Communication Design is an integrated program across different media which transcends visual expression and builds sensorial experiences. It creates new channels of communication and interfaces to address untapped needs for a positive change. It brings an intangible brand association and explores new ways of growing and creating sustainable businesses. Learners will be able to connect people with spaces and environment through narratives and visuals.
The foundation program is a unique and exclusive feature built on the philosophy of liberal education. It provides an opportunity to broaden the perspective of learning by creative thinking and experimentation. A variety of courses like Art of Thinking, Education, Philosophy, Body and Mind, Creativity, and Indian Heritage provide opportunities far beyond the normal practice of including some HSS (Humanities and Social Sciences) courses in technical education. Avantika believes in the "Primacy of Fostering Individuality” before creating a Professional.
Mathematics touches everything and it has shaped our understanding of the world - from the tiniest of things to the prevailing cosmic order. Music can be demystified by mathematics. Mathematics makes complex things simple. Mathematics is demonstrative deductive argument. Mathematics demonstrates order, symmetry and limitations - which are the purest form of beauty. Mathematics develops objects like equations, matrices, vectors and computer algorithms which are used to predict the course of action and consequently future events like eclipses, cyclones, to checking if a bridge will bear the traffic load, or a building will resist a seismic wave … it is about predicting, evaluating, and then improving the model. This course is about visualizing and modeling mathematics through small projects. It also entails abstraction, the concept of limits and constraints, rules and paradoxes. We will discover how Mathematics can be used as a tool to solve complex systems by altering the conditions and constraints. In the course we will also explore different mathematical concepts straddling between tangible and intangible, like connecting Arithmetic with ‘Quantity’, Algebra with ‘Structure’, Geometry with ‘Shape’, Calculus with ‘Change within limits’, and Statistics with ‘Chance’.
A comprehensive view of different elements of the physical world which deal with matter and energy will be reviewed in this course. Understanding of different elements such as Mechanics, Electricity, Electromagnetics, and Nuclear Physics require an understanding of the basic principles behind these phenomena. An observation of the details of how these principles are applied in creating new appliances and experiences is also necessary. The understanding of the physical world as a quantum entity has also unraveled many physical phenomena which were otherwise incomprehensible. The basic understanding of the physical world is an essential prerequisite for any professional dealing with it. Therefore, this course is common to all the 3 disciplines.
To express is a basic instinct of humans. We always strive to express meaningfully and eloquently. We see, perceive, and experience what is all around us through our senses and lenses; our brain processes the information, and then we consciously use our body to express, communicate, and reach out. Using our body, we draw, paint, sculpt, form, click, compose, sing, play music, perform, dance … the meaning becomes inherent in those expressions as we create them consciously. We breathe life into our expressions. Some expressions are long lived, sustained, and transferable such as a sketch, a sculpture, a poem, or a picture. Some expressions are short lived, ephemeral, and temporal such as dance or music or an act in theatre. The course on Creative Arts aims to connect what we imbibe through our senses with the skills that we will learn and develop to express ourselves. We will explore language and joy of drawing freely using our hands and body. We will learn to sculpt forms using soft materials such as clay, and hard materials such as stone using our hands and external tools. We will also discover ways to virtually create using digital interfaces and materials. We will play with variety of colors and brushes and surfaces to paint. It may progress from chaos to order, and from order to chaos. We will learn to perceive, compose and conceive images by exploring the world through the camera’s lens. We will dance, sing, and play music joyfully exploring rhythms, melodies, patterns, and bodily nuances to enrich our expressions. We will explore the thresholds of what we have learnt joyfully in previous modules, interspersing various skills to build individual and collaborative outcomes. Learning continues through regular and structured practice even after the modules are completed. The skills acquired through such learning are prerequisites for any creative activity not only in design, but also in engineering and architecture.
Critical Thinking is careful examination of an idea through analysis, interpretation and evaluation. It entails systematic classification, finding logical connections and patterns between ideas. This can be identified predominantly as left brain thinking. When design goes beyond the physical act of creation but inspires people to think and act at a deeper level - it is Design Thinking. Design Thinking is empathizing with the context, challenging assumptions, and exploring new possibilities. Design thinking builds your creative confidence through various practices that let you synthesize, iterate, prototype, and think of alternate solutions. It is identified predominantly as right brain activity. Critical and design thinking is an integrated skill that involves whole brain thinking to encounter and solve difficult problems, to create, and to innovate. This course includes developing skills to observe, confront, empathize, identify, and analyze problem areas. The learners are exposed to brainstorming, deriving and critically evaluating insights, and developing solutions. They are also exposed to learning the tools to implement and validate their solutions.
Digitization of a continuum world is probably the most revolutionary concept that has transformed the society during the last 50 years. Not only have the communication systems transformed from analogue to a digital form of signals, but a whole new array of computing systems got developed based on digital representations of numerals, alphabets and graphical pictures. The concept of a digital continuum and signals got further extended with the use of wireless communication, efficient conversion of analogue to digital signals and vice versa, as well as effective sensors for acquisition of information from the physical world. The concept of a machine language or computer language became inevitable because of the new requirements of man-machine interface. Variety of languages and menu-driven programs are in vogue now for communicating with different computer-driven devices. If one considers all physical systems to be composed of MAN, MACHINE and INFORMATION, the earlier systems had information as an auxiliary component. Man-Machine interface was direct, and information was auxiliary. However, with the advent of the digital world, information began to drive the machine, and the role of man became predominantly that of creator of information. So, the generation of information, display of information, processing of information, transmission of information and conversion of information (D--->A, A-->D) have become central tasks of a digitally controlled physical world. Understanding the potential of such a digital world leading into the Internet of Things is a basic requirement towards educating young minds.
