Courses in design are much sought-after by students as the stream opens up a variety of careers opportunities. Design courses can be pursued at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and are offered by some of the top institutes in India. While the design courses offer lucrative careers, there is also a substantial cost involved to pursue them.
The undergraduate course fee for design courses can go more than INR 20 Lakh as charged by DSK Supinfocom, Pune and Pearl Academy. There are some institutes which offer the course at a humble fee of below INR 3 lakh. For example, the undergraduate course offered by Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) and Apeejay Institute of Design, Delhi is 2.4 Lakh and 1.75 Lakh respectively.
The Postgraduate fee for design courses range from a very decent fee of under two lakhs (IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi and FDDI) to upwards nine lakh (UPES School of Design Studies and Srishti School of Design, Bangalore).
In India, the last few decades have witnessed a growth in the number of design schools. Institutes have come up addressing the varied aspects of design such as footwear, fashion, apparel, product, interior to name a few.
A comprehensive list of select design institutes can be checked below.
Fee structure of top design colleges in India
Fees (in INR)
NIFT (16 campuses)
B.Des., B.F.Tech., M.Des., M.F.M, M.F.Tech,
UG- 9 lakh, PG- 4 lakh
NID (3 campuses)
B.Des.(multiple courses), M.Des
UG- 13 lakh, PG- 6 lakh
FDDI (12 campuses)
B.Des.(multiple courses), M.Des.
UG- 2.47 lakh, PG- 1.95 lakh
Bachelor’s in Interior Design, Master’s
UG- 14 lakh, PG- 7 lakh
UPES School of Design Studies
B.Des. (interdisciplinary), M.Des. (Transportation, Industrial, Design yourself for top design collegesProduct, Interiors)
UG- 13 lakh, PG- 9.5 lakh
Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune
B.Des. (Fashion, Communication, Industrial, Textile, Fashion Communication)
IIT Bombay (IDC)
IIT Delhi (IDDC)
Pearl Academy (5 campuses)
B.Des. (multiple courses)
Institute of Apparel Management
UG & PG programmes (Fashion & Lifestyle, Fashion Art & Photography, etc.)
UG- 7 lakh, PG- 2.50 lakh
UG programme in Automobile Design, multiple PG programmes
UG- 5 lakh, PG- 7 lakh
Apeejay Stya University, Sohna
B.Des. (Space, Lifestyle, Media) and integrated M.Des.
UG- 7 lakh, PG- 3.50 lakh
GD Goenka (School of Fashion & Design)
B.Sc., B.Des., Integrated M.Sc. (Fashion, Communication, Interior, Product)
B.Sc.- 8.50 lakh, B.Des.- 11 lakh, M.Sc.- 6 lakh, Dual Degree- 13 lakh
Srishti School of Design, Bangalore
Foundation Studies, UG & PG diplomas
UG- 21 lakh, PG- 9 lakh
Apeejay Institute of Design
B.Des. (Fashion, Animation & Multimedia, Interior, Graphic), M.Des.
Amity Institute of Fashion Technology, Noida
B.Sc. (Fashion Design, Technology, Communication, Textile), Master’s
UG- 8 lakh, PG- 3 lakh
DSK Supinfocom, Pune
Foundation advanced (Industrial, Video Game, Animation)
Sushant School of Design (Ansal University)
B.Des. (Fashion & Textile, Visual Communication, Product, Interiors), MA (Design)
UG- 15 lakh, PG- 4.70 lakh
Fee structure of top international design colleges
Select list of international schools offering various programmes in design and their fee structure can be checked below:
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
1-year Master’s in Interaction Design Programme
200,000DKK (approx. 26,000 Euro)
Rhode Island School of Design
4-year Bachelors of Industrial Design
UG- $67,720, Graduate- $73,430
Royal College of Art
2-year MA Architecture
Tuition fees for 2-year MA programmes: UK/EU: £9,500 per annum (£19,000 total fee); Overseas: £28,400 per annum (£56,800 total fee)
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
1-year Master of Design (Design Practices)
Tuition/registration fee (HK$) 120,000/academic year
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1-year Integrated Design and Management
$28,370 per term
Oslo School of Arch. and Design
2-year Master of Design
Parsons The New School of Design
4-year UG programme in Fashion Design
$21,040 tuition (per term)
University of Arts London
2-year FdA Graphic Design
BA (Hons.) & MA- £19,350 per year, M.Arch.- £16,560 per year
After knowing the fee structure of the most sought-after design colleges in India and abroad, aspirants can decide the schools they want to attend based on their fee structure.
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