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  1. What are the various fields of design?

Design today is everywhere. It's driving businesses, cultures, media and technology and making sure environments (virtual or real) are easier to navigate. We could categorize the following as broad fields of design which imbibe various specializations within themselves.

  • Communication design (Animation, Web Design, Graphics, Printing, Film and Video)
  • Space design (Architecture and Interior Design, Exhibition,
  • Merchandizing, Set Design, Sigange Design)
  • Industrial Design (Transportation, Furniture, Ceramics, Products and Packaging)
  • Fashion Design (Textiles, Fashion, Accessories, Jewellery)
  • Craft Design (Material Based, Technology based)
  • Interaction design (User experience design, User Interface design, New Media Design, Game Design)
  • Service Design
  • Design management (Design Policy, Design Strategy, Design Planning, Transformation Design)
  1. What do you need to get through a design school?

There are various schools, which we call D-schools (Design schools, that is!!) which provide education in the above mentioned fields of design. And answering the next question popping in your heads!!...i would say that to get through one of these D-schools, fundamentally, one needs common sense and a mind to think things differently. Say for instance if you know a certain problem can be solved in a particular way which is most common, a solution that would occur to many, one should try n exert one’s mind to think of a different innovative solution to the same problem. Apparently, it’s the key to getting through any competitive design exam. Also, one needs basic sketching skills as it helps to put one’s mind on paper… “Whats in your head needs to be seen, right?” the ability to reason with logic, the ability to think futuristic and the ability to visualize random thoughts through a logical process. Apart from these a general awareness about emergent technologies, systems and a keen observation of the world around you, would make you a befitting choice as a design student.

  1. How to prepare for a design school admission test?

In order to prepare for a D-School admission test, well, land at the examination centre with your common sense and lateral thinking caps bang on! But jokes apart, besides that, one should consciously try and develop keen observation and with practice try to retain more and more information in memory from what you see around you and read everyday. Usually most D-schools would have their specific admission tests which would aim at testing what they term as ‘your aptitude” for design. This usually would mean how you approach a particular problem given, what is your process of thinking and what off course is your solution. They'll usually ask you to visually represent your concepts and ideas (so you'll need to practice your sketching and drawing skills). They might also throw at you some really out of the world questions like randomly, “why did the cat eat the dog?” One can be a little imaginative and respond to such questions, there are no hard and fast rules; you make your rules as long as you can justify them.

The aptitude test most often is followed by a selection round and thereafter an interview, where one gets an opportunity to present one’s interest in the field and carrying some examples of your work: sketches, scribbles, some personal explorations in your area of interest are advisable. If you have the right attitude and the communication skills (drawing and speaking) and be creative with your ideas, you can do well.

Information on admission tests to D-schools and architecture colleges can be found on their respective websites as well as here at “www.designinindia.net”

  1. How does dESIGNtUTOR help me prepare for design , fashion and architecture entrance examinations?

The modules at dESIGNtUTOR have been designed to

  • Improve your observation skills
  • Develop your creativity
  • Encourage you to think "Out Of The Box"
  • Improve your sensory perceptions
  • Improve your general awareness , english vocabulary , mathematical ability and logical reasoning

All these skillsets help students in their preparation of the design aptitude test and general ability test of the entrance examinations of design ,fashion and architecture institutes.

Institution's Entrance  Application Application Examination Interview
Admission Page:  Procedure:  Issue Date:  Receipt Date:  Date: Date:
           
NID, Ahmedabad All India Examination + Studio Test & Interview Last week of September Last week of October for Entrance Exam application form First week of January Last week of April - Mid May
(UG programs and (Studio Test + Interview)
PG programs)  
IDC, IIT Bombay  All India Common Examination for Design (Ceed) + Second week of September Second week of October First week of November held in the months of March
IDDC, IIT Delhi  Apply again separately to each institution + (refer to institute websites)
Design, IIT Kanpur * Test & Interview (Studio Test + Interview)
CPDM, IISc, Bangalore *  (* - GATE scores are also valid)  
DOD, IIT Guwahati    Blog for CEED
(Master of Design - PG programs)      -    Ceed india
     
