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About the University

Anant National University was established in 2016 as India’s first Design University, offering programmes in Design and Architecture. Prior to this, we were affiliated with Gujarat University and Gujarat Technological University from 2012 till 2016, offering courses such as Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor in Interior Design and Bachelor in Planning.

Yes. Anant National University is established as a State Private University under Gujarat Private Universities (Amendment) Act 2016 and is authorised to award degrees as specified by University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 22 of the UGC Act. This list includes BDes, BArch and MDes degrees, which are offered by us.

AICTE’s approval is not required for private universities and hence their provisions do not apply to us.

AnantU offers a choice based credit system. The Foundation year, common to all undergraduate students, prepares the students to understand the fundamentals of design and architecture, develop skills to comprehend and interpret design elements and sensitise them to the real world. After the first year, the students can select their electives every semester to Major in whichever stream they like. They can design their own academic journey throughout their study.

We have close to 720 students on campus enrolled in programmes such as BDes, BArch, MDes and Anant Fellowship

We have close to 40 full-time faculty members and nearly 50 adjunct and visiting faculty members teaching various courses at AnantU.

For AY 2020 -21 :

Rs. 1,75,000/- per annum is the Tuition Fee for BDes
Rs. 88,000/- per annum is the Tuition fee for BArch
Rs. 2,50,000/- per annum is the Tuition fee for MDes
Rs. 1,45,000/- per annum is the Hostel Fee which includes food expenses.

We offer Merit and Need-based scholarships to our students subject to eligibility terms and conditions.

The University has close ties with foreign universities and we regularly present opportunities for exchange programmes. Additionally, students go on study tours, after which they present their findings in an exhibition format. Day trips and overnight tours to industrial areas, design villages and small-scale entrepreneurial workshops are organised as part of the learning process.

Yes. The University offers need-based scholarships to students after S/he has secured admission. We also offer merit scholarships to students who have achieved a ranking in the UCEED examination. Scholarships are offered to architecture students who secure a score of 140 and above in NATA. More details can be found here: http://anu.edu.in/fees-financial-aid/

AnantU has the latest hardware and the software that is required for the various design and architecture courses.

We help students from drafting resumes to connecting them with the right company. We have our database of companies as our recruiters. 

AnantU Placement model is a four-stage process involving 

  • Pre-Placement activities 
  • Career Guidance
  • Executing Placement 
  • Post Placement reviews

The first batch of Designers to pursue their internship was in the 2019-20 academic year. The students did their internship in organisations such as Larsen & Tubro/ TCS/ Frontier1990, Hyderabad/ Common Ground Practice, Delhi; Josmo, Goa/ WeHear, Ahmedabad/ Design Dhanush, Maharashtra & Gujarat/ UX Reactor, Hyderabad/ 99 studio/ Venus, Dubai/ Detales Design Interior Studio, Ahmedabad, XH2O, Ahmedabad, S3M Industrial Design, The Ahmedabad Projects, Studio Anecdote by Nehaal Kinariwala, Ahmedabad, MG Designs, to name a few.

Some of our graduates and Fellows have been placed in the following companies:

  • Lodha Group
  • Piramal Group
  • QCI
  • Common Ground practice
  • INI Design Studio
  • HCP Design, Planning & Management Pvt. Ltd.
  • Earth Foundation
  • Blocher Blocher India pvt. Ltd.
  • Open Spaces Design Studio
  • Biome Environmental Solutions
  • Shriram Properties
  • WRI
  • Anthill Creations
  • Homes in the City
  • Intach
  • Apoorva Amin Architects
  • UX Reactor
About BDes Academics

Under our BDes programme, AnantU offers Product Design, Interaction Design, Space Design, Communication Design, Transdisciplinary Design and Sustainable Fashion & Textile design.

