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Teaching Methodology

LEARNING is a forever constant! At the Lakhotia Institute of Design, the tools that facilitate learning are varied and the approach to Training Methodology is flexible and adaptable to changing norms & needs in the Industry. LID differentiates itself from any other Design Institution in India by staying attuned to its surroundings of local traditional thought and rich knowledge & blending it with the best, contextually driven design developments & thinking in the world.

The programmes offered are characterized by experiential, experimental and integrated learning, facilitating, thinking skills and self-reliant learning. Learners are encouraged to investigate factors which determine cultural and creative influences in art and design. These not only include the influences of artists and designers, but also the social, aesthetic, technological, ecological and economic global forces which can shape modern thinking and direction.

Debate and discussion form an important part of learning. Rigorous review and testing of ideas is encouraged for debate and development of ideas. From the conventional classroom lectures to group discussions; from lively audio-visual presentations to persevering in research work; from undertaking field observations to developing industry linkages; from peer learning to mentor emulation; from project execution to successfully interning with industry experts, the Training Methodology is multidirectional.

Skills already acquired are linked with ideas and challenges, which extend students’ critical independence and enable them to arrive at a fuller understanding of the application of art and design, relevant to career development choices & progression opportunities.
It transitions from uniting fragments to whole and general perspective to more specific goals. All in all, a cohesive, contextual and nurturing environment for learning prevails at LID.


The ‘Integrated learning’ at LID is its pride. The curriculum encompasses learning at the grass root level from local artisans Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, enabling thereby an awakening of social & cultural awareness & connected responsibility in students while giving them hands on experience of the local techniques essential to develop necessary skills. The students not only imbibe the ideation of our rich culture and tradition but also dwell on providing sustainable solutions to the local crafts sector, thereby producing change-makers anywhere, in any situation! Multidisciplinary learning is the key to taking initiatives and acquiring the necessary skills that a practical lab cannot provide. Learning from learners (craftsmen) has in return enriched members of the LID Faculty with knowledge which they share through the presentation of research papers at various forums internationally.


Outcome of work is directly proportional to the environment one works in. Design is built on creativity and originality and our study spaces: labs, CAD rooms, classrooms etc provide the right ambience for sparking off creative genius from within and without. A harmoniously and lucidly internalized design process or ‘approach’, equips the student with the requisite think skill sets to solve any problem and the sub problems within.


The curriculum at LID has syncretized ‘emphatic leadership with social sensitivity’ to develop thought leaders and sensitive social change makers. Our class strength and individual attention is sensitive to the needs of every individual and the background they hail from. Our teachers & mentors are flexible, emphatic, adaptable and forever enhancing their own skill-sets so that they inspire, motivate and empower students as individuals who with their awakened self belief will create a better world and become successful entrepreneurs.


The teaching methodology aims at using the inputs from core functional areas to interdisciplinary issues and problem solving - an emphasis on self-motivated learning by using information, experience and practice. The assessment through the monthly cycle in-class open houses and semester jury systems rigorously strengthen the mettle of our students to prepare them to take any challenge in their stride. Our grading system adds polish and finish to the roughest stone, converting mere students to leaders of the future, where we believe the world will once again look towards India for fresh ideas backed with timeless historicity.

In this era of rapid and radical change, various complex and overwhelming issues face the world. It is evident that the role of creative individuals is more important than ever. Design & its communication straddle the traditional place, language and ethnicity in a socio-cultural context and are constantly being reinvented by technological advances, globalization, and mass media.

The curriculum at LID encourages learners to develop knowledge and understanding of issues both local & global that has formed the basis of debate on the purposes and processes of design, and extends this knowledge and understanding through research, analysis and application of historical and contextual skills to selected fields of study.

These attitudes are informed by the changing values of society and the cultural context within which designers work.



The well integrated inter-disciplinary curriculum infuses an in-depth knowledge and learning through research of design, arts, & the liberal arts and its relevance to each other. This helps develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry by undertaking sustained investigations of direct relevance to their vocational, academic and professional development.

All programmes are practice based, the studio being at the core of the teaching and learning. A series of design projects at appropriate intervals & levels, and usually guided by real life industry briefs and representative mentorship from industry, are explored through the practice of the design process, and culminates ultimately in the creation of product prototypes/ idea presentations. The commercial context of the work is considered and is achieved through working to such briefs, considering costing, the needs of end users, the environment and issues of sustainability. Decision making, problem solving and communication skills are further enhanced, integrated with previously acquired skills and knowledge to complete a realistic project.


Students frequently visit museums, art galleries, industrial units, exhibitions, and trade fairs to keep abreast of the latest developments in their fields & to integrate theory with practical knowledge and primary research. This is further enhanced by inputs from visiting practitioners from a selection of areas within the specialized subject.


Students intern to understand the structural and functional constituents of the industry in which they may work and learn to adapt to real life industry situations. They are assigned practical projects, which equip them for decision-making in a realistic environment. Learners improve their own learning, and are more capable of problem solving through the use of case studies, role play and reallife activities. The internship also helps strengthen the relationship between industry and students. Learners are encouraged to contact potential employers for interviews, work shadowing or work placement. The whole process is well coordinated with the Client Industry and is efficiently regulated with mentorship & guidance from the Faculty at LID throughout the training.


The creative processes of design, research & fabrication of models, sample artifacts & prototypes are achieved in well equipped lab & work spaces. All essential & required operations are efficiently accomplished in Weaving & Printing, Pattern Making & Drafting, Sewing, Wood Working, Metal Working, Casting & Enamelling, Model making, Computerized Operations in CAD, Internet Networking, Photography, Film Making etc.


The continuous progress and development of the student is assessed through presentations and discussions at critiques and reviews during the course of class room activities and via semester end evaluation by a jury comprising industry experts and academicians. The emphasis is mostly on evaluating design understanding, exploratory approaches and effective communication. Students are encouraged to develop their ability to present and defend a personal viewpoint as an invaluable skill for professional life.


LID students have an interdisciplinary exposure as an integral part of their curriculum. An open house is a day when individual design department students get a chance to put their work on display for the entire community at LID for interactive criticism by peers & an internal and external jury, followed by a day presentation displays to the Lakhotia Institute. The students gain a lot from each other and expand their horizons of creativity further with this practice and develop their capacity for in-depth enquiry, autonomy, critical analysis and initiative in exploring ideas and adapting media, while bringing the scope of their study to an ambitious and coherent conclusion.


Creative freedom and flexibility of expression, through the practice of peer interaction & learning. This regulated self guided learning gains ground when peer inputs & opinions are incorporated after critical consideration. But alongside intellectual and creative freedom and flexibility of expression, there is and always will be, an acceptance of the ultimate responsibility for all initiated actions and results and resultant actions! This is articulated with the greatest clarity possible at all times and is the basis of our teaching philosophy at the Lakhotia Institute of Design.


LID offers summer and winter courses for International students, presently in subjects such as Pattern Making & Garment Construction for Indian Clothing, Surface Design, Weaving Technology, Block Printing, Tie & Dye surface embellishment techniques, and Contemporary Enamelling and Photography. These module courses are 5 to 6 weeks in duration.


The youth clubs supplement additional traits to students enrolled at LID. The four clubs namely: Rotaract Club, Cultural Club, Creative Club and Entrepreneurship Club aim at development of socially relevant managerial skills to leadership initiatives. The club heads, President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary support the entire framework of Academics and get groomed in return.

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