Product Design Admissions in India

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Author: Vandana      Post Date: 27 Apr 2023        
Just a few days ago we were having a discussion at home about design courses and whether, other than fashion designing, design courses in India have any scope. In fact, the fashion design course is popular but it is quite a competitive field to carve your own niche. Opportunities may be few at reputed Brands and unless you have your own finances to set out on your own, it is not an easy task. So the talk turned towards other fields of design and how product design is actually a good field since the very word product encompasses a lot of varied merchandise. Hence, when planning a career path ahead and before looking out for notifications of admissions to product design courses in India, it is important to first consider which niche of products you would be keen on designing.

Here are some of the wonderful kinds of products that you may want to design, and, subsequently, market and make money from-
Bags: From a simple wallet or purse to a tote bag to a backpack to perhaps even travel luggage, the type of bag that you can design is limitless.

Footwear: Making stylish designs for covering the feet, keeping in mind comfort, is perhaps your kind of design career. Think of trekking shoes, warm flip-flops for the home in cold weather, extra soft and durable slip-on footwear for the elderly, etc.

Jewellery and accessories: Without a doubt, I am sure this is actually the first product you may have thought of designing! Yes, indeed, next to designing garments, it is quite the trend to come up with your own trendy pendants, bracelets, necklaces, and whatnot, even accessories like a hairpin or an elegant brooch above the shirt pocket. Designing a set of jewellery for a bride is every designer's dream, too.

Furniture: There are so many opportunities to design in this niche, whether for a home or a workplace, a resort, or a school. Think of kid-friendly seating for a playschool, a folding table for small spaces, storage boxes for utility items, etc.
Interior décor products: Perhaps you could consider handicraft items for home decor. After all, everyone loves to put lovely pieces around the home, on open shelves or closed cupboards.

Coming back to the core topic of product design courses, while looking for study programs abroad in this field, you may come across B.A. Design courses. In India, the design courses are generally with the acronym of B.Des., that is, Bachelor of Design, and, for higher studies, M.Des., that is, Master of Design.

The educational qualification eligibility criteria for a B.Des. program is a passing grade in the Class 12 exam. For the M.Des. course, you need to have a Graduate Degree, and some institutes do accept a Diploma as well. While there may not be any maximum age criteria, you do need to check the minimum age criteria.

Then there is bound to be an entrance test for the product design course that will test your creative abilities, such as sketching or illustration skills. Some institutes also test for general abilities such as English language, problem-solving skills, etc. It would be a good idea, too, to be prepared for an evaluation session where they check if you can create something innovative from the material given to you, including your colour acumen. Finally, be ready to face an interview panel (not all institutes may have this, though) to whom you will need to convey how the course fits into your career interest, with the panel members also evaluating your communication skills.

Recommended institutes: The most obvious choice would be the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), but don't let the name mislead you into thinking they only have textile designing courses. Check out their brochure to know of their very unique product design courses. While their most popular and well-known campus is in Delhi, you can enroll at the NIFT campuses in other towns and metros, including Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Bhopal, Shillong, Srinagar, etc after inquiring whether they offer a course in product design that you are keen to study about. It is advisable, though, to check out reviews of past and current students of the course and how good the faculty is of the individual campuses.

Just a few other options to study a product design course in India are-
1. The MIT Art, Design and Technology University, Pune.
2. ISDI - School of Design & Innovation, Mumbai which has collaborated with the Parsons School of Design, New York.
3. IIITDM's The School of Interdisciplinary Design and Innovation (SIDI), Kancheepuram, Chennai.
4. Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (for M.Des.).

You can also explore short-term certificate courses in product design, even online ones, in ceramics, glassware, kitchen products, etc. Get those creative juices flowing!
Author: Arsha A J      Post Date: 10 Apr 2023        
According to what I've read, there is a lot of demand for product design courses in India, but there aren't many seats available, therefore there is a lot of competition among applicants. Multiple rounds of exams and interviews are part of the demanding admissions process. It might be difficult for some people to complete the selection process because it involves evaluating a candidate's aptitude, design ability, originality, and critical thinking skills.

It can be difficult and competitive to get into product design programmes in India, but it is not impossible. The number of seats available, the selection procedure, the level of difficulty of the entrance exam, and the high standards of the institutions are some of the variables that affect how difficult the admissions process is. Exam questions that measure a candidate's comprehension of design ideas and creativity can be fairly challenging on the entrance exams for product design programmes in India. These tests might take a lot of time and effort to prepare for. The difficult admissions process is a result of the high standards of India's product design colleges. These institutions have a reputation for offering top-notch instruction and turning out competent individuals. They search for the best people who can live up to their high requirements as a result.
Author: Drupad Madhavan      Post Date: 25 Apr 2023        
I recently met one of my friends, who is currently finishing his Master's in Product Design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. I'm always very excited to talk to him as it is one of the courses I always dreamt about pursuing. Product Design is a very limited course as it is only offered in selected universities and colleges. However, after conversing with my friend and talking about competitor universities that offer Product Design, We came up with a list of colleges that offer Product Design Courses -

1. National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad: NID is one of the most prestigious institutes in the country for design education, and offers a four-year undergraduate course in Product Design.

2. Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT Bombay: IDC is one of the oldest design schools in the country, and offers a Master of Design (M.Des.) course in Product Design.

3. Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore: Srishti offers a four-year undergraduate course in Product Design, as well as a two-year Master of Design (M.Des.) course in Product Design.

4. MIT Institute of Design, Pune: MIT offers a four-year undergraduate course in Product Design, as well as a two-year postgraduate course in Product Design.

5. DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore: DJ Academy offers a four-year undergraduate course in Product Design.

The admission procedures for each may vary as each institution may have its specific exams and tests to assess the candidate's creativity, design skills, and suitability for the course. However, for undergraduate entrees, the All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED), the National Institute of Design Entrance Exam (NID Entrance Exam), or the Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) are the exams that give them eligibility for the course. And for postgraduates, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), CEED, or Design Aptitude Test (DAT) work as the appropriate eligibility denominator. I wish my answer helps you. All the best!
Author: Hakimuddin Kuwakhedawala      Post Date: 05 Apr 2023        
Many colleges in India offer you to get admission to B. Des in product design. All colleges have their own criteria for admission to B. Des. Some colleges take an entrance exam and according to the result, they offer admission to B. Des. But many colleges offer admission on the basis of the marks you get in higher secondary examinations from any recognized board.

MADA International, IILM University, Indian Institute of Art and Design and National Institute of Design are some colleges in India where you can seek admission to B. Des in product design.

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