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25% Scholarship for Girl Students

25% scholarship will be offered on tuition fees of complete program duration for all girl students taking admission in any of the UG or PG programs for 2020 intake.

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Scholarship will be offered to students securing an aggregate of 80% marks in class X & XII & 80% marks in CBSE/ ICSE / State Examination Board.

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Increasingly, Design is becoming a fundamental need in almost every field. as it propels the innovation and development of different domains The employment opportunities in this sector are rising with time and the future will see high demand for designers who possess the skills required for innovative execution and are well-versed with modern design tools and concepts.

Master of Design (M. Des.) program at UPES, gives the students the flexibility to work in multi – disciplinary environments. The course will teach you to address contemporary issues in an independent and creative way, in order to participate in a most stimulating and gratifying career.

About M. Des courses

All the M. Des courses at UPES are offered by the nationally recognised School of Design which focuses on nurturing design entrepreneurs with special encouragement for adoption of the latest technology, design thinking and digital transformation. The courses promote multidisciplinary learning through a mixture of customized course work and practical projects. Another benefit of the M. Des courses is the exposure to live classes conducted in partnership with leading industry specialists and designers in India. The School of Design offers seven M. Des courses covering several relevant disciplines in the design world.

  • M. Des Fashion Design
  • M. Des Transportation Design
  • M. Des Product Design
  • M. Des User Experience and Interaction Design
  • M. Des Transportation and Mobility Design
  • M. Des Interaction Design
  • M. Des Industrial Design

Who is the M. Des course for?

The M. Design course in India is suitable for the students who want to explore the global designing industry in depth after their bachelor’s degrees in design. These design courses are also appropriate for those who want to specialize in a specific designing domain such as graphic designing, fashion designing, product development or UI/UX designing.

The courses can also be pursued by young people interested in pursuing a career in automobile designing or development and want to work for renowned companies like Tesla or Harley Davidson.


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The courses offered by School of Design are non-textbook disciplines and are aimed at the creative mind who thinks out of the box.



Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum 50 % marks at Higher & Senior Secondary Level (10th & 12th)
  • Any of the below:
    • B. Tech / BE in any relevant discipline / B. Arch / BFA/ Interior Design/ B. Des/ BVA.
    • 3 year Degree such as B.Sc. / BA/ BFA/ BVA in Applied Art/ Design of any other relevant disciplines (with min. 50% marks)
    • 2 years M.Sc. / M.Tech. in Computer Science, CSE, IT subjects / domains (only for Interaction Design). Or equivalent.

M. Des Admission Process at UPES

The Master of Design or M. Design course at UPES equips you with a wide range of theoretical knowledge and practical design skills that can be useful in any designing career. The university is also the right place to launch your career as it is the first university in India to be awarded the QS Five Stars Global Rating for employability in 2016. With the increasing relevance of art and design in modern industries like digital marketing, website designing and interior decoration, the career landscape in designing has completely been transformed. A master’s degree in design can help you take advantage of this industry boom by enhancing your creativity and providing additional skills like out-of-the-box thinking and an enhanced aesthetic sense. The M. Des degree can also help you narrow down the concepts learnt in your bachelor’s course to shape your career in a specific direction.

Eligibility criteria for M. Des admissions

The students seeking admission into the M. Des courses need to fulfil the following M. Des eligibility criteria.

  • Applicants should possess a minimum aggregate of 50% in their secondary (X) and higher secondary (XII) exams for admission in all courses.
  • A bachelor’s degree in relevant disciplines such as B. Tech, BE, B. Arch, BFA, B. Des and BVA.
  • A bachelor’s degree lasting for a minimum of three years in relevant subjects such as Applied Art, Design and Architecture.
  • Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree from a recognised university.
  • The minimum passing marks in the UPES M. Des entrance exam or a valid CEED score of 40.5 and above.

Admission procedure for enrolling in M. Des degree

UPES accepts the admission applications for those students who have applied for its design entrance test called UPESDAT. Candidates seeking an M. Des admission can fill their UPESDAT applications online or offline and submit it along with their photographs.

After this, they need to appear for the UPESDAT exam online. The selected candidates are invited for the personal interview round. Students with a CEED score of 40.5 can directly proceed to this stage without a UPESDAT score.

In the interview round, students are also required to present their work portfolio which must include one of the following:

  • Hand-drawn sketches and drawings showcasing variety of techniques using markers and colour pencils (10-15 sheets)
  • Digital drawings and sketches rendered using digital tools and media (2D and 3D)
  • A physical model or prototype of fabric or construction design

The selected candidates in this round are invited to take admissions in the M. Des course of their preferred specialisation.

Fees structure

The M. Des course fees can be categorised into two different groups—academic fees and miscellaneous costs. The academic fees constitutes of the academic services fees and the tuition fees. The amount for these fees depends on the specialisation of the M. Des course selected.

The second group includes other miscellaneous costs such as personal development fee or convocation fee. Here are the different fixed miscellaneous costs in addition to tuition and academic service fees.

