National Institute of Design (NID)

National Institute of Design or simply known as NID among students is the leading school of design in India. It is one of the best places in the country to learn about design. Established in the year 1961, NID (National Institute of Design) is an autonomous organization which functions under the  Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Department of Scientific and Industrial Research which comes under the Ministry of Science and Technology has recognized NID as a scientific and Industrial design research organization. Simply put it is one of the very best institutes that teach about design to the aspiring students. If you want to be a well-renowned name in the world of design then this is the place where you should try to be at.

NID is well-known and reputed not only in India but across international borders too. In the year 2010, Business Week included National Institute of Design in the list of top 50 design schools in the world. Its reputation has only grown since then. NID has got excellent faculty and wonderful learning environment. This is the reason it is one of the most popular institutes of design in the country. However, taking admission into this Institute is not an easy thing. Thousands of students apply every year to get into NID but only a few lucky ones are able to make the cut. It offers only 100 seats in its B.Des program and 275 seats in its M.Des program.

Courses

NID offers two different professional education programs at Masters and Bachelors level in 20 diverse design domains and five faculty streams. Few of NID’s field of specialization is Product Design,  Industrial Design, Graphic Design,  Apparel & Lifestyle Design and Transportation & Automobile Design.

NID has established ongoing pedagogic relationships and exchange programs with more than 55 overseas institutions in different countries.

The overall programs offered by NID are a combination of skills, theory, design projects and on-field experiences supported by cutting-edge design studios, skill & innovation labs and the Knowledge Management Centre. They also provide sponsored design projects to the students so that they can get the professional experience.

It also offers a Graduate level Diploma in design.

B. Design Courses:

The four-year-long Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) programme is offered at NID. The first year of this programme is a mandatory foundation course, only after which students can select their specialisation based on their performance and on the number of seats available.Students may apply in any of the following disciplines:

Animation Film Design: The aim of this course is to enable students to find solutions to various problems in different fields of communication design by using animated movies as a creative medium.

Animation and film design course (NID)

Animation and film design course (NID)

Total Seats 15
Duration 4 Years
Highlights 2D, 3D, Clay, Mixed Media, Pixilation, Experimental, Graphic Narrative
Design Faculty Communication Design

 

Ceramic & Glass Design: This course offers many opportunities in the domain of creativity and art and functional possibilities in architectural spaces, hospitality industry, healthcare,  hi tech products, lifestyle product categories. and home décor.

Cremic and glass design course

Cremic and glass design course

Total Seats 10
Duration 4 Years
Highlights exposure to allied materials, such as bamboo, wood, metal & leather
Design Faculty Industrial Design

 

Exhibition Design: The aim of this discipline is to make the students understand about the planning of built and open spaces so that an appropriate environment for communication is achieved.

exhibition design course NID

exhibition design course NID

Total Seats 10
Duration 4 Years
Highlights museums, galleries and trade exhibitions; and cultural and theatrical events.
Design Faculty communication Design

 

Film and Video Communication: The films made by the students of NID have won many awards at national and international stage. After doing this course a student can work in interactive media, television channels,   Film production houses, advertising agencies, etc.

film and video communication course NID

film and video communication course NID

Total Seats 10
Duration 4 Years
Highlights Advertising agencies, Film production houses, television channels, interactive media
Design Faculty Communication Design

 

Furniture and Interior Design: Interior design deals with the creating realistic interiors and in 3d so that they can be built in real world. This discipline enables students to create plans for houses, buildings and even big cities.

interior design course NID

interior design course NID

Total Seats 10
Duration 4 Years
Highlights Furniture and Interior Design discipline
Design Faculty Industrial Design

 

Graphic Design: Today graphics has become one of the most important means of communication.  This discipline enables the students to face all new context challenges and technological upgrades in the field of Visual Communication and Graphic Design domain.

graphic design course NID

graphic design course NID

Total Seats 15
Duration 4 Years
Highlights typography, publication design, image making, illustration, photography, packaging, print design
Design Faculty Communication Design

 

Product Design: Product design mainly deals with the relationship between systems, products and those who use them.

product design course NID

product design course NID

Furniture and Interior Design discipline

Total Seats 15
Duration 4 Years
Highlights Design for industry
Design Faculty Industrial Design

 

Textile Design: Textile design emphasizes on building a variety of skills, along with practical application and theoretical knowledge. It includes  weave structure, dyeing techniques, , textile fibres, basic inputs in garment design, printing methods, surface design and  sewing techniques.

textile design course NID

textile design course NID

Total Seats 15
Duration 4 Years
Highlights Social sciences, fashion, trends, brand identity, technology and computer-aided design
Design Faculty Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle & Accessory Design




 

M. Design Courses:

The two-and-a-half year long Master of Design (M.Des.) programme at NID is offered at its campuses in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar. Students may apply in any of the following disciplines:

Animation Film Design: The aim of this course is to enable students to find solutions to various problems in different fields of communication design by using animated movies as a creative medium.

