Top Design Colleges in South India
Updated on Feb 13, 2018 - 3:51 p.m. IST by Nancy Johri

Do you have a creative flair for design? Are you inclined towards pursuing career in the dynamic and exciting world of design? If yes, then it is important that you take admission in a good institute. Careers360 lists here top design colleges in south India that includes reputed institutes from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. These design colleges let the students explore their creative side, along with providing them vast industrial exposure as well.

Read below to know top design colleges in south India as passing out from a well-known institute will boost your chances of getting a good career start.


NIFT ChennaiNIFT Chennai

Location- Rajiv Gandhi Salai Taramani

National Institute of Fashion Technology Chennai is known for its state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities. Apart from provision of hostel (equipped with mess facility and a full time warden) for women students, the Institute also has a resource centre that caters to information needs of students, faculty, and fashion, textile, leather and apparel industries.

Programmes Offered-


  • Fashion Design (FD)

  • Bachelor of Fashion Technology BFT (Apparel Production)

  • Accessory Design (AD)

  • Textile Design (TD)

  • Fashion Communication (FC)


  • Master of Fashion Management (MFM)

  • Master of Fashion Technology (MFT)



NIFT BengaluruNIFT Bengaluru

Location- Hosur-Sarjapur Road Layout

A pioneer in fashion education in India, NIFT Bangalore brings together critical independence and creative thinking. From the last more than 30 years, the Institute is bringing forth proficient individuals, who have practical knowledge of Design, Technology and Management.

Programmes Offered-


  • B.Des Fashion Design (FD)

  • B.Des (Accessory Design)

  • B.Des(Textile Design)

  • B.Des (Knitwear Design)

  • B.Des (Fashion Communication)

  • B. F. Tech (Apparel Production)   


  • Master of Fashion Management (MFM)

  • Master of Fashion Technology (MFT)

  • M.Des (Master of Design Space)



NIFT KannurNIFT Kannur

Location- Mangattuparamba

Located in God’s own country, Kerala, NIFT Kerala was initially started functioning from a temporary campus in 2008. Later in 2012, it was shifted to its current permanent campus. The serene campus of ten acres is located away from the busy town. The Institute reserves 20% supernumerary seats for the students of the state domicile.     

Programmes Offered-


  • B.Des Fashion Design (FD)

  • B.Des(Textile Design)

  • B.Des (Knitwear Design)

  • B.Des (Fashion Communication)

  • B. F. Tech (Apparel Production)    


  • M.F.M (Fashion Studies)

  • M.Des (Design Space)



NIFT HyderabadNIFT Hyderabad

Location- Madhapur

The Hyderabad campus of NIFT is located between India’s IT hub- hi-tech city and the state craft village, Shilparamam. The permanent campus was established in 1999, and is located at a close proximity to the IT companies and lively city sphere. The Institute has all modern amenities that are required for overall learning experience and holistic growth of students.

Programmes Offered-


  • Bachelors of Fashion & Lifestyle Accessories

  • Bachelors of Fashion Communication

  • Bachelors of Fashion Design

  • Bachelors of Fashion Technology

  • Bachelors of Knitwear Design

  • Bachelors of Textile Design


Masters of Fashion Management




Srishti Institute of Art, Design and TechnologySrishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Location- Bangalore

The Institute was established in 1996 by the Ujwal Trust with the aim of providing art and design education. For experimental use of cutting edge technology, it engages with design centres and studios. Students are exposed to industrial design, craft, contemporary textile practices, user experience and interaction design, visual communication, strategic branding, etc.      

Programmes Offered-

  • Aesthetics and Critical Studies

  • Arts Management

  • Botanical Art

  • Business Design

  • Contemporary Art Practices

  • Contemporary Textile Practices

  • Design Management

  • Design Research

  • Design Strategy

  • Furniture Design

  • Illustration

  • Interaction Design

  • Interiors

  • Product & Interface Design

  • Service Design

  • System Design

  • Textile Design

  • Visual Communication Design



St. Teresa's CollegeSt. Teresa's College

Location- Kerala

The autonomous college was established in 1925 as the first women college of the erstwhile Cochin State and the second in the whole of Kerala. The College has won numerous accolades in the pursuit of brilliance, the latest being that it has attained the status of “Five Stars” in 1999 by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore.