Department of Design, IIT Guwahati  IIT's JEE (all India) + Third week of November Last week of December First week of April Last week of May - Mid June
(UG programs)  Design Test (Design Aptitude Test)
     
     
NIFT All India Examination + First week of November First week of January Third week of February Mid May - June
(UG programs and Portfolio Review + Interview (Portfolio + Interview)
PG programs)    
     
Sristi, Bangalore  Entrance Exam + Application + January Beginning  Mid March for application form First week of April May - June
(2 year professional diploma and advanced diploma)  Portfolio Review + Interview (Portfolio + Interview)
     
Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune All India Examination + After August  Second week of April First week of May First week of June
(UG programs)  Test + Interview (application is available on institute website) (Test + Interview)
       
       
MIT Institute of Design, Pune All India Examination + After August - detailed announcement in November Last week of March Third week of April First week of June
(UG programs and Studio Test & Interview (application is available on institute website)  (Studio Test + Interview)
PG programs)      
       
Design Institute of India,Indore Online Examination Third week of March Second week of May Last week of May Third week week of June- (Studio Test + Interview
(UG programs and + Studio Test & Interview
PG programs)   
   
DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore Entrance Exam + Application + Beginning January  Mid May End May First week of May
(UG programs and Workshop & Interview (Workshop + Interview)
PG programs)  (Also NID Entrance Exam and CEED considered)  

FAQ About NID

  1. What are the programs offered at NID?

NID offers professional education programmes at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level with five faculty streams and 17 diverse design domains

  1. What are the UG programs offered at NID

Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) is offered in the Main Campus at Ahmedabad

This 4-year intensive professional UG programme is offered in the following areas of specialisation from the Main Campus, Ahmedabad

FACULTY OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Product Design, Furniture & Interior Design, Ceramic & Glass Design

FACULTY OF COMMUNICATION DESIGN

Graphic Design, Animation Film Design, Film & Video Communication, Exhibition (Spatial) Design

FACULTY OF TEXTILE, APPAREL AND LIFESTYLE ACCESSORY DESIGN

Textile Design

  1. What are the no of seats at NID at the UG Level?

Projected Number of seats in GDPD: 100 (Includes reserved categories)

  1. What is the eligibility criteria for NID UG Programs?

Admission is open to students who have passed or who will appear for qualifying examinations under the Higher Secondary (10+2) or equivalents like AISSCE/ IB/ ISC. Successful candidates shall be given admission to the academic programme, by the institute, subject to their passing the qualifying examinations. The medium of instruction at NID is English.

Upper age limit for candidates is 20 years (relaxable by 3 years for reserved categories) as on June 1, 2013.

Allotment of the discipline of choice at the end of Foundation year is NOT guaranteed. Discipline allotment takes place only at the end of the first year (Foundation Programme), based purely on student's performance in the Foundation Programme and the number of seats available in desired discipline

  1. What are the PG programs offered at NID

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PROGRAMMES OFFERED AT MAIN CAMPUS, AHMEDABAD

Product Design (2½ years)

Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology or Architecture, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Furniture & Interior Design (2½ years)

Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology or Architecture, OR Diploma in Interior Design or Craft Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Ceramic & Glass Design (2½ years)

Degree in Design, Fine Arts, Engineering, Technology, Architecture or Interior Design, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Graphic Design (2½ years)

Degree in any discipline, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Animation Film Design (2½ years)

Degree in any discipline, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Film & Video Communication (2½ years) )

Degree in any discipline, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Textile Design (2½ years)

Degree in Design (Textiles/Fashion/Accessory/Knitwear/Interior), Fine Arts or Architecture, OR Diploma in Handloom Technology/Textile Technology (under 10+2+3yr/4yr)

PROGRAMMES OFFERED AT PG CAMPUS, GANDHINAGAR

Transportation & Automobile Design (2½ years)

Degree in Industrial Design, Engineering, Technology, Architecture or Interior Design, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Toy & Game Design (2½ years)

Degree in any discipline, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Photography Design (2½ years)

Degree in any discipline, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Apparel Design (2½ years)

