The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), India’s premier institute offering UG and PG degrees in fashion design and technology, has announced the results of its written admission test. It consists of a Creative Ability Test (CAT) and a General Ability Test (GAT).
This national level test is compulsory for admission to NIFT courses. After completing the written entrance examination, candidates who opt for the UG courses must complete another round, the so-called situation test, in which their skills in handling material are assessed. Candidates for PG courses, on the other hand, must qualify for the group discussion / interview round. The final results will be published on the NIFT official website after these rounds. The situation test and group discussion / interview will take place between April and May of this year and the final results are expected towards the end of May or June 2021 from May or June of this year. Each course has its own advisory process.
UG DESIGN COURSES
Each NIFT UG Design (B.Des.) Program extends over 4 years and is divided into 8 semesters. In addition to the core and main subjects, students are offered specializations, interdisciplinary minor subjects (IDM) and general electives in each course. The UG programs also include an industrial internship (2-8 weeks) and a 16-week graduation project. Here is an overview of all of the B.Des courses that NIFT offers along with the specializations.
B.Des. (Fashion design)
The core of this course covers topics such as fashion design and illustration, pattern making, drapery, clothing construction, fabric basics, sustainable craft and fashion, history of Indian textiles, history of clothing, value-added exports, retail and couture.
Specializations: NIFT’s UG Fashion Design course also specializes in Luxury & Couture and Image Creation & Styling. This specialization in Luxury & Couture offers students the aesthetic and commercial know-how of luxury fashion products and helps them understand construction processes. It also helps them develop skills such as sewing, trimming, embellishing, machine embroidery, etc. Image Creation & Styling, on the other hand, offers a deep insight into the business of image creation and styling with a focus on fashion society and culture, celebrity styling, costumes for the performing arts & celebrity couture. It enables students to work in practical, real-world situations and helps them understand business needs.
B.Des. (Leather design)
Core topics of this course include Materials Studies (Leather & Non-Leather), Design & Fashion Studies, Apparel Production & Ergonomics, Luxury, Product Design & Marketing, Apparel Design Studio, Drawing & Digital Design, and Craft Cluster Initiatives.
Specializations: The specializations offered are Product Design Studio and Footwear Design Studio. In the Product Design Studio, students learn to design, understand and interpret a wide range of products, including flat and artificial goods, small leather goods, bags and solid leather goods. It also equips them with the knowledge of patterns through geometry and spatial understanding of manufacturing techniques and processes. The Footwear Design Studio specialization helps students understand the anatomy of the foot, different categories of shoes, and the anthropometrics involved in shoe design and construction so that they can understand designs and translate them into patterns.
B.Des. (Accessory design)
This program provides knowledge of jewelry, crafts, personal accessories, soft goods, and work clothes.
Specializations: The specializations are offered in jewelry design, fashion products & workwear and decor & design. While Jewelery Design provides students with traditional knowledge and technical know-how of jewelry production, Fashion Products & Work Gear provides a deeper understanding of fashion accessories in terms of form and function. Décor & Design, on the other hand, helps students to understand the dynamics and nuances of living spaces and to create products (bathroom luxury, fine dining accessories and the like) that fit a certain environment.
B.Des. (Textile design)
The core areas of this subject include weaving, print design and surface finishing, emerging textile technologies and innovations in this field. It aims to provide a thorough knowledge of materials and fabric structures while helping students explore digital and nontraditional approaches to design through software learning.
Specializations: This course offers specializations in textiles for clothing & fashion accessories as well as textiles for living and rooms. With a specialization in textiles for apparel and fashion, students will have a thorough understanding of the apparel categories, details and trimmings used in apparel and accessories. Textiles for Home & Spaces, on the other hand, focuses on home textiles for bed, bathroom, kitchen and other living and interior spaces and gives students a deeper understanding of regional color variations in home fashion, motifs, patterns and product sizes.
B.Des. (Knitwear design)
The core subjects of this course include Knitting, Flat Pattern & Construction, Fabric Technology, Illustration and Presentation Techniques. In B.Des. (Knitting design) the students acquire in-depth technical knowledge.
Specializations: Intimate Apparel and Sportswear are the specializations offered along with this course. In the first subject, students learn to design clothing collections taking into account the latest design trends and aesthetics. It equips students with in-depth knowledge of fabric requirements and trimmings for underwear and construction techniques. Specializing in sportswear enables students to develop a deep understanding of the different performance needs of users, as well as the functional and aesthetic aspects of different types of such clothing. In addition, they learn about construction techniques for sportswear and special material handling.
B.Des. (Fashion communication)
This UG program offers extensive knowledge on a wide variety of topics in the fashion and lifestyle industry. The core subjects include graphic design, advertising space design, visual merchandising, fashion creatives, fashion photography, fashion journalism, fashion styling and fashion thinking, interaction design and new media design.
Specializations: The two specializations that B.Des. (Fashion Communication) Offers are visual communication and fashion media. The first helps students master the technique of short film making, while the second allows them to develop trends and communication skills related to the fashion industry.