Top 10 Colleges in India for Fashion Designing

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India has emerged as a solid contender in fashion designing, in the recent years. The fashion industry is undergoing brisk change at global pace. The traditional, contemporary, and fusion of both designs has proved the capabilities of this country and designers in it.



To become a part of it or to opt for this lucrative career option, a candidate can aspire to join the following top institutes and colleges:

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1.  NIFT, Delhi

The National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi was launched in 1986 by the Ministry of Textiles and has since then been delivering excellent results. Just like the IIT’s and IIM’s, it is a learning institute of national importance. According to the Act of 2006, the institution rewards its own degrees. In 2008, it opened centres at 4 other places- Bhopal (M.P.), Patna (Bihar), Shillong (Mehalaya), and Kannur (Kerela). It also opened one branch overseas, which is Mauritius, making the total of 13. The recognised institute imparts education in the field of fashion design, technology, and management at both undergraduate and post graduate level.

2.  NID, Ahmedabad

The National Institute of Design successfully completed 50 years of cultivating young talents in fashion stream. The Govt. of India made all the set-ups under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The connections were established with 29 institutions located abroad in order to facilitate exchange programmes for its students. This excellent institution is recognised worldwide for its remarkable standards of design and exclusivity.

3.  Design and Innovation Academy

A leading institute that imparts professional education; it belongs to the respected IMS educational family. Formed in 2005, DIA provides quality education that focuses on increasing the students’ cognitive and creative skills. It very well meets international standards, provides specialisation in various fields such as fashion, jewellery, textiles, interior, animation, and multimedia. Their motto, ‘Dream Dare Design’ is inherent in their teaching style.

4.  Satyam Fashion Institute (SNDT), Noida

SNDT, which is Asia’s oldest and India’s first all women’s university, has Satyam Fashion Institute that offers UG, PG diplomas, and short term programs in fashion, design, and textiles. It lays special emphasis on expanding and shaping the imagination of the students, and aid them in contributing to the Indian and global market. The learners get a great national and international exposure, and benefit from the network that the university has built in the years.

5.  Pearl Academy of Fashion

Pearl Global Ltd, the giant garment exporters set up the Pearl Academy of Fashion in 1993, as a private institution that has earned the name over the years by imparting quality training at both post graduate and undergraduate levels, in all the fields of fashion. The Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom validates the programmes of the academy, and it even has ties with Hongkong Polytechnic University, Nagold Germany, LDT and universities, fashion institutes in London, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Toronto.

6.  Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology, Mohali

NIIFT came into being in 1995 and was a result of collaboration between the government of Punjab and NIFT. It awards UG and PG degrees in design, retail management, and garment manufacturing. It is a leading institute in the field of fashion. The establishment has closed relations with Punjab’s knitwear industry.

7.  Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology

In 1996, the Ujwal Trust established the Srishti School. Since then, it gained popularity as an institute that offers high quality education. It has top end facilities along with metal and wood workshops, and a creative and qualified faculty. Srishti added 4 PG Advanced Diploma Programs and established 2 new centres in 2008. The names of these centres are: CEMA (Centre for Experimental Media Arts) and CERTAD (Centre for Educational Research). A candidate can opt for the diploma programs in Experimental Media Arts, Design in Education, Game Design, and Animation and Visual Effects.

8.  Indian Institute of Craft and Design

Set up by the government of Rajasthan in 2002, the IICD promotes the export of traditional craft. It is now run by Ambuja Group and has faculty from NID. The institute provides training at both UG and PG level.

9.  MIT Institute of Design

Situated on the bank of river Mula-Mutha in Pune; MIT is in the well known Rajbaug farms and is spread over an area of 125 acres. It’s a division of MAEER (Maharashtra Academy of Engineering and Research); the founder of NID- Prof. Kumar Vyas is its head. The institute was launched in 2005 but has already gained a reputation in the field of fashion.

10.  Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID)

This institute is a part of the Symbiosis International University and provides its own degrees. It has collaboration with LaSalle Coll. of Arts, Singapore.