The Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) at AnantU is a student-centric methodology that gives them the power to define their own education and career paths. The two important elements that make up the CBCS are the freedom of choice and a predefined credit system.
Freedom of Choice:
The CBCS offers a ‘buffet’ approach wherein the students can pick courses of their own choice every semester. These courses may belong to any of the specialisations offered at the University, and may even be cross-listed among more than one specialisation.
Furthermore, if the students desire, they can opt for additional courses and complete more than the minimum required credits in any semester. Through a smart selection of courses listed under more than one major, and some additional credits in select semesters, students can obtain a double major, or a major and a minor. All students get a degree in Bachelor of Design with the specialisation listed as a major.
Consider the case of a BDes student who wants to pursue a career in Product Design, but is also interested in Interaction Design. With the CBCS at AnantU, she/he can choose to major in Product Design and minor in Interaction Design, or major in both Product Design and Interaction Design.
Every course offered at AnantU is allotted some credits, based on the number of instruction hours and the number of hours of hands-on work. Subsequently, based on that, a course is defined as a studio course or a seminar course.
In order to earn the credits for any course, the student must obtain a passing grade in that course and maintain a minimum of 80% attendance. Failure to meet either of these criteria would imply a repetition of the course to earn the requisite credits.
The CBCS applies to all the undergraduate programmes offered at AnantU i.e. Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Architecture.
- What is a credit
A credit is a recognition for having taken a course at the University. It is used to measure if enough number of hours have been covered for graduation.
- What are the different types of courses offered?Foundation courses
These courses must be completed by all AnantU students during their student journey. Courses such as Elements of Design, Exploring Design Disciplines, etc. fall in this bucket.Speciality courses
These courses are offered by specific disciplines. Design of Living Spaces, Form Development, and Design of Interfaces are examples of speciality courses.Electives
The courses that students select based on her or his interests and development needs are known as electives. Some examples of electives offered are Bronze Casting, Inclusive Design and Wayfinding, and Rendering Techniques.
- How many credits makeup one semester?
The credit system is different for a Design student (4-year programme) and an Architecture student (5-year programme).
Students enrolled in a Design programme, irrespective of their choice of major, have to earn 120 credits. On the other hand, students enrolled in an Architecture course will have to earn 150 credits.
- What is the minimum number of students required by the University to continue offering an elective?
Whenever an elective is offered, the pre-requisites like courses to be completed, the minimum number of students, the maximum number of students, stationery required, etc. will be communicated by the University in advance.
- What is unique about the CBCS at AnantU?
AnantU’s undergraduate programmes consist of a mix of foundation, elective and speciality courses. This mix gives the student a strong, mandatory foundation while providing an opportunity to choose electives of interest and speciality courses that would define a major. Through this system, a student can learn at his/her own pace.
- How is the Choice Based Credit System different from Transdisciplinary Design?
CBCS provides students with the choice to select from prescribed courses (foundation, speciality, or electives) and allows them to define their own learning path. Students can opt to major in more than one specialisation, or choose not to major in any, choosing instead to learn a little bit about each speciality discipline. The student would then be a transdisciplinary designer.