiarize aspiring interior designers with the Principles, Practices and Techniques of contemporary interior design. Need more reasons? Go through the highlights of our online Interior Design Course.

Course Highlights
Online Course: Learn from your home and still get the good quality and feel of a classroom training. In addition to the live interactive instructor led session, recorded videos of the live session will be made available too.
Exemplary Curriculum: The course content is designed and taught by reputed interior designers and industry experts to enable learners hone their interior design skills and be industry ready.
Certification: Launchpad’s ‘Interior Design Course’ is a certified course and after the completion of their assignments and projects, learners will be awarded a course completion certificate.
Assignments and Projects: Our aim is to enable our students to master their design skills and inspire them to learn more and keep improving. Hence practical assignments and an end of course project are a part of the course.

Who Should Take Up Our Course?
Anybody who loves interior design! Yes, anybody! The course doesn’t have any age restrictions nor any pre-requisite educational background. All you need is an eye for detail and love for design and styling. You could be anybody, a school going kid or a civil engineering student, or a busy homemaker who wants to have her own interior design business!

Course Structure
The course comprises of 12 live interactive, instructor led sessions, each of 3 hours duration. The course content is as follows.

  1. INTRODUCTION TO INTERIOR DESIGN (3HRS)
    THUMB-RULES OF DESIGN
    SPACE CREATION & VISUALISING
    SPACE PLANNING
  2. DEVELOPING BASIC INTERIOR PLANS & ELEVATIONS (3HRS)
  3. BASICS ON INTERIOR SKETCHING TECHNIQUES (3HRS)
    PRODUCT SKETCHING
    SKETCHING FURNITURE
    SKETCHING INTERIOR SPACES WITH ELEMENTS
  4. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE SKETCHES & DRAWINGS (3HRS)
  5. METHODS OF DESIGN PRESENTATION – MANUAL (3HRS)
  6. BASICS OF COMPUTER AIDED PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES IN 2D & 3D (3HRS)
  7. DEVELOPING INTERIORS FOR DIFFERENT FUNCTIONAL SPACES (3HRS)
    • HOUSE INTERIORS
    • RESTAURANT INTERIORS
    • OFFICE SPACES
  8. DEVELOPING THEME BASED INTERIORS (3HRS)
    • SETTING DIFFERENT MOODS WITH INTERIOR MATERIAL & COLOUR PALETTES
    • BASIC LIGHTING TECHNICQUES
  9. INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS & PROJECT EXECUTION (3HRS)
    • INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS & MANUFACTURING PROCESS
    • METHODS OF EXECUTION
    • IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS
    • STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT
  10. INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT – DESIGN EXERCISE (3HRS)
  11. DESIGN EXERCISE (3HRS)
  12. DESIGN PROJECT – PRESENTATION (3HRS)

Course Fee
The course fee of Launchpad’s ‘Interior Design Course’ is an affordable 19,999 rupees. The payment can be made by both online and offline payment methods.
1. Online Payment
One can make the payment at www.launchpadacademy.in
2. Bank Deposit
Launchpad Education
Syndicate Bank
Account No: 04411010004441
Branch : DVG Road, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
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Career Opportunities After the Course
As told before, there is a great demand for Interior Designers in India among the real estate, furniture and home décor industry. Launchpad Academy is partnered with many such companies and design studios who are on the lookout for creative interior designers in Bangalore. Students who fair exceedingly well and complete all their assignments and projects will get guaranteed internships and interior designer jobs in Bangalore through Launchpad Academy.

 

Love decorating houses?
Want to be a professional Interior Designer?
If yes, then we might have the course tailor-made for you! Join our ‘Diploma in Interior Design‘ online course today!

Why You Might Fail To Clear CEED 2018?

CEED (Common Entrance Examination for Design) is that one examination which has been deciding the future of aspiring designers in India from many years. An all-India examination conducted by the Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay, it is one of the hardest design entrance exams to clear. Though clearing CEED doesn’t guarantee admissions into design schools, CEED is definitely the gateway one needs to get through before seeking admissions in IITs, IISc and other reputed design schools.

