Art and design education is based upon the visual and tangible arts like drawing, painting,sculpture and design in jewellery, pottery, weaving, fabrics etc. It also includes the study of design applied to more practical fields such as commercial graphics and home furnishings. Contemporary topics include photography, video, film, design and computer art.
Art and design students are highly entrepreneurial and self-motivated, both are qualities that you learn on your journey of becoming an artist or a designer. A qualification in art and design isn’t just about pencils and pictures, you’ll also learn all about the professional and administrative side of the industry, which is energized to succeeding in a very competitive market. Art and design students are inquisitive, creative, self- motivated and open- minded.

List of some of the top institutions in Design

National Institute of Design (NID’s) established in 1961

(Ahemdabad, Zorhut, Vijayawada, Bhopal, Kurukshetra)
National Institute of Design (NID) – India’s first design school in India, This is the Pioneers Institute of the country. It is an autonomous institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. NID has been declared ‘Institution of National Importance by the Government of India in 2014. This permitted NID as university status, enabling it to offer its own qualifications, and giving it autonomy over its own curriculum. Nowadays the National Institute of Design is internationally acclaimed as one of the premium design education and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated (Experiential) Design. It is also approved by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India as a scientific and industrial research association. Today, at NID, the past and the future, the outdated and modern, have never been felt equally at high-class. The present NID is situated in the 600-year-old city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s largest and host to a number of global architectural influences. NID’s Ahmedabad campus itself is a monument that motivates the students to move between disciplines. In 1955, Pupul Jayaker, founder of the Indian Handlooms and Handicrafts Export Council (HHEC) and renowned writer of Indian craft met the famous American designer Charles Eames at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The museum had conducted a unique exhibition titled ‘The textiles and ornamental arts of India’. In 1957 the Government of India invited Charles and Ray Eames of Ford Foundation to visit India. They traveled across the country, consulting with craftspeople, architects, scientists, industrialists, educators, writers, and philosophers. Based on the references made in the India Report- a guide for India’s first design school of the Government of India with the support of the Ford Foundation and the Sarabhai family established the National Institute of Industrial Design and was initially named as an autonomous all-India body in September 1961. This unique core curriculum and innovative educational philosophy remain part of NIDs to the present day.
The various courses offered at NID are the One-year Foundation program in Design; B des programs in animation film design; ceramic & glass design; exhibition design; film and video communication; furniture and interior design; graphic design; product design; and textile design. m.des programs in animation film design; apparel design; ceramic & glass design; design for the retail experience; digital game design; film and video communication; furniture and interior design; graphic design; information design; interaction design; lifestyle accessory design; new media design; photography design; product design; strategic design management; textile design; toy and game design; transportation and automobile design; universal design. Ph.D. program in everything from product, textile, furniture and interior design for apparel, ceramics, transportation, and automobile design. Alongside over 500 visiting faculty from institutions all over the world, local craftspeople and artisans are invited into the school to work alongside students. As per course curriculum staying in nearby villages for up to 20 days, students can experience first-hand the strengths and weaknesses of neighboring areas. Each student is considered as a separate identity, never compare two students with each other, it is still invested in a student’s personal development. India still needs many thousands of designers. It’s about permitting a student to develop his or her own thought process in coming up with a solution. Industry and traditional design are closing ranks in India, with plans to set up more National Institutes of Design (NIDs) to meet the rising requirement for industrial designers, especially at the regional level. Ministry of commerce, industry sets up four NIDs in Zorhut (Assam); Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh); Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh); Kurukshetra (Haryana) to push the growth of regional design and train more youngsters as designers.

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFTs)

NIFT is the pioneering thought management in Design, Fashion Design & Technology is one of the important and popular fields, teaching about the dress-designing as well as accessories design. The present age group (especially youngsters) is very much profound about looking impressive and extraordinary. This field helps one to project as perfect and attractive in society. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT is the leading Institutes and their branches across the country, where design related courses are offered. While the regional centers in most of the other cities are the public institute of fashion design, management and technology education in India. First NIFT was established in 1986 in New Delhi under the aegis of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, with a set of courses and faculty assistance and support from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), in Manhattan, New York City. NIFT has since grown-up into the 16 design institutes teaching various courses of fashion designing nationwide. In 2006, NIFT was statutorily sanctioned to award degrees and other academic distinctions in Design (B. Des.), Fashion Technology (B. F. Tech.), Master’s Courses in Design (M. Des), Fashion Technology (M.F.Tech.) and Fashion Management (M.F.M.) The Campuses in Chennai, Gandhinagar, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai were set up in 1995 and that of Bengaluru in 1997. The present era observed the coming up of new campuses in Bhopal, Bhubneshwar, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Patna, Raebareli and Shillong. The Campus at Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir is added as the chain of NIFT’s network. Campuses at Panchkula and Ranchi are expected to start in 2020. Visit

Pearl Academy, Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur (formerly Pearl Academy of Fashion) established in 1993

Pearl Academy is one of the top fashion designing colleges in Delhi NCR offering a broad range of fashion designing programs in undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma trails. Pearl Academy of fashion was established in 1993 by the Little People Education Society. The institute preliminary started on campus in Okhla in South Delhi, later academy shifted to its bigger campus in Naraina, to the west of the city. After that, new campuses being added in Jaipur (2005) and Mumbai (2014). In 2011 Pearl Academy move in into a long term partnership with Laureate International Universities, and it is now part of the LIU global system which includes more than 80 institutions across the world. The academy was initially promoted by House of Pearl Fashions Ltd, an Indian export house. The Academy had been ranked ‘Finest Design Institute in India 2016’ by ASSOCHAM, ranked No. 2 by India Today-Nielsen survey in 2015 and 2nd best design School (National) 2015 and 2nd best fashion School (National) 2014 by edutainment awards. Pearl Academy offered in undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma in fashion design, fashion styling & Image design, fashion & media communication, communication design, interior architecture and design, product design, lifestyle accessory design, fashion and lifestyle business management, global luxury brands. :