Degree in Design (Textiles/Fashion/Accessory/Knitwear/Interior), Engineering, Technology, Fine Arts or Architecture, OR Diploma in Handloom Technology/Textile Technology (under 10+2+3yr/4yr)

Lifestyle Accessory Design (2½ years)

Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology, Architecture or Fine Arts, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

New Media Design (2½ years)

Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Fine Arts, Music, Computer Science and Applications, Electronics or Visual Communications, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Strategic Design Management (2½ years)

Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology, Fine Arts, Architecture, Interior Design or Planning, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

PROGRAMMES OFFERED AT R&D CAMPUS, BENGALURU

Information & Interface Design (2½ years)

Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Fine Arts, Music, Computer Science, Electronics or Visual Communications, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Design for Digital Experience (2½ years)

Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology, Architecture or Fine Arts, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

Design for Retail Experience (2½ years)

Degree in any discipline, OR Diploma in Design (under 10+2+4yr)

  1. what are the projected no of seats in pgdpd?

PROJECTED NUMBER OF SEATS IN PGDPD: 245

(Includes reserved categories)

  1. What is the eligibility criteria for PGDPD programs at NID?

Candidates having a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent including those who will be appearing for the qualifying examinations during the academic year (2010-11) in the areas mentioned against each discipline are eligible to apply. Those applying for two programmes should send separate application form for each programme. One cannot apply for more than two PG Programmes. The medium of instruction for PG Programme at NID is English. Upper age limit for candidates is 30 years (relaxable by 3 years for reserved categories) as on June 1, 2011.

  1. When are the NID application forms available?

Admission forms of NID are usually  available in the month of  October . These forms need to be submitted to NID by November

Call letters for entrance examination are sent by December. Call letters for second level studio test are sent by March

  1. When is the NID entrance examination held?

NID entrance examination is usually held on the first Sunday of January

The entrance examination is conducted at 11 centres Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Nagpur.

  1. What is the NID entrance examination pattern?

Admission is on the basis of NID’s method of selection, which extends beyond the students previous academic qualifications. The NID Admission Committee systematically seeks evidence of the perception, attitude, aptitude, achievement and motivation essential for a challenging and satisfying design career. The objective of the tests and the interviews is to ascertain the above qualities. Design Aptitude Test (DAT) shall be conducted at various centres. Based on the scores obtained in these tests, candidates will be shortlisted and called for the second phase.

The second phase of the admission procedure will consist of studio tests followed by personal interviews at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar.

The Admission Committee decides the procedures, grades and weight-age every year.

Frequently Asked Questions on NIFT

1      Is the NIFT degree recognized worldwide?

Yes. NIFT has been granted statutory status under the act of Parliament of India in 2006, empowering the Institute to award degrees and other academic distinctions

2     How many times can I take the NIFT entrance examination?

You can take the entrance examination for any number of times but in case of design you can take till you attain the upper age limit.

3     What is the upper age limit for applying?

The upper age limit for applying in bachelor programmes is restricted to 23 years however for Post graduate programmes there is no age limit.

4     What is the financial assistance available for study at NIFT?

NIFT gives financial assistance to students through its subsidy program. The subsidy details are as under

S.No.

Parental Income (Annual)

Subsidy

Amount of tuition fee to be paid per semester

1

Upto 1 lakh

75%

Rs. 10,000

2

Between 1 lakh to 2 lakh

50%

Rs. 20,000

3

Upto 3 lakh

25%

Rs. 30,000

The subsidy is given to eligible students based on the policies laid down for grant of subsidy.  Subsidy forms can be downloaded from the NIFT website

Check out http://www.nift.ac.in/scholarship.html for details

5      How can we come to know about merit list?

The merit list is displayed on the NIFT website once the results of selected candidates are declared.

6      What is the procedure for counseling?

After the selection, the students are called as per the merit list for counseling. During the counseling the selected students get a chance to select the course and the center of study.

7      Can we submit the application form without submitting the +2 exam mark sheet?

The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility criteria for admission to the examination. Their admission at all the stages of the examination for which they are admitted by NIFT viz. Written Test, Situation Test, Group Discussion and Interview (as the case may be) will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the Written Test, Situation Test, Group Discussion and Interview (as the case may be), It is fond that candidate does not fulfill any eligibility criteria, his / her candidature for the examination shall stand cancelled without any notice or further reference.

