Top Design Colleges in North India
Nancy Johri, 06 Feb 2018

Design is a vast domain to work in. To be able to become proficient in this field, it is important that you pursue your studies from a good design institute. Careers360 lists here top design colleges in north India that include reputed institutes from Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. The institutes mentioned in this article are known for adequately training the students in different genres of design.

Read below to know top design colleges in north India so that you can make more informed decision when it comes to taking admission, and chase your dream of becoming a successful designer one day.


National Institute of Fashion Technology


NIFT DelhiLocation- Campuses in north India located in New Delhi, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Kangra, Patna and Srinagar

NIFT, founded in 1986, is among the top fashion and design institutes in India. The Institute was made a statutory institute in 2006 by an Act of the Indian Parliament. It has a total of 16 campuses all over the country out of which six are located in the northern region.


Programmes Offered

B.Des.(Fashion Design)

B.Des.(Leather Design)

B.Des.(Accessory Design)

B.Des.(Textile Design)

B.Des.(Knitwear Design)

B.Des.(Fashion Communication)

B.FTech.(Apparel Production)

M.Des.(Master of Design)

M.F.M.(Master of Fashion Management)

M.FTech.(Master of Fashion Technology)



Footwear Design and Development Institute


Footwear Design and Development InstituteLocation- Campuses in North India located in Noida, Fursatganj, Rohtak, Chhindwara, Jodhpur, Guna, Patna, and Chandigarh

FDDI was established in 1986, under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India. It has a total of twelve well-designed campuses out of which eight are located in northern region. The Institute is awarded with various certifications and accreditation such as ISO 17025 accreditation by DAkkS- Germany, SATRA Technology Center- UK, ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 Certification and Bureau of Indian Standard Certification, etc.


Programmes Offered

M. Des. (Footwear Design & Production)

M. Des. (CAD)

MBA (Retail & Fashion Merchandise)

B. Des. (Footwear Design & Production)

B. Des. (Retail & Fashion Mercahndise)

B. Des. (Leather Goods & Accessories Design

B. Des. (Fashion Design)



Inter National Institute of Fashion Design



Inter National Institute of Fashion Design INIFD has campuses spread all over the country. You have the option of choosing the most preferable campus from 45 cities as per their convenience. The Institute has associations with London School of Trends (LST), Istituto Di Moda Burgo, Milan, etc. Its interior design students are mentored by Bollywood diva & celebrity interior designer Twinkle Khanna. Salman Khan’s stylist and leading Bollywood designer Ashley Rebello trains the fashion design courses.


Programmes Offered- Fashion and Interior Design courses divided into:

One Year Foundation Program

Two Year Advance Program

Three Year Specialisation Program

Super Specialisation in Fashion Design




Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology


Northern India Institute of Fashion TechnologyLocation- Punjab

NIIFT was established by the department of Industries & Commerce, Govt. of Punjab in 1995. It has campuses in Mohali, Ludhiana, and Jalandhar. The Institute has signed an MOU with the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi.


Programmes Offered

B.Sc Fashion Design

B.Sc Fashion Design (Knits)

B.Sc Textile Design

M.Sc. Garment Manufacturing Technology

M.S.c Fashion Marketing Management




WLC College India


WLC College IndiaLocation- Campus in north India located in New Delhi

With a total of eleven campuses including one in Kathmandu as well, WLCI was established in the year 1996. It has associations with several international fashion and design institutions. The College offers undergraduate as well as postgraduate fashion and design programmes.


Programmes Offered

BA (Hons.) Fashion Design

Bachelors of Design (Fashion Design)

Professional Diploma in Fashion Technology

Advanced Diploma in Fashion Technology

BTEC – HND in Fashion & Textile

Masters of Design (Fashion Design)

Professional Diploma in Fashion Technology

Executive Diploma in Fashion Technology - Apparel Merchandising/Design

BA (Hons) Art & Design/Animation

Bachelors of Design (Communication Design)

Advanced Diploma in Advertising & Graphic Design

BTEC – HND in Art & Design

Masters of Design (Visual Communication)

Executive Diploma in Graphic Design – Advertising/Visual Merchandising/Printing



JD Institute of Fashion Technology


JD Institute of Fashion TechnologyLocation- Campus in North India located in New Delhi

The Institute was set up in 1988, and has total three campuses. With 36 learning centers, it is considered as one of the top Institute of arts and design. JD educational trust has international associations in Rome, Milan, Moscow, etc.


Programmes Offered

Undergraduate Diploma In Fashion & Apparel Design 

Diploma In Fashion Design

Diploma In Fashion Photography

Diploma In Visual Merchandising

Diploma In Fashion Business Management

Post Graduate Diploma In Fashion Communication

Undergraduate Diploma In Interior Design

Diploma In Jewellery Design

Post Graduate Diploma In Interior Design

Bsc In Fashion And Apparel Design

Bsc In Interior Design & Decoration

Fine Jewellery Design Course

Post Graduate Diploma In Fashion Design

Diploma In Fashion And Lifestyle Entrepreneurship

Diploma In Interior Design



Apeejay Institute of Design


Apeejay Institute of DesignLocation- New Delhi

Affiliated to Apeejay Stya University, this design institution was established in the year 1991. It has international collaborations with various reputed colleges including Georgia College and State University, USA, Ecole SupérieureD’arts Appliqués de Troyes, France, Normandie Business School, France, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA, etc.


Programmes Offered

Graduate design programmes- Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Animation & Multimedia

Postgraduate design programmes- Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Animation & Multimedia

Postgraduate diploma- Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Ceramic Design, Fine Arts

Certificate/Diploma course- Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Fine Arts



Pearl Academy


Pearl AcademyLocation- Campuses in North India located in Delhi, Noida and Jaipur

Founded in 1993, the bachelor and master degrees are awarded by the Nottingham Trent University, UK. It’s diplomas are internationally bench-marked. The Academy’s international alliances include Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Domus Academy, Media Design School, Torrens University Australia, etc. It has total four campuses across India, out of which three are located in the northern region. 


Programmes Offered- UG and PG pathways in:

Communication Design (Interaction/Graphics/Animation & VFX)

Fashion & Lifestyle Business Management

Fashion Design (Fashion Design/Fashion Accessories/Fashion Textiles)

Fashion Media Communication

Fashion Styling & Image Design

Interior & Spatial Design (Interior Architecture/Interior Design)

Product & Lifestyle Design (Industrial Products/Lifestyle Accessories)



LISAA School of Design


LISAA School of DesignLocation- New Delhi

LISAA School of Design is a premier design school in France. The institute aims at promoting creativity as well as experimentation. Students are able to develop a unique perspective from the industrial exposure that is imparted to them.


Programmes Offered

Graphic & Web Design

Interior Design

Fashion Design

Fashion & Textile Design




IMS-Design & Innovation Academy


IMS-Design & Innovation AcademyThe Academy, set in 2005, is linked with the Indian Design Association, IFFTI, and many overseas institutions. The academic advisors, who mentor curriculum and academic excellence, are Professors of National Institute of Design Ahmedabad, Indian Institutes of Management Ahmedabad, Mudra Institute of Communications, and various industry professionals as well.


Programmes Offered

Fashion and Textile Design

Communication Design

Interior and Space Design

Lifestyle and Accessory Design



Note: The colleges listed above are not in any particular order.




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