Know all about Accessory Design
Updated on Sep 12, 2017 - 3:01 p.m. IST by Nancy Johri

Fashion is no longer about apparel and apparel designing. Over the time it has evolved to encompass accessories like bags, belts, jewellery, shoes and much more. This has resulted in the emergence and growth of a specialised sub-domain of the fashion – Accessory design. The field has been an upcoming career among creative minds.

Being one of the most diverse undergraduate design programmes in the country, the accessory design has a well-defined curriculum and teaching pedagogy for grooming future design professionals, training them in the area of integrated expertise in design methodology, materials and production process, consumer behavior and market dynamics, trends and forecast interpretations, business practices and project management in the field of Fashion & Lifestyle Accessories.


Careers360 explores everything you need to know about Accessory Design including eligibility criteria, essential skills required, areas of study, top colleges, major employers, positions offered, average salary, and more.


Eligibility criteria

For pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accessory design, you should have passed class 10+2 qualifying examination from a recognised state or national board of education.


Skills required

  • Creativity

  • Originality

  • Artistic skills

  • An eye for detail

  • Knowledge of raw materials

  • Visualisation skills

  • Precision

What does accessory design include?

The programme addresses the entire spectrum of accessories and lifestyle products, precious and costume jewellery, leather goods, footwear, watches, giftware, tableware, silverware, crystalware, office furniture, consumer interface design, automobile accessories design, and retail environment design.



Accessory Design has a well-defined curriculum for developing integrated expertise in design methodology, materials and production process, consumer behavior, market dynamics trends, forecast interpretations, business practices and project management in the field of fashion and lifestyle accessories.


Product range covered

Students of accessory design are taught about following products:


Product range

Home accessories


Luxury products


Lighting & lighting fixtures

Bathroom & kitchen accessories


Leisure accessories

Architectural accessories


Corporate & business accessories


Handicraft & visual merchandising for retail business environments

Precious & costume jewellery




Giftware using precious metal & stones

Garden accessories


Toys & children products


Jewellery & precious products specialisation

Job Profiles

Accessory Design programme prepares students for careers in following capacities in the broad areas of precious and costume jewellery, leather goods, giftware, tableware, watches, footwear, handicrafts, lifestyle products, etc.

  • Designers

  • Brand Managers

  • Visual Merchandisers

  • Product Managers

  • Entrepreneurs



Ganjam Nagappa & Sons


Gitanjali Jewellery Pvt. Ltd

Arvind Brands

Honda Cars

Bholasons Jewellers



ITC Wills Lifestyle


Li & Fung

Development Alternative

Liberty Shoes Ltd.




Matti Design

Frazer and Haws

Michael Aram

Nokia Design Research Studio



Reid & Taylor

Reliance Retail

Shoppers Stop



Tata Elxsi


Timex Watches


TVS Motors Styling Studio

United Colors of Benetton

VIP luggage


Zen Design

Average salary

Depending on the brand, company and location, an accessory design graduate can expect to earn anything between Rs.1.4 lakhs to Rs.5 lakh annually.


Colleges offering accessory design programme (UG)

Following are the top institutes that offer bachelor’s degree in accessory design-

Experts take

Accessory design is a comparatively new programme. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), the best design college in India offering various programmes, has also introduced this specialised course recently due to increased demand. 


Dr. Vijaya Deshmukh, Director, NIFT Jodhpur, says “Keeping in mind the increasing demand and current scenarios, we launched accessory design in July 2016.”


“We have introduced Bachelor of Design in fashion & lifestyle accessories in the year 2013”, shares Colonel Subroto Biswas (retired), Director, NIFT Kolkata and Shillong.


Prof. Sanjay Shrivastava, Director, NIFT Patna and additional in-charge of NIFT Bhubaneswar shares, “Accessory Design has also joined the league of NIFT Patna alumni association in 2017.”


Designing accessories has an endless scope due to the vast availability of accessories. These have a strong market in both India and abroad. Accessory market is expanding at a rapid rate, and as a result, there is a great needforf designers, who are experts of this particular field. These adroit designers work on a wide variety of accessories ranging from personal accessories to home accessories.


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