Animation and film design course (NID)

Animation and film design course (NID)

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights 2D, 3D, Clay, Mixed Media, Pixilation, Experimental, Graphic Narrative
Design Faculty Communication Design

 

Apparel Design: It gives the students the understanding of fashion. It deals with the designing of clothes according to various ocassions. Students of NID are working with many popular fashion houses.

apparel design course NID

apparel design course NID

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights History of Costume and Fashion Design, Science and Liberal Arts, Design Management
Design Faculty Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle & Accessory Design

 

Ceramic & Glass Design: This course offers many opportunities in the domain of creativity and art and functional possibilities in architectural spaces, hospitality industry, healthcare, hi tech products, lifestyle product categories. and home décor.

Cremic and glass design course

Cremic and glass design course

Total Seats 10
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights exposure to allied materials, such as bamboo, wood, metal & leather
Design Faculty Industrial Design

 

Design for Retail Experience: This program views the retail industry in a holistic manner and it is designed for the students who come from various backgrounds. It aims to build design competence and aesthetic sensibility along with the knowledge of managerial skills.

design for retail experience course NID

design for retail experience course NID

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights Retail spatial design, Retail communication & branding, Retail furniture & fixtures, Packaging
Design Faculty Interdisciplinary Design

 

Digital Game Design: It imparts the students with training and creativity along with latest technologies so that they can create amazing gaming experience.Students are also given professional projects so that they can have the experience of working in the professional environment.

Digital Game Design Course NID.

Digital Game Design Course NID.

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights Interactive digital storytelling, Visual effects & motion graphics, 2D/3D character animation
Design Faculty IT Integrated

 

Furniture and Interior Design: Interior design deals with the creating realistic interiors and in 3d so that they can be built in real world. This discipline enables students to create plans for houses, buildings and even big cities.

 

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights Design for industry
Design Faculty Industrial Design

 

Graphic Design: Today graphics has become one of the most important means of communication. This discipline enables the students to face all new context challenges and technological upgrades in the field of Visual Communication and Graphic Design domain.

graphic design course NID

graphic design course NID

Total Seats 15
Duration 4 Years
Highlights typography, publication design, image making, illustration, photography, packaging, print design
Design Faculty Communication Design

 

Information Design:

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights Information Design, User Interface Design and User Experience Design
Design Faculty IT INTEGRATED

 

Interaction Design

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights IT services & products, consumer durables & devices, automotive, healthcare, media etc
Design Faculty IT INTEGRATED

 

Lifestyle Accessory Design: This program teaches and trains the students to create and visualize lifestyle accessories using different processes, materials and technologies. It is related to the way people live their life and the products they use.

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights IT services & products, consumer durables & devices, automotive, healthcare, media etc
Design Faculty IT INTEGRATED

 

New Media Design:

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights To explore or critically examine the relationship between culture and technology.
To gain competency to judge the right use of technology.
To lead insights which may lead to the birth of new technology.
Design Faculty IT INTEGRATED

 

Photography Design: This program of NID is meant to make the students the dynamics of photography at core level. After completing this course students may find jobs in various sectors such as media professionals, critics and writers, photographers, curators and gallery professionals, photo editors and business entrepreneurs.

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights media professionals, photographers, curators and gallery professionals, photo editors and entrepreneurs
Design Faculty COMMUNICATION DESIGN

 

Product Design: Product design mainly deals with the relationship between systems, products and those who use them.

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights Design for industry
Design Faculty Industrial Design

 

Strategic Design Management: The strategic Design Management program also known as SDM redefines and redesigns the management processes through strategic design interventions. It embed, use and  apply the design based creative, systemic, holistic, integrative and human centric skills to management and organizational processes in an innovative way.

