Top Design Colleges in West India - Design is a broad field, and has become an extremely viable career option among creative individuals. If you have a knack for design and are willing to pursue career in this domain, then it becomes necessary for you to apply in reputed design colleges. Careers360 lists here top design colleges in west India that includes reputed institutes from Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra. These well-known institutions are engaged in enhancing the design aptitude, management & coordination skills, and innovative expertise of their students.

Top Design Colleges in West India

Read below to know top design colleges in west India as passing out from an established institute will boost your chances of making your name in the design field.


National Institute of DesignNational Institute of Design

Location- Ahmedabad

Globally acclaimed as being torchbearer in the field of design education and research, the Business Week, USA has listed NID as among the top 25 European & Asian programmes in the world. It operates as an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. The Institute has been announced ‘Institution of National Importance’ by the Act of Parliament, by virtue of the National Institute of Design Act 2014.

Programmes Offered- Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in:

  • Animation Film Design            

  • Ceramic and Glass Design       

  • Furniture & Interior Design

  • Film & Video Communication               

  • Graphic Design

  • Product Design           

  • Textile Design

  • Exhibition Design



National Institute of DesignNational Institute of Design

Location- Gandhinagar

The campus offering postgraduate design programmes is located in the capital of Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat. Spread over 11,362 square meters, NID Gandhinagar offers specialised programmes in lifestyle accessory design, apparel design & merchandising, new media design, etc.

Programmes Offered- Postgraduate programmes in:

  • Lifestyle Accessory Design

  • Apparel Design & Merchandising

  • New Media Design

  • Toy and Game Design

  • Strategic Design Management

  • Transportation Design



Symbiosis Institute of DesignSymbiosis Institute of Design

Location- Pune

SID offers UG courses in four major design programmes- Communication Design, Fashion Communication, Industrial Design and Fashion Design. Its well-developed infrastructure comprises modern labs and studios, library, workshop, conference and seminar hall, exhibitions and display area, etc. The Institute also has a placement cell to facilitate coordination between the industry and  students.

Programmes Offered- Undergraduate programmes in:

  • Graphic Design (GD)

  • Video Film Design (VFD)

  • Animation Film Design (AFD)

  • User Experience Design (UED)

  • Product Design (PD)

  • Interior Space Design (ISD)

  • Fashion Design (FD)

  • Fashion Communication (FC)

Postgraduate programme in:

User Experience Design



IIT BombayIIT Bombay

Location- Powai

Established in 1958, IIT Bombay offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programmes in design. The Institute has links with peer universities and institutes at national as well as international level for boosting research and enhance the quality of its academic programmes.

Programmes Offered-

Bachelor of Design (B.Des.)

M.Des. in:

  • Product Design

  • Industrial Design

  • Communication Design

  • Animation Design

  • Interaction Design

  • Mobility and Vehicle Design

  • Visual Design

  • PhD in Design



CEPT UniversityCEPT University

Location- Gujarat

The Ahmedabad Education Society (AES) established the Centre for Environment Planning & Technology (CEPT) in 1962. It was incorporated as a university by the Government of Gujarat in 2005. In 2007, the University Grants Commission (UGC) recognized CEPT University. It comprises five faculties- Architecture, Planning, Technology, Design and Management.

Programmes Offered- Undergraduate programmes:

  • Bachelor of Architecture

  • Bachelor of Urban Design

  • Bachelor of Interior Design

Postgraduate programmes:

  • Master of Architecture

  • Master of Landscape Architecture

  • Master of Landscape Design

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning

  • Master of Design

  • Master of Interior Architecture and Design

  • Master of Design (Furniture Design)

  • Master of Technology in Structural Engineering Design

  • Master of Technology in Infrastructure Engineering Design

  • International Master of Interior Architectural Design

Doctoral programmes:

  • MPhil/PhD in Planning

  • MPhil/PhD in Architecture



SNDT Women’s UniversitySNDT Women’s University

Location- Maharashtra

Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University is the first women university in India as well as in South-East Asia. It was founded with the aim to promote girl education in the country. The Institute offers diploma programme with varied career prospects such as interior design firm, art studio, film set, etc.

Programme Offered- Diploma in Interior Designing



MAEER’s MIT Institute of DesignMAEER’s MIT Institute of Design

Location- Pune

The Institute was found in August 2006, and offers specialised design programmes. It is a research and training institution that follows international quality standards while imparting design education. The campus of MAEER’s MIT Institute of Design has advanced facilities for library, recreation and sports, computer lab, hostel and mess, etc.


Programmes Offered- B.Des and M.Des in-

Industrial Design

  • Product Design

  • Transportation Design

  • Interior Space & Furniture Design

  • Retail Design

  • User Experience Design

Communication Design

  • Graphic Design

  • Animation Film Design

  • Film & Video Design

  • Game Design (only for B.Des)

Fashion Design

  • B.Des Fashion Design

  • B.Des Fashion Communication

Management programme

  • M.Des Design Management

  • M.Des Fashion Management & Marketing

Bachelors Programmes (2+2 years)

  • BA (Hons) Design for Industry (In collaboration with Northumbria University UK)

  • BA (Hons) Transportation Design (In collaboration with Northumbria University UK)

  • BA (Hons) 3D Design (In collaboration with Northumbria University UK)

  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design (In collaboration with Northumbria University UK)

  • BA (Hons) Motion Graphics & Animation (In collaboration with Northumbria University UK)

  • BSc (Hons) Product Design and Technology (In collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)

  • BSc (Hons) Design Engineering (In collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)



Sir JJ School of ArtsSir JJ School of Arts

Location- Maharashtra

Founded in 1857 in Mumbai, Sir J. J. School of Art is known as among the pioneering institutions of fine art education in India. The School has varied departments of drawing and painting, sculpture and modelling, mural, portraiture, print making, arts and crafts including ceramics, interior decoration, metal work and textiles, etc. 

Programmes Offered:

Undergraduate- B.F.A Textile Design

Postgraduate- M.F.A Textile Design



School of Fashion TechnologySchool of Fashion Technology

Location- Pune

MKSSS’s SOFT, Pune is a leading design institute imparting specialised education since 1998. The Institute offers quality education to its students that help them in making their career in the domains of fashion design, merchandising, textile design, sustainable fashion, etc. Its state-of-the-art infrastructure has a modern computer center, library, resource center, auditorium, hostel, health club, and a lots more.

Programmes Offered- B.Des. in (affiliated with S.N.D.T Women’s University):

  • Fashion Design

  • Fashion Communication

  • Textile Design

  • Jewellery Design

Industry integrated programs with international exposure (jointly with Accademia Costume & Moda, Rome):

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Brand Design & Technology
  • Fashion Buying & Merchandising



College of Architecture and Center for DesignCollege of Architecture and Center for Design

Location- Maharashtra

Located in Nashik, the College imparts quality education of architecture and specialised domains of design. The students are equipped with visualization, expression and presentation skill sets. The Institute has modern library, studios, workshop facility, audio-visual rooms, material lab, computer lab, exhibition space, art court, hostel, outdoor studio, etc.

Programmes Offered:

  • B.Arch

  • B.Des in Interior Design

  • B.Des in Set design

  • B.Des in Product design

  • B.Des in Furniture design



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