Programmes Offered-


B.Sc. Apparel and Fashion Design


Masters in Fashion Designing



Community College of Fashion DesigningCommunity College of Fashion Designing

Location- Kerala

Established in 2003, the fashion design college is affiliated to Kannur University. Well-developed infrastructure of the college aids in imparting higher education to the students. It offers full-time postgraduate course in fashion design.

Programme Offered-


Diploma in Fashion Designing



LISAA School of DesignLISAA School of Design

Location- Bengaluru

The Design School located in Bangalore is a center of LISAA from France. LISAA Bangalore is recognized by the University of Mysore for offering undergraduate design degree courses. CREO Valley group (a fully owned brand of Saipath Education & Film Services Pvt Ltd) owns and operates LISAA School of Design, Bangalore.

Programmes Offered-


  • Interior & Product Design (Degree)

  • Fashion & Textile Design (Degree)

  • Graphic, Illustration & Web Design (Degree)

  • Foundation Program in Design (Degree)

  • Fashion & Product Management (One Year)

  • Interior Design (One Year)

  • Graphic & Web Design (One Year)



Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology

Location- Karnataka

With its inception in 1996, the Institute is known for imparting industry specific education to its students. It offers varied design, management and technology programmes ranging from vocational to post graduation level. Its technologically advanced smart campus is equipped with specialised labs for pattern making, jewellery making, sewing, etc.

Programmes Offered-


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion & Apparel Designing

  • Degree in Fashion Business & Retail Management

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Life Style & Accessory Design

  • Graduate Diploma in Fashion Designing & Management

  • Certificate Course in Computer Aided Fashion Designing

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts (Textile Design)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Garment Manufacturing Technology

  • Certificate Course in Computer Aided Textile Designing

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts (Interior & Spatial Design)

  • Bachelor in Interior Design

  • Graduate Diploma in Interior Design

  • Bachelor in Jewellery Designing & Management

  • Graduate Diploma in Jewellery Designing Manufacturing

  • Diploma in Jewellery Designing with CAD

  • Certificate Course in Diamond Grading & Identification

  • Certificate Course in Gemology

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts (Product Design)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts (Animation & Multimedia)

  • B.Sc in Animation & Multimedia

  • Advance Graduate Diploma in VFX Pro

  • Advance Graduate Diploma in Multimedia

  • Graduate Diploma in Animation & Multimedia

  • Graduate Diploma in 3D Animation

  • Graduate Diploma in Visual Effects

  • Certificate Program in 3D Animation

  • Certificate Program in Design Visualization

  • Degree in Graphic Design & Multimedia

  • Certificate Program in Graphic Designing

  • Certificate Program in Web Designing

  • Graduate Diploma in Graphic & Web Designing

  • B.Sc in 3D Design & Architecture


  • MBA in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management

  • MBA in Fashion Design & Business Management

  • MBA in Interior Design

  • MBA in Textile Management



JD Institute of Fashion TechnologyJD Institute of Fashion Technology

Location- Bengaluru

The Institute was set up in 1988, and has 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

  • Undergraduate Diploma In Interior Design

  • Diploma In Jewellery Design

  • BSc In Fashion And Apparel Design

  • BSc In Interior Design & Decoration

  • Fine Jewellery Design Course

  • Diploma In Fashion And Lifestyle Entrepreneurship

  • Diploma In Interior Design

  • Post Graduate Diploma In Fashion Communication

  • Post Graduate Diploma In Interior Design

  • Post Graduate Diploma In Fashion Design


Note: The colleges listed above are in no particular order.


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