IDC, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay established 1969

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay sets up its Industrial Design Centre, Bombay came into existence in 1969 by the Government of India at the campus of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. The institution groomed itself under the guardianship of popular engineering college i.e. IIT Bombay. The Industrial Design Center at IIT Bombay is a pioneer design institute that provides a wide range of programs of a master of Design and Bachelor of design degree programs in industrial design, visual communication, animation, interaction design, and mobility & vehicle design, as well as a Ph.D. program in design. Master of design – M, Des – a two-year program, was started from the academic year starting July 1979. The institution groomed itself under the guardianship of popular engineering college i.e. IIT Bombay. IDC offers professional design consultancy and advisory services to industries and other organizations Admission to graduate (with minimum 60% passing marks) in Design, architecture, engineering, and masters in science, arts, computer applications + All India Examination scores (CEED) + Design Test + Interview. The doctoral program in design is also available.

Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati established 1994

The Department of Design (DOD), one of the thirteen departments at IIT Guwahati situated in North Guwahati, Assam, on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra lake amongst breathtaking natural beauty and serenity. The full-fledged campus sprawls over 285 hectares of gently undulating ground with several hillocks covered with lush green vegetation, a few water ponds and a panoramic view of the enormous river on one side and a ring of blue hills on the other. The Institute is appropriately accessible from all the transport hubs in the Guwahati city. The Institute was set up with a vision to cultivate some of the brightest technical minds of the country with a passion in design innovation in technology-focused by a stable empathy, appreciation and celebration of design. The emphasis of the program is on the study, invention, and creative use of technologies to create effective, usable, enjoyable experiences with technology through interdisciplinary research in engineering, design, behavioral and social sciences, and to understand the influence of technology on individuals, groups, and organizations. The department offers an M. Des., and B. Des. (The only undergraduate level degree of its kind in an Indian Institute of Technology) and a Ph.D. degree in Design.

MIT, Institute of Design

MIT, Institute of Design situated in Pune, Maharashtra, established 2006 MITID is a premiere center for design education, research, and practice in India. MITID comes under the aegis of the Maharashtra academy of engineering and educational research (MAEER) and is affiliated with MIT Art, Design & Technology University (MITADT), Pune, Maharashtra. MIT Institute of Design is a situated in Pune, Maharashtra, MAEER’s MIT Institute of design started its operations in 2006, directed by the leading minds in the Indian design education, with a plan to develop its identity as a research & training institution of highest international quality. It is an autonomous Institute. The institute has cultivated many design talents by being a pioneer in the propagation, of modern design education in India. The course structure is framed with the vision of the institution to award the education with an utmost familiarization from the roots of fundamentals of design practice. MITID facilitates courses in aid of the design industry in introducing an activity structure to help the trainers acquire comprehension based edification on the speculative, notional and industrial synopsis. MIT Institute of Design admissions is conducted through an entrance test followed by studio test & personal interview. MIT DAT (Design Aptitude Test) and offered offers various design programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in industrial design, communication design, fashion design, and fashion promotion & imaging.

Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore established 1996

Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology (Srishti) is a private design school established in 1996 by the Ujwal Trust in Bangalore. The Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology is a visionary, experimental and curatorial institute of media arts and sciences, it offers higher education in art and design education at the undergraduate, post-graduate and Ph.D. levels. Srishti, as an institute, pursues to pull together the latest art, craft, and design ideas and practices from across the world and contextualize them in the developing o Indian background. The institute was renowned as the great Indian Institutes 2018 – Forbes Marquee Edition. The institute offers good industry exposure and has collaborated with people and organizations, helping students during the period of the program as a part of learning. Srishti provides undergraduate, postgraduate as well as Ph.D. level programs in different fields. It offers design learning in film, industrial arts and design practices, experimental media arts, visual communication, and strategic branding design in education, animation, and visual effects, interaction design and much more. Those seeking admission to postgraduate programs require a graduate degree in either arts or design from any certified institution or university of India or abroad. The institute manages an online application process. Students will have to make a presentation on their credentials before appearing for a personal interview.

Indian School of Design and Innovation, Mumbai established 2013

Indian School of Design and Innovation Private Limited, Mumbai was incorporated in 2011. ISDI I located in the dynamic coastal city of Mumbai, it is classified as a non-government company. ISDI is in alliance with Parsons the New School for Design, a global leader in imparting design education. This partnership enables ISDI to benefit from Parsons’ difficult curriculum, conducted by prominent visiting faculty, well-established student connections and global associations. The Indian School of Design and Innovation ISDI inaugurated its first academic session for undergraduate and post-graduate studies in 2013, promising to a new educational model, inspired by the idea of design and innovation as transformative forces in society. ISDI offers a series of international targets for undergraduate programs of four-year intensive programs (foundation year plus three-year specialization) for students in the disciplines of fashion, interior, product, and communication design. Further opportunities to engage in design education for graduates and young professionals started in 2013, with the launch of ISDI’s one year Post Graduate course.

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