M.Tech in Product DesignIndian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
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M.Tech in Product Design
Design Programme aspires to develop and provide innovative solutions towards the betterment of
society. The methodology adopted to achieve this aim involves encouraging creative minds to think
out-of-the-box and synthesize varied knowledge domains. In its short history, Design Programme at
IIT Kanpur has come to be known for its broad-minded philosophy and multi-disciplinary approach.
The environment encourages interactivity among students, faculty and industry. The curriculum lays
emphasis on functional as well as aesthetic aspects of design. Students are sensitized to human
factors of design - be it a consumer product or a software interface. Every design project involves
research on ergonomic aspects and understanding the users' needs and desires. Backed by
state-of-the-art infrastructure, students are given freedom and encouragement to explore virtually any
creative field of their interest.
Product Design projects at Design Programme deal with a wide spectrum of issues pertaining to
appliances, lifestyle products, packaging design and transportation design. Special emphasis is given
to understanding the user's needs and aspirations, resulting in sensitive and effective solutions.
Several of the projects taken up at Design Programme address special needs, such as products for
military, for spastics or for children of a certain age group. Students experiment with materials
ranging from foam, wood and metals to plastics and FRP. They have access to sophisticated
manufacturing facilities available at the 4i laboratory of IIT Kanpur, such as CNC Turning and Milling
Centres, Rapid Prototyping Machine and Waterjet Cutting Machine.