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights Design contextually effective strategies, policies, business processes, tools and techniques
Design Faculty INTERDISCIPLINARY DESIGN

 

Textile Design: Textile design emphasizes on building a variety of skills, along with practical application and theoretical knowledge. It includes weave structure, dyeing techniques, , textile fibres, basic inputs in garment design, printing methods, surface design and sewing techniques.

textile design course NID

textile design course NID

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights Social sciences, fashion, trends, brand identity, technology and computer-aided design
Design Faculty Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle & Accessory Design

 

Toy & Game Design: The aim of Toy and Game Design aims to develop a creative and professional approach to meet the ever growing demands in the field of education and entertainment. This course involves material and media studies, basic design fundamentals, user psychology, creative thinking, cultural studies etc.

Total Seats 10
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights play, game theory, character design, user research methods
Design Faculty Industrial Design

 

Transportation & Automobile Design: This program is Process centric in nature and strongly focus on socio-economic and cultural and environmental aspects of transportation. The students also learn to solve various problems in the world of automobile design.

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights automobiles (aesthetics (exterior/interior), human factors/ vehicle packaging, display & controls
Design Faculty Industrial Design

 

Universal Design: This program mainly focus on Universal design thinking & research and strategic approaches towards contextual innovation methods, social & cultural studies, meaningful differentiators and participator design development process.

universal design course NID.

universal design course NID.

Total Seats 15
Duration 2.5 Years
Highlights Form study, Human factors, Semiotics, Materials and Manufacturing technologies will be studio/theory based
Design Faculty Industrial Design

 

About Campus

The main NID campus is located in Ahmedabad, Gujrat. NID has built its Postgraduate campus in Gandhinagar, Gujrat while its R&D Campus is at Bengaluru.

The visitors can visit any of the campuses at any time of the year (except on public holidays). You will have to get a visitor’s pass before entering the campus which is available at the main gate.

How to apply:

In order to apply for admission in NID, the candidate must download the admission form from NID’s website. You must fill the complete form and hand it over personally or post it on any nationalized bank with a demand draft in favor of ‘National Institute of Design’.


Fee: The fee of admission form is Rs 1500 for general category students. For students belonging to reserved categories (OBC, SC/ST etc.) the fee is Rs 750.

The fee is non-refundable even if you are not selected. The selected candidates will get the hall ticket/call letter. Once you receive the hall ticket you must carry it with you along with other important documents such as eligibility certificates, birth certificate at the time of the test.


Eligibility Criteria:

B.Design: The student must not be older than 20 years of age. In case of reserved categories, the relaxation of 3 years is given. The student must have completed their higher secondary education.

M.Design: The student must not be older than 30 years of age. In case of reserved categories, the relaxation of 3 years is given. He/She must have completed Bachelors degree.


Entrance Exam:

NID holds an entrance exam known as Design Aptitude Test (DAT). It is also known as  National Entrance Examination for Design (NEED). It is one of the toughest entrance exams to crack. The test comprises of basic topics such as Composition, Communication Skills, General Mental Ability, Drawing Skills, Sensitivity to Environment and Subjects of Design.

The entrance test consists of two phases. The first phase is a written test while the second phase is a studio test.

B.Des

Phase 1: This 3 (three)-hour test is for 100 marks and the questions are both textual and visual and type. The test is conducted to gauge the candidate’s aptitude for Design Problem Solving, Visual Sense, Observation & Perception, Environmental Awareness, Mental Ability and Communication Skills.

Phase 2: Phase 2 takes place in a Studio which is followed by Portfolio Presentation and Personal Interview. The Studio Test is further divided into 3 parts- 3D Modeling, Doodling and Observation Test.

M.Design

Phase 1: The duration of this phase is 3 hours and it is for 100 marks and consists of two parts, duration of each phase is of one and half hours. Part A is of 40 marks and is a Common Foundation paper while Part B is of 60 marks and is a Specialization Paper. The test is conducted to gauge the candidate’s aptitude for Observation & Perception, Visual Sense, Design Problem Solving, Mental Ability, Environmental Awareness and Communication Skills.
Phase 2: Phase 2 comprises of a Studio Test followed by Personal Interview and Portfolio Presentation. The Studio Test is further divided into 3 parts- Doodling, 3D Modeling and Observation Test.


Exam centres:

Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Nagpur, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Lucknow and Mumbai.


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