Interior, Fashion, Graphic: Which Designing Course is Best in India?
Are you worrying too much about which design streams to choose?
In the last 15 years of my teaching career, I’ve seen many Design Aspirants pondering over one question:
“Which design stream should I choose?”
“Which one has the best potential?”
In most of the cases, students have gone through a career aptitude test and the results have been in favor of design discipline.
But design education offers many sub streams like Interior Design, Fashion Design etc.
NID offers 19 design disciplines for M.Des program and 8 for B.Des program.
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As the students feel inclined towards more than one field of design, the confusion arises.
My sincere advice in this case:
- It is difficult at the preparation stage to fully ascertain, which design discipline is good for you.
- If you are good in one discipline, it is very much expected that you might be good at others too. It is very unlikely to find a designer doing well in one stream like animation design but not in the others, maybe graphics.
- Design is not something that can be compiled in study books. It’s more of an endless self-exploring journey. A designer may have reached worldly success but inside he/she might feel, as if the journey has just began. I have seen students switching streams from UG to PG courses and mostly it is possible to switch streams. For example, one of my friends chose Toy Design for Masters after pursuing a Bachelors in Architecture Degree. Another one switched to UX/UI after doing B.Des in Interior Design. But in some streams, this possibility might be difficult and not allowed by many colleges. For example, if you wish to pursue M.Des in Transportation Design, then there are certain pre-requisites to apply and not open for all aspirants.
- The more you explore and work in various disciplines, the more you understand what your inclination is towards and what you excel at. This is the very reason why majority of design institutes have a foundation year where they introduce the students to fundamentals of design, and observe where their true strengths lie. Accordingly the students are provided with the discipline they most resonate with, from second year onwards.
- Don’t go after a discipline that looks cool or the one that offers the highest paying jobs. Go for something where you can give your best and do 100% justice to the chosen field. You might anyways find good earning opportunities, if you are good with your work.
More to Explore...
I’ve listed the design streams offered at various design institutes below:
- Interior Design
- Furniture Design
- Product Design
- Urban Design
- Universal Design
- Retail Design
- Exhibition Design
- Fashion Design
- Knitwear Design
- Accessory Design
- Graphic Design
- Animation Design
- Interaction Design
- Information Design
- Film Design
- Game Design
- New Media Design
- Footwear Design
- Textile Design
- Toy Design
- Photography Design
- Ceramic Design
- Strategic Design
- Transportation Design
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If you still have 3-4 years at hand, before you apply for a Design Programme, you can give a try to the following:
- Start reading books on various design disciplines and about designers who have made it big in their respective fields.
- Attend some online courses in your niche.
- If you can find people around you who are studying or working in your chosen discipline, try to meet them and learn more about their work. Have a look at their portfolio and talk to them about their work responsibilities. This will help get better understanding about your chosen niche.
- Browse and network on online design portfolio websites like Behance and Coroflot.
Hope the above advice helps
About the Author: Meet Anu Handa – Interior Designer turned Edupreneur, Blogger and co-founder at Mosaic Institute of Design. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.
Her online platform www.mosaicdesigns.in, helps the next generation of Design & B.Arch Aspirants get the right career advice, choose the most apt design streams, help them prepare for the entrance exams and choose the best college.
She has been the lead blogpost writer at www.mosaicdesigns.in since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles.
Passionate about Design Education, she likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields on online platforms. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology.
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