Designing is a highly developed field that requires trained people who are creatively innovative and artistic. Designers should be conscious that the products should not only be innovative but also user-friendly and functional. This requires greater efficiency and knowledge related to design careers. Hence, choosing the right course and Design Colleges are the stepping stones to a successful design career for a student.

Due to IT boom and emergence of a large number of multinational companies, there are many good job prospects available for designers in India and abroad. Careers in design are not just restricted to graphics, product, or interior designing but also in the fields like film making, commercial artist, town planning, fine arts, advertising and architecture. There is good scope for the jobs in design globally.

We, at The Futurist, have compiled a list of TOP DESIGN COLLEGES IN INDIA for students who want to pursue a career in Design field. The admission in these colleges happen through a DAT(Design Aptitude Test), preceded by a STUDIO TEST and interview along with the assessment of the student’ portfolio.

NID

NID

NID or National Institute of Design has 3 campuses-Ahmedabad, Kurukshetra and Vijayawada offers a 4- year Design courses in Product Design, Animation and Film Design, Exhibition Design, Communication design, furniture design, etc. NID offers professional education programmes at Bachelors and Masters level with five faculty streams and 20 diverse design domains as specified earlier.

A green campus of 15 acres is at Gandhinagar to enhance the spirit of NID and provide a platform for research-led education to the post-graduate students. The work done by the graduates is already garnering appreciation and recognition from the industry. The National Institute of Design (NID) is internationally acclaimed as one of the foremost multi-disciplinary institutions in the field of design education and research. The Business Week, USA has listed NID as one of the top 25 European & Asian programmes in the world. NID was established in 1961, and recently, it celebrated its golden jubilee.

Admission criteria: B.Des / GDPD DAT / Studio Test + Portfolio

Programmes offered: Bachelor of Design (B.Des.), Master of Design (M.Des.), GDPD (Kurukshetra), GDPD (Vijayawada)

Probable date of form availability: November

Probable exam date: January

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NIFT (DELHI, MUMBAI, KOLKATA+13 OTHER LOCATIONS ACROSS INDIA)

NIFT

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), a leader in fashion education with the ability to integrate knowledge, academic freedom, critical independence and creative thinking has a history of being in existence for 28 years stands as a testimony to its fundamentals where academic excellence lies at the core. It was set up in 1986 under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India is a Statutory Institute Governed by the NIFT Act 2006. For the Placements 2016, the major recruitment was done by Retail companies followed by Brands. A total of 39% of the total graduates recruited were placed in Retail companies. This was followed by Fashion Brands (20%), Designers / Design houses (19%), export houses / buying houses and agencies (16%).

The Average annual salary during campus placements 2016 for the students from Master’s program was Rs. 5.70 lakhs per annum and for the Bachelor’s Programme, the average annual salary was Rs. 4.30 lakhs per annum.

Admission criteria: CAT/ GAT/ Situation Test + Portfolio

Programmes offered: B.Des, B.FTech, M.Des, M.FTech

Probable date of form availability: November – January

Probable exam date: February

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UCEED

Is conducted by IIT Mumbai under the guidance of the UCEED Admissions Committee. This exam is conducted for admission into 4 years Bachelors of Design(B.Des) programme in any of the given institutions below:

  • IIT Mumbai
  • IIT Guwahati
  • IIT Jabalpur

Probable date of form availability: October

Probable exam date: January

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Other colleges accepting UCEED score are: UPES University.

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