  • Academic computing fee of Rs 3,200 per semester
  • Convocation fee of Rs 1,500 payable by the second last semester
  • Training and certification fee of Rs 22,500 payable by second semester
  • Personal Development Program fee of Rs 7,500 payable at registration
  • Medical Insurance fee of Rs 500 payable at registration
  • Refundable security amount of Rs 20,000 payable at registration
  • Additional levies and taxes charged by the Central/ State/ Local /Overseas authorities as and when applicable

All the information regarding the fees can be gathered from the UPES official website or university offices.

25% Scholarship for Girl Students

25% scholarship will be offered on tuition fees of complete program duration for all girl students taking admission in any of the UG or PG programs for 2020 intake.

Up to 100% merit based scholarships

Scholarship will be offered to students securing an aggregate of 80% marks in class X & XII & 80% marks in CBSE/ ICSE / State Examination Board.


Disclaimer: Only one category of scholarship can be availed by student, Multiple scholarship to one candidate will not be granted.

Scholarships for M. Des. Students

To encourage more meritorious students to take admission in the university, UPES offers several scholarship schemes for M. Des admissions. Under the Scholarship Scheme for Girl Students, all girl students are offered scholarships equivalent to waivers of 25% on the tuition fee for the complete course duration.

Under the Merit Based Scholarship, students with a minimum aggregate of 80% in their secondary (X) and higher secondary (XII) exams in CBSE/ICSE/State Board are offered scholarships worth up to 100% of the tuition fees for the complete course duration.

Applicants must note that they can avail only one category of scholarship with their admission. Multiple scholarships will not be granted to a single candidate.

Program Exam Name Last Date to Apply Mode Of Exam Exam Date Interview Date
M. Des. UPESDAT To be Announced Online To be Announced TBA

Entrance test for M. Des courses

UPES University conducts a pan-India entrance test for its M. Des courses named the UPES Design Aptitude Test or UPESDAT for those students who do not have a valid CEED score. Only the students who are selected in this entrance test can appear for the Interview and Portfolio round.

The test determines the knowledge and skills of students in different design theories and techniques. The exam is conducted online and lasts for 60 minutes. The applicants need to answer correctly as many objective type questions as they can in the time allotted. There is no negative marking for wrong answers. The candidates can check their UPESDAT results on the UPES website with their application numbers.


100%* Placements in 2020 in companies such as:

  • TCS
  • Tata Elxsi
  • Infosys Limited
  • Wildcraft
  • Titan
  • Siemens Technology Services
  • Hettich
  • IDE Autoworks
  • Royal Enfield
  • Escorts Ltd
  • Bosh
  • Globallogic
  • Abhikalp Design Studio

*Disclaimer – Placements statistics refer to the number of students who have opted for and are eligible for placements

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  • Free 4-week study abroad programme in Berlin and Vancouver (pay only for travel and stay).
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Career Opportunities

What are the career opportunities available with an M. Des degree?

A M. Des degree can open up career opportunities across diverse domains that include internet and communication technologies, fashion and textiles, visual merchandising, TV production and Animation among other things. An advanced degree in designing can also expose you to an impressive set of transferable skills like logical thinking and analytical prowess that can be useful even if you switch career domains.

Here are some interesting career opportunities for each of the M. Des specialization offered at UPES in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

  • M.Des Fashion Design: Fashion designers, textile designers, runway coordinators, boutique owners, and accessory designers.
  • M.Des Transportation Design: Automobile designers, car designers, automobile engine consultants and racing car designers
  • M.Des Product Design: Product integration planners, product designers, product developers and development consultants.
  • M.Des User Experience and Interaction Design: UI/UX specialists, UI designers, UX designers, website developers and website design consultants.
  • M.Des Transportation and Mobility Design: two-wheeler mobility specialists, four-wheeler mobility specialists, heavy vehicle manufacturing consultants and mobile design streamline consultants.
  • M.Des Interaction Design: User interface designer, web-based developers, interface designers for online transactions, chat-bot designers, and interface designers for smart phones.
  • M.Des Industrial Design: Furniture designers, factory planners, urban planners, housing and development consultants, and urban planning consultants.


Reasons to study Master of Design in 2021

There are several good reasons to join an M. Des course at UPES Dehradun in Uttarakhand. Apart from a world class academic infrastructure and highly trained faculty, UPES also boasts of 100% overall placements with more than 30 recruiters including Escorts Ltd., Siemens Technology, Royal Enfield, Bosh, Titan and Wildcraft.

In addition to customised curriculums, the students can also take advantage of more than 3800 global courses on Coursera and professional courses on IBM’s Design Thinking, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The students also get an opportunity to study for 4 weeks in Berlin and Vancouver if they can afford the travel and lodging costs.


With a M. Des degree in fashion design, you can explore a career as a fashion designer, textile designer, runway coordinator, boutique owner, and accessory designer among many other interesting positions in the fashion industry.

As a part of the personal interview round, you can present your work portfolio in any of the following formats:

  • Hand-drawn sketches and drawings showcasing variety of techniques using markers and colour pencils (10-15 sheets)
  • Digital drawings and sketches rendered using digital tools and media (2D and 3D)
  • A physical model or prototype of fabric or construction design

You can check your UPESDAT result on the UPES website with your designated application number.