Design is all about perception, observation, and creativity. People who have these skills or have a keen interest in developing these skills view design as an attractive career option.
Do you also wish to carve a career out of design? You’d need to enroll for a design course in one of the best design colleges in India. You may either choose a private or a government college for this purpose. Read on to know more about the top colleges for admission to a design course in 2021. Also, find out more about the recruiters to whom you can apply for a job.
Top Design Colleges
If you wish to take admission to your preferred course in design in a top college, you can choose one of the following colleges:
|Sr. No.||College Name||City/Campus||Degree / Diploma / Certificate||Specialization||Per Annum fees*|
|1.1||NID||Vijayawada, Kurukshetra, Bhopal, Jorhat||Diploma – GDPD (4 years)||Industrial Design, Communication Design, Textile & Apparel Design||240,000|
|1.2||NID||Ahmedabad||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Product Design, Furniture & Interior Design, Ceramic & Glass Design, Graphic Design, Animation Film Design, Film & Video Communication, Exhibition Design, Textile Design||307,300|
|2.1||NIFT||Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Raebareli, Srinagar, Patna, Kangra, Bhopal, Kannur, Shillong, Jodhpur & Bhubaneswar||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Apparel Design, Leather Design, Accessory Design, Textile Design, Knitwear Design, Fashion Communication, Fashion Design||283,900|
|2.2||NIFT||Gandhinagar, Bengluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Raebareli, Srinagar||Degree – B.F.Tech (4 years)||Apparel Production, Fashion Design, Accessory Design, Textile Design, Fashion Communication||283,900|
|3||IIT||▪ IIT Bombay, IDC
▪ IIT Delhi, DoD
▪ IIT Guwahati, DoD
▪ IIITDM Jabalpur, DoD
|Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Product Design, General Design||52,850|
|4||MIT-ADT University||Pune||Degree – B.Des||“Industrial- 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 Fashion Design- Fashion Design, Fashion Communication”||617,700|
|5||Srishti||Bangalore||Degree – B.Des from Bengaluru Central University (4 years)||Business Services & System Design, Creative & Applied Computation, Human Centered Design, Information Arts and Information Design Practises, Public Space Design, Visual Communication and strategic branding||560,000|
|6||UID||Ahmedabad||Degree – BDes from Karnavati University (4 years)||Product Design, Automobile & Transportation Design, Interaction Design, Fashion Design, Lifestyle accessory Design, Visual Communication, Animation & Motion Graphics, Interior & Furniture Design, Global Design Programme||450,000|
|7||UPES University||Dehradun||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Transportation Design, Industrial Design , Graphic Design, Animation and VFX, Interaction Design, Game Design, Interior and Retail Space Design, Fashion Design, UX/UI Design||400,000|
|8||Pearl Academy||Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Noida, Bengaluru, Kolkata||– International Pathway – 3 Year Pearl + 1 Year International University (UK / Australia)
– Indian Pathway – 4 Year Pearl + 3 Year BA Mumbai University”
|Fashion, Interior & Architecture Design, Product Design, Fashion & Lifestyle Business Management, Fashion Styling & Image Design, Fashion Media Communication, Accessory Design, Global Luxury Brand Management, Media & Communication (Jounalism & Entertainment)||645,000|
|9||ISDI||Mumbai||– Diploma from ISDI + Certificate from Parsons NY (4 years)
– BA Mumbai University (3 years)”
|Product Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Communication, Strategic Design & Management, Fashion Communication & Styling||612,656|
|10||ITM||Mumbai||Degree – B Des from UGC approved university||Interior Design, Fashion Design, Communication Design, Animation and VFX||3,25,000|
|11||Vishwaniketan Institute of Design (VID)||Mumbai||Foreign Degree – BA Hons from Teesside University, UK (3 years in India, 4th year in UK)||Product Design, Graphic Design & Illustration, Interior Architecture & Design, Computer Games Design, Fashion & Textile Design||350,000|
|12.1||Whistling Woods International (WWI)||Mumbai||Degree – BA / B.Sc from TISS (3 years)||Film & Video (multiple disciplines)||850,000|
|12.2||Whistling Woods International (WWI)||Mumbai||Degree – Integrated BA from TISS (3 years) + PG Diploma (1 year)||Animation, Game Design||400,000|
|12.3||Whistling Woods International (WWI)||Mumbai||Degree – Integrated BA from TISS (3 years) + PG Diploma (1 year)||Communication Design||425,000|
|12.4||Whistling Woods International (WWI)||Mumbai||Degree – BA from TISS (3 years)||Fashion Design||350,000|
|13||Avantika University||Ujjain, MP||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Industrial – Product Design, Spatial Design
Communication – Graphics Design,
Digital – User Experience Design
|14.1||School of Fashion Technology (SOFT)||Pune||Degree – B.Des in Affiliation with SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai (4 years)||Fashion Design, Fashion Communication, Textile Design, Jewellery Design||125,000|
|14.2||School of Fashion Technology (SOFT)||Pune||Certificate – Industry Integrated Courses with Accademia Costume & Moda, Rome (2/3 years)||Fashion Design, Fashion Brand & Technology, Fashion Buying & Merchandise, Fashion styling, Communication & E-commerce||125,000|
|15||Gurukul School Of Design (GSD)||Jaipur, Rajasthan||Degree – B.Des (4 years) from Jaipur Engineering college & Research Center affiliated by UGC||Fashion Design, Textile Design, Lifestyle Product Design, Visual Communication Design||648,500|