Though thousands of design students write CEED every year, only a handful are able to clear the exam. Unlike Engineering in India, Design is a very exquisite educational domain, having fewer colleges and fewer seats. Hence, for students who are aiming to get into the best design schools in India, it is going to be tough to fight it out amongst thousands and make it to the top. Though it is easy to clear CEED with dedication, hard work and the right approach towards design, there are plenty of reasons why you might fail to clear CEED 2016. Here’s a list.

1. You are depending on your CEED coaching center
Creativity, imagination, analytical thinking, problem solving and many such innate qualities can’t be forced into you, they have to be cultivated instead. It is simply impossible to develop a designer’s approach within 3 months as the centers promise. You can’t clear CEED if you can’t think like a designer, it’s as simple as that.

2. You are treating CEED like IIT JEE
Design unlike engineering is not technical in nature, doesn’t rely on formulas and mathematical interpretations. If you want to clear CEED 2018, take out that marks-oriented approach from your head and most importantly, stop thinking like an engineer! Instead take time to observe design as a concept, implement your ideas, keep experimenting and keep improving your skills. Think beyond marks!

3. Your drawing and sketching skills are poor
Design is in fact the process of giving a visual representation to your ideas and if your drawing and sketching skills are too poor to represent your ideas, it is very likely that you won’t clear CEED. Though design is not technical, it’s not entirely about imagination and ideas either. Proportions, angles, ideations, aesthetics, packaging, user-function… knowledge of these things matter too.

Sketching Skills

Sketching Skills

4. You are lacking analytical thinking
The whole intention of design is to make things more functional and simpler to use, to make ideas more relatable and understandable. As a designer, you must be able to identify design problems quickly and offer solutions instantly. CEED question papers emphasize heavily on these analytical thinking problems and even if you are good at sketching, if you lack analytical thinking, it is going to be tough to clear CEED.

5. You don’t know how well prepared you are
In case of IIT JEE you will know how well prepared you are as the questions are straight forward, methods definitive and results measurable. But that’s not the case in CEED. If you fail to interact with other students and expert designers in online communities and get their opinions on you skills and works, you will never know your mistakes and instead come to the conclusion that you are simply well prepared.

6. You are not working on your portfolio
CEED is only half the race to seek admissions in design schools. CEED is followed by a much more difficult studio test and personal interview where you are supposed to present your design portfolio and explain yourself as a designer. If your preparation is all about clearing CEED and not creating your own design portfolio, you will never gain entry into a design school. A portfolio is a collection of your works.

A Typical Portfolio

A Typical Portfolio

7. You are not taking studio tests seriously
If you are capable enough to clear the studio tests, you are certainly capable enough to clear CEED 2016. Rather than prioritizing CEED before the studio test that follows, do the opposite in fact. It takes great amount of knowledge, skills and confidence to face studio tests, and if you have it all, CEED will be a cakewalk for you!

8. You are not solving enough previous year question papers
Though the pattern of CEED is completely unpredictable, it is wise to solve as many previous year question papers as possible. It gives you a brief insight over what kind of questions would be asked and lets you easily prioritize the things you are supposed to learn. All the previous year CEED question papers can be easily found on the internet, along with the solutions.

9. You are not exploring enough
As said before, design is not about rules, formulas and mathematics. There’s no definitive syllabus like engineering where you can limit your horizons of learning. Learning is an endless process if you are a designer and anything related to design could be asked in CEED 2018 . The more you explore, the more you know and the more you learn. Make good use of the resources and technology you are provided with.

Using Online Resources

Using Online Resources

10. You don’t have a design mindset
A design mindset is what differentiates people who clear CEED and ones who don’t. Evaluators of studio tests and personal interviews specifically look for the love and passion you have for design. Your works need to speak a consistent design language and reflect a solid design approach. If you don’t possess a design mindset as such and just focus on clearing CEED 2018 , sooner or later you will realize design was not for you.

This article is not intended to discourage or demotivate anybody who is planning to write design entrance exams like CEED, UCEED or NID’s entrance exam. The article is just giving you a list of things you shouldn’t be doing over the next six months while you prepare for CEED 2018, which is likely to be conducted in the month of December, Jan 2018.

