Following colleges are Top Design Colleges in India
National Institute of Design (NID)
National Institute of Design (NID) is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated (Experiential) Design. It is an autonomous institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.
Campus: Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bengaluru
The application process for NID starts every year in the month of October. Admission to NID is on the basis of a Design Aptitude Test (DAT) conducted at 11 centers around India. Based on the result of the DAT, candidates are shortlisted and called for the second phase. The second phase of the admission procedure consists of studio tests followed by personal interviews. Design Aptitude Test (40%), Studio Test (40%), Interview (20%).
B.Des: Students who have passed or who will appear for qualifying examinations under the Higher Secondary (10+2) or equivalents like AISSCE/ IB/ ISC
M.Des: Students who have passed or who will appear for qualifying examinations of their Bachelors Degree (10+2+4yr). Eligibility defers as per the course selected.
Industrial Design – Product Design, Furniture & Interior Design, Ceramic & Glass Design
Communication Design – Animation Film Design, Film & Video Communication, Graphic Design, Exhibition (Spatial) Design
Textile, Apparel & Lifestyle Accessory Design – Textile Design
Industrial Design – Product Design, Furniture & Interior Design, Ceramic & Glass Design, Toy & Game Design, Transportation & Automobile Design
Communication Design – Animation Film Design, Film & Video Communication, Graphic Design, Photography Design
Interdisciplinary Design Studies – Design for Retail Experience, Strategic Design Management
Textile, Apparel & Lifestyle Accessory Design – Apparel Design, Lifestyle Accessory Design, Textile Design
IT Intergrated (Experiential) Design – Design for Digital Experience, Information & Interface Design, New Media Design
Visit NID website www.nid.edu for more information
Industrial Design Center – IIT Bombay
Industrial Design Centre (IDC) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay) offers an excellent environment for academics, research and applications in the field of design. IDC has academic programs in the areas of Industrial Design, Visual Communication, Interaction Design, Animation and Mobility & Vehicle Design.
Campus: Powai, Mumbai
Admission to IIT-IDC M.Des. programs is on the basis of a Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) and IIT-IDC B.Des. programs is on the basis of a Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) conducted at various centers across India. Candidates who qualify through CEED / UCEED will have to then apply to IIT-IDC for the M.Des. / B.Des. program. Based on the CEED score, Top 100 in each stream will be called for a written test and interview. A weightage of 25% will be given to CEED score & the remaining weightage will be divided within the written test & the interview.
B.Des: Students who have appeared or passed for 12th Std. exam. Maximum of 2 attempts are allowed. A 5 year, dual degree B. Des + M. Des programme is also available. The option of doing dual degree B Des + M Des will be available only at the end of the 3rd year.
M.Des: All Degree/Diploma/Professional courses must satisfy 10+2+4 pattern or more. Eligibility defers as per the course selected.
Mobility and Vehicle Design
Visit IDC website www.idc.iitb.ac.in for more information.
With the CEED the students can apply to the following schools for their M.Des. programs:
1) IISc Bangalore: M.Des. in Product Design & Engineering
2) IIT Delhi: M.Des. in Industrial Design
3) IIT Guwahati: M.Des. in Industrial Design
4) IIT Kanpur: M.Des. in Industrial Design
Details can be obtained from their respective websites.
National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)
National Institute of Fashion Technology was set up in 1986 under the aegis of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The Institute is a pioneer in envisioning and evolving fashion business education in the country through a network of fifteen professionally managed domestic centres.
Campus: Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna, Raebareli and Shillong
Candidates applying for different programs are administered with a combination of General Ability Test (GAT), Creative Ability Test (CAT) and Managerial Ability Test (MAT) for the NIFT written entrance examination. Shortlisted candidates from the NIFT written entrance examination are required to undergo Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
B.Des: Students who have passed or who will appear for qualifying examinations under the Higher Secondary (10+2)
B.F. Tech: Students who have passed or who will appear for qualifying examinations under the Higher Secondary (10+2) with PCM
M.Des: Undergraduate Degree from any Institute / University recognized by law in India or Diploma in UG Design from NIFT/NID only or Undergraduate Diploma of minimum three years duration from NIFT / NID
M.F.M: Undergraduate Degree from any Institute / University recognized by law in India or Undergraduate Diploma of minimum three years duration from NIFT / NID
M.F.Tech: B.F.Tech. from NIFT or B.E / B.Tech. from any Institute / University recognized by law in India
Visit NIFT website www.nift.ac.in for more details
Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT)
MIT Institute of Design is a design school situated in Pune, Maharashtra, India. MIT ID is established by MAEER’s (Maharashtra Academy of Engineering & Education Research) Group.
