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International Design Strategy India Studio

Taught in English Pune
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Degree: Diplôme de design Bac +5: Postgraduate studies / Master's level degree

Prerequisites: 3 years of undergraduate studies in design

Admissions: This program will not open in 2023-2024


Location: Pune, India

Teaching language: English

Master’s level degree (Diplôme de design)

Get inspired by Indian culture through a two-year master's level degree program, and obtain a French certified degree. Program in partnership with the MIT Pune. Regarding the actual health situation, this program will not open for the academic year 2023-2024

This program leads to the master’s level degree (Diplôme de design) certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

The 'International Design Strategy / India Studio' program encourages the exploration of different cultures within an applied, interdisciplinary context.

In India, our students learn how to use design for positive social impact on humans and businesses and to better understand the global perspective on design. Students will have to comprehend the Indian market and appropriate the local behaviors to offer a coherent project, adapted to users, with an anthropological approach to design.

India’s growing economy and high demand for design professionals offer vast opportunities to accommodate young designers during and after their studies. In the current context of globalization, understanding other cultures and other value systems is a major asset for every designer.

“Design is not just about making something beautiful, but also something which can make life better for people.”

A stepping stone to an international designer career

This program provides a unique opportunity for young designers to specialize in Social Innovation and Design Thinking while offering an internationally and nationally-recognized master level degree.

Close collaboration with cross-cultural teams and work from a totally different perspective will provide a rich experience for young designers willing to work at an international level.

MIT Institute of Design's large campus will allow students to participate in the many activities of the University, the festivals, and meet and collaborate with students from various fields such as transportation design, fashion design, film and video design, etc.

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Main themes

  • Anthropology
  • Social innovation
  • Design in an Indian context
  • Multicultural context
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A unique two-year program

This programs, established over two years, are organized in four semesters validated by 30 ECTS each. A consequent and increasing personal working time is expected for each module.

Students conduct their master studies from within the realm of their design discipline, and with a spirit of integration into an Asian context. During applied projects conducted with local partner companies, students form interdisciplinary design teams working on real assignments for Asian clients.

Teaching program – 1st year

Semester 1

Students spend this semester abroad in an internship as a junior designer (13 weeks minimum). They follow before this internship a module including a welcome seminar and methodology-transculturality (80h), language courses and local culture (30h).

The goal of this semester for students is to highlight and expand professional knowledge in the context of another culture.

Semester 2

During this semester, students learn how to manage complex design projects, deepen their knowledge of the economic, social and cultural aspects of the field covered in their program, build and apply a methodology and support their end-of-term project. studies, the subject of which they themselves define.

Teaching, delivered in the form of projects in partnership with industry, workshops, lectures, conferences and professional meetings includes the following compulsory credits:

  • Design and complexity project
  • Workshop to define the end of studies project
  • Prospective design project
  • Seminar methodologies
  • Innovation seminar
  • Intellectual property
  • Seminar specific to the theme of the program
  • Introduction to research workshop
  • Professionalisation / lab
  • Contests
  • TOEIC preparation
  • Preparation for the end of studies project, complementary seminar
  • Memory preparation workshop
Teaching program – 2nd year

Semester 3

Continuation and finalization of the end-of-studies project summarizing all the professional skills acquired. It can be conducted in collaboration with a company and / or research laboratory of a partner university. This personal end-of-studies project must be related to the program in which students are enrolled.
Supervision is ensured in the form of workshops under the direction of a referent designer, to which punctual speakers are associated. Writing a thesis in the theme of the project.


  • Initiation to law
  • Introduction to management
  • End of studies project workshop
  • Memory Workshop
  • Professionalization & lab
  • Competitions

Semester 4

The study program ends with a minimum of sixteen weeks (and a maximum of six months) internship within a company, in France or abroad.
Trainees work as junior designers and support all or part of a project.
The student must demonstrate his ability to integrate into a team, manage a project and develop all the sequences of the project for its smooth running. It allows the student to articulate all of his studies with what will be his first professional experience.
Depending on the professional project of the student, this internship can also take place within a company that the student will create, or even within a research laboratory.

