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Symbiosis Institute of Design is one of India’s leading educational institutions imparting quality education for over 38 years. A family of 35 academic institutions spread across 20 campuses in and around Pune, it is host to over 27,000 Indian and International students on campus and over 1,00,000 students off campus. Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID) was established in 1971. It has been officially recognized by the UGC and the AICTE. The Indian NAAC has conferred an ‘A’ grade to the University. SID’s mission is to promote international understanding through quality education.

Application & Admission Process

The admission process is as follows :

  • Take the Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design (SEED ) which is held in the month of May
  • Register online for SEED 2019 at

Last date to apply: 25th May 2021

Portfolio and Personal Interview: 1st week of June 2021

  • Register online at by paying Rs. 1750
  • Appear for the test on the scheduled date and time.

In Symbiosis International University conducts Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design (SEED), candidates are evaluated on spheres such as

  • Colour
  • Geometry
  • Visual observations
  • General design awareness
  • Creative thinking abilities and
  • Awareness on Indian culture, craft, traditions

No.of questions 150
Marks 150

Find the sample paper (SEED) HERE

The required Skills & Aptitudes are :

  • Candidates should possess Creative Aptitude & Skills necessary to pursue Design Education as well as adAptability to the situations, which the profession demands.
  • Candidates with the relevant portfolio are given preference

SEED is conducted in 85 cities across India

General Information

Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID)

SID was established in the year 1971 .

SID has its sole campus in Pune.

Details of the programmes and number of seats offered are as below :

Bachelors in Design (B.Des) Programme
Discipline No. of seats offered
Indian students International students Total
Communication Design :
80 12 92
Industrial Design 45 7 52
Fashion Design 29 4 33
Fashion Communication 26 4 30

The eligibility criteria to apply for the B.Des programme at SID is as follows :

  • 10+2 (any stream; eg. Science, Commerce, Arts, etc.)
  • 10+3 diploma approved by State Board of Technical Education

Tuition Fees (p.a. in INR)
Academic Fees 3,60,000
Security deposit (Refundable) 15,000
Library deposit (refundable) 5,000
Total 380,000

Following are the details of reservation at SID :

Within the sanctioned intake :

SC 15%
ST 7.5%
Differently abled (DA) 3%

Over and above sanctioned intake :

International students 15%
Kashmiri Migrants 2 seats

Yes, SID provides on-campus residential facility to the students. Average fees for Hostel+Mess facilities is around INR 1.38-1.97 lakhs

Following infrastructural facilities are available on-campus :

  • Design Studio
  • Library
  • Cafeteria
  • Hostel
  • Sports Complex
  • Gym
  • Hospital / Medical Facilities
  • Wi-Fi Campus
  • Auditorium
  • Convenience Store
  • Labs

Highlights of Faculty Group are as follows :

  • Professor Mahendra Patel (Mentor Pr) has been awarded 'Lifetime Achievement Award', Gutenberg Award for 2010 by The International Gutenberg Society, Germany
  • "CITADEL" Pune featured Prof. Saumya Bandyopadhyay in 'The expression of an Artist' in April 2016 issue
  • Prof. Niranjan Mhamane has been selected as one of the winners for 'Splash 18' renowned series of publications on watercolor by North Light Books, USA

Following are the highlights of SID’s teaching methods :

  • Adopts a Problem-solving methodology which includes
    • Formal teaching
    • Practical sessions
  • Conducts study tour to sites such as Ajanta, Ellora and Paithan looms to help students explore their artistic skills and understand the design of components belonging to Indian Heritage

One merit scholarship is available to SID students. The details of the same are as follows :

No. of merit Scholarship Percentage of Academic Fee
1 50%

Industry & Job Market

The highlights of Placements are :

  • Institute has facilitated the students to get placements in companies like Infosys, Autoline Industries Ltd, Cognizant, Whirlpool, Mudra Communications etc.
  • Students have also been absorbed by Small and Medium scale enterprises like Elephant Design, Fitch Design, Onio Design, Leaf Design and several design companies.


Riddhi Mehta
B.Des, Industrial Design, 2013

"The course curriculum was available in the booklet given to us during admission as well it was available on the college website. The courses were very well defined, with each semester the bar being raised so that proper knowledge enhancement was done for the students. Each module had its own section"