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Sushant School of Design proudly presents Abhikalp 2020 | SSD Student Showcase

A virtual exhibition of students’ work from SSD’s programmes of Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Product Design, Visual Communication, Fashion & Textiles, Fashion Communication & Styling and Foundation Year.



SSD hosted an online interaction with Architect and Designer Manish Gulati, Principal Architect M:OFA Studio on 8th May 2020. The talk was titled ‘M:OFA 2020_An Integrated Approach to Design’.

SSD hosted an online talk by Dr Vinod Gupta titled ‘A Different Perspective_Ergonomic Furniture Design’.

For far too long, furniture designers have focused on style, materials and technology at the cost of ergonomics. Architect Dr Gupta, who has produced his own line of work furniture, took a Masterclass to help architects and designers understand what anthropometrics and ergonomic furniture design ought to mean for the contemporary Indian person.

SSD hosted an online interaction with Gunjan Gupta titled ‘Jugaad_Design Innovation in Changing Times’.

Gunjan Gupta is India's leading product designer and an emerging name on the International design circuit. Her iconic designs have been showcased at leading design fairs like Design Miami / Art Basel / Fuorisalone in Milan / Design Days Dubai where she has been noticed by leading collectors, celebrities, institutional heads and design critics. Gunjan has been regularly featured in magazines like Wallpaper, Vogue, Architectural Digest and many other leading design and lifestyle publications. She has been named one of 5 names to watch out for in Indian luxury by the Fortune Magazine and has been featured in the prestigious CNBC TV 18 Young Turks TV Series in India.

SSD hosted an online interaction with Gunjan Gupta titled ‘Jugaad_Design Innovation in Changing Times’.

Students of Sushant School of Design passionately volunteered for India Design ID 2020 held at NSIC Okhla grounds. It was a 4-day event which showcased the finest of home design and decor across all categories and hosted several designers and creative influencers from India and across the world. Our students were responsible for conducting curated walks for these Design luminaries through the exhibits and the event. India Design ID 2020 provided a great platform for students giving them a first-hand experience of event management skills at such a large scale.

Between October 9th and October 11th, SSD students of all five disciplines - Visual Communication, Product Design, Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Fashion & Textiles, set up an exhibition and presented their portfolios to industry professionals which led to some of them getting placed in those companies for Internship. Students of Bachelor of Design Fashion & Textiles displayed their work and projects through a Fashion show organized as part of 'Showcase' week.

Philip Horton, Associate Director at Arizona State University, visited SSD campus to meet and interact with senior students who were in the process of designing their portfolios. His talk on 'how to craft a compelling portfolio' was highly motivating for students as they were gearing up for their internship in the coming semester. This talk was also attended by students of SSAA, Ansal University.

Eminent designer Mukul Goyal, who is also a member of the Advisory Board at SSD interacted with students of continuing and new batch at the school during Design Day on 9th August 2019. He shared personal insights about design inspirations, chasing dream ideas, projects, products and outputs.

Students had a chance to chat informally with him before exploring the workshops - 'Reverse Metamorphosis' and 'Anamorphic Illusions' conducted by faculty at SSD.

The trip to the Arts University of Bournemouth, UK was undoubtedly a healthy, creative and thoughtful exercise for budding designers from Sushant School of Design. The course included workshops everyday most of which, interestingly, had an unconventional yet very useful and practical approach towards learning.

The first day started with a short campus tour where the students were taken to different sections of the building, like art studios, plastic museum, library, fashion studios, graphic studios etc. Later that day, the first activity started with an experimental drawing exercise related to topography and mapping the journeys taken by us at a different age like during childhood. They created an artwork mapping different situations like these on a map giving an idea of their personality and aspirations.

The program was an experience to cherish and look at the things around us with a fresh vision. Whether it was the exercises related to the conventional or experimental ways of drawing, graphic designing or photography, there was a small critique session in all the exercises where each student presented their work. Witnessing the real artworks at Tate Modern and V&A (Victoria and Alb.) gave a better idea of scale and proportion and the overall emotional/psychological impact a good artwork could possibly leave on the viewer. It also broadens the artistic vision and opens the gates for new possibilities and relevant issues of the time we are living in.

