Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Higher study options after B. Arch.

During the final-year, one can appear for CEED, the qualifying test for higher study in design with a scholarship.

Only graduates in architecture are eligible for admission to the master’s degree course in architecture (M.Arch.).

Take it as a privilege. Nobody else (except civil engineering graduates in certain specialisation areas) can take up the M. Arch. programme.

So also most of the M.Tech. programmes are earmarked for B.Tech. holders in the relevant branches.

Master of Design (M.Des.) programme is the best alternative higher-study option for B.Arch. holders. The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Mumbai and Delhi provide M.Des. (Industrial Design) courses. IIT-Bombay also conducts an M.Des. (visual communication) course for graduates in any engineering branch or architecture.

Admission is based on Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) conducted by the IIT.

Aspirants should complete B.Arch. with high marks. During the final-year, one can appear for CEED, the qualifying test for higher study in design with a scholarship. M.Des. course is a good option for meritorious B.Arch graduates.

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, conducts a Master of Design Course in product design engineering.

The minimum entry qualification is a second class bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology / Design / Architecture or equivalent degree in engineering including architecture. After a screening based on GATE/ CEED scores, a Design Aptitude Test and interview will be conducted.

Selection will be based on the combined performance of the candidate in the aptitude test and interview.

The National Institute of Design (NID), Paldi, Ahmedabad - 380007 (, also provides opportunities for graduates in engineering and architecture to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Design (PGDPD).

It covers furniture and interior design, toy design and development, etc. Selection is based on an all-India level aptitude test and interview.

CEPT University, Ahmedabad - 380 009 (,, provides higher study facilities for meritorious graduates in Architecture, in the following two-year full-time AICTE approved master’s degree programmes.

• Master of Technology in Urban and Regional Planning (M.Tech. - URP)

• Master of Technology in Housing (M.Tech. - HSG)

Minimum entry qualification for bother these programme is bachelor’s degree in Architecture / Civil Engineering/ Planning or master’s degree in Geography / Economics / Sociology.

• Master of Technology in Environmental Planning (M.Tec – EP)

• Master of Technology in Infrastructure Planning (M.Tech – IP) (Self financing)

Minimum entry qualification for both these programmes is a bachelor’s degree in Architecture / Civil Engineering / Planning.

• Master of Technology in Construction of Project Management (M.Tech - CPM) (self-financing)

Entry qualification is a bachelor’s degree is Civil Engineering or Architecture.

For more details, visit the website

• The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (A Deemed University), offers M.S. Research and Ph.D. programmes in IT in Building Science.

Meritorious graduates in Architecture are also eligible for admission (

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