8     What is the admission test pattern?

BACHELOR PROGRAMMES

TEST

WEIGHTAGE

Design

GAT (General Ability Test)

40%

 

CAT (Creative Ability Test)

40%

 

Situation Test 

20%

 

 

 

Apparel Production

GAT (General Ability Test)

60%

 

(MAT) Managerial Ability Test

40%

 

 

 

MASTER PROGRAMMES

TEST

WEIGHTAGE

 

 

 

Design

GAT (General Ability Test)

40%

 

CAT (Creative Ability Test)

40%

 

GD (Group Discussion)

10%

 

Interview

10%

 

 

 

Management

GAT (General Ability Test)

40%

 

MAT (Managerial Ability Test)

40%

 

GD (Group Discussion)

10%

 

Interview

10%

 

 

 

Technology

GAT (General Ability Test)

40%

 

MAT (Managerial Ability Test)

40%

 

GD (Group Discussion)

10%

 

Interview

10%

9     Can I apply for more than one course at a time?

No

10     How many centers NIFT have?

NIFT has 13 centers at present in India and one international center. They are located in Bengaluru, Kolkata, Bhopal, Mumbai , Chennai,  New Delhi, Gandhinagar, Patna, Hyderabad, RaeBareli, Kangra, Shillong, Kannur

For details visit http://www.nift.ac.in/centers.html

11     What all different types of programs NIFT offer?

NIFT offers B.Des. (Fashion Design), B.Des. (Leather Design) B.Des. (Accessory Design), B.Des. (Textile Design), B.Des. (Knitwear Design), B.Des. (Fashion Communication) in the design discipline at undergraduate level and  M.Des. (Master of Design) at master level.

NIFT offers B.F.Tech. (Apparel Production) in the technology discipline at undergraduate level and M.F.Tech. (Master of Fashion Technology) at master level.

NIFT offers M.F.M. (Master of Fashion Management) in the management discipline at master level.

For further details visit http://www.nift.ac.in/regularbachelor.html

12     What is the general calendar of admission process?

The general admission calendar is

Announcement of Admission

November

Application Form Available 

November to December

Written Entrance Examination

First week of February

Declaration of Written Examination Result

Mid March

Situation Test / GD / Interviews

April - May

Declaration of Final Results

End of May

For further details check out http://www.nift.ac.in/admissions.html

FAQ About NATA

  1. What is NATA?

NATA is National Aptitude Test For Architecture. NATA scores along with Class X11 board marks are used by colleges across India to admit students to architecture colleges

  1. What is the eligibility criteria for NATA?

Students who have passed with 50% aggregate or who will appear for qualifying examinations under the Higher Secondary (10+2) or equivalents like AISSCE/ IB/ ISC can appear for NATA

  1. Is it necessary have science and maths as a subject at 10+2 level to appear for NATA?

Students across science ,commerce and humanities stream can appear for NATA.It is ,however mandatory to have Mathematics at 10+2 level.

  1. Which are the colleges which accept NATA scores for admissions?

CEPT ,Ahemdabad , Sushant School Of Art & Architecture , Vastukala Academy and many more.Please refer to the NATA website for the complete list

  1. When is the NATA entrance held

NATA entrance can be taken anytime between March - September depending on student's choice of centre

  1. Can I appear for NATA more than once ?

Yes , you can take NATA entrance more than once. NATA averages scores of all previous attempts and NATA scores are valid upto a period of two years.

  1. What is the NATA entrance examination pattern?

NATA entrance test has two components:

  • Aesthetic Sensitivity Test (online) which includes questions on analytical reasoning , architecture awareness , english vocabulary and mental ability
  • Drawing test (offline) which includes questions on proportionate sketching ,perspective drawing & light & shadow.
  1. When do I get my NATA scores?

NATA scores are typically available within 4-7 days of you taking the examination. Students can approach colleges with the NATA scores and class X11 boards marksheet for admissions

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