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ISDI is committed to a new model of cutting edge design and innovation education, integrated with commercialization of design. The ISDI method of pedagogy is based on intensive specialization built on strong fundamentals of liberal arts, critical thinking, skill training and master classes.

Creativity, innovation and sustainability form the core of ISDIology.

ISDI students and faculty create an enabling ecosystem in the corporate world (India and abroad) to catalyze design thinking. ISDI brings about an Indianization of global innovations while working out a global perspective to Indian innovations.

  • Our forward thinking design school reflects the Indian idiom of design.
  • Faculty and students use design thinking as a way of life
  • The campus is the cornerstone of research and innovation for corporate India.
  • ISDI graduates are socially responsible creators of a sustainable future.


The Indian School of Design and Innovation ISDI (iss-dee), inaugurated its founding batch of under- and post- graduate studies in July 2013, committing to a new educational model, inspired by the idea of design and innovation as transformative forces in society.

We believe: disciplines of design and innovation play a significant role in addressing issues of economic development and social improvement. These challenges take on a special urgency in India, where a growing population and a rapidly evolving society crucially needs a strong design intervention.

Located in the dynamic coastal city of Mumbai, ISDI offers a series of globally benchmarked Undergraduate Programs (UGP), four year intensive programs (foundation year plus three year specialisation) for students across the disciplines of fashion, interior, product and communication design. Opportunities to engage in design education for graduates and young professionals started in September 2013, with the launch of ISDI’s one year Post Graduate Program (PGP). The admissions for 2018 are now open.


Parsons Mumbai

ISDI has entered into a collaboration with Parsons The New School for Design, New York. ISDI will be home to Parsons Mumbai and will benefit from Parsons rigorous curriculum, prominent faculty and global relationships.

Parsons Mumbai is the academic base for Parsons activities in India, which will include:


  • Curriculum development
  • Quality assurance
  • Student and faculty exchanges
  • Collaborative projects with students at Parsons' campuses in New York and Paris.

Parsons Mumbai is a central part of Parsons agenda of ‘going global’. Parsons Mumbai will function differently based on local regulations, and, more importantly, on local traditions.

Through the establishment of Parsons Mumbai and academic centers in and other major cities, Parsons global initiatives are designed to build learning networks connected by major urban centers of art and design.

These initiatives join Parsons existing study abroad offerings, online courses, and educational partnerships in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

The plan allows Parsons to share their proven educational methodology and give students opportunities to learn and work in real-world settings. Parsons goal is to develop students’ global awareness, cultural literacy, and familiarity with the systems that shape creative, humanitarian, and entrepreneurial endeavors around the world.

Acceptance into ISDI program does not imply or guarantee acceptance into a Parsons, The New School for Design (hereafter referred to as “Parsons”) degree program or eligibility to receive a degree from Parsons.
ISDI Students are eligible to apply for admission to Parsons as a transfer student after completing 1 or 2 years at ISDI (all admission decisions rest solely with Parsons). Parsons will not issue degrees in connection with any ISDI program where a transfer to Parsons is not granted. Applicants applying for transfer are required to complete the application process independently and directly with Parsons New York.
All students who enroll under the collaboration are eligible to receive a joint certificate of achievement and course completion from ISDI & The New School. This in isolation does not amount to a degree and students are offered various pathways to obtain a degree.