|16||Presidency University||Bangalore||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Product Design, Fashion Design, Communication Design, Space Design, Game Design||250,000|
|17||Strate School Of Design||Bangalore||B.Sc & M.Sc Integrated (5 years) from Jain (Deemed to be) University||Product design, Transportation design,Interaction design, identity Design, Space Design(upcoming)||750,000|
|18||Istituto Marangoni||Mumbai||Diploma Degree BA Hons. from Manchester Metropolitan University-UK||Fashion Design, Fashion Business, Fashion styling, Interior Design
Diploma : 2 Years (Mumbai) + 1 year Milan or Paris
Degree : 1 Year (Mumbai) + 2 years London or Paris
|19||Ecole Intuit Lab||Mumbai||Certificate – European Level 7 (equivalent to European Degree) French DIPLOMA RNCP Certified||1. UG – Visual Communication & Digital Design
2. Game Art & Design
|20||Symbiosis Institute of Design||Pune||Degree – B. Des from Symbiosis International University (4 years)||Communication Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Communication||360,000|
|21||Indus University||Ahmedabad Outskirts||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Industrial Design- Product Design, Interior & Furniture Design
Communication Design – Graphic Design, Digital Design
Fashion – Fashion & Accessory Design, Performance & Sportswear Design
|22||Anant University||Ahmedabad Outskirts||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Product Design, Space Design, Interaction Design, Communication Design, Environmental, Transdisciplinary Design, Fashion & Textile Design||145,000|
|23||Nirma University||Ahmedabad||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Communication Design, Industrial Design||312,000|
|24||GLS University||Ahmedabad||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Fashion Design- Apparel & Textile, Leather Design, Accessory (Gems & Jewellery) Design
Communication Design – Graphics Design, Animation Design, Digital Filmmaking
Industrial Design – Product Design
Environment Design – Interior and Space Design
|25||Khyati School of Design||Ahmedabad||Degree – B.Des (4 years) from HNGU, Patan||Visual Communication, Fashion & Costume Design, Industrial Product Design, Lifestyle & Accessory Design, Interior & Furniture Design||275,000|
|26.1||Chitkara University||Punjab||Degree – BSc. Design (3 Year)||Fashion Design||120,000|
|26.2||Chitkara University||Punjab||Degree – BSc. Design (3 Year)||Animation, Visual Communication, Game Design, User Experience||120,000|
|27||Vishwakarma University||Pune||Degree – BSc. Design (3 Year)||User Experience Design, Product Design, Graphic Design||300,000|
|28||Mody University (CFDM)||Lakshmangarh, Rajasthan||Degree – BSc. Design (3 Year)||Fashion Design, Fashion & Merchandising, Fashion & LSA, Animation & Graphics, Film & TV ,Interior ,Fine Arts||119,000|
|29||Parul University||Vadodara||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Interior & Furniture Design, Fashion Design & Technology, Product Design, Visual Communication||200,000|
|30||The Design Village||Noida||Degree – B.Des from Sri Venkateswara University||Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Exhibition Space Design, Transportation Design||462,500|
|31||Auro University||Surat||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Interior and Space Design, Communication Design, Fashion and Textile Design||315,000|
|32.1||ARCH Academy of Design||Jaipur||Degree – B.Des / BVA – Affiliated to University of Rajasthan (4 years)||Fashion Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Craft & Accessory Design, Graphic Design||350,000|
|32.2||ARCH Academy of Design||Jaipur||Degree – B.Voc – Affiliated to Rajasthan ILD Skills University (3 years)||Fashion Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Graphic Design||350,000|
|32.3||ARCH Academy of Design||Jaipur||Foreign Degree – BA Hons from International University (2+1 years)||Fashion Design, Interior Design, Jewelery Design, Product Design, Graphic Design||380,000|
|33||PP Savani University||Surat||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Fashion and Textile, Product Design, Visual & Communication Design, Bachelor of Interior Design||89,000|
|34||Mod’Art Institute||Delhi||Foreign Degree – BA Hons from Mod’Art International Paris (3 / 4 years)||Fashion Design, Fashion Luxury Management||75,000|
|35.1||R. K. University||Rajkot Outskirts||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Fashion Design, Interior Design||125,000|
|35.2||R. K. University||Rajkot Outskirts||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Fashion, Interior||125,000|
|36||World University of Design||Haryana||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Product Design, Transportation Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Film & Video Communication, Graphic Communication Design, Animation & Game Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Communication||225,000|
|37.1||FDDI||Rohtak, Kolkata, Chennai, Fursatganj, Jodhpur, Guna, Chhindwara, Ankleshwar, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Patna||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Footwear Design & Production, Retail & Fashion Merchandise, Leather Goods & Accessories Design, Fashion Design||116,550|
|37.2||FDDI||Noida||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Footwear Design & Production, Retail & Fashion Merchandise, Leather Goods & Accessories Design, Fashion Design||154,050|
