The art of implementing design, aesthetics, clothing construction, and beauty to clothing fabrics and accessories is “Fashion Designing”. Thus, the Creation of garments is the job of a fashion designer. This is based on customer demands. Also, these clothing includes dresses, suits, pants, and skirts, and accessories like shoes and handbags. Anything which a person carries with confidence is ‘Fashion’. In other words, any garment or accessory, a person is comfortable and confident in is ‘Fashion’. Above all, bringing satisfaction to the demands of the client/customer is fashion designing in the real world. 

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History of Fashion Designing

Fashion designing affects culture and different trends and has evolved and place. Certainly, Charles Fredrick Worth is the first designer, who has his label sewn into the garments that he created. Certainly, this was in the 19th century. However, before him, Draper set up his fashion house in Paris. Also, anonymous seamstresses and high fashion descendants were responsible for the clothing creation and their design. Subsequently, domination led to bliss in disguise for Worth. Since, he use to dictate customers’ clothing design and style, which lead to his success. Therefore, Couturier was used first to describe him.

From any period, all the articles of clothing were studied as costume design. However, after 1858 we are referring to it as fashion design. Also, this was the time that the importance of sketching the garment was first highlighted. Thus the artists use to design garments for the design houses before the actual garment production. After that, the productive images were shown to the clients. Hence, this method was much cheaper than producing an actual sample garment. Further, if the client likes the design, they would place the order for the same. Eventually, this created business and money for the design houses. Hence, this was the kick-off start of the ritual of sketching the garment and then producing the resulting garment.

Types of Fashion Designing

Fashion Design is an art form, inclining towards the creation of clothes and accessories. Furthermore, there are three main categories of fashion designing in these modern times. They are:

  • haute couture,
  • ready-to-wear,
  • mass-market.

Haute couture

Haute-couture is a French word, which refers to a high-sewing. Thus, fashion designing dedicated to certain customers and tailor-made for them refers to as an haute couture collection. Till the 1950s, fashion designing predominantly relates to haute-couture only. So, for a person to qualify as an haute couture designer, it is necessary to be a part of the Syndical Chamber. Also, he/she needs to present a new collection twice a year with a minimum of 35 different outfits each time.

Firstly, a Couture garment is highly customizable to fit the demands of a particular client. Secondly, keen attention is given to details, and additionally, the high-quality fabric is also a trait. Moreover, this type of garment creation is usually time-consuming and requires precise execution. Above all, look and fit are at the highest priority over the cost of materials and time in such style. So, the couture garments are usually little direct profits for the fashion houses.

Ready-to-wear

Ready-to-wear is those collections that are not tailor-made according to a particular buyer. In other words, this type does not target a specific customer/client. But, in this type of design, the cut of the fabric is more important. So, this type is more apt for large-scale production. Fashion houses often present their ready-to-wear collection during a period known as Fashion Week. Consequently, this usually happens twice a year. Likewise, there are also categorizations as designers and confection collections. Here, the designer collections have a much higher quality and a unique design as compared to confection ones. Therefore, fashion week’s main seasons are spring/summer, swim, resort fall/winter, and bridal.

A sub-categorization of the ready-to-wear designs is halfway garments. As the name suggests, these are the half-stitched pieces of clothing or are also known as semi-stitched versions. This type of design completely varies from the ready-made garments because the consumer can actively participate in making and co-designing their clothing. This leads to person-product attachment. Also, this increases the sentimental value of the final product.

Mass Market

The mass market is the one that often operates the fashion industry more. Therefore, it caters to a great range of customers, producing ready-to-wear garments. The trends set these kinds of designs usually. These use the strategy of waiting till a style gets to catch on.

The mass-market designs use cheaper fabrics and simpler production techniques This saves time as well as money. Thus, the results can be to sale much more cheaply.

Scope of Fashion Designing in India

Fashion designing is the ‘career of the future.’ There is great exponential growth in demand for skilled fashion designers. But, the field of fashion requires vast knowledge for excellence in the field of fashion. In addition, there is real cut-throat competition in the field. Though, the fashion industry is gaining much popularity and is reaching its peak lately. So, a career in fashion designing is indubitably a good choice.

Fashion designing practice is there from time immemorial. Its scope is not just finite to India but has good job opportunities overseas. So, after completion of fashion designing courses, peers have various choices. Thus these choices include:

Choices

  • Garment and textile export houses,
  • Textile and fabric manufacturing units,
  • Branded fashion showrooms,
  • Television and film industry,
  • Fashion coordinator,
  • Boutiques,
  • Fashion consultant,
  • Retail chains,
  • Fashion stylist,
  • Independent fashion designers,
  • Fashion illustrator,
  • Teaching at the fashion design institutes,
  • Fashion merchandiser.

For becoming a fashion designer, one doesn’t need a college degree mandatorily. However, a bachelor’s degree might help the person to be more acceptable and successful. So, as a student of fashion design, one learns about color, textiles, tailoring, and sewing, making patterns, fashion history, and computer-aided design. This course even teaches one about various types of clothing such as womenswear or footwear.

Education in the fashion designing industry makes one meticulous as well. Hence, one gets to pay much attention to designing clothes and footwear, and styling. Some fashion designers might also start their designing careers by doing internships. This gives the new designer experience while assisting a fashion designer.

Eligibility Criteria for Fashion Designing in India

Students who have completed their high school (10+2), irrespective of the stream (Science, Commerce, Arts) are eligible to pursue fashion designing as a career. In addition, they can register themselves for a graduation course in the field. However, most institutes offer seats for admission to candidates who have completed their schooling from a recognized board.

Also, the students willing to enroll for the post-graduate courses can apply for the same after graduation.

