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Today we’ll discuss the importance of colouring mediums in NIFT CAT for both B.Design and M.Design Exams. From the examination point of view it is strictly recommended that only dry mediums are used.

Dry Mediums are those colours in which water is not used eg. Pencil colours, crayons, dry pastels etc. Water colours and Poster Colours are not included in the list.

Dry Mediums have the following benefits:

  1. Saves Time in the exam – Dry Mediums ensure faster work as time is not wasted in activities like procuring water, mixing colours, choosing brushes, drying of colours etc.
  2. Less Clutter – Water or poster colours require a set of other things to be carried along like brushes, colour mixing pallete, tumbler for water, cloth etc. thus adding to extra clutter around the examination desk.
  3. No Chances of Spillage – Water colours/poster colours require use of water which at times in a hurry to finish work can be spilled accidently thus spoiling the complete answer sheets of candidates. Dry mediums are a safe bet.
  4. Works fine even if the paper quality is not good – The answer sheet can become soggy if too much water is applied or if the quality of sheet provided is not good.

So, our vote is for dry mediums in all design and architecture entrance exams. Sharing a video on the same topic.

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About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at 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. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology 


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very helpfull post

By - Nilesh