Glimpses of Abhikalpa@SSD, Sushant School of Design, Ansal University with renowned designer Alex Davis, Indi Store… celebration of student work! The program on 24th and 25th May 2019 commenced with presenting awards and recognition to students based on categories of Excellence, Value and Participation in the student council.

Sushant School of Design, Ansal University were given an opportunity to work on a project with an organization IAMGURGAON and Municipal Corporation of Gurugram. The project “WHERE DOES IT GO?” looked at the problem of waste and our role in creating it. Waste poisons everything – our air, our water and the soil. We buy, we use, we throw. How often do we think where does it go? What is our role? We send 220 trucks of garbage out every day and our landfill in Bhandwari is overflowing with 25,000 MT of waste! The “Where does it go?” Initiative taken by IAMGURGAON focused on building more awareness around the mounting problem of waste through the medium of art. Well-known artist ARUN KUMAR HG lead this with a team of 12 local artists. They built an immersive installation using waste over 10 days. Students got the opportunity to learn from, and work on Gurgaon’s first large public installation that is focused on an important social message for the local community.

Sushant School of Design was pleased to welcome and take the opportunity to have an interactive session with London based interior architect Shailja Vohora. She has over 30 years’ experience, drawing her inspiration from her time at the Inchbald School of Design and history courses at prestigious institutions such as Christie’s, Sotheby’s and the School of Oriental and African studies. Her interest in philosophy, history, culture and the arts from all over the world, resonate in every interior she creates.

Sushant School of Design, Ansal University organised an event focused on creating awareness towards making Khadi a global fashion fabric, which has a fascinating history of being a symbol of India’s Freedom Struggle. Events like these are instrumental for the upliftment of Khadi weavers creating sustainable employment and better living conditions. The event saw students walking the ramp, wearing the fabric that breathes and personifies a worldview of the past and the future. To felicitate this event, we had amongst us: Major General Bakshi, a decorated retired Indian Army officer from Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, awarded Vishisht Seva Medal for commanding a battalion in operations in Kargil and a recipient of the prestigious Sena Medal for distinguished service.

With representatives from over 60 schools across India over 3 days, the Mahatattva event at the Ed Tech Summit 2018 – SSD Ansal University, was a tremendous success! The ‘Design Thinking for Social Change’ projects were a notch higher than ever before….here’s wishing more schools join us next year to make this world a better place, not only because we think but also because we make it one.

STEM education curriculum followed by schools in India was incorporated with “A”as in arts and creativity .Thus, making the STEM curriculum a “STEAM” curriculum. Due to its inter-disciplinary and applications based approach, STEAM brings out essential life skills, creative skills, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

Sushant School of Design, Ansal University with Arts University of Bournemouth, UK showcased award winning costumes inspired from the 1950’s era. These costumes won the Queens Excellence Award for higher education.

This event was jointly organised by British Business group at The British High Commissioner’s Residence. The image shows international design gurus and advisory board members of Sushant School of Design discussing new avenues and opportunities for design students.

Student exchange program between School of Architecture & Design (SoA+D), King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand and Sushant School of Design (SSD), Ansal University, India is part of an ongoing academic collaboration between the two institutions. Under this collaboration, the following events took place:

  • Indo-Thai Workshop on Global-Local Culture-Based Design SSD, India organized an Indo-Thai Workshop on Global-Local Culture-Based Design from 13-22nd August 2018 with KMUTT, Thailand.
    The focus was on design with paper mache craft of Madhubani, Bihar. Students of both the countries worked together to develop products based on themes and stories.
  • Exchange Program for three students of industrial design, KMUTT, Thailand and product design, SSD, India. Students Ploynicha Kamolthong (Dia),Nachapon Harntawornchaikij (Nut), Phanuroj Chalermkijporntavee (Pepper), presented their work at SSD. The students worked on a project under Ms. Surabhi Khanna’s guidance and completed an internship at “Inline”, a studio run by Prof. Mike Knowles. The final outcome was appreciated. Our students Nilay Sagar, Nivedita Johri and Amit Raj successfully completed the exchange program in Thailand and two students have been offered internships at KMUTT after the exchange program.