Criteria

Though to excel in this career, one should have the following fashion designing skills:

  • Creativity,
  • Innovativeness,
  • Artistic taste,
  • Business tint skill,
  • Good communication skills,
  • Meticulous,
  • Persuasiveness,
  • Market understanding,
  • Understanding of colors, tones, and shades,
  • Good hand in sketching,
  • Decent visual imagination,
  • Originality.

Fashion Designing: Entrance Exams

The process for getting admission in popular fashion designing institutes includes passing through the various stages. Various educational fashion institutes shortlist candidates on the basis of a design aptitude test. Further, this test is followed by reviewing the candidate’s portfolio. Finally, in the end, the institute organizes an interview for the final admission of the candidate. Thus, such popular fashion designing entrance exams conducted are:

  • NIFT
  • CEED
  • SEED
  • IIAD DAT/ IDAT
  • NID DAT
  • FDDI AIST
  • AIFD WAT
  • UCEED
  • AIEED
  • Pearl Academy entrance exam.

NIFT

NIFT is the exam conducted for admitting the candidates for the National Institute of Fashion Technology. Subsequently, the courses offered BDes, BFTech, MDes, MFM, MFTech, etc. Also, the institute is run under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. Though it was established in 1986 and declared a statutory body in 2006. Therefore, the candidates who graduate from NIFT, get the institute’s degree.

NIFT exam has a three-tier format for Bachelor of Design and Master of Design admissions. So, the NIFT entrance begins with the Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT) at the first stage. CAT is organized the degree BDes and GAT is for BDes and MDes both. However, to get admission in the course of Bachelor of Fashion Technology (BFTech), Master of Fashion Management (MFM), and Master of Fashion Technology (MFTech), one has to pass GAT.

The duration of the Creative Ability Test for BDes is 3 hours. Whereas the General Ability Test for BDes and MDes is 2 hours and for BFTech, MFM, MFTech is 3 hours.

The candidates hence after the clearance of the exam get admission in one of the 17 NIFTs. However, the admission is based on the merit of the candidate. So, the test is organized in 32 cities of India.

Eligibility criteria

B.Des

Students must have completed their high school from a recognized board with passing marks. This thus makes them eligible for the NIFT entrance examination. Also, the maximum age to apply for NIFT is 23 years.

. BF Tech

Candidates who have completed their class 12 from a recognized board. However, the stream of the candidate has to include Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as subjects. Also, securing passing marks is mandatory for the candidate.

M.Des

Certainly, an undergraduate degree from a recognized university is mandatory for getting eligible for the M.Des program. Furthermore, there is no age limit for NIFT admission for the M.Des course.

MF.Tech

Firstly, candidates must have completed a Bachelor of Fashion Technology course to get eligible for MFTech. Likewise, this too does not have an age limit criteria for NIFT admission in the MFTech course.

MFM

The candidates must have pursued their undergraduate degrees from a recognized university. Also, there are no age limit criteria for NIFT admission in the MFM course

Timeline

The timeline for the NIFT entrance examination is as follows:

  • Firstly, the Notifications to fill the form for NIFT application forms.
  • Last date for filling the admission forms without late fee.
  • With the late fee, the last date for filling the admission forms.
  • Thereafter, Download NIFT Admit card online.
  • NIFT exam day
  • NIFT Answer key for General Aptitude Test
  • Declaration of results
  • Registration for situational test initiates for BDes Course.
  • Admit card out for the situational test.
  • Exam day for the situational test of BDes
  • Then, Interview
  • Final BFTech result
  • Final merit list for MDes, MFTech, MFM
  • Merit list for BDes
  • Registration for NIFT Counselling
  • Counseling

CEED

CEED stands for Common Entrance Examination for Design. In addition, it is a joint entrance examination for postgraduates to study technological design. Also, these technological designs are held annually at IITs and IISc(Indian Institute of Science).

CEED is thus a national-level examination organized by the Industrial Design Centre, IIT (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay). This authority thus organizes the exam on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

Also, it is a descriptive test that tests the logical, creative, observation, and drawing skills of the candidate. This test leads to admission to different design courses, which has scope in :

  • product design,
  • industrial design,
  • visual communication,
  • animation graphics,
  • vehicle design,
  • mobility.

Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the CEED exam is a graduate degree that is 10+2+3. However, the candidates have to take notice that all listed IITs in CEED have their different and respective eligibility criteria mentioned on their websites. Because there are examples of a candidate with a 3 year UG degree and AIR 1st in CEED but not eligible for any of the design courses in IITs.

CEED does not have any age limitations. Also, there are no limits on the number of times a candidate can appear for the exam. Only a valid CEED score does not guarantee admission in IITs or IIScs. Rather, every candidate has to appear for a Design Aptitude Test (DAT) and also an interview after that. So, this is priorly required for the final admission at any listed IITs and IIScs.

The basic eligibility criteria for the CEED exam is 10+2+3, which is a 3-year Under graduation course. However, all listed IITs and IIScs have 10+2+4 as their mentioned criteria on the websites. But, the candidates with a 3-year graduation program can get admissions in the CEED listed private institutes. The website for more information about CEED is www.CEED.ac.in.

Examination Pattern

The examination pattern was lately changed for CEED in 2013. So, the CEED is now held in three stages. Consequently, these three stages are, Part A, Part B, and Interview.

Part A

Part A is the very first stage of the CEED examination. This preliminary stage is also known as the screening test. So, this consists of 50 questions that have negative markings as well. The correct answers are awarded +2 marks and there is a deduction of -0.5 at every wrong answer.

