Important Dates

Online application website opens

18 February 2018

Last date for submission of online applications (Revised)

17 June 2018

Entrance test and interview of shortlisted candidates (Revised)

28 June 2018

Announcement of Merit List

28 June 2018

Registration and document verification at DAIICT campus for candidates with a confirmed offer

19 July 2018

Orientation for the new batch

20 to 23 July 2018

Commencement of session

25 July 2018

Program Overview

The MDes (Communication Design) is a 2 year post-graduate degree program (4 semesters) that offers specializations in Visual Communication Design and Interaction Design. This distinctive interdisciplinary program prepares students to pursue careers in the fields of Graphic Design, User Experience / Interface Design, Film-making, Animation, Photography, Design research and teaching.

Program Structure

The MDes (CD) is a full time two-year program, which is divided into four semesters. The program blends Design concepts, skills and practices with inputs from the disciplines of Sociology, Anthropology and Cultural studies. Students are encouraged to understand and engage with real life contexts and evolve habits of critical thinking for effective problem solving. At the end of the 2 year program students are expected to understand Design processes and methods and be able to conceptualize and prototype solutions to communication problems in various social and cultural contexts.

The detailed course structure consisting of both core courses and elective courses can be found here.


Number of seats : 20



Educational qualification

A Bachelors Degree or equivalent from a statutory university in the fields of Design, Science, Engineering, Technology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Applied Arts and Performing Arts. Professional Diplomas from nationally recognized institutions such as NID, NIFT, CEPT and Srishti School of Art and Design will also be considered for eligibility. Candidates must have 55% marks or equivalent in the last qualifying degree/examination and are required to submit the provisional Degree certificate or proof of completion of Degree before 30 October 2018 failing which their admission is liable to cancellation.

Selection Procedure

Candidates for this program without a valid CEED score will be selected for interview through a Design Aptitude Test (DAT) to be conducted at DAIICT.  Candidates with a valid CEED score will be selected for interview if they have qualified Part A, and have obtained a minimum of 25 marks in Part B.  Further, for such candidates their CEED score will be used as DAT score.  The final selection will be based on the combined scores attained in the DAT, Statement of purpose (SOP) and the interview. The DAT will constitute 50%, SOP 20% and the interview 30% of the overall marks assigned to the admission test.

Statement of Purpose

All candidates will have to submit their Statements of Purpose online, along with their applications. Applications without an SOP will not be considered. Candidates will have to relate the curricular content of the MDes (CD) program to their own interests and aptitudes and explain how they can learn and contribute to the program in their own way.

Design Aptitude Test

The Design Aptitude Tests consists of 2 parts, each bearing 25 marks each.

Part 1: This test will evaluate the candidate’s drawing skills, imaginative visualisation and ability to interpret a problem.

Part 2: Will evaluate the candidate’s recognition and understanding of a range of design idioms, visual/performative art forms and practices from various social and cultural contexts. 

Fees Structure*

At the time of admission an amount of Rs. 75,000/- (Rs. 60,000/- towards Tuition Fee for the First Semester and Rs.15,000/- towards a Caution Deposit) is to be paid. The registration fee is payable at the time of registration and hostel rent on allotment of the hostel room.

Tuition fee

Rs. 60,000 per Semester

Registration Fee

Rs. 2,500 per Semester

Caution Deposit

Rs. 15,000 (Refundable at the end of the program)

Hostel Rent

Rs.15,000 per semester (subject to revision).The male PG students have to make their own arrangements for accommodation. A good number of paying guest facilities are available in Gandhinagar which can be availed by the students. A limited number of hostel rooms on twin sharing basis are likely to be available at NICM campus (distance 1.5 km, from DA-IICT) which the students are required to reserve in advance on admission. All outstation (other than Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and nearby places) female students will be accommodated on the campus.


On Factuals. There are multiple food options available on the campus. (The expenses will be approximately Rs. 4,000 per month)

*Subject to revision



Application Procedure

  • Please submit the online application along with the Statement of Purpose (SOP) by clicking on the link given below. Application fee (non-refundable) is Rs. 1200/- (Rupees One thousand two hundred only). Non Refundable.

            Click here to apply online.

  • The Candidate has to satisfy the eligibility criteria in order for her/his application to be considered for final admission. 
  • Eligible Candidates need to appear for DAIICT’s Design Aptitude Test (DAT) conducted at DAIICT Gandhinagar. 
  • The online application procedure will guide you through the necessary steps for application fee payment, submission of statement of purpose, registering for design aptitude test and appearing for personal interview, Candidates with valid CEED score are exempted from DAT Test.
  • The Candidates who have accepted admission offers will be notified to appear for registration, followed by counseling, document verification, payment of fees and on confirmation of admission, the orientation program.

Interview and Admission Offer

Final merit list of confirmed and wait-list candidates based on entrance test and interview performance will be posted on the website of the Institute. The offer letter for admission will be sent by the Admission committee through post or email to candidates. 

For inquiries

Phone: (79) 30510574/5/6