design colleges

Top 10 design colleges in india

1. National Institute of Design (NID)

Campuses: Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bangalore
Established in 1961, NID is considered to be the best design school in India. It has been ranked at 16# by Business Week in its list of top design schools in the world. The institute offers both graduate and postgraduate courses:

  • Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD): Four-year programme offered in eight disciples at Ahmedabad campus.
    Disciplines offered: Animation Film Design, Ceramic & Glass Design, Exhibition Design, Film and Video Communication, Furniture and Interior Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, Textile Design
  • Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Design (PGDPD): Two to two-and-half (2.5) year programmes offered in 17 disciplines in all the three campuses.
    Disciplines offered: Animation Film Design, Ceramic & Glass Design, Apparel Design & Merchandising, Design for Digital Experience, Design for Retail Experience, Film and Video Communication, Furniture and Interior Design, Graphic Design, Information & Interface Design, Lifestyle Accessory Design, New Media Design, Photography Design, Product Design, Strategic Design Management, Textile Design, Toy & Game Design, Transportation & Automobile Design

2. Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology

Campus: Bangalore
Founded in 1996, Srishti is considered to be an experimental school with multi-disciplinary approach. The school focuses on ‘self-initiated learning and independent thinking and expands perceptual perspectives’.  Following courses are offered currently:

  • Technical Diploma Program in Graphic Design (A Srishti – i-Nurture Collaboration), Duration: One year
  • Foundation Studies Program in Art & Design, Duration: One year
  • Undergraduate Professional Diploma Program in Art & Design, Duration: Three year
  • Postgraduate Advanced Diploma Program, Duration: One or Two years
  • PhD Program

3. Symbiosis Institute of Design

Campus: Pune
SID is a part of the Symbiosis International University which was established in 1956. The college currently offers undergraduate programmes in the following disciplines:

  • Communication Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Fashion Communication
  • Fashion Design and
  • Textile Design
  • Fashion Communication

The institute has further specialisations in each discipline.

4. MIT Institute of Design (MIT ID)

Campus: Pune
The institute was established by MAEER’s (Maharashtra Academy of Engineering & Education Research) Group in 2006. It focuses on design education with a core concept of progress in historical time and geographical space. It offers Graduate Diploma Programme (GDP), Postgraduate Diploma Programme (PGDP) and Fashion Courses. Some of the design disciplines on offer are:

  • Industrial Design: Product Design, Transportation Design, Interior Space & Equipment Design, Retail & Exhibition Design, User Experience Design (only at PG level)
  • Communication Design: Graphic Design, Animation Film Design, Film & Video Design

The institute also offers collaborative programmes with some international universities such as University of Gloucestershire, Middlesex University, etc.

5. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)

Campuses: New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kangra, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Raebareli, Patna, Shillong, Bhopal, Kannur, Bhubaneswar and Jodhpur

Apart from the traditional fashion courses, NIFT is also famous for courses that teach the essential yet practical concepts of design. Some of the design courses on offer are:

  • Master of Design
  • Bachelor Programme in Design (Fashion Communication)

The Masters programme is of two years duration while the Bachelors programme is for four years.

6. D J Academy of Design (DJAD)

Campus: Coimbatore

DJAD initially started with a joint certification programme with National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. It is also a founding member of the Indian Design Institutes Alliance. Courses offered:

  • Undergraduate programme in Industrial and Communication Design (4 Years)
  • Post Graduate programme in Industrial and Communication Design (2-3 Years)
  • Five-year integrated programme in Design (5 Years)

Disciplines/specialisations offered: product design, furniture & interior design, accessory design, typography & publication design, interaction design, packaging & graphics, universal design, film & video communication design and animation film design.

7. Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati

IIT Guwahati’s Department of Design (DoD) focuses 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 impact of technology on individuals, groups, and organizations,” states the official website.

The department offers:

  • Bachelors of Design
  • Masters of Design
  • PhD in Design

8. Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay

Industrial Design Centre (IDC) at IIT Bombay has academic programs in the areas of Industrial Design, Visual Communication, Interaction Design, Animation and Mobility & Vehicle Design. “The education Programme at IDC is a unique mix of pedagogic experimentation with pragmatic design approach and blends hard-core problem solving with design research,” states the website. The institute offers:

  • Masters of Design
  • PhD in Design

9. School of Planning and Architecture

Campus: Delhi

The institute offers highly specialised design courses at masters level:

  • Master of Urban Design
  • Master of Design(Industrial Design)

10. University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)

The School Of Design Studies (SoDS) focuses on creative design courses that help candidates understand and master the visual design aspects of transportation, industrial and product development. The courses offered are:

  • Bachelor of Design (B.Des.)
  • Masters of Design: Transportation Design, Industrial Design, Product Design, Interior Design transportation design