 

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UCEED 2015 – A Career Guide

UCEED 2015 certainly created a lot of buzz in Indian design education over the past month. We here at Launchpad Academy, learned about the newly introduced B.Des programme in IIT Bombay at the earliest (and also the dual degree program, B.Des + M.Des) and being a design education startup, we felt the responsibility of informing design enthusiasts like you about this new design course and entrance exam.

Over the past month, our previous article on UCEED 2015 received an overwhelming response and hundreds of people contacted us to clarify their doubts about the course and the exam. Now that the official UCEED website is up and active, those who are still unsure about the nature of the B.Des course in IIT Bombay and the UCEED 2015 examination, please go through the UCEED website and have your doubts cleared right now. However, I observed that the UCEED website left a lot of career related questions unanswered or barely answered. This article is especially for those people who are in splits whether to take up design as a career and people who are looking for shortcuts to clear UCEED 2015. If you’re one of them, read on to know more.

 

Can I Get A Job After Completing the B.Des Course?
In a country like India where students are more concerned about jobs than skills, it is only natural that our previous article was bombarded with this question. To begin with, I think it’s high time that we Indian students look at career opportunities with a different perspective and realize that a degree alone won’t get us a job in today’s job scenario. As IIT Bombay cites, the world is gradually moving towards a creative economy where your skills and problem solving abilities matter more than your academic excellence. Hence it is totally up to you how well you utilize this course and develop your personality and skills over the years. Rather than expecting the institute to do all the legwork, I urge the students to take responsibility of their career and fight it out. However I must also mention that IDC, IIT Bombay is one of the Top 50 Design Schools in the World and as the institute itself claims, it has an impressive placement record. So will you get a job after completing the B.Des course in IIT Bombay? Well, my answer is ‘Most Likely…Yes’!

 

Is There Any UCEED Training Available? Any Reference Books? Any Tips?
As most of you know, UCEED 2015 is the first exam of its kind and there are no previous year question papers available for reference. However, IIT Bombay was considerate enough to heed to students’ request and released a sample question paper (along with the answer keys) on its UCEED website. And as expected, the sample UCEED question paper follows a similar pattern to CEED and all the questions are based on the following design related topics.
1. Visualization and Spatial Ability
2. Observation and Design Sensitivity
3. Environmental and Social Awareness
4. Analytical and Logical Reasoning
5. Language and Creativity
6. Design Thinking and Problem Solving
As IIT Bombay claims, all the five design related topics except Environmental and Social Awareness are aptitude tests that serve as yardsticks to measure your talent for sketching and designing. So rather than looking for already curated reference material and training, hit the internet and learn as much as you can on the above mentioned topics. And since UCEED follows a similar pattern as CEED, refer all those previous year CEED papers which are available in abundance in the internet.

 

I’m Preparing for JEE as well as UCEED. Which Is More Important?
Well, it depends on your interests. JEE as we know is a technical entrance exam and UCEED is a design entrance exam. Engineering and Design are two entirely different domains though they are slightly interrelated at some level. If you are good at sketching, at least have a brief idea about what those above mentioned design topics meant and want to be a designer at at any cost, I would recommend you to focus on UCEED. However, if you are finding JEE ridiculously difficult and design is just an alternative escape to you, I would recommend you to study hard and stick with JEE. Let me remind you, B.Des in IIT Bombay is a very exquisite course and only 30 seats are available (including reserved seats). Just 30! So the competition will be pretty fierce and UCEED is as difficult as JEE in terms of competition. 12th is a very crucial part in every Indian student’s career and you don’t want to sail on two boats and expect to board one when the other sinks. Nonetheless, if you are that interested in design and don’t want your JEE preparations to go in vain too, don’t worry, IIT Guwahati has a B.Des course too and JEE is the qualifying entrance exam for this course. And if nothing works, there are a lot of top private design schools in India that offer B.Des course. There you go, problem solved!

To conclude, all I would ask you students is to work hard and work smart. Make good use of the technology you are equipped with and explore internet to the fullest to aid your UCEED preparation. And lastly, think twice before you choose design as a career. If you are a lazy ass who doesn’t like challenges, doesn’t like to be creative, for whom job satisfaction means nothing but who just wants to count money sitting on your office chair, frankly B.Des is not the course you are looking for!

 

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Interested in Car Design?
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