Career in Fashion Design: Blend your creativity with skills
Still confused about choosing a career? Do you have a creative mind and a flair for sketching? Don’t get worried. Pursuing a career in fashion designing will satisfy your creative urge and also give you a chance to make a name for yourself in the glamorous world of fashion design. Besides a degree in fashion designing, you would need certain qualities to succeed in this professional domain.
You need to be creative and artistic. As you will be designing clothes, one quality you just cannot do without is creativity and artistic sense. You need to turn raw materials into beautiful costumes and accessories. This requires a lot of detailing and creativity.
You also need to have an eye for detail. It is very important for a fashion designer to come out with some basic designs and then add detailing to them. Most of the times it is the detail which makes the clothes stand out.
You need to have a good understanding of colour, texture and fabric quality. You also need to have an understanding of the raw materials that you are working with. Analyse beforehand as to what design will look good with a certain fabric, how can you use it, which colours you can mix with it and so on. These small details will help in making your designs and costumes look good and make a mark for yourself later on.
Acquired skills refer to the qualification from a recognised fashion institute. You can enrol for Diploma, Bachelor’s, Master’s, PG Diploma, BSc, MSc or PhD in fashion. Students usually take up UG courses after 10+2. They equip you with technical and creative thinking skills that will come handy when you enter the profession.
As Prof. Alana Savant, Head of Department Fashion Design, MAEERS’s MIT Institute of Design, Pune puts it, “A fashion design aspirant should possess general awareness, should have an aptitude for sketching and visualisation, and should also possess a little knowledge of fabric wherein he/she can differentiate between cotton, woollen etc.” So, just as in any other profession, it’s your skills that matter the most.
Top institutes in India
There are plenty of renowned colleges in India offering bachelor’s and master’s, diplomas and PhD courses in Fashion Design. Institutes like NIFT, Pearl Academy, Symbiosis Institute of Design etc. (See Listing) provide quality education and has churned out successful fashion designers, consultants, fashion stylists and many more who have made a mark in the industry.
We have a very strong industry connection. Being part of the FDCI, we offer our students exclusive platforms like Amazon Fashion Week, NABA Fashion Show in Milan amongst many others to showcase their collection. We have senior fashion designers coming to our campuses once a month for lectures exposing our students to the industry from the very beginning.
Diploma in Fashion Design
A diploma in Fashion Design allows students to discover their innate qualities related to fashion and designing, and take their passion for fashion to the next level. It aims to combine creativity of artistic minds with technical proficiency. An integrated approach towards creative applications is provided through theoretical classes and practical trainings. Students are taught about colours, compositions, pattern making, cutting and everything that it takes to become an accomplished designer. It also gives them a deep understanding of current market trends and potential strategies to sail through. The eligibility for Diploma in fashion Design is 10+2 or its equivalent. The duration of the course is usually one to two years.
B.Des Fashion Design
Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design is an undergraduate fashion design course involving the study of creating original designs in garments, footwear, jewellery, luggage and also a study of the ever-changing trends in the fashion industry and market. The programme includes converting artistic talent and creativity in creating products like clothing, textiles, jewellery, footwear and other accessories. It involves the detailed study of the market trends and related fashion. The duration of the course is usually four years. Students also undergo internship programmes that give them an exposure to production, marketing and designing. The basic eligibility is 10+2 or equivalent examination in any stream from a recognised board.
M.Des Fashion Design
Masters of Design in Fashion Design is a postgraduate fashion design course. The duration of the course is usually two years but it may vary from institute to institute. The course, on its successful completion opens varied employment options for designers. The eligibility is Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with Fashion Designing subjects with 50 percent marks or above. The eligibility criteria varies from one University to another. Many colleges and Universities conduct their own entrance exams and personal interviews to select students.
PhD in Fashion Design
Doctoral programmes in Fashion Design can be your next step for an exciting and creative career, either in India or abroad. You could pursue roles in fashion design, clothing or textile technology, visual merchandising, and other areas of the fashion world. As per guidelines, of the UGC, the duration for Ph.D in India is seven years. The eligibility will be postgraduate degree in the relevant area of Design, Management or Technology (or) equivalent qualification from an institute/ university of national/international repute with 55% in aggregate (of all the years/semesters) where marks are awarded in the postgraduate degree. The programme is designed to create original knowledge for use in academia, industry, for policy-makers and other stakeholders.
The cost of a programme in fashion varies from one institute to another. However, on an average you would have to dish out anything between Rs.85,000-4,50,000 per semester to complete a course in Fashion Design from a reputed institution in India. Apart from the fee, a separate budget needs to be maintained for books, room and board, material fee and your regular living expenses.
Preparing for NIFT entrance
To prepare for admission to undergraduate courses at NIFT, one must go through the syllabus and questions papers of previous exams. According to Lavanya Joshi, a second-year student of Fashion Communication at NIFT-Chennai, “One should possess a basic knowledge of sketching, colouring and subjects like English, GK and Maths. As I was from a Humanities background, I had to take coaching for preparation of entrance exam which provided me with additional coaching for material handling and making 3D models. These skills are required to clear the second round of interview.”
Entrance exam pattern
The NIFT entrance exam includes two parts, namely Creative Ability Test and General Ability Test. The Creative Ability Test focuses on judging intuition skill, power of observation, innovation in development of a concept and design ability of the candidate. An important aspect of the test is the creative and innovative use of colour and illustration skills.