Program taught in English

Obtaining the master's level degree

Le Diplôme de design Bac +5 is awarded by the final jury to students who have obtained:

1. a minimum score of 800 points at the TOEIC test*;
2. a score greater than or equal to 10/20, which breaks down as follows:

  • for 40%, mark attributed to continuous monitoring,
  • for 60%, mark obtained at the final defense in September relating to the student's path (end-of-study project, internship and any other element chosen by the student).

More information on validation of the master's level degree

Admission requirements
Academic requirements

This program is open to all applicants who either:

  • hold a Bachelor’s Degree in design, or

  • have completed three years of undergraduate studies in design, equating to at least 180 ECTS credits

You may apply before actually receiving the degree or having completed your undergraduate studies.
However, admission will only take effect once the degree is obtained or the undergraduate credits have been validated.

Applicants whose level we assess to be insufficient may be recommended to follow a semester or a full year in our 3rd Year of DN MADE / International Class before entering the master’s program.

Final admission will only take effect when the necessary visa is obtained, if applicable.

Language requirements


If you are not a native English speaker, we ask that you provide proof of your English proficiency (minimum level of 700 points at the TOEIC test or equivalent).

  • The Master’s level degree being subject to the validation of 700 points in the TOEIC, you will be required to take the TOEIC exam during the course.


Not mandatory for the programs taught in English

How to apply?

Regarding the actual health situation, this program will not open for the academic year 2023-2024

Tuition fees 2023

French students and European Union students: €8,900 per year

Non-European Union students: €9,900 per year

+ CVEC (Student and campus life contribution): contribution set at just under €100 per year
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The school itself does not offer any scholarship. However, according to your country of residence and your particular situation, different possibilities may be available to finance your studies in France: government grants, funding granted by international organizations and NGOs, private fellowships...

Campus France has a scholarship search engine  which may help you identify a scholarship available in your situation (country of residence, degree being prepared etc.).

Obtain a visa for India

Final admission will only take effect when the necessary visa is obtained, if applicable.

You will have to take the following steps:

  • Students are required to apply for a multi-entry student visa for a 25 months period.
    This visa is obtained after a formal application including many documents (passeport, pictures, online form from the Indian government, etc)

  • According to the instructions of the Embassy of India, it is not possible to apply for a student visa more than 20 days before the starting date of your curriculum or internship.

  • A visa enquiry may be accepted, modified or refused by the Embassy of India or may lead to additional checks at any time. Therefore the embassy does not advise to purchase the plane ticket before the visa obtention.

For more information, please visit the VFS Global website

India Studio

More information about the India Studio

Teaching staff

Deputy Executive Director
Stéphane Gouret

Director of Postgraduate Studies
Nathalie CIPRIAN

Job prospects and further education
International career prospects

This program trains students to become global players who can converse fluently in English and possibly even local, Asian languages, understanding Indian context better, and most of all, steep themselves in the ability to design for clients and employers from other cultures. It is a living experience that will change its participants, often opening up unexpected, exciting international career opportunities.

Master’s level degree in design

As all our master programs, this program leads to the Master’s level degree in design, certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and registered in the Registre National des Certifications Professionnelles (the French directory for vocational qualifications or RNCP) as a Level 7 Master’s level degree.

Le Diplôme de design Bac + 5

Further education

The Master’s level degree confers the "Grade de master", and you can pursue your education at a PhD level.


Decathlon, EFD Induction, Embrace, Kenwood, Lumiplan, Samsung

Design agencies

Bande Apart, Bang Design, Design Factory India, Idiom, Poorna Kaksha, Restore Solutions, Studio ABD, Studio J, TYCKA, Beard Design, LOCO Designs,  Mojo Designs (Runna Ray), Veekas Studio, Wolfkraft, Raw Mango, Earth5R, Gudgudee, Yellow Slice, Ant Studio

Public institutions

Maharastra Institute of Technology

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International Design Strategy India Studio

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