Top 10 Fashion Design Colleges and Courses in India

What is Fashion Designing about?  

It is the art of applying design, aesthetics and natural beauty to clothing and its accessories. It is influenced by cultural and social attitudes and has varied over time and place. Fashion designing trends keep changing- materials used, patterns, embroidery, design, and styles- there is always something new in the world of fashion. Fashion designing isn't just about creating clothing and accessories that look great but also fit and feel great.

If you have a love for fashion along with lots of creativity and imagination, you probably are already looking at fashion designing as a career option. With ample fashion design colleges and courses available in India, there are so many options to choose from.

First, let's take a look at the fashion design courses offered by colleges and universities:

• Undergraduate courses include BDes Fashion Design, BA (Hons) Fashion Design, BSc Fashion Design, and BSc Fashion Design & Technology. The duration is usually 4 years.
• Post-Graduate courses include MDes Fashion Design, MA Fashion Design, MBA Fashion Design Management, MBA Fashion Management, MSc Fashion Designing, and MSc Fashion Design & Technology. These usually take 2 years to complete.
• Diploma courses include Diploma in Fashion Design, Undergraduate Diploma in Fashion and Apparel Design, PG Diploma Fashion Design, Certificate Course in Fashion Design, and Certificate in Fashion Styling. Diploma courses range from 6 months to a year.
To decide which course is right for you, take a look at the eligibility criteria and the syllabus covered.

Now, let's take a look at the top 10 fashion design colleges and institutions in India:

1. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)

You've probably heard about this one. This institution has a pan-India presence with its headquarters in New Delhi. They have 16 campuses which are as follows:
    NIFT Bangalore
    NIFT Bhopal
    NIFT Bhubaneswar
    NIFT Chennai
    NIFT Gandhinagar
    NIFT Hyderabad
    NIFT Jodhpur
    NIFT Kangra
    NIFT Kannur
    NIFT Kolkata
    NIFT Mumbai
    NIFT New Delhi
    NIFT Patna
    NIFT Raebareli
    NIFT Shillong
    NIFT Srinagar

They offer UG as well as PG courses.
Thanks to their pan-India presence, the location shouldn't be an issue for any student. Where ever you reside, NIFT shouldn't be a very far jump from home. All the campuses have hostel facilities as well.

2. Pearl Academy

With breathtaking campuses in Mumbai, Delhi, Noida, and Jaipur and a 97% placement record, this one must be considered if you're looking at UG and PG courses in Fashion, Design and Media.

By the way, due to its former name, it is known as 'Pearl Academy of Fashion'. It is also launching a campus in Bangalore.

3. Amity School of Fashion Technology (ASFT)

This school is located in Noida with a well-equipped infrastructure with state-of-the-art Design Studios, Pattern-making Labs, Garment Manufacturing Labs as well as Computer Lab. By the way, they organize terrific events and participate in many fashion shows. So students receive amazing exposure to the fashion industry.


They offer a variety of courses in Fashion, Design, and Textiles for PG, UG, and Diploma courses as well. The college also has positive student reviews that praise the knowledgeable faculty and modern amenities.

5. Indian Institute of Art and Design - [IIAD], New Delhi
They offer PG as well as UG courses through its academic collaboration with Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, London. They provide generous scholarships to meritous students. Check out their website for more information. They also organize many lively events and study trips for their students. By the way, their hostel rooms are so pretty. Just saying.

6. Indian Institute of Fashion & Animation - Bangalore

This Institute boasts a knowledgeable faculty and modern facilities for its students. AND it holds a 100% placement record rate! Sweet, right?

7. Symbiosis Institute of Design - [SID], Pune

As of now, this private establishment offers only Bachelor of Design [B.Des] in a variety of streams to choose from.
The location of the campus is perfect- not in the hustle and bustle of the city but well connected and a short drive from all urban attractions. Also very close to hill-stations: Lonavala, Khandala, Lavasa and many more! Nature is right around the corner.

8. International Institute of Fashion Technology - [IIFT], Chandigarh

They offer an MBA in Fashion Design Management and Textile Design.

9. JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai

Situated in the fashion capital- Mumbai, this one is the dream university for fashion aspirants. They offer a B.Sc, Diploma, and PG Diploma in various design streams. Check out their alumni as well. If you are a fashion enthusiast, you'll recognize quite a few of them. They also offer study abroad programs.

10. MIT Institute of Design - [MITID], Pune

They offer a B.Des and an M.des in a variety of subjects to choose from. They offer campus placements and summer internships in a high number of reputed organizations. Their cultural events and college festivals are something that all their students love and speak of.

With so many colleges and universities to choose from, it can be difficult to choose the one that's right for you. Do your research. Consider all the aspects- location, courses available, fees, facilities and amenities, faculty, curriculum, placement records, entrance exams, eligibility criteria and student reviews.
There are multiple portals that will help you with your research, so it shouldn't be too difficult.

- Thavi Achcharya

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