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With what educational qualifications can I become a Fashion Designer?

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RE: With what educational qualifications can I become a Fashion Designer?

Preeti Taneja
Preeti Taneja
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Head Guidance & Counselling at Project Wisdom, CSR initiative of Canam Consultants Limited, Chandigarh
  • Chandigarh

Many successful professionals in the fashion industry have come up without formal training but training is important today as the business is becoming more competitive day by day.Professional training in fashion enable one to develop one's ability, knowledge and creativity. Almost all the polytechnics ( government or private) especially those for women , offer courses in fashion designing or dress designing or costume designing. Most of these courses are open to students after completion of the plus two or equivalent level of education. Admission to these courses is usually on the basis of an aptitude test assessing flair for designing and sketching, sense of perspective in two and three dimensional space , anesthetic sensitivity and skills in visualization.

NIFT ( National Institute of Fashion Technology) is the premier educational institute in the country imparting professional training to men and women aspiring for a career in different areas of the fashion industry. It offers 4 year undergraduate program in design ( Bachelor of Design) with scope for specialization in fashion design, knitwear design, etc. The fashion design curriculum covers all the processes of design from idea to the final product. Students learn all about pattern making , garment construction, grading and draping , fashion art etc. They are also taught presentation techniques and preparation of portfolios as an aspect of creative marketing and how to organize fashion shows..

RE: With what educational qualifications can I become a Fashion Designer?

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
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PhD Management And Organizational Psychologist
  • Hosur


Thank you for choosing CareerGuide and writing to us. I can see your interest into fashion designing and I am glad to guide you through this. Fashion designing is a profession just like any other career and it does require you to have studied relevant basic qualifications at a degree level. In India, there are numerous institutes offering fashion designing courses at bachelors, diploma and masters level. Choosing the right course and the right institute is certainly crucial for a career in fashion designing and management.

As said, a basic degree level in fashion designing is mandatory. You can therefore consider studying BA/ BSc or B.Des. Fashion designing. Fashion designing is a vast ocean and it may require you to be specialized in a specific area of interest. Therefore you will have to choose the right elective during your Bachelors degree to see where you want to work.

Apart from BSc/ BA/ B.Des. Fashion designing, you may also consider doing courses in Apparel management, Accessory design, Fashion management, fabric designing, Textile manufacturing and design, western fashion, traditional fashion attire, fashion brand advertising management, fashion communication management, fashion media management, garment manufacturing technology, life style designing, fashion styling and image design, luxury fashion management and fashion marketing and retail management. You have the above variety of courses in India at both Bachelors and Masters level.

To qualify for a Bachelors degree admission in India, you need to have passed 10th class and 12th class. Reputed schools do conduct an entrance test to potential candidates to test their basic knowledge in maths, English and interest into designing. A good pass is also required to be admitted into Bachelors degree. Few institutes like the NIFT, NID which are very popular mostly consider selecting the top 200 students for their degree admission. It is necessary to prepare well for such entrance tests to be qualified with a rank in their tests, if you are serious to embark a career into fashion designing.

If you have studied a different subject in undergraduate level and are willing to step into fashion designing, you may choose to do a second Bachelors through lateral entry or a one or two year Diploma in Fashion designing. Alternatively for those who have already had a degree in Bachelors level fashion designing, they may consider doing a Masters course like the MA/ MSc/ M.Des. in Fashion designing. More recently, MBA in Fashion designing is also getting popular and this may also interest you.

To consider some top schools from India, NIFT, NID, Peal academy of fashion, Vogue institute of fashion are reputable and well recognised for the fashion related degrees.

Hope this helps. All the best.

RE: With what educational qualifications can I become a Fashion Designer?

Rahul Shinde
Rahul Shinde
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Career Consultant at Pinnacle School of Business Management
  • Thane


Greeting's for the day!!!

Fashion Design is the applied art devoted to the designing of clothing and lifestyle accessories. This art is influenced by cultural ans social attitudes and has evolved over time and place. Fashion designing has come a long way from the designer clothes worn by the royalty of the ancient world to the haute couture products of the present.

Fashion designing is one of the most lucrative, appealing, glamorous, and exciting career options in today's world. If you have a penchant for creativity, style and originality, a career in fashion designing is the one tailor made for you. On one hand, the fashion industry satisfies both the creative fancies and the materialistic needs of the people. On the other hand, it promises glamour, fame, success and high pay package to the talented people.

However, it is also a demanding career, as fashion designers needs to combine their creativity with managerial skills to sustain in this industry. Thus, if you can create magic with colours, shapes and designs, just obtain a professional course to begin a successful career in the alluring world of fashion designing

What would it cost me?
The fees structure varies from institution to institution. However, on an averageyou will ahveto dish out more than Rs. 45,000 per annum to complete a course in Fashion Designing from a reputed institution.

Certification Courses / Educational qualifications in Fashion Design:
The person can apply for number of courses into fashion design right from Certification courses, to Diplomas, to Graduation, to Master's programs. The course duration ca range from 3 Months to 3 Years.
Few of the course are:
1. Diploma in Fashion Design
2. Post Graduate Diploma in Fashion Design
3. MBA in Fashion
4. M.Des in Fashion Design
5. Pattern Drafting Progremme
6. Fashion Design & Illustration
7. CAD
8. Portfolio Making
9. Corel Draw X
10. Adobe Photoshop and many more
With above Diplomas, Graduate Course or Masters Programs one can become Fashion Designer.

Top Colleges in Fashion Design:
Few of the top 10 colleges in Fashion Design are:
1. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi
2. Vogue Institute of Fasion Technology, Bangalore
3. Pearl Academy of Fashion, Delhi
4. School of Fashion Technology, Pune
5. Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune
6. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
7. International Institute of Fashion Design, Chandigarh
8. Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology, Mohali
9. J. D. Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi
10. Apeejay Institute of Design, Delhi.

Further doubts or queries feel free to contact.


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