Dr. Prajakta Parvatikar

In-charge Principal

PhD in Visual Art - RTMNU; NET, Visual Art - UGC; M.F.A. (Illustration), B.F.A. (Applied Art), PG. Dip. in Marketing Management (DMM) - University of Mumbai

An enthusiastic teacher, facilitator, and learner for over two decades; wholeheartedly interacting, and experimenting with Design students exploring fundamental and new Teaching Methods. A Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Art, Prof. Prajakta strongly believes; her Indian roots, vast Cultural treasure of Folk-Art forms, and Language-Dialect-Script repertoire has tremendous scope for Indian Typography and/or Design. Her keen interest in this domain is widely appreciated through various paper presentations at National and International Conferences. Recipient of the prestigious AKS GLOBAL TEACHER AWARD for the year 2021 and EMERGING SCHOLAR AWARD (three years in a row) for ‘Advocating Indian culture into Design Education’ by the Design Principles and Practices Conference organized by Common Grounds, in the US; is Dr. Prajakta’s testament of her dedication and commitment towards the noble profession of teaching.



Dr. Aditi Jha

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Fine Arts, (Applied Arts), Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan, NET, Visual Art - UGC; M.F.A. (Illustration), B.F.A. (Applied Art) - B.H.U, Varanasi; PG. Dip. in Management Studies, NMIMS, Mumbai;

Believing students being creators from within, teaching since 2004, has been a passionate endeavor. Asso. Prof. Aditi believes, with a teacher’s guidance students can be encouraged to become problem solvers and excel in their creative pursuit for the betterment of mankind. Her areas of interest vary from Communication Design, Advertising to Community Development. She is an awardee of the Global Teachers Award 2022 for her Contribution to the Education Community. Her experience includes conducting Industrial projects, guiding Placements, and presenting papers in National/International seminars.

Nilima Jadhav

Assistant Professor

M.F.A. (Applied Art) - BAMU, Aurangabad; B.F.A. (Applied Art) - University of Mumbai

A creative person who loves to experience and express aspects of life in every possible way. Asst. Prof Nilima has diversified interests, especially the role of Visual Art in advertising communication. She believes what one is today, is a result of what one would have thought yesterday. And this extends her passion to know what appeals most to the human mind in context to communication. Currently pursuing her Doctorate from MIT, Pune; Asst. Prof. Nilima explores understanding the importance of communication fundamentals to new lifestyles.

Dr. Vivek Tetwilkar

Assistant Professor

PhD. Fine Art (Visualization) - Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan; M.F.A. (Visualisation) - BAMU, Aurangabad;  B.F.A. (Applied Art), PG. Dip. in Museology and Conservation - University of Mumbai

3D designer by nature, and teaching since fifteen years is a happy space. Actively involved in Film, Drama, and Event Art direction; Asst. Prof. Vivek guides intermediate students with subjects like Exhibition Display Design & Stage Craft, Communication & Information Design. His areas of interest vary from Space design, 3D Working Displays, and Innovations. Asst. Prof. Vivek conducts workshops for school children, Design students, and Industry practitioners on topics like Origami, Stop Motion Animation, Model making & materials. His research in Portable Agro Exhibitions was well appreciated during his doctorate.

Dr. Seema Pradeep Kamble

Assistant Professor

PhD. Fine Art - SNDT Women's University; NET, Visual Art - UGC; M.A. (Drawing & Painting) - SNDT, Mumbai; G.D. Art (Applied Art) - Kalaniketan Mahavidyalay, Kolhapur; Dip. A.Ed. - Directorate of Art, Mumbai

Fine artist by nature, a sincere teacher continuing to search solutions for academic development and student betterment. Asst. Prof. Seema understands student psychology and is keen on aesthetics, creativity, and experiments in art. She believes in adapting to changing times of new mediums, and her works with mediums, textures, compositions have been awarded on National and International levels. She regards humanity, art for society, and observes the environment, surroundings, colours, and human beings with their behavior. A strong hands-on learner prefers to be a student at heart.

Suresh Komalwad

Assistant Professor

M.F.A. (Applied Art), B.F.A. (Applied Art) - BAMU, Aurangabad

A visualiser-illustrator by profession until he started teaching nineteen years ago; Asst. Prof. Suresh has won Advertising awards and accolades. His guidance to students focuses more on ideation and visualisation, ultimately leading them to Advertising/Communication design solutions. He has participated in group painting exhibitions and won several national and international art, painting and poster competitions over the last two decades. Upgrading himself with the advertising industry, Asst. Prof. Suresh attends knowledge sharing seminars and workshops from time to time. 

Maya Amol Desai

Assistant Professor

M.F.A. (Illustration), B.F.A. (Applied Art) - University of Mumbai

A multi discipline, mix media artist, Asst. Prof. Maya has experience in Exhibition Display Design, Web designing and Painting. She passionately creates lessons that both educate and inspire students for fourteen years now. Strongly believing in the combination of traditional learning and power of modern technologies; Asst. Prof. Maya tries to find new and exciting ways to use them for teaching. 

