National Institute of Design

National Institute of Design (NID) was established as National Institute of Industrial Design in 1961 at Ahmedabad.  Today the National Institute of Design is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated (Experiential) Design. It is an autonomous institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. NID has been declared ‘Institution of National Importance’ by the Act of Parliament, by virtue of the National Institute of Design Act 2014.

The establishment of NID was a result of several forces, both global and local. The Modern Movement, the philosophy of Machine Aesthetics, and revolutionary experimentation in the arts, architecture and design were all taking place at the same time. There was a search for the Indian identity across all aspects of life. At the same time the Government of India was considering establishing an institute of design, under the advice of Pupul Jayaker and other like-minded people. On April 7, 1958, the Eameses presented the India Report to the Government of India. The Eames Report defined the underlying spirit that would lead to the founding of NID and beginning of design education in India. The Report recommended a problem-solving design consciousness that linked learning with actual experience and suggested that the designer could be a bridge between tradition and modernity. The Report called upon future designers to re-examine the alternatives of growth available to the country at that time.

NID has taken five decades of pioneering hard work by the academic community at the institute to develop a system of education which lays more emphasis on learning than on mere instruction. Over a span of the last 50 years, the institution has made it a point to lay emphasis on learning and to pursue innovation led designs through the development of the mind and skills of designers. 

National Institute of Design Programs

Bachelor of Design (B.Des.)

This 4-year programme is offered in 8 disciplines at the Ahmedabad campus. The four-year-long Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) programme is offered only at NID Ahmedabad in the following areas of specialisation:

Faculty of Industrial Design
  • Ceramic & Glass Design
  • Furniture & Interior Design 
  • Product Design

Faculty of Communication Design
  • Animation Film Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Film & Video Communication
  • Graphic Design

Faculty of Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle and Accessory Design
  • Textile Design

Master of Design (M.Des.)

This 2.5 year programme is offered in 19 disciplines across all 3 campuses.

Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme is offered to UG programme before students select their specialization in design.

Admission in NID

Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims
Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims will be conducted at various test centres across India.

Stage 2: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains
Candidates shortlisted after the DAT Prelims will be invited to appear for the Stage 2. DAT Main exams at Ahmedabad or at all campuses of NID viz Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Kurukshetra and Vijayawada. Excat details of the Test Centre will be mentioned in the DAT Mains Admit Card.

Eligibility Criteria NID

Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) and Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD)

Applications who have passed or will appear for higher secondary (10 plus 2) qualifying examinations in the academic year in any stream (Science, Arts, Commerce, etc.) from any recognised board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent  

Master of Design (M.Des.)

The candidate must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications to be considered eligible for admissions:

Bachelor degree of minimum 4-year duration in any specialization, after 12th standard or equivalent to 12th standard from any university or institute recognised by law in India. Condition: Applicant must have passed the Bachelor degree examinations at the time of document verification 
Bachelor degree of minimum 3-year duration in any specialization, after 12th standard or equivalent to 12th standard. 

Full-time Diploma of minimum 4-year duration in Design/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/ rchitecture, after 12th standard or equivalent to 12th standard, from any university or institute recognised by law in India.

National Institute of Design
Paldi, Ahmedabad 380 007
Phone: 91 79 2662 9500 /2662 9600
Fax: 91 79 26621167

PG Campus

National Institute of Design
GH-0, Extension Road
Nr. Infocity, Gandhinagar
Phone: 91 79 2326 5500
Fax: 91 79 2324 4518

R & D Campus

National Institute of Design
12 HMT Link Road,
Off Tumkur Road
Bengaluru – 560 022
Phone: 91 80 2972 5006/2972 3276
Fax: 91 80 2972 3086

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