A Leather Design programme is unique in terms of its structure and finds extensive applications in the fashion footwear and accessories industry. It focuses on an integrated design perspective within the ambit of industry requirements. Keeping in view the needs of the industry and the nature of the field which requires evolving with changing times, the programme encompasses areas of leather garments, fashion goods, personal lifestyle accessories and footwear.
“Design is a growing field and it is finding new corners and platforms outside the already established ones in the trade. Leather design is one such field that is coming up in a big way", says Sanjay Shrivastava, Director, NIFT Patna and Additional in-charge of NIFT Bhubaneswar while throwing light on its growing scope.
Careers360 explores here everything you need to know about Leather Design including eligibility criteria, essential skills required, areas of study, top colleges, major employers, positions offered, average salary and more.
Purpose of leather design programme
The leather design programme is highly structured and focuses on developing a holistic professional to meet the human resource requirement of the leather industry. It emphasises on the integration of design concepts with material knowledge to respond to the requirements of specific target markets.
The specialisation aims at nurturing social values while shaping the competitive and entrepreneurial spirit of students. Exposure to the industry through field trips, tannery training, industry internship and graduation projects are an integral part of the curriculum.
For pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in leather design, you should have passed your Class 10+2 qualifying examination from a recognised state or national board of education.
Aspirants should possess the following skills and qualities in order to be eligible for pursuing leather design course -
Good numerical skills
Sound knowledge of computer aided designing software
Strong planning ability
Problem solving ability
Following are the core areas of study of leather design programme -
Areas of study
Leather Studies & Processes
Design & Fashion Studies
Design Process & Developments
Fashion Trends & Forecasting
Leather Acc. Design & Development
Footwear Design & Development
Pattern Making & Grading
Production Planning & Control
Marketing & Merchandising
Design Management & Entrepreneurship
Computer Application & CAD
Design Methods & Prototyping
Craft Research and Documentation
Cross Discipline Electives
The target industry for graduates includes export and domestic manufacturing, retail, buying and sourcing, etc. They evolve the modern paradigm of the industry making it an integrated part of the global fashion and lifestyle arena.
Rajesh Pratap Singh
Anita Dongre Limited
Bata’s Carlton – London
Cross leather accessories
Future Lifestyle Fashions Ltd
Holii accessories Pvt ltd
Impulse India Pvt Ltd
Li and Fung Ltd
Asmara Home Products
William E. Connor & Associates Ltd
Target Sourcing Services
Export Manufacturing Houses
AMC/Target Sourcing Services
Apollo International Ltd
A V Thomas & Co. Ltd
Stichwell Bags & Accessories
Superhouse Leathers Ltd.
Tata International Ltd
Trio Trend (Yamai)
Jaya Shree Textile- A unit of Aditya Birla
Tritan Leather Works
Vogue N Hyde
Le Tanneur Agency
Tangerine Design pvt. ltd
Leather design graduates have opportunities in various areas of fashion business as entrepreneurs, product developers, production managers, etc.
The average annual salary for a leather design graduate is around Rs. 4.5 lakhs per annum.
Colleges offering leather design programme (UG)
National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Delhi
Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI)
GLS Institute of Design
A Leather Design programme offers opportunities in leather garments, goods, footwear and lifestyle accessories. It equips students to pursue a wide range of careers in outerwear, footwear, fashion & lifestyle sectors and in the areas of design & range development, merchandising, manufacturing, buying and retail. Graduates of this domain of design have innumerable job opportunities ahead of them, provided they have unique and creative thinking.
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