Abhay Patil

Assistant Professor

M.F.A. (Applied Art) - BAMU, Aurangabad; B.F.A. (Applied Art) - University of Mumbai

A true photographer, Asst. Prof. started his teaching career with the department as a visiting professor of Photography some twenty years ago. His interest interacting with college students made him join full time five years later and is still strong with the department. Asst. Prof. Abhay believes in enjoying one's work so as to enjoy the results. This motto helped him bag the Best Teacher award organised by Rachana Sansad Management once. 

Dr. Anil Nahate

Assistant Professor

PhD. in Visual Art, RTMNU; M.F.A. (Applied Art), B.F.A. (Applied Art) - BAMU, Aurangabad

A calligraphy artist by heart, teaching since eighteen years; Asst. Prof. Anil has mentored elementary-level students of Applied Art, Fine Art, and Architecture at this parent institute. His popularity with students helped him bag the Best Teacher award organised by Rachana Sansad Management twice. Conducting Calligraphy exhibitions and workshops across India, Asst. Prof. Anil has participated in National and International events receiving accolades.

Omkar Mahashabde

Assistant Professor

 B.F.A. (Applied Art) - University of Mumbai

With ten years of professional experience as Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Art Director, Visual storyteller and Creative head, Omkar has to his credit reputed portfolios/clients like Le15, Starting Monday, Grey Global, White turtle Studios, Pratham Books, Publicis and Thatzit Pvt Ltd. His cartoon character dissection Artistry has episodes released on POGO and Netflix. And few of his illustrations are shortlisted for Online Exhibitions abroad. Omkar is one of our Departments’ illustrious Alumni.

Ajinkya Sutar

Assistant Professor

M.F.A. (Illustration), B.F.A. (Applied Art) - University of Mumbai

Brand ideator and Art director for over a decade, Art comes naturally to Ajinkya as do visually compelling ideas. His innate passion for creation has shaped Brands from identity to assets, seen ‘Inspiration Medal’ for Marathon, and innovative space design projects abroad. With clients like Jawa motorcycles, SUD Life Insurance, Hinduja Hits Network, Atomberg Technologies, Ajinkya solves communication problems using design thinking methodologies. His soft-spoken, approachable personality, sense of empathy and simplified process of teaching makes him a perfect fit with the Department. Ajinkya is one of our Departments’ illustrious Alumni.

Unmesh Nayak

Assistant Professor

M.F.A. (Communication Design) - IDC, IIT Mumbai; B.F.A. (Applied Art) - University of Mumbai

An aspiring Designer with core experience in Communication Design and Creative Direction, Unmesh also has hands-on experience with Graphic Design, Illustration and Animation. He believes that Design can change the world, for the better or for the worse; and it is up to us to make it better. An illustrious Alumni of our Department, Unmesh is a fresh new asset who can help his juniors to think likewise.

Poonam Pandit

Assistant Professor

M.F.A. (Applied Art) - NMU, Jalgaon; G.D. Art (Applied Art) - Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai

Into teaching profession for the past 13 years, Poonam has progressed from being a Senior Lecturer to an Assistant Professor encouraging students for their good qualities and individual potential in subjects like Typography, Graphic Design, Package Design, 2D Design and colour.

Her experience as a creative designer - visualizer, Texturing, Matte Paint, and storyboard artist has helped Poonam immensely in guiding young advertisers and designers. Currently pursuing her PhD, Poonam looks forward to the teaching challenges and opportunities at CAAC.

Akshay Khadilkar

Assistant Professor

B.F.A. (Applied Art) - University of Mumbai

One of our own alumni, Akshay has been successfully coordinating the Two Year Advance Certification Course for the last nine years. With a parallel Industry experience as a graphic designer with leading companies Akshay has been consistently producing innovative and unique designs for print and digital media.

Jay Metha

Assistant Professor

B.F.A. (Applied Art) - University of Mumbai

A lover of Art and aesthetics. Jay, an illustrious alumnus of this college, is a professional artist with over five years of experience in Graphic Design, Illustration, 3D, and Concept Art. He has been consulting with companies in Advertising, Gaming, Film, and Television along with being a passionate educator for almost over a decade. 

Jay’s artistic expression and experience all these years have resulted in a very personalized and unique perspective. Pursuing his MFA in Illustration and his core quality will benefit in developing students’ perspectives towards looking at creative problems.

Gauri Bagul

Assistant Professor

M.F.A. (Applied Art), B.F.A. (Applied Art) - University of Mumbai

Gauri Bagul, with her specialization in Exhibition Display Design and Stagecraft, has hands-on experience in actual fieldwork from movie sets, and window displays. Event displays, installations, and miniature model making. Having conducted workshops related to display purpose and installations always encouraging students to use sustainable and eco-friendly material. Her interests include pedagogical development, administration works along with field visits and explorations.

Kiran Kulkarni

Assistant Professor

B.F.A. (Applied Art)- Rachana Sansad College of Applied Art and Craft, University of Mumbai.

Combining her young experience as a freelance designer and an Art Director of her own sustainable brand- The Jute House, Kiran seamlessly guides students in subjects like lettering - typography and graphic design by exploring different materials.

A proud alumnus of College of Applied Art and Craft, Ms. Kiran looks forward to contributing to the academic community by making a positive impact on the students' lives, and together, shaping the future of design.

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