Understanding the science behind why we read is profoundly interesting. Reading about something is the same as experiencing it, at least neurologically speaking. The same regions of the brain stimulated by the real thing are also stimulated by words. Non-fiction readers are just as susceptible - a good memoir or guidebook allows readers to retrace the experiences of the writer in the same way fiction does. Reading Critical Literature can even give the brain a real workout in complex cognitive functions. We all know how the brain becomes addicted to things. Sometimes lifelong readers read simply because reading makes them feel ‘stimulated’. The human brain is very creative, and we naturally tend to visualize whatever we think about. The act of reading naturally triggers complex visualizations. In other words, getting lost in a great book is a highly immersive experience that makes our brains come alive. Psychologists have discovered that reading also makes readers more empathetic. They mentally simulate each new situation encountered in a narrative and in doing so they develop alertness to the inner lives of others. It helps them develop sympathetic social skills apart from high-stress social environments. The course aims to inculcate the love of reading so that one is not just able to literally reproduce what one reads, but also manages to imaginatively reconstruct it.
Writing: Why do we write?
There is an inner voice trying to speak to self and others. We tend to listen to that voice and write. Clear writing stems from clear thinking. Writing helps us develop hierarchical and structural thinking. This course helps us experience writing for business, government, and other organizations. We will also explore different writing genres such as fiction, non-fiction, technical, commercial, and humor. We will explore good persuasive writing which is context-oriented – specific to generic, concrete to abstract, active to passive, factual to opinionated – to create an enriching reading experience.
We live our life surrounded by comforts and conveniences, constantly cocooned. There appears to be a disconnect between our body and mind. We are thrown out of gear by our own ingenious creations and self-imposed life style. Everyday new strains of viruses get into our physical systems, throwing us out of our immunity blanket. Continuous and relentless discoveries of new medicines are also not able to provide us with holistic health. We need to realize that mind, matter (body), and space (universe) are interconnected. To attain holistic health we need to appreciate this connection. The course aims to discuss these issues and helps us reconnect with ourselves, and with what is all around us. What nourishes our mind? Creating new memories, going for a long nature walk, pursuing our passions. What nourishes our body? What is mindful eating? What is mindful breathing? We need good nutrition, healthy diet, regular exercise, clean environment, adequate rest, and moderate consumption. How do we go about it? We need to develop trust in nature, develop awareness of our connection to the world around us. This will serve as a foundation for thinking and acting wisely. Our bodies evolved over the course of millions of years to live in small tribes, hunting and gathering for survival. Natural selection has not had time to revise our bodies, nor minds, for coping with fatty diets, cars, drugs, and modern living. Therefore, it is necessary for humans to restore the natural balance of the body by engaging in self-care via meditation, exercise, and healthy living.
“Education is not the learning of facts, but training of the mind to think.” – Albert Einstein
The word ‘education’ is derived from the Latin word ‘educere’ which means ‘to bring forth’. Education brings forth knowledge, skills, and a positive attitude. Philosophy helps in understanding the fundamental value of knowledge, experience, and a sense of judgment. Education is a journey and philosophy is a constant provocateur for this journey. By understanding this connection between philosophy and education, you are able to realize your potential and develop a positive attitude towards learning. The course includes learning rational thinking skills as applied to education and illustrates the social, moral, and scientific aspects of education along with philosophy. Learners will understand how education has evolved over time in Indian tradition and global contexts. It will emphasize on how education has evolved with social needs and technological advancements. This course will also focus on understanding the thought process of an individual’s mind and how to train it to learn effectively. It will articulate what is learning and how it can be enhanced and transformed into a lifelong skill.
Design is a conscious effort to create. This course enables us to learn unique methods to develop design abilities. Designer’s tools are -
We begin with using different toolkits to seek inspiration from people, communities, cultures, and nature by engaging and empathizing with them. We will learn to document this experience and pluck meaningful insights. We will learn to generate ideas from the insights through collaborative brainstorming with transdisciplinary teams. We will then learn to convert selected ideas into quick prototypes using different media and methods for validation. The methods learnt in this module will enable us to build mindsets which we will apply in progressive modules.
The course aims at unraveling different mindsets of a designer which include learning from failure, embracing ambiguity, co-creation with potential beneficiaries, building to think, and continuously improving through feedback. We throw ourselves out of our comfort zone and encounter difficult situations. We learn to stay neutral, and embrace the problem as interesting 'data' and suspend negative and positive judgment. We stay curious, and ask questions such as What, Why, and How. We learn to enjoy the chaos, as creative process is chaotic. We learn to let the things stay 'out of order' for a while so newer ideas can come in. Then, we try things on to test what will work. Based on the feedback, we iterate, iterate, iterate. We will also learn from various design theories and methodologies to get acquainted with differently evolved perspectives.