Fashion Designing is considered as one of the most exciting and demanded career options in India. A thorough career in Fashion Designing cannot be achieved only with academics. It requires a deep passion for fabric, inner talents, styling and designing, and industrial exposure, etc. Fashion Design colleges in India render the dual advantage of rich industrial exposure-cum-creative designing lessons which are of world-class standards.

Aspirants can pursue Fashion Design as a course at the undergraduate or even at the postgraduate level. Apart from this, aspirants can even pursue short-term Diploma or Certificate programmes in the field of Fashion Design. In order to become a Fashion Designer one should consider pursuing a bachelor’s degree in design. Some popular courses that candidates can pursue in design to become a Fashion Designer include BDes in Fashion Design, Bachelor of Fashion Technology (BFTech), BSc in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, etc. Apart from these courses candidates can also pursue Fashion Design courses at the PG level like Master of Design (MDes), Masters of Fashion Technology (MFTech), etc.

India is home to some of the top-rated Fashion Design institutes such as National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi; National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Bangalore; National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Chennai; National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Patna; National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Gandhinagar; National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Hyderabad; Pearl Academy, Delhi; National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Kolkata; Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune; Pearl Academy, Jaipur, etc. Some of the popular specialisations offered by Fashion Design colleges in India are:

  • Fashion Design
  • Jewellery Design
  • Lifestyle Accessory Design
  • Apparel Design
  • Textile Design
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Knitwear Design

There are a total of over 1,100 Fashion Design colleges in India that provide a full-time, part-time, distance-learning and online mode of study. These colleges provide degree courses. Out of these, the top 20 Fashion Design colleges in India ranked by India Today offer degree courses in a full-time mode of study. Some of the colleges offer integrated programmes. IMS Design and Innovation Academy, Noida offers an integrated programme titled Bachelor in Fashion and Textile Design + Diploma in Fashion and Textile Design.

Skills for Fashion Design Course

Candidates opting to take a course in Fashion Design from a college in India should have the below mentioned skills:

  • Creativity
  • Good observation
  • Good communication skills
  • Innovativeness
  • Goal orientation
  • Business acumen
  • Eye for detail
  • Visual imagination
  • Persuasiveness
  • Knowledge of the latest trends

Fashion Design Eligibility Criteria

Fashion Design courses can be pursued at UG and PG levels. The eligibility criteria differs as per the course and branch selected by the candidate. However, given below is a broad eligibility criteria for UG and PG Fashion Design courses for the reference of candidates:

  • UG level: Candidates from any stream (Science/ Commerce/ Humanities) are eligible to pursue a Fashion Design course offered at the UG level, provided they have completed their Class 12 from a recognised institute and board. The courses duration ranges from three to four years depending on the course.
  • PG level: To pursue a Fashion Design course at PG level, aspirants should have completed their graduation with passing marks from a recognised institute in a related field. The courses duration is of two years.

Apart from merit-based admission, many top-ranked Fashion Design colleges in India also accept scores of national- and state-level entrance exams including NIFT Entrance Exam, Pearl Academy Entrance Exam, NID Entrance Exam, ITM-IDM Entrance Exam, SEED, etc.

Although there are plenty of Fashion Design in India there a few top ones that have been listed by India Today.

 Following is a list of top 10 Fashion Design colleges in India ranked by India Today:

Name of the College

India Today'20 Ranking

NIFT, Delhi


NIFT, Bangalore


NIFT, Chennai


NIFT, Patna


NIFT, Gandhinagar


NIFT, Hyderabad


Pearl Academy, Delhi


NIFT, Kolkata


Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune


Pearl Academy, Jaipur




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