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    aspiring to opt for fashion designing after doing BCom graduation? Confused whether it is worth it or one should opt for masters in the graduating degree and then go for civil services? Find answers on this Ask Expert page.

    I am interested in fashion designing but currently I am doing BCom and I am thinking of pursuing fashion designing after my graduation which is next year. I am thinking of going for masters in design but I don't know whether that would be beneficial or not because I don't have any basic knowledge of what they teach in the bachelor's degree and short term courses don't offer good placement.
    My parents don't really want me to pursue it and they advised me to try for civil service exam and for some time I also considered it because I couldn't convince them for fashion designing. Now I am really confused because I don't know if masters would be a good option or not as it's a very professional course.
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  • Any course is good provided you are interested in doing that course and if you are qualified otherwise. If you have no interest you cannot concentrate on the studies and you may not be able to get into a good job.

    After graduation, you can do the MA fashions design course. Any graduate with a minimum of 50% marks is eligible for admission. There will be a written entrance test and students qualifying in the written test will be asked to attend a group discussion and then an oral interview. This procedure varies from institute to institute. But all the institutes will have an entrance test.

    The following are some of the good institutions for doing this course.

    Top Institutes offering M.A. Fashion Design

    1. Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF)
    2. National Institute of Fashion Technology(NIFT)
    3. School of Fashion Technology (SOFT)
    4. Army Institute of Fashion Design (AIFD)
    5. National Institute of Design (NID).

    You can get the details by visiting their websites,

    Fashion designers after completing their MA will have good chances of getting a job.

    There are many fashion designing companies, fashion shops, malls, fashion magazines, educational institutes, film industry so on who will offer good jobs for the people who completed their PG in Fashion Technology. The salary and perks depends on the company. There are chances for career growth also. If you have some interest you can become a freelancer. But it is always better to gain some experience before you start on your own.

    Coming to civil services examinations, nothing like it provided you have an interest and the will to work hard. It is a tough issue and all depends on your efforts. But one thing I want to tell you is that you can appear for the IAS examinations even after completing your MA also. So decide after thinking thoroughly.

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  • Fashion designing is all the study of concepts, designs and their implementation in the artistic expressions of dresses. The design sketching also involves dressing sense of an individual implemented for the stitching of a dress. And if you are really thinking to do a course in fashion designing, it is a good idea. As these courses are in high demand. These courses offer not only good employment opportunities but also a individual satisfaction. From your query it seems that you have a huge interest in these course rather than civil service. So in my opinion you should go for a course in which you are interested. If you are creative then you will be able to give your best in this only.
    As far as, preparation for civil services examinations is concerned, you can also do it side by side with your masters course or after completing the course.
    As you are about to complete your B.Com next year. You can go for a Masters in Fashion designing.
    1. Master in Design – Fashion Design – Duration 2 Years
    2. Master in Design – Fashion Communication – Duration 2 Years
    3. MSc in Fashion & Apparel Design – Duration 2 Years
    4. M.Voc Fashion Design & Entrepreneurship
    5. Master in Garment Production and Export Management– Duration 2 Years

    There are some diploma courses also available like
    1. Diploma in Fashion Design – Duration 1 Year
    2. Diploma in Fashion Communication – Duration 1 Year
    3. PGDM in Fashion Retail Management
    4. PGDM in Fashion Merchant Design (FMD) – AICTE Approved

    There are several institute which offers masters

    1. Vogue Institute of Art & Design, Bangalore, Contact: 8904672408, 080-22224334, 080-22224333/34, Email: or
    2. AAFT School of Fashion & Design, Contact: 1800-102-6066, Email:
    3. ITM Institute of Design and Media, Mumbai Contact: 9136650356, Email:
    4. ARCH College of Design & Business, Jaipur Contact: +91-9414070678
    5. IIFT - Indian Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, Contact: 011-26542000, Email:
    6. International Design Academy, Jabalpur, Contact: 93294 70094 Email:
    7. Times and Trends Academy (TTA) Deccan, Contact: 91122 8290, Email:
    8. Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune, Contact: 020 2663 4546
    9. MIT School of Design, Pune, Contact: 020 3069 3600
    10. Pearl Academy, New Delhi, Contact: 1800 103 3005
    11. National Institute of Design (NID), New Delhi, Contact: 011 2464 7487
    12. Online diploma in Fashion designing (duration 18 months) from Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art & design from Westford University. Email is

    Some of these institutes also provide internships, guidance and placements opportunities. You can contact these institutes and inquire about courses and also take their advice for the scope and placements.

  • It is said that a person can get success in his life generally in the field in which he has an interest, inclination and liking. There are innumerable cases in the society where people did not go for formal education but achieved in their life something which a qualified person also can not dream of. For example great singers, writers, business tycoons, artists, movie star and many more like that are from a very humble background and were never interested in the studies. Passion is which makes a person reach the highest point in the desired career line. From this angle it makes sense to go for the subject of your liking.

    Now coming to the practical part of it. I am afraid that the fashion industry along with its background units like fashion designing, textile manufacturing, readymade clothes, fabric design and processing is going through a tough phase and there is a big international trade competition going on and from that perspective it is presently not a very good career option from job point of view. Still, if one has interest and can achieve merit position in his fashion designing course, there are good chances of campus or direct recruitment by the big companies and lifestyle firms.

