For the exposure material of the course, the following topics would be covered.
1. Basics of traditional knowledge systems
(a) Symbolism and the importance of storytelling in design
(b) Basics of abstraction as seen in traditional knowledge systems: Although abstraction above a certain level might seem too vague and unrequired to an uninitiated outsider, it -
(a) helps give a concrete direction to the design process which would otherwise be lost considering the diverse cultural and geographical backgrounds of artists all around India, and
(b) it gives every design a “story”, making the design itself more valuable, interesting and timeless.
(c) Basic elements of design: Basic shapes and elements of nature as guiding principles.
2. Anthropometry and the Human Body
(a) Measurements and grids
(b) Movements and ergonomics
i. Mappings to elements of nature
3. Form and Architecture
i. Exploring transitory emotions using form and space transitions
ii. Body mappings
(b) Symbols, motifs and basic shapes as the guiding principles
(c) Grids and Ratios
i. Significance and use, both in terms of utility and abstraction
ii. Examples and analysis
(d) Patterns and Fractals
4. 2D Compositions
(a) Theories for 2D compositions
i. Focal points
(b) Abstraction and meanings
I believe that, based on the extensive literature review from multiple sources, this list of topics would provide an exhaustive overview of the Classical Indian Knowledge Systems to Class XII students and would enable them to extract design principles relevant today, without being too overwhelming for the limited duration the course would run for. Any subtopic chosen or left from this list is done purely on my understanding of its capability to provide enough relevant information.