The National Institute of Design (NID) is premiere design school located in Ahmedabad (main campus), Gandhinagar, Bangalore (R&D) and Vijayawada (Graduate Diploma Programs in Design). NID Ahmedabad offers 4-year Bachelor of Design (B.Des) programs in faculties of Communication Design, Industrial Design and Textile, Apparel, Accessory and Lifestyle design. The Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Gandhinagar campuses also offers 2.5-year postgraduate Master of Design (M.Des) programs in 19 areas of specialisation.

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Modules available at Institute

2 Year Course
Duration – 3 hrs / once a week

1 Year Course
Duration – 3 hrs / once a week

1 Month Course
Duration – 2 hrs / day

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NID Eligibility

I. B.DES/GDPD: Qualifications-
Applications for academic year 2020–21 are open to candidates who have passed or will appear for higher secondary (10+2) qualifying examinations in the academic year 2019–20 in any stream (Science, Arts, Commerce, Humanities etc.) from any recognised board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or equivalent.
Age Limit:
(a) For Indian Nationals in General Category and General EWS Category: Only those candidates born on or after 1 July 2000 are eligible to apply for admission.
(b) For Indian Nationals in Reserved Category (Other Backward Class-Non Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL), Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST): Only those candidates born on or after 1 July 1997 are eligible to apply for admission.
(c) For Indian Nationals in PwD Reserved Category: Only those candidates born on or after 1 July 1995 are eligible to apply for admission.
(d) For Foreign Nationals in Overseas (Supernumerary) Category: Only those candidates born on or after 1 July 2000 are eligible to apply for admission.
II. M.DES: Qualifications-
(a) Bachelors degree- min. 4 years duration under 10+2.
(b) Bachelors degree – 3 years duration under 10+2.
(c) Full time diploma of 4 years in design/ fine arts/ Applied arts/ Architecture post 10+2.
Age Limit-
(a)Upper Age limit is 33 years.
(b) OBC/SC/ST/NCL- upper age limit is also 33 years.
(c) PwD Reserved category – 35 years.
(d) NRI- 30 Years

Courses in NID

1. Bachelor of Design (B.Des.– 4 years) is offered only at NID- Ahmedabad. Following are the specialisations available.
2. Masters of Design (M.Des.– 2.5 years) is offered at NID- Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Gandhinagar.
3. Graduate Diploma Programme In Design (GDPD): 4 Year Diploma in GDPD is available in Kurukshetra, Vijayawada.


For B.Des,GDPD and M.Des
A. For DAT Exam:
Outline for beginners, Colour Terminology, Inspiration & Design Development, Mood, theme & colour inter – relationship Design Theory, Elements & Principles Of Design, Natural & Geometrical Form, Innovation in Design, Principles of Composition, Lettering, Optical Illusion, Understanding Light & Shade, Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions, Form & Function, Colour, Pattern & Texture, Theme Development, Creative thinking & writing, Picture Analysis, Visual Logic, Good Design vs. Bad Design, Drawing Fundamentals, Use of Measurements, Scale & proportions, Optical Illusion, Foreshortening & Perspective, Developing Themes & Colour Associations, Inspiration & Creativity, Ornaments & motifs, Memory Drawing, Usage of colour in Compositions, Expression & Emotion, Exercises on imagination, Lateral Thinking, Story pictures, Presentation Techniques, Imagination & Doodling, 3D Visualization, Graphics & Pictograms, Innovation & Creation, Design Awareness, Developing Observation.
Model Making, Doodling, How to evolve ideas, Audio-Visual Exercises, Material Manipulation, Creative Thinking exercise.

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Examination Stages

For UG – DAT Prelims and DAT Mains. DAT Prelims evaluates candidates on abilities such as general knowledge, creativity, visualisation, analytical skills and comprehension skills. Based on the Prelims marks, a merit list for the Mains will be prepared.
The DAT Prelims is out of 100 marks and has two parts- MCQs (70 marks) and subjective questions (30 marks).

PHASE 1 :The DAT Prelims consists of two parts:
Part A: (Multiple-choice)—70 Marks.  The DAT Prelims marks contribute 30 % and Mains contribute 70%This part has questions with one or more than one correct answer. The responses will be recorded on an OMR sheet and evaluated digitally.
Part B: (Subjective)— 30 Marks
The responses to be provided in visual and/or written formats.

PHASE 2 : Studio Test + Portfolio+ Interview.
The Studio test- 3 Hours—100 Marks
Part A- Observation test : Testing one’s presence of mind/ testing 5 senses and visualization. Followed by a number of tests. Part B- Doodling test : Sketching the half sketching lines to a complete scenario. Mixing and connecting visuals with each other and building connection in form of a story by adding titles to it.
Part C- Material Handling Test : How efficiently one can utilize the material in particular time frame. Best out of waste, wire armatures, clay models and theramacol forms. Followed by material and form manipulation tasks. Story Writing + Visualisation, Creative problem solving, Form Manipulation.

Examination Dates

For  B.Des/ GDPD- DAT Prelims- January,   DAT Mains- May
For M.Des – DAT Prelims-January, DAT Mains- April

Other Colleges and their exams:

College Name Exam Type Exam-Dates
School of Fashion technology SOFT-CET-250 Marks May
MIT School of Design DAT + Interview + Studio test-  100 Marks April, May
Symbiosis institute of Design Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design(SEED)-150 Marks May
United World Institute of Design DAT + Interview + Studio test-100 Marks February
Pearl Academy General Proficiency (GPT) and DAT April, June
Shrishti School of Design SEAT- 100 Marks April
DSK School of design DAT + Interview + Studio test June
Indian School of Design & Innovation DAT + Interview + Studio test June

Drawing Material List to be bought by Students:

1. A4 Size Sketch book- 2 numbers ; 1 for Class-work, 1 For Home-work
2. Pencils: F,HB,H,2H,B,2B,3B,4B,6B,8B/9B
3. Colour Pencils- preferably DOMS, Water colours, Poster colours, Acrylic colours.
4. Rough quality paper.

Material provided by IID

1. Book
2. Practice sketches for references
3. Question bank for each topic separately
4. Test Series after completion of course with proper guidance and comments
5. Previous year question papers

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