Part A tests the general knowledge and awareness of the candidate. Also, it has the scope of the following:

  • Animation design – movement observation, comic strips, visuals.
  • Visual communication – logos, signage, packaging, fonts.
  • Automobile design – aesthetics, manufacturers, and plants.
  • Product design – latest and newest products and trends.
  • Digital – photography, color coding, displays, printing.
  • Observation and visualization – mirroring, textures, evolution, isometrics, and geometry, tessellations, shadows.
  • General awareness – engineering ability, materials, the culture of the country, famous personalities, and their works, instruments, animals.
  • Architecture – Sculpture, monuments, materials.

Part B

The candidates who get shortlisted at the first stage (Part A) are a part of this stage. Furthermore, Part B consists of the questions which evaluate the drawing and creative skills of the candidates. Thus, It comprises of the following:

  • Basic and visual sketching – objective, perceptive, and imaginative types
  • Observation, problem identification, and problem-solving
  • Design thinking ability – product/industrial, interaction design, and user interface design
  • Visual communication – posters and logos
  • Animation design – comic strips, character framing

Part C

Part C is the interview stage. So, the candidates who clear the stages that are Part A and Part B. They need to prepare a portfolio also to get into the interview process.

CEED Syllabus

Part A:

  • Visualization
  • Spatial ability
  • Environmental and Social Awareness
  • Language and creativity
  • Analytical and Logical reasoning
  • Design Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Observation and design sensibility

Part B

  • Drawing
  • Communication skills
  • Problem Identification skills
  • Creativity

Programs

A candidate who qualifies for CEED can apply at the listed IITs, IISc Bangalore, SNU, and UPEs for the following programs:

Master of Design (MDes, M.Des or M.Design)

  • IISc Bangalore – M.Des in product designing
  • SPA Delhi – M.Des in Industrial design
  • IIT Delhi – M.Des in Industrial design
  • IITDM Jabalpur – M.Des in Design
  • IIT Bombay – M.Des in Industrial design, Visual communication, Mobility, and vehicle design, Animation interaction design
  • IIT Hyderabad – M.Des in Visual design
  • School of design studies – UPES Dehradun – M.Des in Industrial design, product design, interior design, transportation design.
  • IIT Kanpur – M.Des in Design
  • Shiv Nadar University – M.Des in strategic product design, visual communication, user experience design, and information design.
  • IIT Guwahati – M.Des in Design
  • IIT Kanpur – M.Des. in Design

Ph.D. Programs in Design

  • IIT Bombay,
  • IISc Bangalore,
  • IIT Hyderabad,
  • Kanpur (IIT).

SEED

SEED stands for Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design, conducted for admissions in Symbiosis Institute of Design(SID). The SID is an institute that offers a BDes program to candidates under Symbiosis International University. However, it is noticeable that from 2019, the BDes course is offered by Symbiosis School of Planning, Architecture, and Design(SSPAD), Nagpur.

SEED was earlier known as SET for Design. Though, it was prior also conducted by Symbiosis International University (SIU). The exam thus examines students on the grounds for color, geometry, visual observations, general design, creative thinking abilities, and awareness of Indian culture, craft, traditions. It comprises objective-type questions with multiple choices.

The admission to Bachelor of Design (BDes) is, thus merit-based in Symbiosis Institute of Design. Moreover, BDes course is offered in different disciplines like Graphic Design (GD), Video Film Design (VFD), Animation Film Design (AFD), User Experience Design (UED), Product Design (PD), Interior Space Design (ISD), Fashion Design (FD), and Fashion Communication (FC).

Eligibility Criteria

The candidates are required to fulfill the eligibility criteria as mentioned by SID in their brochure. So, the eligibility criteria are:

  • Passed 10+2, from any background, that is science stream, commerce stream, arts stream, Or
  • Cleared 10+3 diploma course which is approved by State Board of Technical Education. The minimum mark to be scored is 50% aggregate and 45% for SC/ST.

NOTE: Candidates who are appearing for their final exams in the 10+2 or 10+3 category are also eligible for the SEED exam. Also, the candidates who get compartment in his/her 10+2 but clears that in 1st attempt, are even eligible for provisional admissions at SID.

Admission to International students

The admissions given to international students are looked upon by Symbiosis International Office.

Further, all the details regarding the SEED exams for international students can be found on the website intadmissions@symbiosis.ac.in.

Timeline

The timeline or the procedure for the SEED examination is as follows:

  • Registering for SEED
  • Applying at SID online
  • Booking slot for the personal interview
  • Download SEED admit card
  • Appearance for SEED exam
  • Merit list

IIAD DAT/ IDAT

Firstly, IIAD stands for Indian Institute of Art and Design. The IIAD conducts an IDAT test, that is IIAD Design Aptitude Test, every year. This is a written test that examines the creativity and visual ability, cultural awareness, and logical thinking of the candidate. Certainly, the examination is a combination of visual tasks, writing tasks, one-word answers, and MCQs (Multiple choice questions).

IDAT is held for the admissions to Undergraduate courses in the field of fashion, communication design, interior architecture and design, and fashion communication. Though it also admits the students for the postgraduate courses in Fashion based on merit.

IIAD entrance exam, known as IDAT is held in collaboration with Kingston School of Art at Kingston University, London. In addition, the duration of the test is two and a half hours. Consequently, the candidates are assessed on their drawing and design skills, imaginative power, creativity, observation skills, and communication.

The stages for the IIAD Entrance exam are such that the first is the written test. Rather, second is the ‘studio stimulation’ for the UG candidates whereas ‘interview’ for the PG candidates. Thus the exam can be taken in offline mode or from home as a computer-based test by the candidates.

The selection for admission to IIAD depends on the merit scores of the candidate in IDAT.

Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the candidates appearing for IDAT may vary from one course to another.

For the UG Degree course

The candidates who have passed 10+2 in any discipline (Arts, Commerce, or Science) from any below-mentioned boards of education can appear for IDAT:

  • CBSE
  • ICSE
  • Indian State Boards
  • National Institute of Open Schooling
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Cambridge International Examination.
  • or any other recognized national and international boards of examination.

IIAD Lateral Admissions

Candidates can even get direct admissions in the 2nd year of the design course on offer. In other words, the eligibility for such admissions is that one needs to complete the 1st year of their design course(degree program) from a nationally or internationally recognized design college. However, lately for admissions in 2022, the guidelines say that the selection would be based on the candidate’s performance in the interview and portfolio assessment round.

NID-DAT

NID stands for National Institute of Design. NID DAT is a national-level Design Aptitude Test conducted by NID. Thus, this entrance exam is held to get admissions for various design courses like B.Des, GDPD, and M.Des at NID. Also, this examination gives the candidates access to get admissions in prestigious institutes such as NID Banglore, NID Kurukshetra, NID Vijaywada, NID Gujarat, NID Bangalore, and NID Ahmedabad.

The procedure for the NID DAT, stage-wise is as follows:

  • NID DAT Entrance written test (Prelims+Mains)
  • Studio Test
  • Interview

The duration of the NID DAT exam is three hours. The exam is held in pen-paper mode. Further, this written is held in two stages, namely Prelims and Mains. So, the candidates who clear both prelims and mains of the written test are allowed for the studio test and then the interview.

Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the candidates who wish to get admission in various design courses at NIDs involves:

For Bachelor of Design Courses:

  • The candidate applying for NID DAT for the B.Des program needs to be less than 20 years of age.
  • Completion of the final examination of 10+2 from a recognized board is necessary for the candidates. Furthermore, the recognized boards could be AISSE, ICSE, or CBSE.

For Master of Design Courses:

  • The candidate applying for NID DAT for the M.Des program needs to be less than 30 years of age.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with the categorization as 10+2+4 system is mandatory for every candidate. Also, the degree or diploma needs to be done from any recognized institute or university.

Exam Pattern

NID DAT exam tests the candidates’ designing skills, creative and reasoning ability, and problem-solving skills. The access to get admission to B.Des, M.Des, or GDPD courses is hence given by the exam. Consequently, the exam pattern for B.Des and GDPD and M.Des is respectively as follows:

For B.Des and GDPD

  • Number of sections – 2
  • Section name – section A (MCQ) and Section B (Subjective)
  • Questions in Section A – 64
  • Number of questions in Section B – 3
  • Total marks – 100
  • Negative marking – no
  • Duration – 3 hours

For M.Des

  • Number of sections – 2
  • Section name – section A (MCQ) and Section B (Subjective)
  • Questions in Section A – 59
  • Number of questions in Section B – 3
  • Total marks – 100
  • Negative marking – no
  • Duration – 3 hours

Listed Institutes

The institutes which give admission to various design courses at UG and PG level with the NID DAT scores are:

  • NID Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru (NID)
  • NID Bhopal
  • Vijaywada (NID)
  • NID Gandhinagar
  • Jorhat (NID)

Specializations at NID

The specializations offered by different NIDs for design courses at various levels like UG or PG are as follows:

B.Des Course

  • Ceramic Design
  • Animation Film Design
  • Furniture and Interior Design
  • Film and Video Communication
  • Exhibition Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Textile Design
  • Product Design

M.Des Course

  • Ceramic and Glass Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Animation Film Design
  • Product Design
  • Apparel Design
  • Textile Design
  • Furniture and Interior Design
  • Photography Design
  • Strategic Design Management
  • Transportation and Automobile Design
  • New Media Design
  • Toy and Game Design
  • Digital Game Design
  • Universal Design
  • Design for Rental Experience
  • Lifestyle Accessory Design
  • Information Design

GDPD Course

  • Industrial Design
  • Communication Design
  • Textile and Apparel Design

FDDI AIST

Firstly, FDDI is an institute of national importance under the FDDI Act 2017. Furthermore, FDDI stands for Footwear Design and Development. The institute is a leading academic and training center, established in 1986. Also, the institute works under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Additionally, the major objectives of the institute are:

  • Keeping in view the rapid growth of footwear and allied industry, the institute aims at developing human resources within the country, Furthermore, it strives to develop knowledge and skill.
  • It also aims to provide and develop a good infrastructure for the Indian footwear industry. This would further help to gain international standards of production.
  • Lastly, it even aspires specifically to promote the growth of export production of footwear and related products from the country.

FDDI is striving hard to impart good education and to facilitate the Indian Industry in the areas of Footwear, Leather accessory, and Lifestyle products. It has been its continuous efforts towards nation-building. The institute has a pan-India presence, as it has 12 art campuses spread all over the country.

FDDI offers undergraduate as well as a post-graduate degree in the field of footwear design and production, fashion merchandise, production and management, leather foods, and accessories design. It gives admissions to these courses through its nationwide entrance test.

The entrance test organized by FDDI is known as AIST (All India Selection Test). It is a paper-based test (PBT). The admissions are offered in masters, bachelor, and integrated programs to FDDI are based on the merit scored by the candidate.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria to apply for FDDI AIST varies from course to course. So, the eligibility can be viewed as the following:

BDes (Bachelor of Design)

Candidates who have passed 10+2 that is high-school in any stream from a recognized board of education such as CBSE, ICSE, etc, can apply for UG programs at FDDI. Though, the candidates appearing for the final examination of high school are also eligible for AIST.

The Candidates applying for the UG program should be no more than 25 years of age.