  • Professor Amareshwar Galla, Faculty and Director, International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership (ICICL) (Founding Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia/India/USA, Former Vice President, ICOM, Paris & former President ICOM of the Asia Pacific, Paris).
  • Professor Amit Sheth, Faculty and Dean of Advancement (Founder and Managing Director, Minds Eye Design Private Limited, Founder Head of Nirma University Department of Design, Member, National Committee on Design of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), 2020-21, National Executive Council Member of Association of Designers of India, Chartered Member of  Chartered Designers of India).
  • Professor Anubha Kakroo, Faculty (Former Mentor at the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship at the IIM Ahmedabad and Member, National Committee on Design of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), 2018-19.)
  • Professor Ashima Banker, Faculty and Director, Master of Urban Design
  • Professor Dhaval Monani, Faculty
  • Professor Miniya Chatterjee, Faculty and Director Centre for Sustainability, (CEO, Sustain Labs, Paris, Adjunct Professor, Sciences Po, Paris)
  • Professor Jasmine Gohil, Faculty  & Associate Dean Academic Affairs, Vice Principal School of Architecture
  • Professor Rattan Gangadhar, Faculty (Former Head of Department – Digital and Transportation Design at ISD Rubika, DSK International Campus; Head of Design – General Motors Design – India)
  • Professor Sharmila Sagara, Faculty (MFA – Sculpture, MSU Baroda)
  • Professor Snehal Nagarsheth, Faculty and Dean of School of Architecture
  • Interior design predominantly deals with enhancing the interior spaces and adding more value by creating an efficient and aesthetically pleasing environment to the user who is occupying the space in the domain of personal and public front.
  • Space design caters to the larger scope of designing the spaces with regards to open, semi-covered and covered spaces. It looks at enhancing transitional spaces by integrating performance-based design and blurring the boundaries by creating an interactive dialogue between the built environment and its context.
  • The campus

    AnantU has a modern and contemporary campus which is set in a lush green setting at Godhavi at the outskirts of Ahmedabad city, equipped with all amenities and infrastructure required for a Design University. The AnantU campus was reimagined to incorporate ideas of adaptive multi-use and student-friendly spaces. This effort has been recognised with prestigious awards like the ‘Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Renovation and Adaptive Reuse’ award by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). We are proud to be amongst the few international universities who are currently working towards a sustainable future. 


  • The classrooms

    We have fully air-conditioned classrooms with different seating capacities. Our classrooms are equipped with audio and video projection and presentation facilities for the faulty to use in their lectures.


  • The studio

    Most of our classrooms are in studio formats to facilitate hands-on learning by doing. The campus has studio classrooms to accommodate nearly 950 students. 


  • The computer lab
    We have a computer lab equipped with 40 systems with the latest hardware and required design software to aid learning.

  • Makerspace – the Design Lab
    Makerspace, our in-house design lab has a carpentry workshop, a pottery workshop, digital manufacturing facility with equipment for laser etching and cutting, CNC router and 3-D Printers, along with an electronics workbench. There is also provision for the fabrication of models and mockups using hand and power tools.

  • Learning Commons – the Library

    It is a modern library with physical and online books, journals and reading materials on Design and Architecture.


  • The canteen:

    AnantU campus building has a beautiful green atrium which doubles up as a canteen and student’s hangout spot. It offers full meals and snacks, breakfast, lunch and an all-day menu. The canteen also offers healthy options such as fruit juices and platters, hot and cold beverages.

This one of a kind programme – B.Des. Fashion and Textile (Sustainable Innovation) at AnantU – is a four-year programme that will offer a curriculum, which draws from the fields of fashion, textile, technology, and sustainability to impart a comprehensive understanding of fashion and textile education. This will enable students to explore form, silhouette, material, and process based on social and environmental imperatives. This program focuses on the problem of extensive resource depletion coupled with landfill overburdening caused by the textiles and fashion sector alone. Students will be able to create an innovative and responsible fashion by focusing on sustainability and multidisciplinarity.

Although the game design is considered a field of its own, there are many aspects of overlap between game design and interaction design. For example, interaction designers regularly apply principles of gamification to the design of interactive systems, often to motivate people to behave in particular ways. On the other hand, one of the ways in which game designers apply interaction design, especially in the case of digital games, is in the design of the controls, information architecture, task flows, and general usability of the gameplay itself.

UX and UI design are part of interaction design. In fact, Interaction design graduates are employed by the ever-growing digital industry as UX / UI designers in large numbers. As such interaction design concerns itself with the design of digital products, environments, systems and services, but also extends to the non-digital realm – exploring how people might interact with the physical environment, systems, spaces, objects, other people, society, organisations, etc.

The online platform of learning is such that it allows one to one interactions with the faculties in their given time slots. Digital model making is also encouraged by the students to allow them to develop good visualisation skills as well as master digital skills. This will not only help them get equipped with the software that is in demand in the professional world but also help them professionally explain their designs through online applications. All the assignments are updated on Google classroom and regular feedback is given to the students on their submissions. Tremendous efforts are put in by the mentors to showcase worldwide examples of relevant designs, to inspire the students as well as help them to generate innovative concepts. The studio problems are designed in such a way to relate to the current situation of COVID-19, which help them to understand its implications on design decisions as well as make their minds trigger their quest to solve these problems.

