The Foundation Program at the National Institute of Design, Amaravati is the first of the four-year education program. Over a period of 50 years, the Institute has carefully crafted a comprehensive course structure that will prepare students for discipline-specific studies in the following years.

Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts, materials, and methods that are common to all art and design practices. The first year curriculum will take students through critical guidance, generative learning and problem-solving, self-governed projects with explicit communicative and expressive outcomes. The foundation year courses have been developed as parts of a cohesive structure, with a purposeful interleaving of content and experience.

Students in the first year learn to address these needs as a challenge and are provided with the intent, motivation, information, tools, and methods to meet these challenges. Foundation students accomplish a journey from passive learning to creative application. The programme provides a time and space for students to realize the best vision of themselves as creative individuals. Students will learn to identify the problem, analyze and synthesize them, and result in well-crafted solutions in traditional media as well as the most recent digital applications.