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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.


Innovation Trust (formerly known as Payback to Society Foundation) was established with the objective of promoting educational activities and advancement of new knowledge. Under the dynamic leadership which has a vast professional experience across various industries are keen to establish it as an ‘Institute of The Future’ which equips students with 21st century skills and prepares them for the 4th Industrial Revolution. At the heart of this vision is an integrated approach built on design thinking, where educators help students develop creative mindsets, instil entrepreneurial confidence, nurture design-led business innovation and inculcate a culture of impact driven research. TOP ^


ISDI (iss-dee), inaugurated its founding batch of under- and postgraduate 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 specialization) 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 2019 are now open.


Academic Mentorship

ISDI have received curriculum development support from Parsons School of Design since its establishment in 2013. This unique partnership for curricular excellence ensures ISDI students have access to global contemporary curriculum, proven teaching-learning methods enabling our students to be the design leaders of the future. We are delighted to share with you that ISDI Mumbai School of Design have renewed the unique curricular and quality assurance collaboration for another 5 years. The renewal is a testament to the quality of ISDI’s academic delivery and unrivaled student outcomes. The past 5 years have seen ISDI emerge as one of India’s foremost schools of design-led innovation with a strong base in liberal education. Students from our first few batches have been placed in marque companies like Philips, Infosys, Fitch, Godrej, Tata’s and also been successfully accepted for Masters Programs in leading global schools like Parsons School of Design, Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication and Domus Academy. Over the next five years, we will continue to work with Parsons to support our students, bring a cutting-edge curriculum to India, and expand global opportunities for student learning. 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.



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