We are not insisting on making the laptop compulsory but in this current scenario of COVID-19 pandemic, it is highly desirable for a student to have a laptop.

It is recommended that all students get a laptop suitable for running software required for the design courses. Classroom instruction, course assignments and research during and after class hours would require access to a computer and internet. The laptop should be capable of running Adobe Creative Cloud software and the optimum requirement is listed below. The department also recommends (but does not require) that all students purchase an external hard drive for additional portable storage and file back-up (1TB is optimal).    

Recommended Laptop Configuration.

  1. 16 G B RAM 
  2. Intel Core 7
  3. 256  GB Hard disk
  4. Graphics accelerator recommended

About MDes Academics

Master of Urban Design at AnantU is an interface of architecture, urban planning and strategic management. Poised to prepare urban solutionaries, the programme is designed to prepare professionals who can work on the project cycle from conceptualization to implementation. The scale of projects is focussed on the neighbourhood and local area, within the context of larger urban systems.

A unique two-year programme offered in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, MDes-IPD combines the disciplines of engineering, management and design to train students to develop the ability to analyse real-world challenges from multiple perspectives and solve them holistically using appropriate design methodologies.

The MIPD programme is built around a learning-by-doing model offering traditional and modular courses that draw from design, engineering, and business disciplines. It emphasises independent, as well as, collaborative work, and students produce multiple outputs throughout the coursework. Students learn the fundamentals of idea generation, conceptual development, designing, and creating original products, while also building skills in business planning and development. The programme prepares them for future roles as entrepreneurs, designers, design researchers, product engineers, and leaders of front-end innovation teams.

The Master of Urban Design programme at AnantU is curated on the premise that the present and future of urban transformations is focussed on appropriate design intervention, after adequate public consultation and followed by a robust implementation mechanism.

The programme also encourages students to collate inferences in a multidisciplinary manner as an attempt to find solutions to various urban problems. This is across four verticals, Society & People; Environment & Ecology; Technology & Networks and Management & Governance. The distinct but interrelated modules are carefully curated and designed, as a convergence of two or more verticals, to accord the students with the knowledge of the complexities in urban areas, along with instating within them varied perspectives.

The university does not offer any bridge programs. 

However, there are Bridge courses offered as part of the MIPD program. These courses are designed to enable students coming from different educational backgrounds to pick up the skill sets required to successfully pursue the Master’s Programme. These bridge courses impart a fundamental understanding of Design, Business and Engineering to create a strong foundation for students.

About BDes Admissions

A student applying for the Bachelor’s of Design programme should have cleared their 12th-grade board exams with a minimum of 50% marks. Students who have achieved a rank in their UCEED exams are also eligible to apply for the Bachelor’s of Design programme. Depending on the rank, some students are eligible for a direct interview round, while others are required to write the AnantU Design Entrance Test and qualify for an interview round. We also offer scholarships to students who have secured a UCEED ranking. For more details, kindly check http://anu.edu.in/fees-financial-aid/

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AnantU Design Entrance Test (DET) is being held online this year. Subsequently, for the shortlisted candidates, there is an interview and portfolio round with specific tasks for candidates, which they have to complete and include in their portfolio. 
  • Traditionally, the DET comprised a 2 hour written test, followed by an hour of the situational test (which includes Model Making). The student had to explain the model to the invigilator after its completion. If the student cleared the test, he/she would proceed to the next round for a telephonic interview with the faculty.

The results for the entrance test are announced anywhere between two to three weeks after the test is held.

Since the DET is being held online this year, and not at any test centre, a portfolio won’t be necessary for writing the online test. However, a portfolio will be required for the next level of the application process i.e. an interview round with panellists over video.

Students are asked questions related to their design interests and abilities. Additionally, the interview panel will ask questions to gauge the personality of the students.

Every human has a natural talent/affinity for a field of study. A creative bent of mind is not only linked to artistic skills, but a person could have the ability to look at things with a unique perspective or the talent for out-of-the-box thinking that leads to problem-solving. If you have any of these traits, plus an eye for detail, then you are a great fit for our design programmes.

Students of the bachelor programmes at AnantU choose their preferred courses for each specialisation. While some courses are mandatory, there are various offered electives of which each student can choose per his/her preference. The class size is determined based on these choices made by the students and hence has no limitation.

