Duration of Program 4 years(8 Semesters)


Seats 240*

*Total Seats in B.Des. 

UPES School of Design’s Under Graduate Programme, B.Des. in Interior & Retail Space Design imparts in-depth knowledge and professional training in both residential and commercial interior design projects. The curriculum includes modules on space planning, furniture, creative lighting, interiors, design management, art and craft, materials, building technology, the art of show home design, sustainable design and much more. The programme also lays emphasis on retail branding, visual communication and merchandising with a focus on customer experience.

Academic Framework

The foundation of higher learning at UPES since its inception has been to explore and promote areas of learning that are innovative and future focused. This has led to constant evolution in facilitating creative and collaborative learning engagements for students through realignment of curriculum and exploration of virtual tools, and open-source courseware; thereby creating borderless learning and access to limitless information.

The new curriculum framework at UPES, ABLE (Academic Blueprint for Learning Excellence) is holistic in its overall structure and yet focuses on the individual need of the student to discover, experience, explore and challenge. The learning is segmented into core subject studies, core specialism studies, minors/exploratory subjects, and signature and life skills learning. The latter three are offered by the newly-instituted School for Life.

SFL (School for Life) is an intrinsic part of the composite UPES student experience and facilitates learning and education that is a balance between what students want, and what is needed of them as future global citizens and leaders of tomorrow. With courses designed to equip students with lifelong learning skills, a focus on a wide range of contemporary issues, and a mandatory social and professional internship experience that is unique, UPES believes in igniting to inspire the best version within an individual to better the world.


  • Commercial Designers

  • Retail Designing 

  • Set Designers 

  • Exhibit Designers 

  • Space Planning Consultant

  • Healthcare Designers

  • Sustainable Designers

  • Universal Designers

Examination Pathway:

UPES Design Aptitude Test (UPES-DAT) followed by a personal interview and a presentation on the work portfolio.



Name of Test Mode of Test Date of Test Duration Last Date to Apply
UPES-DAT  Online 23 Oct 2021 1 hr 22 Oct 2021


  • The date of the interview and portfolio presentation will be announced post-UPES-DAT result

Non-Examination Pathway:

On the basis of valid Board Merit, NIFT, NID and UCEED ranking, candidates will directly go for the personal interview and presentation on the work portfolio.

The date of the interview and portfolio presentation will be announced the post-UPES-DAT result.

Eligibility Criteria:

Minimum 50% marks at Higher and Senior Secondary Level (X and XII any Stream)




Subject Code Subject   Credits
SDCS 1014 Sketching Drawing 1   5
SDCS 1026 Elements of Design   3
SDCS 1027 Colour   4
SDCS 1028 Geometry   5
SDCS 1018 SLA   2
SDCS 1006 Material exploration I   2
SLLS0101 Living Conversations School of Life 2
SLLS0102 Learning how to learn School of Life 2
  Total   25





Subject Code Subject   Credits
SDCS 1019 Sketching Drawing 2   5
SDCS 1020 Principles of Design   5
SDCS 1021 Design Process   6
SDCS 1023 Computer Applications   2
SDCS 1010 Material exploration II   2
SLLS 0103 Leadership and Teamwork School of Life 2
SLSG 0101 Critical Thinking and Writing School of Life 3
  Total   25





Subject Code Subject   Credits
SDIR 2001 Orthography & Design Representation   2
SDIR 2002 Materials Technology I   3
SDIR 2003 Introduction to Retail Design   2
SDIR 2004 Design of Domestic Interiors   4
SDPJ 2130 Project 1: Simple Furniture & Ergnomics   5
SLLS 0201 Design Thinking   2
SLSG 0201 Ethical Leadership in the 21st Century (Human Values and Ethics)   3
  Exploratory Elective 1   3
  TOTAL   24





Subject Code Subject Credits
SDIR 2005 Visualisation & Rendering 2
SDIR 2006 Materials Technology II 3
SDIR 2008 Estimation & Working Drawings 3
SDPJ 2137 Project 2: Structures & Outdoor Furniture 5
SLLS 0202 Working with Data 2
SLSG 0202 Environment and Sustainability - Himalaya Fellowship 3
  Exploratory Elective 2 3
  Professional Elective 1 3
SDIR 2012P Digital Modelling - 2D  
SDIR 2013P Professional Documentation  
  Professional Elective 2 3
SDIR 2010P Tensile Forms  
SDIR 2014P Interior Landscaping  
  TOTAL 27





Subject Code Subject   Credits
SDIR 3001 Building Technology I   2
SDIR 3010 Design of Retail spaces & Visual merchandizing   4
SDPJ 3139 Project 3: Design of Commercial Spaces   5
SLLS 0301 Persuasive Presence   2
SLSG 0301 Start Your Start-up   3
  Exploratory Elective 3   3
  Professional Elective 3   3
SDIR 3011P Digital Modelling - 3D    
SDIR 3012P Advance Digital rendering    
SDIR 3013P Bim for Interior Design    
  TOTAL   22





Subject Code Subject Credits
SDIR 3006 Building Technology II 2
SDIR 3014 Stacking & Folding furniture 4
SDPJ 3140 Project 4:Design for Special Interiors 5
INDT 3101 Industrial visit 1
  Exploratory Elective 4 3
  Choose Anyone of the following 3
SLSG 0302 Solving Complex Problems  
SLSG 0303 Technologies of the Future  
SLSG 0304 Future Casting  
SLSG 0305 Managing Relationships and Being Happy  
  Professional Elective 4 3
SDIR 3008P Environmental Graphics  
SDIR 3009P Typography & Panel graphics  
  TOTAL 21





Subject Code Subject Credits
SDCS 4001 Design Management 2
SDPJ 4135 Project 5: Design for Hospitality Spaces 5
SIIB 4101 Summer Internship 2
  Exploratory Elective 5 3
  Choose Anyone of the following 3
SLSG 0401 India and Its Place in the Contemporary World  
SLSG 0402 Theory of Everything  
SLSG 0403 Digital Transformation  
SLSG 0404 Finding your Purpose in Life  
  Professional Elective 5 3
SDIR 4001P Set Design  
SDIR 4002P Introduction to Theater  
SDIR 4003P Lighting & Illumination Design   
  Professional Elective 6 3
SDIR 4004P Traditional interiors  
SDIR 4005P Space Transformation  
  TOTAL 21





Subject Code Subject Credits
SDPJ 4119 Graduation Project: Interior and Retail Space Design 15
  TOTAL 15


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