NID Studio Test & NIFT Situation Test Tips

Studio Test Expected Test Pattern

The studio test is conducted at NID campuses. It includes multiple practical tests.

1. Doodling / Sketching Test

15 min Test on creative doodling or live sketching. E.g. draw 30 meaningful visuals from 30 scribbled lines or go outdoors and sketch a live scene or a vehicle.

2. Sensory Test

15 min Activity involving audio, visual and touch based test. E.g. students have to recollect details from a 30 sec video or recognize sounds from an audio clip or identify the object just by touching.

3. For BDes – Model Making Test

2 hour Test. Students have to build a working 3D model using the materials given. E.g. Use the following materials- card paper, ice cream sticks, plastic spoon, rubber bands, straws, strings, wire and create a toy based on the principle of catapult. The catapult action should be able to fling a small plastic ball in the air for about 5 feet.

4. For MDes – Discipline Specific Tests

For MDes, the studio test questions will be discipline specific. E.g. for Transportation & Automobile Design, the test may include sketching a vehicle. For Animation, the test may include sketching 4 poses of a live human action. For Strategic Design Management, it may be solving a business problem and coming up with a strategy.

Assessment Criteria

1. Doodling Test

Originality, uniqueness and aesthetic value of the visual.

2. Sketching Test

3Ps- Perspective, Point of view, Proportion. Quality of the line drawing.

3. Sensory Test

Accuracy of the recollection and identification.

4. BDes Model Making Test

Whether the model works, use of all materials, stability of the model, visual aesthetic of the model, concept and idea.

5. MDes Discipline Specific Test

Whether the solution addresses the given brief.

Exam Tips – Situation Test:

Expected Test Pattern

Students who clear NIFT BDes Written Exam are eligible to appear for the Situation Test. It is the final exam for NIFT BDes admission and carries 20% weightage. It is a 2 hour hands-on test in which the candidates have to build a 3D model based on the brief and write a concept note explaining their design.

1. Innovative Concept

Visualize a standout and emotive idea, not a plain one.

2. Creative use of Materials

Many materials are given, use all of them.

3. Composition of elements

Add 1 or 2 eye-catching elements in your composition.

4. Construction Skill

Model should be sturdy and elements tightly fixed, not loose.

5. Finesse of the model

Model and workspace needs to be neat and tidy.

6. Use of color scheme

Arrange materials to create interesting color schemes in the model.

7. Quality of write up

Use simple English. Keep it short. Communicate the concept clearly.

8. Overall presentation

Jury has just 2 minutes to assess. Stand out from the crowd.

Example models by past students

1. Award / Prize

2. Bottle Design

3. Social Cause

4. Utility Bag

5. Pen Holder

6. Mascot

7. Board game

8. Ladies Hat

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