Best colleges in India to study Graphic Design courses


Do you want to become a Graphic Designer? Are you looking for the best institutes or colleges in India for graphic design courses? Have a look at this article that shows you the best Indian institutes for graphic design courses.

Graphic design Institutes in India

A Graphic design means a design that communicates a visual message using design elements such as texts, shapes, colors, images, etc. Graphic design is in great demand nowadays due to the digitization of most things. Now everything is moving towards an online platform for digital marketing and we all are participating through the online medium and trying to succeed. Graphic designing is required everywhere and in every field.

Many are interested in adopting graphic design as a professional career. Let us understand the courses and institutes where you can pursue your career as a professional graphic designer. Here I will name the top 5 Indian institutes (along with the location and other details) which are the best in professional graphic designing courses.

Graphics design college in India

1. National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad

  • Established in 1961, the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad is an autonomous institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India which is meant for design education, practice, and research. Now it is recognized as one of the best institutes for design courses for industrial, communications, textile, and IT.

  • Ahmedabad is the main campus of NID whereas the post-graduate campus is in Gandhinagar and an R&D campus is in Bengaluru. The other NIDs are in Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, and Madhya Pradesh.

  • NID offers Bachelor and Master level professional education programs in various design domains including graphic design. NID is also involved in promoting design.

  • The bachelor of graphic design is a 4 years program and a master's program is 2.5 years long.

Go through the NID website for more details of the admission procedure (such as admission dates, downloading the form, fee structure, eligibility criteria, application procedure) in NID.

2. Pearl Academy

  • Founded in 1993, the Pearl academy is one of the leading design institutes empowering the creative minds of the students to create success in design, media, fashion, and businesses. Pearl academy campuses are set up in locations Mumbai, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Delhi-West, and Delhi-south.

  • Pearl offers undergraduate, postgraduate, MA courses and professional courses in diverse streams in design, fashion, media, and business categories.

  • Here undergraduate course in Graphics and communication design is a 4 years program that can be done after 12th in any stream. They will provide professional diploma certificate at the end of this 4-year graphics design course.

  • Also, they offer a short-term professional course (11 months) in Advertising and Graphics which focuses on visual basic design understanding, developing, and executing the graphic products.

Visit the Pearl academy website for detailed information on this course.

3. MAEER'S MIT Institute of Design, Pune

  • The MIT Institute of Design (MITID) is located in the Pune city of Maharashtra. Maharashtra Academy of Engineering Education and Research (MAEER) founded this institute.

  • MITID offers B.Des and M.Des programmes in graphic design along with several other design courses.

  • Here Twinning program is also incorporated where the exchange of students takes place for a defined duration (2+2 years or 3+1 years) with the International collaborated institutes such as De Montfort University and Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. This is simply the migration of students between the collaborated institutes for few years of the course.

  • To be eligible for the B. Des program in graphic design you have to complete 10+2 from any stream.
    To be eligible for the M. Des program in graphic design you need to have Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, Applied Arts, Literature, Media, Film, Animation, or any communication design discipline.

Please check official website of MIT Institute of Design for complete detail of the eligibility, fee structure, and admission procedure of the graphic design course at MITID Pune.

4. LPU (Lovely Professional University)

  • Established in 2005 and spread over a huge area (around 600 acres), Lovely Professional University (LPU) is located in the Phagwara, Punjab. This is a private university and it has almost all the courses available for the students interested in various streams/subjects including graphic design courses.

  • LPU offers BSC and Bachelor program (B. Design) in graphic design. BSC is a 3 years course whereas B. Des is a 4 years program.

  • If you have successfully completed your 3 years in B.Design and then in case you are not interested in pursuing this course then you can leave with a BSC degree.

Explore the LPU website for more details on graphics design courses in LPU.

5. ARCH College Of Design & Business ( ARCH), Jaipur

  • Jaipur-based ARCH College Of Design & Business was established in 2000 under the ARCH Educational Society for specialized education in Design.

  • At ARCH, there are 3 courses/programs offered in the graphic design category.

    1. Undergraduate- Undergraduate graphic design is further divided into 3 courses.
    a. BVA (Applied Arts) - 4 years Bachelor in Visual Art

    b. B.Design - 4 years Bachelor Of Design

    c. BA/MA International – 2+1+1 study abroad Bachelors/Integrated Masters in Arts
    This is a complete 4-year program. When the students complete the first 2 years at ARCH Jaipur, then the last year is taken up as an International Degree with the study abroad opportunity at an International university ARCH collaborated with. After 3 years they will be awarded a Bachelor's degree and after this, they have the choice of following a 1-year master's program at the same International university they received a Bachelor's degree.

    2. Postgraduate- Postgraduate graphics design course is 2 years Master in VOC Design Entrepreneurship which inculcates entrepreneurial skills in the students to initiate their own business.

    3. Professional courses

Visit the ARCH website for complete detail on the graphic design course in ARCH.

Graphics design admission procedure

Every college/institute has its own admission policy and guidelines. You must check out all the concerned information from the particular institute's website you are interested in. Do keep checking the college website on regular basis to find out the application dates and download the form.

Normally admission procedures in design institutes include Design Aptitude Test (DAT), Studio Test, and personal interview. Sometimes you may be asked to showcase your Portfolio in few colleges. A portfolio represents you as a future designer so you must include your best pieces in it which shows your skill level.

There are many more institutes in the design field which offer a vast range of several specializations for the candidates, find out where your interest lies in and go for it. Happy Learning.


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