Duration of Program 2 years (4 Semesters)


Seats 50*

*Total Seats in M.Des. 

UPES School of Design’s Postgraduate Programme, M.Des. in Graphics Design prepares students to become proficient and compelling visual storytellers with a focus on the evolving industry and technology. Students are exposed to image design, typography, layout design, branding, design history, research methods, web-based design, digital design, photography, and graphics technology.

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.

  • Graphic designer
  • Creative director
  • Production artist
  • Product developer
  • Art director
  • Multimedia artist or animator
  • Marketing specialist

Examination Pathway:

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

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


Non-Examination Pathway:

Valid & Qualified CEED Score followed by Portfolio Presentation & Interview

Date of interview and portfolio presentation will be announced post UPES-DAT result.

  • Minimum 50% marks at Higher and Senior secondary Level(X & XII).
  • Tech/BE in relevant discipline / B.Arch. / BFA. Or 3 Year Degree such as B.Sc./BA/BFA in applied Art/Design of any other relevant disciplines (With minimum 50% Marks) with 1 year of relevant industry experience. OR 2 years M.Sc./MTech in Computer Science and Engineering. IT Subjects / Domains (Only For Interaction Design) or equivalent.



Subject Code Subject Credits
SDCS 7003 Understanding Design and Design Process 2
SDCS 7004 Elements and Principles of Design 4
SDCS 7006 Space and Form 3
SDXD 7016 Typography 3
SDGF 7001 Elements of Photo, Video and Animation 4
SDGF 7002 Basic Graphic Design 3
SDPJ 7117 Des project 1: Poster/Branding Identity 5
  Total 24





Subject Code Subject Credits
SDCS 7005 Design Research Methodology 2
SDGF 7003 Creative Writing 3
SDGF 7004 Package Design 4
SDGF 7005 Publication Design 3
  Professional Elective 1 2
SDGF 7006P Infographics  
SDGF 7007P Cultural Anthropology  
  Professional Elective 2 3
SDXD 7030P Illustration  
SDXD 7031P Brochure Design  
SDPJ 7119 Design Project 2: Publication/ Packaging/ Infographics 5
  Open Elective 1: Graphic Design Trends 2
  Open Elective 2: Semiotics 3
  Total 27





Subject Code Subject Credits
SDCS 8001 Design Management & Professional Practice 2
SIIB 8101 Summer Internship 2
SDGF 8005 Information Design 2
SDGF 8006 Advertising & Marketing 3
  Professional Elective 3 3
SDGF 8007P Product Graphics  
SDGF 8008P Social Communication  
SDGF 8009P AR and VR  
  Professional Elective 2 2
SDXD 8013P Interaction Design  
SDGF 8010P Transmedia Design  
SDGF 8011P Media Studies  
SDPJ 8129 Design Project 3: Ad Campaign in print/ Motion/ Social Media/Way Finding and Signage Design 5
  Open Elective 3: Type in Motion 2
  Open Elective 4: Design for Social Media 3
  Total 24





Subject Code Subject Credits
SDPJ 8130 Post-Graduation Thesis Project - Graphic Design 15
  Total 15


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