The admission process is in two phases:
Phase 1 – MITID-DAT Design Aptitude Test conducted at various centers across the country. Based on scores obtained from MITID-DAT, shortlisted candidates will be called for second phase.
Phase 2 – The second phase of the admission procedure will consist of studio tests followed by personal interviews at MITID campus in Pune.
Grad: Eligibility for applying to Graduate Diploma Program: 10+2 from any stream
PG: Graduate from any discipline 10+2+3 minimum
MITID Offers Graduate & Post Graduate Diploma Programmes in
Interior Space & Furniture Design
User Experience Design (only at PG level)
Animation Film Design
Film & Video Design
BA (Hons) Fashion Design
BA (Hons) Fashion promotion & Imaging
MBA Fashion Management & Marketing
M.Des Fashion Design
Visit MIT ID website www.mitid.edu.in for more details
Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology
Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology is a non-residential institution founded in 1996 with the objective of providing art and design education in an environment of creativity to maximize the individual’s potential.
Admission to Srishti’s Foundation Studies program is on the basis of a Written Entrance Test. Based on the result of the written test, candidates are shortlisted and called for the interview and portfolio review.
UG (2 years) : 10+2 pass /Graduate or Diploma holder
PDP (2.5 Years): Passed Foundation study at Srishti / 2 Years in Art, Design or Arch. college / Graduate with 2 Years work exp.
APDP (1 & 2 Years): Any Graduate
Product and Interface Design
Furniture & Interior Design
Visual Communication Design
Digital Video Production
Animation and Visual Effects
Visit Srishti’s website www.srishti.ac.in for more information
Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID)
Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID) offers an Under-Graduate Programme in Design and is under the ‘Faculty of Media, Communication and Design’ of the Symbiosis International University (SIU).
Students are required to take the Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET). If a candidate qualifies SET , he/she would be eligible to appear for SID’s Studio Test. If a candidate qualifies the Studio Test, he/she is eligible to appear for Personal Interaction.
B.Des: A candidate must have passed 10+2 (any stream; eg. Science, Commerce, Arts, etc.) or equivalent OR 10+3 diploma approved by State Board of Technical Education with minimum 50% aggregate marks obtained in the final examination to be eligible
Visit SID website www.sid.edu.in for more information
Pearl Academy (formerly Pearl Academy of Fashion) is a private higher education institute in India, offering undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma courses in design, fashion and business.
Campus: Delhi, Noida, Mumbai and Jaipur
Stage 1: Written Admission Test in 24 cities (approx. 27 Test Centers) across the country
Stage 2: Personal Interview (including portfolio evaluation / material handling skills test for Design streams).
B.A (Hons) (4 Years): 10 + 2, or equivalent, in any discipline, with minimum 50% marks
PG Diploma (2 Years): Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University
Fashion, Styling & Textiles
Communication, Media & Film
Visit Pearl Academy website www.pearlacademy.com for more information
DSK Supinfocom International Campus was established in the year 2008 to offer professional courses in the fields of animation, video gaming and industrial design. The institute is a result of a joint venture between the DSK Group, India and SupinfocomGROUP, France under the supervision of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Grand Hainaut (CCI).
The academics are fully controlled by the French institute to match international standards of education and the trainers are recruited on a full-time basis from various parts of Europe and Asia.
Written Admission Test followed by Portfolio review and Personal Interview
UG (4 to 5 Years): 12th pass with proven creative abilities and the zeal to excel
PG Diploma (2 to 3 Years): Any degree / diploma / certificate with proven creative and design abilities. A finished portfolio is recommended.
Visit DSK Supinfocom website www.dsksic.com for more information