What to Know Before You Pursue a Fashion Designing Course

What to Know Before You Pursue a Fashion Designing Course

What to Know Before You Pursue a Fashion Designing Course


India is a country with around 600 million young populations who are extremely creative and motivated. They are amply motivated to set examples and put their country on the global map. In fact in the education front too, the young population are expressing their interests in obtaining creative career courses. Fashion designing is one of the most preferred creative career fields, it attracts the attention of a number of young minds. Witnessing the success, glamour, attractive income and fame earned by the modern day’s successful fashion designers, the future of the nation as well aspires to make a big name in the fashion designing industry. For those individuals, we have curated some facts and points that they should consider before pursuing a fashion designing course. We hope this article will just come handy before you take admission into one of the best fashion designing colleges.


Eligibility Criteria for Fashion Designing


If you are considering an Undergraduate course in this field, the minimum eligibility is 10+2 with 50 percent marks. Whereas for the aspirants who want to obtain a Master degree in this field, apparently, the criteria are Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Designing from a recognized University with a minimum of 50 percent marks in aggregate. In the prominent institutes, admission is strictly on merit- through written test, situation test, group discussion and interview.


Popular Entrance Exams


1. Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design (SEED):


It will be conducted by Symbiosis International University on May 4, 2019, in order to offer admissions to aspirants in BDes programmes offered at Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID).


2. NIFT Entrance Exam:


National Institute of Fashion Technology conducts NIFT entrance exam in order to shortlist aspirants for admission in design programmes offered by it. Each year, more than 20,000 students appear for NIFT exam. It already occurred in the month of January.


3. Pearl Academy Entrance Exam:


Commonly called PAF Entrance Exam, this entrance exam is conducted every year for enrolling the student in 4 Pearl Academy Colleges around the country. This exam aims to evaluate spirants on the basis of their aptitude, creative and aesthetic sense, career focus, level of commitment and energy, ability to express oneself and so on.


4. NID DAT Entrance Exam:


This is  Design Aptitude Test is a national level entrance exam conducted by National Institute of Design for various UG and PG design courses offered in the institution and its affiliated campuses. The exam usually takes 3 hours with subjective and objective type questions.


5. CEED:


Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) is conducted by IIT Bombay for providing admission to aspirants in Master of Design (MDes) and Ph.D. programmes offered at colleges accepting exam scores. CEED exam comprises two parts – A and B. While part A of CEED consists of objective type questions (to be attempted in online mode), part B contains subjective questions (to be attempted in offline mode) that test design, drawing and writing skills of candidates.




Conducted by IIT Bombay under the guidance of UCEED-CEED Implementation Committee, UCEED is the entrance exam for the candidates who aspire to get into Bachelor of Design (BDes) programmes offered at colleges accepting UCEED scores.


Top Institutes for Fashion Designing


1. Indian Institute of Art and Design (Delhi)

2. Indian Institute of Fashion Technology (Bangalore)

3. Indian School of Design & Innovation (Mumbai)

4. JD Institute of Fashion Technology (Bangalore)

5. Madras Institute of Fashion Technology (Chennai)

6. National Institute of Design (Bangalore)

7. National Institute of Fashion Technology (New Delhi)

8. Pearl Academy (New Delhi)

9. Symbiosis Institute of Design (Pune)

10. The Design Village (Noida)


The Realities of the Profession


Fashion being a highly dynamic and competitive industry, it’s not always about glamorous as often believed. Behind the glamour lie a lot of hard work, stringent deadlines, last-minute changes and sleepless nights. To survive in this evolving industry the aspirants need to keep on innovating. Staying innovative and developing your critical thinking will help you in sustaining in the long run. Bringing out ideas into realities should be the focus throughout, only then can a prospective fashion designer can evolve as a successful fashion designer. Explore various options and analyze what interests you the most.


Courtesy: Higher Education Review

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