MDes (Master of Design)

  • MDes (Footwear Design and Production)

The student should be an undergraduate in Footwear/Leather Goods Design, Fashion, Fine Arts, Architecture, Engineering, Production, Technology.

  • MDes (CAD)

The Candidate must be an undergraduate in Footwear/Leather Goods Design, Fashion, Fine Arts, Architecture, Engineering, Production, Technology.

NOTE: There isn’t any age restriction for the candidates applying for a PG course at FDDI.

MBA Retail and Fashion Merchandise

Graduation in any discipline is mandatory for pursuing MBA in Retail and fashion merchandise. The candidates, who are appearing for their final examination of graduation can also apply for an MBA course.

Also, the peers with a good MAT Score are even eligible for admission in FDDI for MBA courses.

NOTE: There isn’t any age restriction for the candidates applying for a PG course at FDDI.

AIFD WAT

AIFD stands for Army Institute of Fashion Design. The institute came into existence in 2004. It is situated in Bangalore and is seen under the patronage of the Army Welfare Education Society. AIFD WAT is a written aptitude test, which the institute conducts to take admissions to B.Sc FAD Course.

AIFD WAT is the qualifying examination for the candidates to get admission in AIFD. The course which AIFD offers is Bachelor of Science in Fashion and Apparel Design (B.Sc FAD).

Exam Pattern

AIFD WAT is a three-hour examination. It consists of 73 questions, out of which 70 are objective-type questions. Rather, the rest of the 3 questions are based on designing and drawing and are subjective. The mode of examination is online, which is computer-based.

Eligibility

The eligibility criteria, Army Institute of Fashion Design mentions is on a stricter note. These criteria are:

  • The candidate must have passed class 11th and 12th as a regular student with the same stream with a minimum of 35% marks. Also, he/she needs to have completed their high school from a recognized board.
  • The physical and mental fitness test is a must for the candidates getting admission in AIFD. A form attested by a designated government officer or medical practitioner needs to be submitted. This form declares the candidate is physically and mentally healthy.
  • AIFD even offers a specific reservation for the candidates belonging to the category of:

– serving army personnel (minimum 10 years of service),

– wards of ex-army personnel,

– Children of war widows/ widows of army personnel.

UCEED

UCEED stands for Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design. It is a design entrance test conducted by IIT Bombay, to select candidates for admission in the B.Des course. The campuses participating to take admissions are IITDM Jabalpur, IIT Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, and Hyderabad. However, the entrance exam is held at the national level in 24 cities. Lately, the authorities have removed the international exam center in Dubai.

Exam Pattern

The duration of UCEED is a three-hours and the medium of the paper is English. There are two sections to the question paper, namely Part A and Part B. Both the sections are mandatory to attempt. The total marks, both the sections contain are 300. Though, Part A is individual of 240 marks and is computer-based. Part A is to be attempted in 2 hours and 30 minutes. Also, there are 3 sub-sections in this part of the exam.

Part A :

  • NAT (Numerical Answer Type) is covered under Section 1 of Part A. The choices will not be shown for these. The answer needs to be entered through a virtual keyboard using a number.
  • All the Multiple Select Questions are there in Section 2 of Part A. Though, this section does mention four choices for the answer.
  • Whereas, Section 3 of Part A of the exam consists of Multiple Choice Questions with four choices and a correct answer.

Part B:

Part B tests the design and drawing skills of the candidate. Though, This part is to be completed in 30 minutes. The candidates are tested on a question aimed at testing their drawing skills. The total mark, that this section carries is 60. During the exam, the question gets display on the computer screen. The answer to the question needs to be drawn on paper. This paper is then collected for evaluation.

AIEED

ARCH College of Design and Business organizes the All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED). ARCH College conducts this exam to get the candidates admission for Undergraduate and postgraduate design courses.

AIEED exam was launched in 2010. Though the exam mode was made online soon after a year, that is in 2011. This way. it became easily accessible to all the students. The exam tests the candidates’ design skills, creativity, drawing skills, and personality as well.

The exam aims at examining the following:

  • Attitude over Aptitude
  1. Psychological harmony
  1. Subsidizing designs
  1. Empathy
  1. Creativity
  1. Drawing skills.
  1. Perseverance
  1. Humour appreciation and good sense to it.
  • Communication skills
  1. Visual
  1. Verbal
  1. Conceptual
  1. Interpersonal.
  • Consequential Thinking and Skills to problem-solving

Eligibility Criteria

  • For Undergraduate Courses

The candidates who have passed their 10+2 from a recognized board (ICSE/CBSE/IB/State Boards) are eligible to be a part of this exam. Also, The candidates who are giving their final examination of 10+2 are eligible. However, the students of class 11th too can write AIEED.

  • For postgraduate Courses

The candidates, who have completed or are pursuing their graduation in any discipline from a recognized university, are eligible for the course.

Pearl Academy Entrance Exam

Pearl Academy is one of the top-ranking design institutions all over the country. The institute provides reach to more than 30 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, and development programs. It has its campuses in Delhi, Mumbai, Noida, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Jaipur.

The foundations of Pearl Academy were kept in 1993. The institute offers design, business, and fashion programs to the candidates. Also, it has its own admission procedure, arranged in different cycles. The entrance exam-PAF is mandatorily necessary for candidates, who wish to get admission in any of the courses at Pearl Academy. Theere is a personal interview later after the written test. Moreover, the PAF is a kind of elimination test.

The selection process at the Pearl Academy is a three-stage process. Consequently, the first stage being General Proficiency Test (GPT). The second stage is Design Aptitude Test (DAT)/ Media Aptitude Test (MAT). Lastly, the final stage is the personal interview round. However, the candidates with a NATA Score get a waiver from the entrance exam at Pearl Academy.

