Fashion Design: Institutes, entrance exams, courses and job roles

Summary

NIFT entrance exam is held every year for admission to its bachelor’s and master’s level courses

Diploma and certificate courses are also available

If you’re a fashionista who enjoys experimenting with different styles, Fashion Design could just be your thing! A career in this field will give you insight into how the glamour world functions and the professional qualities needed to work in this sector.

Fashion Design and its scope:

Fashion Design communicates individual styles, moods and aesthetics. It’s now one of the most sought-after career options. Several domestic fashion hubs have been doing exceptionally well, providing a significant boost to the growth of the Indian fashion industry. After studying Fashion Design, you can work in various roles like a designer for men’s or women’s wear, stylist, illustrator, in-house expert, teacher or journalist. Retail fashion industry is another area where you can work after obtaining your degree.

Studying Fashion Design:

  • You need to clear your Class XII board exams or any equivalent exam in any stream with at least 50% aggregate.
  • To enrol in undergraduate or postgraduate fashion design courses, you need to clear entrance exams and usually appear for a personal interview. Some institutes, however, may offer merit-based admission.
  • You can also do one- to two-year diploma and certificate courses that teach students the practical skills needed to pursue a career in Fashion Design with little to no emphasis on theoretical knowledge.

Some institutes that offer Fashion Design courses:

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), multiple locations

Courses: Bachelor of Design (BDes) in Fashion Design/Leather Design /Accessory Design/Textile Design/Knitwear Design/Fashion Communication.

  • Eligibility: You need to clear your Class XII board exams or an equivalent exam from any recognised central/state board of secondary examination.
  • Admission: You need to clear the NIFT Entrance exam and then get admission according to your rank.
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Course: Bachelor of Fashion Technology (Apparel Production) (BFTech).

  • Eligibility: You need to clear your Class XII board exams or an equivalent exam from any recognised central/state board of secondary examination.
  • Admission: You need to clear the NIFT Entrance exam and then get admission according to your rank.
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Course: Master of Design (MDes).

  • Eligibility: You need an undergraduate degree in any discipline from any recognised institute/university, or an undergraduate diploma of minimum three years duration from NIFT/NID.
  • Admission: You need to clear the NIFT Entrance exam and then get admission according to your rank.
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Course: Master of Fashion Technology (MFTech).

  • Eligibility: You need a BFTech degree from NIFT or a BE/BTech degree from any recognised institute/university.
  • Admission: You need to clear the NIFT Entrance exam and then get admission according to your rank.
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Course: Master of Fashion Management (MFM).

  • Eligibility: You need an undergraduate degree in any discipline from any recognised institute/university, or an undergraduate diploma of minimum of three years duration from NIFT/NID.
  • Admission: You need to clear the NIFT Entrance exam and then get admission according to your rank.
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Pearl Academy, multiple locations

Course: School of Fashion and Design (Undergraduate).

  • Eligibility: You need to clear your Class XII board exams or any equivalent exams.
  • Admission: You need to perform well in the General Proficiency Test (GPT) and the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) organised by the institute.
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Course: School of Fashion and Design (Postgraduate)

  • Eligibility: You need to graduate in any stream from a recognised university.
  • Admission: You need to perform well in the General Proficiency Test (GPT) and the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) organised by the institute.
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Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune

Course: Bachelor of Design.

  • Eligibility: You need at least 50% aggregate in your Class XII board exams or any equivalent exam from any approved state board of technical education.
  • Admission: You need to clear the Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design (SEED).
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Amity School of Fashion Technology, Noida

Course: BDesign (Fashion Design).

  • Eligibility: You need at least 50% aggregate in your Class XII board exams or any equivalent exam. Your aggregate will be calculated based on the marks scored in English and three academic subjects.
  • Admission: You need to perform well in an online interview and a proctored creative test.
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Course: MDesign (Fashion & Textiles).

  • Eligibility: You need at least 50% aggregate in your undergraduate degree in Fashion/Textile Design.
  • Admission: You will be selected based on your video responses to the questions posted through the video link available on the admission microsite.
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SATYAM Institute of Design, Noida

Course: BDesign (Fashion Design).

  • Eligibility: You need to clear the Class XII board exams or any equivalent exam from any recognised central/state board of secondary examination in the current academic year.
  • Admission: You need to perform well in the Design Entrance Test organised by the institute.
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Course: MDesign (Fashion Design)

  • Eligibility: You need a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in any discipline.
  • Admission: You need to clear the Design Entrance Test organised by the institute.
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MIT Institute of Design, Pune

Course: BDes (Fashion Design).

  • Eligibility: You need to clear your Class XII board exams or any equivalent exam.
  • Admission: You need to clear the Design Aptitude Test, followed by a studio test and a personal interview.
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Course: MDes (Fashion Management and Marketing).

  • Eligibility: You need to graduate in any discipline.
  • Admission: You need to perform well in the Design Aptitude Test, followed by a studio test and a personal interview
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The University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun

Course: BDes (Fashion Designing).

  • Eligibility: You need at least 50% aggregate in your Class X and Class XII board exams.
  • Admission: You need to perform well in the UPES Design Aptitude Test (UPES-DAT), followed by a personal interview and a presentation of your work portfolio. Or you need your NIFT, NID and UCEED ranking.
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Course: MDes (Fashion Designing).

  • Eligibility: You need a BTech/BE/BArch/BFA degree in any relevant disciplines. Or you need a three-year BSc/BA/BFA degree in Applied Art/Design or any other relevant disciplines (with minimum 50% marks) with one year of relevant industry experience. Or you need a two-year MSc/MTech degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
  • Admission: You need to perform well in the UPES Design Aptitude Test (UPES-DAT), followed by a personal interview and a presentation of your work portfolio. Or you need your CEED Score, followed by a portfolio presentation and personal interview.
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Job roles with a degree in Fashion Design:

  • Fashion Designer: They can either start their own label or work for a company that designs clothes. These professionals work on styling different types of clothing such as jeans, jackets, women’s wear, children’s wear, men’s wear, knitwear and sportswear.
  • Personal stylist: People who want to work as fashion consultants or personal stylists are mostly self-employed. A fashion consultant/personal stylist’s classic job is to assist people in developing a wardrobe that promotes their public image. They advise others on the latest fashion trends, clothing styles, colours to wear/avoid, and how to do their make-up and hair.
  • Technical designer: They are in charge of deciding how a garment should be stitched and made. tTey oversee the development of a technical package, or Sewing details, points of measurement, wash description, label/hang tag placement and packaging instructions are typically required by these professionals.
  • Garment quality controller: Their job is to establish quality standards for everything that is purchased for a new collection. The quality control (QC) manager also instructs each department to ensure quality in various processes associated with garments’ production. They ensure product quality throughout the manufacturing process.
  • Fashion Merchandiser: They decide what merchandise to stock for a brand by analysing their customers’ previous purchasing patterns. They frequently collaborate with the management to plan the launch of revenue-generating products.

Last updated on 05 Apr 2022