Design is a popular course choice among students. Experts share that in order to consider make a career in this field, one needs to possess the natural flair to assess fashion trends and have basic knowledge of different material/fabrics, colours, weaves etc.

Aspirants can consider pursuing different course specialisations in design discipline so that they can get professional guidance on how to explore and enhance their natural instincts.

Fashion design as a course is offered at colleges like NIFT, NID, Pearl Academy etc.


MKSSS’ School of Fashion Technology (SOFT) – For Women: Pioneer of fashion education (since 1998) offers Industry Integrated Courses with International Exposure – jointly with accademia costume & moda Rome Italy.
The Indian Institute of Art and Design (IIAD): Ranked amongst Top 10 Interior Design Intitutes in India offers UG Design programs in Fashion, Communication & Interior; Degree awarded by Kingston University, London (Ranked among Top 2 Fashion Schools Globally).

However, in order to secure admission in these colleges, aspirants need to clear an entrance exam. Most of the design entrance tests conducted in India are at the college level and candidates have to clear 2-3 rounds in order to be selected for admissions.

Name of Entrance Exam

Conducting Authority

Colleges Accepting Scores

Programmes Offered

NIFT Entrance Exam National Institute of Fashion Technology 16 NIFT colleges accept NIFT Entrance Exam ranks for admission.
  • Fashion Design
  • Leather Design
  • Accessory Design
  • Textile Design
  • Knitwear Design
  • Fashion Communication
  • BFTech Apparel Production
  • MFTech
Pearl Academy Entrance Exam Pearl Academy 4 Pearl Academy colleges accept the exam scores for admission.
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Styling & Image Design
  • Fashion Media Communication
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion & Lifestyle Business Management
  • Global Luxury Brands Management
  • Fashion & Lifestyle Ecommerce
  • Interior Architecture & Design
  • Product Design
  • Jewellery Design
NID Entrance Exam National Institute of Design 5 colleges accept NID Entrance Exam scores for admission.
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Master of Design
CEED IIT Bombay 8 colleges accept CEED scores for admission.
  • Master of Design
UCEED IIT Bombay 5 colleges accept UCEED scores for admission.
  • Bachelor of Design
AIEED ( All India Entrance Exam for Design) Arch Academy of Design Arch Academy of Design Jaipur
  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design
  • Jewellery Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Craft Product Design
  • Design Management
  • BVA ( Bachelor in Visual Arts)
SOFT Entrance Exam School of Fashion Technology SOFT Pune
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Communication
  • Textile Design
  • Fashion Apparel Design + BSc FD
  • Bachelor in Fashion Design Knowledge Force
AIFD WAT Army Institute of Fashion Design AIFD Bangalore
  • BSc FAD
  • MFAD
  • MFRM
FDDI AIST Footwear Design and Development Institute 8 colleges accept FDDI AIST ranks for admission.
  • Bachelor of Design- Footwear
  • Bachelor of Design- Fashion Leather Accessory Design
  • Bachelor of Design- Fashion Design
  • Bachelor of Design- Retail & Fashion Merchandise
  • Integrated Design Programme
  • MBA –Retail & Fashion Merchandise
  • MBA- Footwear Design & Producation
  • M. Des. Creative Design CAD/CAM
IICD Entrance Exam Indian Institute of Crafts and Design IICD, Jaipur
  • Diploma in Soft Material Application
  • Diploma in Hard Material Application
  • Diploma in Fired Material Application
SET for Design Symbiosis Institute of Design Know the college and seats available for admission basis SET for Design.
  • Communication Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Fashion Communication
  • Fashion Design
SEAT Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology


  • 3 year UG technical programme
  • 4 year UG professional programme
  • 1 year PG diploma programme
  • 2 year PG professional programme
  • 2 year PG arts programme
  • PhD programme
UID Aptitude Test Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID) Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID)
  • Bachelor of design
  • Master of Design