The Pearl Academy Entrance exam for Design tests the aptitude, attitude, creativity, and aesthetic sense of the candidate. Also, it examines the career orientation, commitment level, communication skills, potential as a team lead and a member.

Top Fashion Designing courses in India

Fashion designing lately has much scope in India as well as abroad. Though, the candidate applying for any design courses needs to decide which field he/she needs to opt for. Consequently, based on that choice, the candidate chooses the best suitable course.

The top design courses are available at undergraduate, postgraduate, and diploma levels as well. These courses are as follows:

Top Fashion Designing Bachelors courses in India

  • B.Des in Fashion (Bachelor of design in fashion)

The Bachelor of Design course is an undergraduate course for 4 years. Various institutions across the country and abroad offer this course. It is pursued in different specializations such as:

  • Fashion Design
  • Ceramic Design
  • Animation Film Design
  • Furniture and Interior Design
  • Film and Video Communication
  • Exhibition Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Textile Design
  • Product Design
  • Accessory Design
  • Textile Design
  • Game Design
  • VFX Design

Though, traditionally fashion designing was just finite to cloth/garment designing or Accessory designing. However, it has evolved with time. This has also broadened the scope of career prospects for the designers. B.Des course’s curriculum includes CAD, CAM, Product development, understanding market, and fashion trends. However, the students with a graduation design degree can right away start their career as an intern with leading designers. This creates better career opportunities for them.

  • B.A. Fashion Design (Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Designing)

Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design is an Undergraduate level design course. Fashion design, as an academic field, takes its roots in many disciplines including history, business, illustration, and technology. So, creating garments based on customer demands is the job of a fashion designer. An art design course also teaches an elaborate study of market and fashion trends.

The duration of the B.A. fashion design course is 3 years.Also, it has much inclination towards career-orientation. B.A. fashion design is often abbreviated as B.F.D, which is Bachelor of fashion design.

So, The subjects which are there while pursuing B.A. fashion design are as follows:

  1. Computer-aided design
  1. Color mixing
  1. Elements of Textiles
  1. Fashion illustration and design
  1. Fabric dyeing and printing
  1. History of costumes
  1. Fashion studies
  1. Leather designing
  1. Garment and pattern making
  1. Surface development methods
  1. Manufacturing Technology
  1. Textile Science
  • B.Sc Fashion Design and Technology (Bachelor of Science in Fashion Designing and Technology)
  • B.Sc Fashion Design (Bachelor of Science in Fashion Designing)

Bachelor of Science in Fashion designing is a technical undergraduate course. The duration of the course is 3 years, spread over 6 semesters. Particularly, this course aims at teaching the specialized fields of fashion design. However, it also includes the study of creating designs. The core of the design course remains at converting the candidates’ creativity and designing skills to saleable products of design.

The candidates, who have completed their high school from a recognized board are eligible to apply for B.Sc in fashion design. The entrance exam to get admission to best design colleges are as follows:

  • NIFT
  • CEED
  • SEED
  • IIAD DAT/ IDAT
  • NID DAT
  • FDDI AIST
  • AIFD WAT
  • UCEED
  • AIEED
  • Pearl Academy entrance exam.

Top Fashion Designing Masters courses in India

  • M.Des in Fashion (Master of design in fashion)

M.Des or Master of design is a PG-level design course. The duration of the course is 2 years, spread over 4 semesters. Usually, the candidates with a keen interest in design and fashion pursue this course. The candidates having qualifying degrees in design/architecture/interior design/fine arts with a minimum of 50% marks, can apply for the course.

The syllabus of M.Des in Fashion includes the following:

  • Knowledge about industry practices,
  • Sustainable systems,
  • Study of craft,
  • Brand communication

Also, there is a broad range of specializations available under the course like gaming design, graphic design, animation design, interior design, automation design, architectural design, and more. The candidates who have the following interests should pursue a master course in design:

  • Creativity
  • Artistic taste
  • Knowledge about colors, textures, and shapes
  • Technical knowledge about pattern cutting and sewing
  • Analyzing fashion trends
  • Originality
  • Innovativeness
  • Drawing and sketching skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills

 

  • M.A. Fashion Design (Master of Arts in Fashion Designing)
  • MBA Fashion Design Management (Master of  Business administration in Fashion Design Management)
  • MBA Fashion Management (Master of Business administration in Fashion Management)
  • M.Sc Fashion Design (Master of Science in Fashion Designing)
  • M.Sc Fashion Design and Technology (Master of Science in Fashion Designing and Technology)

Top Fashion Designing Diploma courses in India

  • Diploma in the Fashion design course
  • UG Diploma in Fashion and Apparel Design
  • PG Diploma in Fashion Design
  • Certificate Course in Fashion Design
  • Certificate in Fashion styling

Fashion Designing: Job Roles & Levels in India

The average annual salary of a newly established fashion designer was recorded as 48,00,000 INR. However, the mediocre ones earn up to 28,00,000 INR annually. The fashion industry is boosting at its highest peaks in the era. The industry is having ever-increasing demand for new skilled fashion designers.

People aspiring to join the fashion industry need to possess good knowledge of different types of fabrics, weaves, draping qualities, colors, as well as changing trends. However, as soon as this field is growing rapidly, it is even developing the toughest competition and challenges with it. The job opportunities available for the candidates who pursue their career in fashion designing are as follows:

  • Fashion designer,
  • Marketer (fashion),
  • Fashion concept manager,
  • Quality controller (fashion),
  • Fashion coordinator,
  • Personal stylist/ fashion consultant,
  • Technical designer,
  • Fashion show organizer.

