A career in Fashion Design has begun to become popular among those with a creative bent of mind, as there is a wide scope in this highly competitive profession both in India as well as abroad. Students have innumerable choices in front of them after completing their professional studies in Fashion Design. They may join fashion houses or manufacturing and export units for paid jobs or launch their own label in the market. But to reach that level, it is important for them to know the basics of this fast-growing field.

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Careers360 explores here everything there is to know about Fashion Design including eligibility criteria, course structure, curriculum, skills required, most sought after colleges, core study areas, scope, job profiles, major recruiters, average salary and more.

What is Fashion Design?

The art of applying design, creativity and natural beauty to outfits and lifestyle accessories is termed as Fashion Design. Influenced by varied social and cultural attitudes, fashion design continually progresses over time and from place to place. Putting into use the knowledge in this domain, different kinds of clothes and adornments are designed. Modern fashion design can be classified into different categories including ready to wear (for masses, standard sized) and haute couture (for specific customers, custom sized).

Who is Eligible?

If you have an artistic and creative personality, then this can be a great choice for you. For pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, you should have passed your Class 10+2 qualifying examination from a recognised state or national board of education.

Course Structure and Curriculum

A Fashion Design programme aims to produce dynamic design professionals who can face the challenges of the ever-changing fashion industry. It also equips them with strong creative and technical skills related to the field of fashion that enables them to adapt to an evolving fashion biosphere. The curriculum incorporates a combination of experiential learning and hands-on training that enables holistic development.

Dr. Vijaya Deshmukh, Director, NIFT Jodhpur, shares that uniqueness is the major concern in this field. She says, “Where everything is just a click away, it becomes difficult to encourage students to remain focused and value individuality. If everyone can access the same information as anyone else, and styles and trends can be replicated in an instant, then it will become very tough for designers to make a mark. Thus, at NIFT, we promote and value singularity, and have a structured curriculum so as to maintain parity across all NIFT campuses. Along with this, at regular intervals we conduct industry–student interactions to make them understand market requirements and update them with the latest developments in this field.”

Fashion Design Institutes List - Tentative Dates

You can check below the tentative dates for application form availability and entrance exams of the most popular design colleges in India:

Fashion Design Entrance Tests Timeline


Availability of Application Form

Entrance Exam

National Institute of Design

October 1, 2020

Prelims exam - December 29, 2019

Mains exam - May 28, 2020

Mains exam for M.Des - to be announced later

National Institute of Fashion Technology

October 23, 2020

CAT and GAT - January 19, 2020

Situation Test - April / May

ARCH Academy of Design

October 1 , 2019

December session : December 1 - 15, 2019

January session: 1st Jan to 29th Feb 2020

March Session : Second week to Fourth week of March

April session - First week to third week of April 12020

May Session - First week to third week of May 2020

Symbiosis Institute of Design

January 22, 2020

May 2, 2020

Army Institute of Fashion & Design

February 1, 2020

May 9, 2020

Footwear Design and Development Institute

January 16, 2020

May 24, 2020

Pearl Academy of Fashion

Throughout the year

Throughout the year

LISAA School of Design

Throughout the year

Throughout the year

IMS-Design & Innovation Academy

Throughout the year

Throughout the year

Students studying fashion design are taught about the following -

Core Study Areas

Design Process

Professional Practices

Fashion Studies, Fashion Styling

Fashion Illustration & Design

Portfolio Development

Pattern Making

Menswear Design & Development


Entrepreneur Development

Garment Construction


Surface Development Techniques

Research Methods

Elements of Textiles

Craft Cluster Study

History of Design & Fashion

Couture Design

Digital Illustration & Presentation

Theatre Costumes & Design

Manufacturing Process

Visual Merchandising


Design Collection


Col. Subroto Biswas, Director, NIFT Kolkata and Shillong, shares that currently, fashion and design programmes are taught via a lot of software based applications. He says, “Fashion forecast and market segmentation play a great role in this. Fashion design has witnessed progress in terms of students becoming aware about different kinds of clients and the fashion world in general.”

Skills Required

Aspirants should possess the following skills and qualities in order to be eligible for pursuing fashion design:

  • Drawing skills

  • Problem solving ability

  • Ability to spot and develop trends

  • Good eye for colours, textures and shapes

  • Ability to use computer design packages

  • Technical skills like pattern cutting and sewing

Scope and Job Profiles

Sharing insights about expanding job opportunities in the domain of fashion design, Prof. Sanjay Shrivastava, Director, NIFT Patna and additional in-charge of NIFT Bhubaneswar, opines, “Design is a growing field, and it is finding new corners and platforms apart from the established ones in the trade.”

Check below the growing scope and opportunities in the field of fashion. Scroll to know the role of designers along with some lucrative job profiles in the fashion world.

Fashion Designer:

Creating new products with regard to the latest trends prevailing in the market, the designers are key players in the fashion industry. If you are creative enough to think out of the box and hard-working to handle the pressure positively, then you will be suitably rewarded in terms of good earnings and incentives.

Fashion Illustrator:

This person is responsible for preparing primary sketches of what the fashion designer desires and explains. An illustrator is the running hand of mental creations and ideas of the designer.

Fashion Stylist:

The stylist maintains make-up, hairstyle, dress code, etc. in order to ensure the best look of the show. They take care of the style and beauty aspects of the fashion shows or promotional programmes.

Fashion Coordinator:

The coordinator takes care of marketing policies and their arrangements. S/he is not related with the designing task. The responsibilities of advertising products, organising fashion shows, etc. lie with the coordinator.

Fashion Consultant:

A consultant in the fashion industry should be aware of trends and transitions in the domain, and should have knowledge about fashion designing as well. Consultants regularly offer ideas regarding the development of products. They are required to be active observers who are sensitive to the changing vogues.

Fashion Merchandiser:

A merchandiser has the primary responsibility of marketing. Analysing past and latest trends and sales data are among the major key deliverables. They collects details from buyers, and coordinates with the designers/production team for development of products that meets the market requirements. Having know-how of fashion trends, fabrics, textures, hues, etc. along with understanding of market demand and production procedures is required from a fashion merchandiser.

Some of the other profiles include -

Forecasting and Fashion Trends Forum Organisers



Pattern Engineers

Design Managers

Exhibition and Visual Display Experts


Some of the top recruiters in the domain of fashion design are as follows -

Top Recruiters in Fashion Industry


Orient Craft

Shoppers Stop

Arvind Garments


Pearl Global



Mahajan Overseas

Indus League Clothing

Shahi Exports


ITC Ltd.

Span India

Gokuldas Images



Rohit Bal


Swarovski India

Varun Behl

Madura Garments

Uni Style India

Raghuvendra Rathore

Modelama Exports

Texport Overseas

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Omega Designs


Average Salary

The average annual salary for students of Master’s programme is around Rs.6 lakhs per annum whereas for the Bachelor’s programme, the average annual salary is nearly Rs. 4.5 lakhs per annum.

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