When you think of design and fashion, the top names that flash in your head are National Institute of Design (NID) and National Institute of Fashion technology (NIFT). And when you think of cracking the entrance examinations of these premier, world-class institutes, OPUS stands head above shoulders!
Although both NID and NIFT are famous institutions and have consistently churned out the best minds in fashion and design, let us see consider the various aspects of these institutes.
NID is, by far, the best Indian institute for product designing, product concept development and design innovation, acclaimed globally for design excellence.NID teaches students about design and art, aesthetic sense and extracts of design engineering. It is focussed on art, aesthetics and product development.
NIFT is India’s leading institute for fashion design and year-on-year the best stylists and fashion designers have emerged from here. NIFT is focussed on fabrics, illustration, aesthetic sense, garment construction, styling and the entire technology developing around it. In a sense, the focus is more on apparel and clothing.
Established in 1961, NID is also known as the most difficult design school in India to get into. It has only about 100 seats in its B.Des programmes and a mere 275 seats in its M.Des programmes across its three campuses. The main campus is in Ahmedabad. Later on, the PG campus came up in Gandhinagar and the R&D campus in Bangalore.
In the Ahmedabad campus, the four-year B.Des is offered in 8 design disciplines. These are:
- Animation film design
- Ceramic and glass design
- Exhibition design
- Film and video communication
- Furniture design
- Graphic design
- Product design and
- Textile design
M.Des is offered in all the above (except exhibition design) as well as the following:
- Apparel design
- Design for retail experience
- Digital game design
- Information design
- Interaction design
- Lifestyle accessory design
- New media design
- Strategic design management
- Toy and game design
- Transportation and automobile design, and
- Universal design
B.Des courses in Ahmedabad campus cost on an average INR 1,55,000 per semester; M.Des in Ahmedabad per semester is ~INR 1,45,000, at Gandhinagar ~INR 1,85,000 per semester and ~INR 1,65,000 per semester in the Bangalore campus. These costs exclude additional charges and expenses.
NIFT is mostly dedicated to fashion world like Leather, Textiles, Lifestyle, Knitwear, Fashion communication etc.The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) was set up in 1986 in collaboration with the Fashion Institute, New York, with the objective to deliver high quality training to aspirants in the aesthetics and technology of fashion and textile. Starting from a small set-up in New Delhi, NIFT has now expanded to 16 centres across India, with the latest one being opened in Srinagar. Every year, NIFT takes in more than 2,700 students, both national and international. The campuses at Chennai, Gandhinagar, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai were set up in 1995 and that of Bengaluru in 1997. The new millennium witnessed emergence of new campuses in Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Patna, Rae Bareli and Shillong. The campus at Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir is the latest to NIFT‘s network.
NIFT currently provides a four-year Bachelors’ programme, a two-year Masters course and PH.D programmes. Admissions to the graduate and post-graduate programmes are through All-India entrance examinations. With OPUS’ training, you will be prepared to crack the entrance exams to these institutes. While OPUS mainly prepares for NIFT, the training will help you get into other fashion and design institutes as well.
NIFT currently offers four-year B.Des programmes in
- Fashion Design – 450 seats across all campuses
- Leather Design – 120 seats across all campuses
- Accessory Design – 420 seats across all campuses
- Textile Design – 390 seats across all campuses
- Knitwear Design – 210 seats across all campuses
- Fashion Communication – 420 seats across all campuses
You can also take B.FTech in Apparel Production (360 seats across all campuses) as well as take courses at the post-graduate level with Masters programmes in design, fashion management and fashion technology. There are 610 seats available at the Masters programme.
On an average, a B.Des programme costs ~INR 1 lakh per annum.
For NIFT, there’s no need of preparing a portfolio, whereas for NID, you do need to prepare one.Your portfolio should define you.You can include your previous artwork even those you’ve been doing as a kid. You may include anything that you have learnt, for e.g., quilling, crochet, Photoshop etc.that display your passion and dedication towards design.
As you go along, trust OPUS to help you crack the entrance exams of these premier institutes.