About MDes Admissions

The master programmes at AnantU are open to graduates from all disciplines with a minimum of 10+2+3 years of education. Students will have to take an entrance test as well as submit a portfolio, followed by a personal interview with the admissions committee.

About Student life and hostel

Yes. AnantU offers hostel facilities off-campus and transport facilities for travel between hostel and campus. The hostel room is on a triple sharing basis. Meals and basic amenities are provided to the students.

The University has the provision for an on-campus infirmary in association with Krishna Shalby Hospital. A nurse is made available in the working hours of the University on weekdays and a physician visits the campus every Thursday. Additionally, the University hosts the Centre for Wellbeing which provides regular support to the student community through various programmes. Mental health professionals are available to students for counselling support, at all hours.

About Career Opportunities after BDes

According to a CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) report, India currently produces 5000 designers each year, while the market has the scope to employ 30,000 to 40,000 designers each year. Design and Design Thinking are upcoming trends for the future of work and more and more young people are trained in this approach of education.

After successful completion of the course, when our graduates join the industry as professionals, they are responsible for managing the end-to-end processes for the creation of a product. This includes understanding requirements for a product, brainstorming for ideas, creating prototypes, and developing a final product after thorough market research. 

 

While designing, the Product Designer is expected to innovate with an eye on the cost, the aesthetics, prestige value, functionality of the final product, assembling and disassembling of the product, along with the maintenance process and cost.

 

Product design careers cover an extremely broad spectrum of industries from manufacturing, information technology, startups, NGOs, etc. Product designers could work in corporate design studios or independent design studios or as freelance designers. A Product Designer will typically work as part of a team, often comprising junior, middle and senior positions. Eventually, the Product Designer rises to the position of Design Manager or Creative Lead overseeing the design as well as administrative and managerial aspects while contributing towards the overall growth of the business.

Space design includes Interior Design, Landscape Design, Exhibition Design, Set Design, Retail Design among many others.

  • An Interior Designer undertakes projects that include arranging the layout of spaces within a building as well as projects that require an understanding of technical issues such as window and door positioning, acoustics, and lighting.
  • Interior Designers work on a wide variety of projects as they analyse client needs, create plans and specifications, and make sure that a project is finished in accordance with the timeline and budget. Interior Designers mainly work at design firms, architecture firms, corporates, government organisations, start-ups or start their own design studio /practice.
  • Interaction Design covers the study of the interaction between users and products. The products tend to be software products like apps, games, websites etc. The goal of an Interaction Designer is to create products that enable the user to achieve their objective(s) in the best possible manner. The role of an Interaction Designer is to create the best possible user experience for the consumers
  • An Interaction Designer works closely with the product development department and acts as an advocate for all users of the product. One can explore job opportunities with software giants such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, among many others.
  • The Transdisciplinary Design programme was created for designers who are passionate about being a solution to a complex problem at hand since many problems are multidisciplinary in nature.
  • The students are introduced to tools and working methods to address pressing issues on a local and global level. Transdisciplinary designers are exposed to all fields of design and choose courses from other design disciplines to enhance their project. 
  • The designers pursue entrepreneurial opportunities or work as independent consultants. They work in reputed design consultancies.
  • They also find work as designers in the development sector catering to fields of their interest such as education, livelihood, agriculture, health care and public services.
  • Communication design is a systems-based approach in which the totality of media and messages within an organisation is designed as a single integrated process.
  • Our programme prepares students in conceptualising and executing the visual side of printed materials and electronic media outlets while offering hands-on learning in a studio setting.
  • Careers can be built in the advertising and entertainment industry as an Art director, Animator, Creative Director, Graphic designer, Illustrator, Printmaker, Production designer.
About Career Opportunities after MDes

The Master programme at AnantU is designed to include a Capstone project which forms an integral component of the programme. The Capstone is designed to allow the student to be a part of a real-life project and work with potential stakeholders, funding agencies and/or implementing agencies. This allows the student to have industry exposure even before the completion of the Master’s programme. AnantU also brings in professionals from all walks of life and thus facilitates industry linkage.

Our First batch of MIPD students will graduate in 2020 and 70% strength is placed on CTC of 6.5 lacs

Depending on the size of the company, salary ranges from Rs.4 lakhs per annum to Rs 25 lakhs per annum (subject to the level of experience too).

The internship offered is for Rs.5000/- to Rs.20000/- per month. It varies based on the candidate’s knowledge, duration and exposure.