The detailed job profile of all the job opportunities can be seen below :

Fashion designer

Under such a job profile, the candidate can either start their label or join a pre-established firm to design clothes. Being a fashion designer, the peer has to work on creating different styles in varied clothing, such as jeans, jackets, women’s wear, men’s wear, and sportswear.

Fashion Marketer

A fashion marketer works for clothing companies, boutiques, or outlet chains. Their work has inclinations towards publicizing and increasing awareness of a specific brand, designer labels, or stores.

Choosing such a professional field expects them to plan, coordinate, or execute marketing policies and programs. These programs include determining the demand for the products and services, identifying the competitors and potential customers.

Fashion Concept Manager

The unique themes based on which designs of clothing or accessory range are designed by designers and brands are to be decided by the ‘fashion concept manager’. These concept managers working in the field, also suggest ways for a new line of clothing advertisement.

Quality Controller

The Fashion quality controllers are expected to set the quality standards for each and everything that is purchased for a new collection. This is said to be the primary task of a quality controller. Also, these managers (quality control) issue guidelines for each department to find out the quality in various processes along with the production of garments. Furthermore, the fashion quality controller is also responsible for examining the quality of the product through the different stages of production.

Fashion Consultant/Personal Stylist

As the name suggests, fashion consultants/personal stylists are the ones who advise on fashion. Under the job profile of fashion consultants or personal stylists, candidates are usually self-employed. However, a person who already has much good reputation in the fashion industry gains success.

The primary base task of a fashion consultant/ personal stylist is to assist in developing a wardrobe. Thus, this promotes their public image. They also advise brands and others on the latest fashion trends, clothing styles, colors to wear/avoid, and how to do their make-up and hair.

Technical Designer

The technical designers are responsible for deciding, how a garment is to be stitched and created. Also, they create a technical package or TP. So, this means that their tasks are crucial. Their work hence starts with the sketching of the garment on paper.

In other words, technical designers put sewing details, points of measurements, and wash descriptions. Also, they take care of the label/hangtag placement and packaging instructions to be present on the garment.

Fashion Coordinator

All the fashion divisions of a department store, design store, design house, or fashion magazine hire the fashion coordinator to create a unified ‘look and feel’. A fashion coordinator is also expected to always monitor different fashion publications.

The fashion coordinator needs to be up to the minute with industry trends. So, this assists them in suggesting the organization regarding which fabric, pattern, and style the firm should produce.

Fashion Show Organisers

A person who is eligible to work as a fashion show organizer needs to organize various fashion events. Certainly one needs to possess good connections to establish success in this profession.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fashion Designing in India

What do fashion designers do?

Fashion designers are responsible for creating garments and allied accessories. Though, before designing any garment, the fashion designer needs to sketch it first. Thereafter, they are to select selects the fabrics required, decide on the pattern, and then finally, work on the end garment design.

How can you become a fashion designer?

For becoming a fashion designer, a candidate needs to pursue a bachelor’s degree in design. Some familiar and famous design courses to pursue fashion designing are B.Des, BFTech, B.Sc in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, etc.

The candidates can even pursue Fashion Design courses at the Postgraduate level. Some of such courses are M.Des, MFTech, etc. Also, the very trait required in a fashion designer is creativity, good technical knowledge about clothes, fabric, design, and allied products.

Where can I study Fashion Design?

The candidates can pursue a fashion design course from any of the following colleges:

  • NIFT Delhi
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology Hyderabad
  • IISc Bangalore
  • SPA Delhi
  • IIT Delhi
  • IITDM Jabalpur
  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT Hyderabad
  • School of design studies – UPES Dehradun
  • IIT Kanpur
  • Shiv Nadar University
  • IIT Guwahati
  • IIT Kanpur
  • Symbiosis School of Planning, Architecture, and Design(SSPAD), Nagpur
  • IIAD

 Is there a demand for fashion designers?

Due to society getting more fashion-conscious, there is a rapid growth in demands for fashion designers. Thus, the fashion designers are getting hired not only by renowned fashion designers but also by retail outlets.

  What kind of education do you need to be a fashion designer?

The bare minimum things required to be hired as a fashion designer are:

  • Firstly, a bachelor’s degree in the field of design is mandatory.
  • Secondly, the candidate needs to have some specific traits like designing skills, knowledge of color and pattern, knowledge of fabrics, sketching and drawing skills, etc.
  • Lastly, One needs to be sharp at identifying and analyzing fashion and market trends.

What is the average salary of a fashion designer?

The average annual salary of a newly established fashion designer was recorded as 48,00,000 INR. However, the mediocre ones earn up to 28,00,000 INR annually. The fashion industry is boosting at its highest peaks in the era. The industry is having ever-increasing demand for new skilled fashion designers. According to payscale.com, the average pay a fashion designer gets is Rs.3,54,296.

What jobs can I get with fashion design?

On the completion of a fashion designing course, the candidate can be a part of the race of any below-mentioned job profiles:

Fashion designer

Under such a job profile, the candidate can either start their label or join a pre-established firm to design clothes. Being a fashion designer, the peer has to work on creating different styles in varied clothing, such as jeans, jackets, women’s wear, men’s wear, and sportswear.

Fashion Marketer

A fashion marketer works for clothing companies, boutiques, or outlet chains. Their work has inclinations towards publicizing and increasing awareness of a specific brand, designer labels, or stores.

Choosing such a professional field expects them to plan, coordinate, or execute marketing policies and programs. These programs include determining the demand for the products and services, identifying the competitors and potential customers.

Fashion Concept Manager

The unique themes based on which designs of clothing or accessory range are designed by designers and brands are to be decided by the ‘fashion concept manager’. These concept managers working in the field, also suggest ways for a new line of clothing advertisement.