    You are doing B.Com. There is no problem this will help you when you work in the commercial wing of the fashion designing. So this knowledge acquisition will not go waste. Now you are willing to do Masters in fashion designing. I will suggest you to do some certificate course or diploma course in fashion designing from some fashion institute so that you get the fundamentals of this line clearly understood. After that only it will be better to go for Masters. Then you will have better chances also to get the top positions in the batch. It is not necessary that this fundamental course in fashion designing is to be done from a top ranking institute. This is only required for learning the basics and any good academic place will do the needful.

    There are many good fashion technology institutes in the country where one can go to pursue for advanced courses or Masters. Some of these leading institutes are J D Institute of Fashion Technology (Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore), National Institute of Fashion and Technology (many places in India, about 16 places), Pearl Academy (Delhi, Noida, Jaipur and Mumbai), Arch College of Design and Business (Jaipur), MIT ADT University (Pune) and National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad).

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  • As far as possible, one should choose the course of ones likeness and this has to reviewed with your cool mind. Once, you have made up your mind for the achievement of your goal, stick to it. Success is achievable with your single minded devotion and the degree of passion in your related course and any pressure from the parental side would rather create ambiguity in the right selection of the course.
    As regard to the career of fashion - design, you should be creative, should have the artistic ability to sketch the design, familiar with the fundamentals of CAD and its application would save your time. You should have the ability to convince the people regarding your choice in making design apart from your innovative idea to push your design in the market - segment.
    With your present degree of B.Com, you can go in M.A in Fashion - designing comprising two year duration from a reputed university.
    You have to clear both written and oral test prior to your final selection and hence some guidance from the professional institute would be essential.During the learning process, you may have the chance to meet some prospective employer during the process of internship and exploit this chance for your absorption.
    There are a few reputed institutes offering diploma courses and some of the same are given below -
    1) National School of Fashion Technology in varied locations in India.
    2) Pearl Academy - Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai
    3) MIT ADT university, Pune.
    4) Nationa Institure of Design - Ahemedabad.
    You will have to clear the stringent test of the selection process and then you can make inroad in such institutes. These institutes would provide you advanced course in the Fashion - technology.
    With regard to your willingness for the IAS examination, you will have to work hard to achieve success. With your single minded devotion, sincerity and right guidance from the prominent institute, you can gain success. It would all depend upon your inclination towards this prestigious assignment.

  • Fashion designing is a dream career path and one needs to have the determination and vital industry knowledge to follow their dreams. It is very essential to have the required educational background as it will help to understand the career side of the profession and at the same time sharpen your skills and artistry as a designer.

    A fashion designer should have an encapsulation of the contemporary fashion design industry, key design elements explore the principles of design and are ready to experiment with new ideas. One needs to design clothes, accessories and the look to make it presentable and sell in the market.

    As you are pursuing your graduation in commerce, I would suggest you go for a diploma course in a known institute where you will be exposed to new trends, materials, entrepreneurs, technology, fashion houses and mentors who can guide you in the aptest way. The more you are close to the industry, the more you get to know about the fashion industry and you will be able to get to work with best fashion designers who can mould and polish you. You can even try part-time as you are not able to convince your parents.

    Some of the best fashion designing institutes in India are:
    1. The JD Institute of Fashion Technology
    Address 1: No 79, 2nd Cross Road, Lavelle Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India
    Phone: +91 99019 99903
    Address 2: JD, 19, Hemu Arcade, Below Indian Bank, Opp. Railway Station (West, Vile Parle West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400056, India
    Phone: +91 22 2615 4949

    2. International Institute Of Fashion & Interior Design(INIFD)
    Address: INIFD campus, Duttaguru commercial complex, Lane no 6, Above bank Of India, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
    Phone: +91 77699 93311 / Bangalore -9148005666 / Pune-9960243211

    3. Gandhi Institute of Fashion and Textile(GIFT)
    Address: Sears Tower, GIFT: Gandhi Institute of Fashion and Textile, White Cross Building, 15 Patel Society, Near CII House corner, Near Panchvati area, Gulbai Tekra Rd, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380006, India
    Phone: +91 79 2646 3702 / +91 9825698294.
    Email: ;

    4. Army Institute Of Fashion and Design
    Address: Kothanur Post, Nagareshwara, Nagenahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560077, India
    Phone: +91 90353 16000 / +91 8792669001 / +91 8792669002

    5. Indian Institute of Fashion & Design (IIFD)
    Address: 479, City Center, 2nd, 480, Near ICICI Bank, 35C, Chandigarh, 160035, India
    Phone: +91 172 400 7918 / 9041766699, 0172-4007918

    For all your other queries like eligibility, entrance exam formate, application procedures, kindly go through my article on the All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED). The link is given below: Best Design (AIEED) coaching centres in Thrissur, Kerala . Even though the article has given a list of coaching centres in Thrissur - Kerala, you can get the other information regarding fashion designing.

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  • Dear Ayushi, I would really not suggest you to go for Master's in Fashion Designing without having basic knowledge of it. I would request you to complete and parallelly try for some basic courses as a part time which your parents would definitely allow to do in case its affordable and provided you don't hurt their sentiments. You can start designing some clothes or costumes based on your knowledge and share those within your circle so that you get some business or enquiries which can prove the benefit of you learning Fashion Designing to your parents.

    Post you are done with basic, you can try for higher level and master yourself in same domain.

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