|38||Sage University||M.P.||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Graphic and communication Design, Apparel and Fashion Design, Interior and Space Design, Set and Exhibition Design||150,000|
|39||GD Goenka University||Haryana||Degree – B.Sc (3 years)||Fashion Design/ Communication Design/ Interior Design||250,000|
|40||Kalol Institute of Art & Design||Kalol||Degree – B.ID / B.Plan from Gujarat Technical University (4 years)||Interior Design (B.ID), Planning (B.Plan)||NA|
|41||Aditya College of Design||Mumbai||Degree – B.Voc from Mumbai University||Interior Design, FashionDesign, Applied Arts||130,000|
|42||Vellore Institute of Technology||Tamil Nadu||Degree – B.Des (4 years) from VIT University||Industrial Design||176,000|
|43||D J Academy of Design||Coimbatore||Degree – B.Des (4 years) from Bharathiyar University||Communication Design, Industrial Design||478,650|
|44.1||Lovely Professional University||Jalandhar, Punjab||Degree – B.Sc in Design (3 years) under Punjab State Private University||Fashion, Interior & Furniture, Product & Industrial, Multimedia & Animation, Journalism & Film Production||159,000|
|44.2||Lovely Professional University||Jalandhar, Punjab||Degree – B.Des (4 years) under Punjab State Private University||Fashion, Interior & Furniture, Product & Industrial, Multimedia & Animation, Journalism & Film Production||159,000|
|45||IIAD||Delhi||Foreign Degree – BA (Hons.) from Kingston School of Art||Fashion Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Communication Design, Fashion Business Management||447,050|
|46||NMIMS||Mumbai||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Holistic Development||351,500|
|47||PES University||Bangalore||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Product Design, Interaction Design, Communication Design||330,000|
|48||Vijayabhoomi School of Design||Karjat||Degree – B.Des (4 years)||Communication Design||2,60,000|
What is Design Education?
Design education corresponds to the relationship of design with services, environments, and products. In India design education saw a significant change in the 1950s. After the independence, the process of building the new nation, the Modern Movement, the philosophy of Machine Aesthetics, and revolutionary experimentation in the arts, architecture and design were all taking place at the same time. This led to the need of highly qualified design professionals who can help meet India’s diverse design needs ranging from technology, fashion, craft, handloom, small, medium and large scale industry products, etc
Now, aspirants enroll for specific courses in design schools to acquire knowledge in different branches of design. Following it, they become eligible to apply for the right jobs.
However, a degree is the only means to get better job prospects at the subsequent stages of one’s career. For this to happen, one needs to qualify for admission based on one’s marks in one of the design entrance exams. The type of exam that one needs to appear depends on the level at which one needs to enroll for a course.
Read on to find out the different levels at which you can apply for admission to design courses.
Different levels for admission to design courses in India
There are three primary levels at which aspirants seek admission to design courses. These include the following:
- Undergraduate (UG) Level
- Postgraduate (PG) Level
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Level
UG level is the first step for a design aspirant on the journey to attain academic excellence. The next one that follows it is the PG level, and then the Ph.D. level.
What Are The Entrance Exams to Get into Design Colleges
To enroll at the undergraduate (UG) level, aspirants need to take the UCEED examination. Similarly, they need to clear the CEED examination for admission at MDes (PG) and Ph.D. levels.
If you are an aspirant, you can begin your preparation depending on the level at which you wish to enroll for a course.
Who Are The Top Recruiters of Design Aspirants
As a career choice, the field of design comes with brighter employment prospects. What this means is that those who enroll for a degree course in design and complete it successfully land their dream job.
Many top recruiters in India offer employment to deserving candidates. Such employers conduct campus recruitment drive from time to time and hire the best candidates at attractive salary packages.
The major recruiters for those who take up design courses include the following:
- Wipro Technologies
- J.P. Morgan
- Adidas Group India
- Bombay Design House
- Godrej & Boyce
- GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd.
- IBM India Research lab
- Infosys Technologies Ltd.
- Godrej Industries
- Tata Consultancy Services
And the list goes on and on. There are several other top recruiters apart from the aforementioned ones who look for the right candidate. After earning a degree, things become relatively easier for aspirants to land the right job at the later stages.
To a large extent, a candidate’s employment opportunities depend on their specialization and skill set. Therefore, candidates need to do their research before deciding on the choice of studying a specific design course.
If you are a design aspirant, you might want to choose an option that offers you a broader scope to advance both your academic and professional goals.
Going by the information mentioned above, it becomes crystal clear as to why design is a rewarding career choice. Now that you know about the top design colleges in India and the type of entrance exam that you need to take and qualify, start your preparation now!