Exam Tips for NID, NIFT Portfolio, Interview and SOP

Tips for Design Portfolio

A portfolio is like a resume, so the jury can know about the student. It is unique to each student. Almost anything creative can be included in a portfolio. There is no standard template for a portfolio. Here are some Do’s and Dont’s.

Do's

1. Add your own, original work
2. Add little variety, not just 1 type
3. Add work which has an attached story
4. Explorations, Works in progress are OK
5. For MDes: Add discipline specific work

Don'ts

1. No coaching class assignments
2. No copied artworks from internet
3. Do not follow any list from any class
4. Do not include torn or untidy work
5. Do not try to fake, just be yourself.

Examples of SILICA Student Portfolios

10 unusual works that can be added to a Portfolio

1. A poem or story you wrote 6. Poster on social issue that moves you
2. Random doodles during school lectures 7. Your kathak dance short video / reel
3. A music piece you created or sing 8. Clothes / Objects you upcycled
4. Photos / Movies that tell some story 9. A wall you painted at home or school
5. Sketches of 20 different human hands 10. Legos or Toys that you have built

Tips for Personal Interview

NID, NIFT, IIT do not conduct personal interviews for B.Des programs. But most other Design colleges have interviews as part of their selection process. Here are some tips:

1. Be yourself. Be confident about who you are. Do not try to be someone else to impress. They just want to know you.
2. Be prepared with answers to: Why do you want to learn design? Why with us? Why this particular design discipline?
3. Turn your interview into a conversation. You can also ask questions about the college, the programs they offer and design in general.
4. Don’t be arrogant or over confident. They want students who are eager to learn. Be humble when you answer questions.
5. Be truthful. Do not lie or make up things at any cost. They will catch it. They just want to know who you are. They are not looking for any specific type of student.
6. There is no fixed list of questions which are asked in an interview. The interview is a flowing conversation. The next question depends on the earlier answer.
7. They may ask you questions about- yourself, your career choice, your life experiences, your portfolio works, your other creative talents, world issues etc.

Tips for Statement of Purpose (SOP)

A Statement of Purpose (SOP) is a written statement that tells the Admission Jury about you. They use the SOP along with results of your Written Exam, Studio Test, Portfolio and Interview to build their view about you as a candidate for admission. Here are some tips:

  • Be Yourself: Do not seek too much external guidance / tips. Let the thoughts come from you, not from someone else.
  • Be Honest: Do not lie. Do not make up stories. Be authentic and honest.
  • Reflect & then Write: Think deep (reflect) about the questions given by the design college for the SOP. Only after that start writing.
  • The Writing Style: Avoid slang or complicated words. Keep it simple, easy to read, short sentences but giving a clear message.
  • Length of SOP: Generally they tell the maximum number of words. Stick to it.
  • Be Humble & Eager to Learn: Avoid appearing like a “know it all”, “have already done a lot”. Appear humble, curious and eager to learn.
  • Proof Read and Get Feedback: Proof read your final SOP.

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