I am Bala, a B.Des graduate from NIFT, Bangalore, holding an unconditional offer for a Masters course at the University of Arts, London. I have been freelancing and doing multiple internships for about a year for experience while I was waiting for the admission results. I wanna gain expertise in Craft based design to help build local crafts and here I am with the admission letter to the 2nd highest ranked University in the world for design studies.
Hailing from a culturally rich part of Tamil Nadu, I was always intrigued by Handicraft practices. This was my source of inspiration to study B.Des in National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore. (NIFT). Throughout my period of study, my projects were focused on creating designs to enhance the artisan communities of India.
I come from an average Indian middle-class family where my father has been the sole breadwinner and has struggled a lot to educate me and my other two siblings. We would often pool our efforts to stick together as we tried to make our ends meet. Even through my college years, I have contributed to my family through various internships and projects. My dad has retired and my brother runs a poultry business that barely has any income during COVID 19.
The tuition fees of the course I hold an offer to is 22,920 Pounds which is 23,71,731 Indian Rupee. The living funds included would cost me around 20,010 pounds for 15 months which is 20,70,342 Indian Rupee. The overall estimate is 44,42,073 Rupees. My family doesn't have assets that we could use as collateral to get a loan for all this money. So far, the bank is ready to provide around 20,00,000 Rupees. Since this is a master’s program not many scholarships are available but I have applied for everything I am eligible for. These scholarships are around 5000 pounds.
I am currently seeking financial help to at least cover my tuition fees and any amount as little as 100 Rupees would also make a difference towards reaching the bar. To pursue my studies further, this would genuinely help me bridge the financial gap. Furthermore, the Indian rupee is extremely sensitive to fund flows and as a result, there is a stark difference in the financial sitch. These factors make a great difference since I am the first in my family to fly abroad for higher studies with a strong vision.
Craft can invest a context of regionalism and history in our convenience-based economy. With the guidance and exposure provided through this course, I wish to gain knowledge and experience to be a revolutionary designer who inhibits his skills in his design with strong narratives and improvises the community involved in making it. Immersing myself in the myriad community of crafts, few years down the line I see myself engaging with the craft clusters in India and giving back to the community which has taught me the most beautiful things.
I would be extremely grateful for your assistance in making my dream a reality, so please do contribute whatever is possible. Even if an individual donates Rs 100, it will help a lot as I hope to reach out to as many people as possible in the coming months to gather funds.