Quality Controller

The Fashion quality controllers are expected to set the quality standards for each and everything that is purchased for a new collection. This is said to be the primary task of a quality controller. Also, these managers (quality control) issue guidelines for each department to find out the quality in various processes along with the production of garments. Furthermore, the fashion quality controller is also responsible for examining the quality of the product through the different stages of production.

Fashion Consultant/Personal Stylist

As the name suggests, fashion consultants/personal stylists are the ones who advise on fashion. Under the job profile of fashion consultants or personal stylists, candidates are usually self-employed. However, a person who already has much good reputation in the fashion industry gains success.

The primary base task of a fashion consultant/ personal stylist is to assist in developing a wardrobe. Thus, this promotes their public image. They also advise brands and others on the latest fashion trends, clothing styles, colors to wear/avoid, and how to do their make-up and hair.

Technical Designer

The technical designers are responsible for deciding, how a garment is to be stitched and created. Also, they create a technical package or TP. So, this means that their tasks are crucial. Their work hence starts with the sketching of the garment on paper.

In other words, technical designers put sewing details, points of measurements, and wash descriptions. Also, they take care of the label/hangtag placement and packaging instructions to be present on the garment.

Fashion Coordinator

All the fashion divisions of a department store, design store, design house, or fashion magazine hire the fashion coordinator to create a unified ‘look and feel’. A fashion coordinator is also expected to always monitor different fashion publications.

The fashion coordinator needs to be up to the minute with industry trends. So, this assists them in suggesting the organization regarding which fabric, pattern, and style the firm should produce.

Fashion Show Organisers

A person who is eligible to work as a fashion show organizer needs to organize various fashion events. Certainly one needs to possess good connections to establish success in this profession.

Is Fashion Designing a good career?

Fashion designing is an amazing career choice for candidates who possess designing skills and are artistic. There are plenty of career opportunities on the platter for candidates pursuing fashion designing. To become a fashion designer one needs to have these traits:

  • Creative
  • Artistic taste
  • Knowledge about colors, textures, and shapes
  • Technical knowledge about pattern cutting and sewing
  • Analyzing fashion trends
  • Originality
  • Innovativeness
  • Drawing and sketching skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills

How long does it take to become a fashion designer?

The candidates who pursue graduation in design courses can expect their career to start full-fledged by 3-4 years. Though, they might even start their internship with some established fashion designer. Consequently, the candidates have to be patient enough for them to become recognized fashion designers.

Q. What skills does a fashion designer need?

For becoming a fashion designer, a person needs to possess some or all of the traits mentioned below:

  • Creative
  • Artistic taste
  • Knowledge about colors, textures, and shapes
  • Technical knowledge about pattern cutting and sewing
  • Analyzing fashion trends
  • Originality
  • Innovativeness
  • Drawing and sketching skills

How do fashion designers work?

The fashion designers collect all the market trends as well as fashion trends as their raw material. Thereafter, they use these to sketch designs for their garment or accessory line.

The manufacturers come into the scene. After this, the designers select the fabric or other accessories, which they might require to move ahead. Though, they attend trade shows sometimes as well. Lastly, they conduct the fittings and then finally market their end designs at their showrooms.

Q. Where can fashion designers work?

Fashion designers after completing their degree can start their design label. Otherwise, they do have options on working with some established fashion designer or some corporate and retail outlets.

What is the difference between CEED and SEED?

CEED and SEED, both design entrance examinations conducted by different authorities. The details for each one of them are:

CEED stands for Common Entrance Examination for Design. In addition, it is a joint entrance examination for postgraduates to study technological design. Also, these technological designs are held annually at IITs and IISc(Indian Institute of Science).

CEED is thus a national-level examination organized by the Industrial Design Centre, IIT (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay). This authority organizes the exam on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

Also, it is a descriptive test that tests the logical, creative, observation, and drawing skills of the candidate. This test leads to admission to different design courses, which has scope in :

  • product design,
  • industrial design,
  • visual communication,
  • animation graphics,
  • vehicle design,
  • mobility.

Whereas, SEED stands for Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design, conducted for admissions in Symbiosis Institute of Design(SID). The SID is an institute that offers a BDes program to candidates under Symbiosis International University. However, it is noticeable that from 2019, Symbiosis School of Planning, Architecture, and Design(SSPAD), Nagpur offers the BDes course.

SEED was earlier known as SET for Design. Though, it was prior also conducted by Symbiosis International University (SIU). The exam thus examines students on the grounds for color, geometry, visual observations, general design, creative thinking abilities, and awareness of Indian culture, craft, traditions. It comprises objective-type questions with multiple choices.

The admission to Bachelor of Design (BDes) is, thus merit-based in Symbiosis Institute of Design. Moreover, BDes course is offered in different disciplines like Graphic Design (GD), Video Film Design (VFD), Animation Film Design (AFD), User Experience Design (UED), Product Design (PD), Interior Space Design (ISD), Fashion Design (FD), and Fashion Communication (FC).

What are the different Design Entrance exams?

The process for getting admission in popular fashion designing institutes includes passing through the various stages. Various educational fashion institutes shortlist candidates on the basis of a design aptitude test. Further, this test is followed by reviewing the candidate’s portfolio. Finally, in the end, the institute organizes an interview for the final admission of the candidate. Thus, such popular fashion designing entrance exams conducted are:

  • NIFT
  • CEED
  • SEED
  • IIAD DAT/ IDAT
  • NID DAT
  • FDDI AIST
  • AIFD WAT
  • UCEED
  • AIEED
  • Pearl Academy entrance exam.
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