The General Ability Test examines your Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, Analytical Ability and General Knowledge and Current Affairs. The number of questions for each section have been revised (visit the institute’s website for revised structure). There will be a situation test for the admission of undergraduate courses and a Group Discussion followed by interview for admission to postgraduate courses.
Purva Khurana, Associate Professor, NIFT Delhi, says, “After graduating with a degree in fashion, students usually begin as Assistant Designer, as a stylist doing styling for movies and TV shows. Many opt for starting with an entrepreneurial venture and merchandising. We have our seniors being placed as Head Visual Merchandiser and working in Export house, buying house and retail house.”
Those who have completed their course and possess creative ability and determination to create new and original designs can get a head-start in:
Fashion houses run by top fashion designers like JJ Valaya, Ritu Beri, Neeta Lulla, Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Sandip Khosla, Ritu Kumar, Rina Dhaka and so on.
Top-notch garment and textile export houses
Textile and fabric manufacturing unit
Exclusive and branded fashion showrooms
Salary is not exactly a constraint in this hugely creative domain. A fresher who graduates in fashion would earn anything upwards of Rs.15,000 per month. With experience in designing skills, your salary would rise to Rs.50,000-60,000 per month, or more. If you become a reputed designer, you could demand the world. The average annual package of students at Pearl Academy in 2015 was Rs. 6.5 lakhs. Great fashion designers’ salary always shows an upward trend. However, hard work, passion and a conscious effort to stay updated with the latest trends in the fashion industry are imperative to reach that level.
Select institutions offering courses in fashion design
National Institute of Fashion Technology
B.Des./M.Des. (with multiple specialisation); B.F.Tech.
Pearl Academy (Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur)
Diploma in Fashion Design (with multiple specialisations)
B.Des (Fashion Design/Communication)
Srishti School of Design, Bengaluru
B.Design (Fashion Design)
Diploma in Fashion Design
MAEERs MIT Institute of design, Pune
B.Des (Fashion Design/Communication);
Raffles Design international, Mumbai
Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design;
Northern India Institute of Fashion technology, (Mohali, Ludhiana, Jalandhar)
B.Sc Fashion Design/Textile Design
B.Des. (Fashion Design/Fashion Communication/Textile Design)
Apeejay Stya University (School of design and visual arts), Gurugram
B.Des/M.Des (Fashion Design)
Indian Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore
B.Sc (Fashion Technology and Management/
Amity School of Fashion Technology, Noida
B. Des. (Multiple Specialisation)/ BA. Fashion- International;
J. D. Birla Institute (Departments of Sciences And Commerce), Kolkata
B.Sc (H) in Textile science/Clothing and Fashion Studies;
DSK Supinfocom International Campus, Pune
Fashion Photography & Journalism; Fashion Styling;
It’s only one percent glamour and 99 percent hard work, says Prof. Vandana Narang, Director, NIFT Delhi
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Questions related to NIFT Entrance Exam
When and where do I apply for 2nd round of NIFT exam for mfm course?
BDes shortlisted candidates after the written test can select the preference test centres and exam date for the NIFT 2021 situation test by providing the required credentials. NIFT situation test will be held in April/May. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) has open the registration form for NIFT 2021 situation test on March 22. To download the call letter for the NIFT situation test 2021 candidates will have to enter their roll number, the application number, and date of birth. You can go to the official website and book a slot for the second round of NIFT exam.
Can I Do Diploma in FASHION DESIGNING AFTER MY GRADUATION IN (ENGLISH HONOURS)
Yes, you can opt for fashion designing as your program for future studies with a background in English literature but some colleges ask for a bachelor in fashion designing to allow the student to go for master in fashion designing. But there are handful of colleges where this criteria is not followed and hence you can easily apply in such colleges to pursue your dream field.
Here's the top colleges for Fashion designing course
1. JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore, fees- 100000 per annum
2. Pearl Academy, Delhi, fees- 433000 per annum
3. Asian academy of film and television, Noida, fees- 221000
4. Pearl Academy, Jaipur, fees- 399900 per annum approx
5. Netaji Subash open University- Kolkata, fees- 15000-16000 per annum
6- Mahatma Gandhi kashi Vidyapeeth- Varanasi, fees- 16000-17000 per annum
7. Satyam Fashion Institute, Noida, Fees- 149500 per annum
8. Global Institute of Fashion Technology- Kolkata, fees- 280000 per annum.
Its 2 years program and you can get a initial salary from 1.5 lacs to 2.5 lacs per annum after the completion of this course.
can we give nift entrance exam online at home
No, unfortunately you cannot give entrance exam for NIFT online at home, you have to fill the application form for examination, then you will get the admit card for appearance at the examination centre, and you have to give your exam at the alloted examination centre.and that's the only way to give exam.
I hope it helps.
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upcoming date to register for the nift entrance exam
Unfortunately NIFT 2021 has already been conducted on February 14 and has released the NIFT 2021 answer key for General Ability Test (GAT) in online mode on February 17.
For more details you can refer to the below shared link:
You can now try to appear for the NIFT 2022 exam. I will share a link which will give details regarding the same:
nift entrance exam b design gat syllabus
given below is the syllabus for the GAT 2021 exam for NIFT B.Design,
General knowledge and current affairs
Communication ability and English comprehension
Analytical and logical ability