Top B.Des Colleges in Chennai

Do you want to pursue a B.Des degree and start your career as a designer? Are you searching for the best designing colleges in Chennai? Here is a list of top B.Des. colleges in Chennai that offers fashion designing, interior designing and other creative courses on designing.

Designing is an innovative field which requires a lot of artistic skills and creativity. If you want to start your career in designing, then join any one of the designing courses suitable to your area of interest. A lot of designing colleges in India offer B.Des, a four-year graduation course in designing courses such as fashion designing, jewellery designing, textile designing, interior designing, etc. Some colleges also offer M.Des, PG diploma and certificate courses in designing. The career scope in designing field is high and there is also a demand for designers in some of the leading design companies in India as well as abroad.

If you wish to study B.Des course in Chennai, then you can prefer to join any one of below-mentioned top designing colleges in Chennai.

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)

National Institute of Fashion Technology is a reputed institute in India established to provide fashion education in the country. The institute has nearly 16 campuses in India and offers fashion courses. It is a government-owned educational institution which also serves as a service provider to the central and state governments in the areas of design and development of handicrafts and handlooms.

NIFT, Chennai was started in the year 1995 and is one of the best colleges to study designing courses in Chennai. It offers 4-year B.Des courses in specializations related to fashion, textile and accessories. The Chennai campus has good state-of-art infrastructure and facilities required to conduct the designing courses. The institute has professional and experienced faculty members and also has other facilities including a resource centre, canteen, sports zone, hostel, transportation, internet, medical facilities, etc. To build creativity and to expose the talent of the students to the outside world, NIFT hosts many academic events and workshops.

As a part of the academic curriculum, the students of NIFT must complete assignments, internships, projects and presentations in order to professionally develop their designing skills and talent. The college also trains the students in all possible ways to become skilful designers in the country. NIFT provides good placement opportunities for the students. Many top fashion companies, product-based companies, garments and textile companies visit all the departments of NIFT for campus placements regularly.

To get B.Des admissions at NIFT, eligible candidates must apply for online registration at the official website of the institute for a particular academic year and must take a written entrance examination at the assigned examination centres. The entrance exam will comprise of Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT) to test the knowledge, aptitude and skills of the students. NIFT will shortlist the candidates based on their scores in the written entrance exam and will call them to attend a Situation Test which evaluates the innovative ability and material handling skills of the candidates. Based on the overall scores of the candidates in the examination process, NIFT will release the names of the final shortlisted candidates and invite them to attend the counselling process. The admissions at NIFT are purely based on merit and the college strictly follows their admission policies and reservation norms of the government in filling the vacant seats. NIFT also admits NRI, OCI, SARC and Foreign nationals.

Courses offered

Contact details
Address: Rajiv Gandhi Salai Taramani, Chennai - 600 113
Phone: +91-44-22542756 / 22542755 / 22542657

Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI)

Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) is one of the top fashion designing institutes in Tamil Nadu as well as in India. Similar to NIFT, it is also a government institution which has nearly 12 campuses in the country. The institute is established specifically to offer courses on footwear design and development, along with other designing courses on fashion and accessories.

FDDI, Chennai campus is located at the outskirts of Chennai near Kanchipuram. The campus has good infrastructure and modern facilities including laboratories, resource centre, lecture halls, design studio, auditorium, hostel, etc. The International Testing Laboratory at FDDI Chennai campus is an iconic research centre. To conduct various academic programmes on design, the college has well-experienced and talented faculty members. The institute has a separate Corporate Relations & Placement Department for the career guidance of the students of FDDI.

The academic curriculum of B.Des courses offered at FDDI includes industrial training programmes, creative workshops and professional interactive sessions. The courses provided at FDDI are designed in a way to train the students to meet the industrial standards. FDDI conducts many academic activities and events in order to raise the students as professionals in their careers. The students of FDDI are provided with good placement opportunities. Some reputed companies like Puma, Adidas, Nike, etc. are the top recruiters of FDDI.

To get admissions at B.Des course in FDDI, the eligible candidates have to submit an application form for a particular academic year and have to attend an All India Selection Test (AIST) at their allocated examination centre. AIST is a Paper Based Test (PBT) which will contain questions on quantitative ability, general awareness, business, verbal ability and aptitude. After the examination, FDDI will release a rank list on merit basis and will call the shortlisted candidates to attend the admission counselling. All the seats will be filled as per merit and the reservation norms of the government. FDDI also admits NRI and Industry sponsored candidates.

