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About MDes

The Master of Design (M.Des) specializing in User Experience Design is being launched from Academic year 2017-18. This master’s programme offered by SID will be of two years duration and 100 credits. The master’s degree (Master of Design - M.Des) would be awarded by the Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune, which is established under Section 3 of UGC Act 1956 vide notification No. 9-12/2001-U.3 dated 10th November 2006 of UGC, Government of India.

Master of Design in User Experience Design at SID is a very unique and state of the art programme. This is a full time programme, which touches various aspects of Designing for Humans and Experiences. Design is the intermediary between information and understanding. To understand Experience in technology one has to design an affordance bridge.

Masters in User Experience Design aims to create a unique balance and combination between different design disciplines. Our approach gives a complete immersive education emphasizing on continuous explorations and design by practice.

This program will enable students to understand various aspects of design disciplines right from Product Design to Visual Semantics, moving images and how sound can tie down these element in order to generate an engaging interaction between User and System. Eventually, students will be able to create systems, which can trigger human sensing capabilities.

The ability to reason that assesses the problem and analyzes the possibilities for solution. It is the analytical process that relies on method and logic to assess, refine, and verify its various hypotheses. At SID, this reflects in the evaluation methods of the student's project based assignments on the basis of daily performances. We think very highly of introspective aspect of design education and encourage same through our faculty mentors.

Course Structure

Code Course Credits
Semester 1
  Orientation Program  
0502212101UX Skills and Techniques in Design 4
0502212102UX Visual Representation Study and Visualization Techniques 5
0502212103UX Form Studies and Semiotics 4
0502212104UX Studies of Perception in Motion and Sound 5
0502212105UX UX Design Lab 1 - Form and Experience Design Project 4
  Inter Discipline Elective - 1 4
Total 26
  IDE - 1 Courses  
0502212106UX Game Design  
0502212107UX Innovation through Design Thinking  
0502212501II Integrated Disaster Management 1
Semester 2
0502212201UX Information Science and Design 4
0502212202UX Interaction Design 3
0502212203UX Cognitive Psychology in UX 4
0502212204UX Embedded Prototyping for Experience 4
0502212205UX UX Design Lab 2 - Information and Affordance Project 5
0502212206UX UX Design Lab 3 - User Centered Research & Prototyping Project I 5
Total 25
Semester 3
0502212301UX Usability Testing Methods 4
0502212302UX Design Research Methodology and Seminar 6
0502212303UX Critique and Reflection 5
0502212304UX UX Design Lab 4 - User Centered Research & Prototyping Project II 5
  Inter Discipline Elective - 2 4
  Total 24
  IDE - 2 Courses  
0502212305UX Business in UX  
0502212306UX Human Factors in UX  
Semester 4
0502212401UX Degree Project - MUED 25
  Total 25


Admission to M.Des program of SID will be according to the following process.

Stage 1 Candidates would be shortlisted as per the CEED or GATE score. Shortlisted candidates would be called for Studio Test & Personal Interaction to be conducted at SID. Candidates will register for SID and provide valid CEED or GATE Score. Validity of the CEED or GATE score would be as per the criteria of IITs.
Stage 2 Studio Test: The short listed candidates will undergo a “Studio Test”.
Stage 3 “Personal Interaction” of each candidate appeared for Studio Test with a panel of subject experts.

Final Selection Criteria:
i. CEED/GATE score would be considered for shortlisting of the candidates for the Stage 2.
ii.Final selection would be based on the cumulative performance of a candidate in CEED (Paper B - 40%
weightage), Studio Test (30% weightage) and Personal Interaction (30% weightage).


Bachelor’s degree in Design / Engineering / Architecture / Interior Design and Equivalent: 10+2+4 years (minimum four years Bachelor’s course) or must be appearing for the final examination of such a program by May / June 2017.
OR BFA (4 Years Professional program with entry after 10+2)
OR G.D. Art (5 year programme after 10th) with one year post qualification professional experience at the time of application.
With minimum 55% marks (minimum 50% in case of SC/ST candidates)
i. All the above mentioned qualifications should be from a statutory University / Institution from India and abroad.
ii.Any candidate having three years’ Bachelor’s degree is not eligible to apply.

*Subject to approval from SIU


Activity Date / Period
Online Registration for SID at begins March 15, 2017
Last date for online registration to SID June 30, 2017
Short list of candidates for Studio Test July 05, 2017
Studio Test and Personal Interaction at SID, Pune July 18 to 21, 2017
Declaration of First Merit List July 25, 2017
Registration period for the First Merit List Candidates July 26 to 31, 2017
Last date for Registration to the Programme August 11, 2017
Commencement of the Programme August 16, 2017

Note: Candidates on waiting list would be considered for provisional admission in the order of merit list depending on the vacancies after August 11, 2017.

Fee Structure

The fee structure for the academic year 2017-18 (Batch 2017-19) is as follows. The candidate upon selection to the programme will have to pay the full fees at the time of registration to the programme to confirm the registration.

After paying the fees and securing the admission, if the student does not report to the SID office within a month from commencement of sessions, his / her admission will stand cancelled and fees will be refunded only as per the University guidelines.


Particulars Indian Students [All Category] Fees (in Rupees) Per Annum
1st year 2nd year Total
Academic Fees 3,25,000 3,25,000 6,50,000
Security Deposit (Refundable) 25,000 - 25,000
Library Deposit (Refundable) 10,000 - 10,000
Total 3,60,000 3,25,000 6,85,000

Important Notes

SID fees could increase by, upto 10% during the period of the programme.

General Fee Rules

The above-mentioned fee is an annual fee and is generally payable in one installment at the time of registration to the programme. However, for the convenience of the candidates the same could be accepted in two installments on request. The installment facility will not be available for candidates seeking bank loan for education.
The fee would be accepted by cash or by demand draft payable at Pune only and will have to be deposited by the candidate in the bank designated by Symbiosis Institute of Design through a challan.
The students are required to pay the fees on or before the stipulated date. Late payment of fees by students (except at the time of admission) is allowed only in genuine cases. In such cases, the parent has to submit a written request to the Director and on approval has to pay the fees with a fine of Rs. 500/- per week within the approved period.

Students Intake

Sr. No. Specialization Indian Students Total
1 User Experience Design 20 20

Reservation of Seats

Category Reservation %
Within the sanctioned intake
SC 15%
ST 7.5%
Differently abled 3.0%
Over and above sanctioned intake
Kashmiri Migrants 2 Seats
International Students 15%

Note: Seats available would be offered strictly on the basis of Merit and Reservations to the deserving candidates. It is not obligatory for SID to fill all the available seats.


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