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Choice Based Credit System

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.

Credit System:

Every course offered at AnantU is allotted some credits, based on the number of instruction hours and number of hours of hands-on work. Subsequently, based on that, a course is defined as 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 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.



  • How many credits make up 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.

These credits are earned by taking up three types of courses offered: foundation, speciality, and electives.

Programme Foundation Speciality Electives
(120 Credits)
60 credits 30 credits 30 credits
(150 Credits)
60 credits 60 credits 30 credits


  • How many credits does a student need to obtain a major?
    In order to obtain a major, a BDes student has to clear speciality courses worth 30 credits out of the total 120 credits. 
    Similarly, to obtain a major in Architecture, the student has to obtain 60 credits in speciality courses out of the total 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 specialty 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 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 specialty discipline. The student would then be a transdisciplinary designer.