Courses offered
  • B.Des- Footwear Design and Production
  • B.Des-Leather Goods and Accessories Design
  • B.Des- Fashion Design
  • M.Des- Footwear Design and Production

Contact details
Address: Plot No. E-1,7th Main Road, SIPCOT Industrial Park, Irungattukottai-602117
Phone: 044-49049608, 08939289730, 08190013399

DOT School of Design

DOT School of Design is a design college in Chennai that offers various designing courses. The college is run by a group of top designers and architects. To provide high-quality design education, the college has good infrastructure and facilities needed to conduct all academic programmes. The facilities in the design school include well-equipped laboratories, studios, workshops and lecture halls. The DOT School of Design has many industry experts as faculty members and advisors. Some well-known personalities in the field of design and architecture also work as visiting faculty in the design school.

The B.Des courses offered at DOT school of design are purely career-oriented and the students will be given practical training as per the current trends and industry standards. Also, as a part of the course curriculum, the students have to complete project works and internships. Other than the B.Des and M.Des courses, the college also offers fine arts courses, Diploma, PG diploma courses in designing. The college provides education based on the real-time scenario and conducts special sessions to improve practical knowledge and the hands-on design experience.

To get B.Des admissions at the DOT School of Design, the eligible candidates have to submit an online application form for the particular academic year. All the candidates who have applied for DOT have to attend a Design Aptitude Test (DAT) conducted by DOT. The final admissions of the candidates into the B.Des courses at DOT school of design will be done based on the merit rank.

Courses offered
  • B.Des-Communication Design
  • B.Des-Industrial Design
  • B.Des-Interior Design
  • B.Des-Fashion Design
  • B.Des-Apparel and Textile Design
  • M.Des-Industrial Design
  • M.Des Film and Video Communication
  • M.Des Spatial Design
  • M .Des Interior and Furniture Design
  • M.Des Lifestyle Accessories Design

Contact details
Address: 10/7, 3rd Main road, Off Chennai Bypass Road,
Ambattur Industrial Estate -South Phase, Chennai - 600058
Phone: +91 95000 12166
Email ID:

Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science

Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS) is a deemed to be university in Chennai that offers designing courses under the school of design. The department of fashion design and arts of HITS conducts special sessions to develop the illustration skills, merchandising skills and the design knowledge of the students. The interior design courses are conducted by the department of architecture. HITS in association with the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) provide practical learning exposure to the students through real-time projects. All the B.Des courses offered at HITS are approved by the Board of Studies and Academic Council of the Institute. The design courses offered at HITS are crafted in a way to build the aesthetic sensitivity, creativity, problem-solving skills, sketching skills, computer skills and model making skills of the students.

The B.Des curriculum includes professional core subjects along with practical sessions and academic activities related to design. HITS follow the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) through which the students can select the elective subjects of their choice. The school of design of HITS provides opportunities for the students to attend industrial training, technical conferences, competitions, seminars, Sports, art and cultural activities, NCC, NSS, YRC, etc. As a part of the curriculum, the students of B.Des must compulsorily attend the summer or winter internship for a minimum period of 1 month during the third year. To gain more experience related to the design career, the college encourages the design students to complete a case study, design project or studio assessment.

To get B.Des admissions at HITS, candidates have to qualify the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) conducted by HIT. The B.Des admissions at HITS will be decided only based on the Institute's Board of Management (BOM) as per the guidelines issued by UGC and the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The college also admits NRI candidates and foreign nationals who satisfy the B.Des admissions eligibility conditions of the institute. Lateral entry is also accepted at HITS. Candidates who have a diploma in design with 50% marks in the exam conducted by the State Board of Technical Education, India or any other equivalent exam as accepted by the BOM of the Institute are eligible for lateral admissions into the B.Des course.

Courses offered
  • B.Des-Interior Design
  • B.Des-Fashion and Apparel Design
  • B.Des-Communication Design

Contact details
Address: 1, Rajiv Gandhi Salai (OMR), Padur,
(Via) Kelambakkam, Chennai - 603 103,
Phone: +91-44-2747 4262, 2747 4395

In Chennai, very few colleges offer B.Des courses. Other than the above-mentioned colleges some top architecture colleges in Chennai like SRM School of Environment Architecture & Interior Design(SEAD) and Crescent school of Architecture also offer B.Des course in Interior Architecture.

Note: The colleges mentioned in this article will release the admission notification in their online portal for every academic year. To know more about the B.Des admission process, visit the official website of the respective colleges.


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