Top Institutes for Fashion & Design Programmes
Updated on May 9, 2017 - 5:44 p.m. IST by Nancy Johri
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Studying fashion is about making yourself professionally ready to fulfill your dreams in the world of glamour. This could be through any number of avenues, be it involving yourself with a runway show, designer brand or even a big budget movie. To make these dreams come true, it will be important to engage in detailed research, so as to ensure that your career advances in the right direction in sync with the degree or diploma you pursue. Careers360 takes a closer look at how best you can design your own future career by giving you a consolidated list of top institutes offering fashion and design courses.


What is Fashion Design?

The art of application of design and elegance or innate attractiveness to clothing and accessories is known as Fashion Design. Cultural and social attitudes influence this specialised domain to some extent. Fashion designers are engaged in designing different kinds of clothes and accessories (bracelet, necklace, bag, footwear, etc.) keeping in mind changing times and consumer tastes. Using different types of fabrics and choosing from a wide variety of styles, patterns and colors, they bring out garments and accessories as per the requirement. Fashion designing is done for mass market (ready to wear) as well as for individuals (haute couture).       


Programmes and Institutes

There are a number of renowned colleges in India offering bachelor, master, diploma and PhD courses in Fashion Design. Institutes like NIFT, NID, Symbiosis Institute of Design etc. (see listing below) provide quality education and have churned out successful fashion designers, consultants, fashion stylists, and many more who have made a mark in the industry. They conduct their own entrance exams in order to select candidates for their programmes. Besides these, there are some other private institutes as well that do not hold any entrance test.    

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Aspirants can check below top fashion & design institutes, courses offered and link of their official website-


Top Fashion Design Institutes and Programmes Offered


Courses Offered


National Institute of Fashion Technology
(16 campuses)

B.Des./M.Des. (with multiple specialisations); B.F.Tech. 
(Apparel Production); M.F.M.(Master of Fashion Management); M.F.Tech (Master of Fashion Technology)

National Institute of Design

B.Des. (with multiple specialisations)

Pearl Academy (Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur)

Diploma in Fashion Design (with multiple specialisations)

Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID), Pune

B.Des (Fashion Design/Communication)

ARCH Academy of Design

B.Des. (with multiple specialisations)

Srishti School of Design, Bengaluru

B.Des. (Fashion Design)

Indian Institute of Crafts & Design, Jaipur

Diploma in Fashion Design

MAEERs MIT Institute of design, Pune

B.Des (Fashion Design/Communication); 
MBA Fashion Management & Marketing

Raffles Design international, Mumbai

Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design; Advanced Diploma in Fashion Marketing

Northern India Institute of Fashion technology, (Mohali, Ludhiana, Jalandhar)

B.Sc Fashion Design/Textile Design

School of Fashion Technology, Pune

B.Des. (Fashion Design/Fashion Communication/Textile Design)

Apeejay Stya University (School of design and visual arts), Gurugram

B.Des/M.Des (Fashion Design)

Indian Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore

B.Sc (Fashion Technology and Management/ 
Fashion and Apparel Design)

Amity School of Fashion Technology, Noida

B. Des. (Multiple Specialisation)/ BA. Fashion- International; 
MA (Fashion Retail Management/Fashion & Textile Merchandising);M. Design (Fashion & Textiles)

J. D. Birla Institute (Departments of Sciences And Commerce), Kolkata

B.Sc (H) in Textile science/Clothing and Fashion Studies; 
M.Sc Textiles & Clothing

DSK Supinfocom International Campus, Pune

Fashion Photography & Journalism; Fashion Styling; 
Visual merchandising

L'Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués School of Design

Diploma (in multiple specialisations)

IMS-Design & Innovation Academy

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fashion)

Army Institute of Fashion and Design

B.Sc. in Fashion & Apparel Design (FAD)

Footwear Design & Development Institute

BSc. (in multiple specialisation)

Demand for Fashion & Design Graduates

A degree from a reputed fashion college along with relevant training experience aids students in giving a kick start to their professional life. There are job opportunities in this challenging domain with good pay packages and growth opportunities.


Job Prospects

Purva Khurana, Associate Professor, NIFT Delhi, says, “After graduating with a degree in fashion, students usually begin as Assistant Designer, as a stylist doing styling for movies and TV shows. Many opt for starting with an entrepreneurial venture and merchandising. We have our seniors being placed as Head Visual Merchandiser and working in Export house, buying house and retail house”.


Those who have completed their course and possess creative ability and determination to create new and original designs, can get a head-start in:

  • Fashion houses run by top fashion designers like JJ Valaya, Ritu Beri, Neeta Lulla, Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Sandip Khosla, Ritu Kumar, Rina Dhaka, and so on

  • Top-notch garment and textile export houses

  • Textile and fabric manufacturing unit

  • Exclusive and branded fashion showrooms

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