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Top Design Colleges in India




NID is the No.1 Design College of India.

Every Design Aspirant dreams of getting into this prestigious institute.

But have you ever wondered the next best option after NID?


There was a time when there were not many Design Colleges in India


But now, there are an ample number of respectable colleges which fall into Tier I and Tier II category.


They offer great education and placement opportunities.

So, is it not important to go through the list of top 10 Design Colleges of India?

We've compiled one for you.........

1. NID - National Institute of Design 


One of the most sought after Design Institutes in India, NID has its campuses at Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bangalore, Vijayawada, Kurukshetra, Jorhat and Bhopal. The Institute offers B.Des and M.Des programmes with five faculty streams and twenty diverse design domains. It is the most cherished dream of Design Aspirants to secure a seat of admission at NID. It has been declared 'Institution of National Importance' by the Act of Parliament, by virtue of the National Institute of Design Act. NID admission forms are out in September - October. The entrance exam is held in two phases: Dat Prelims and Dat Mains. The first phase is held in January, while the Studio Tests for the second phase are held from April to May. To have complete details about NID, you can visit the links below:


NID Eligibility - Do you qualify?
NID Syllabus - What is asked in the Exam?
NID Forms - When to Apply?
NID Exams - Important Dates
NID Tips - How to Prepare?
NID Fees - How much the course cost?

2. NIFT - National Institute of Fashion Technology


NIFT was set up in 1986, under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The Institute is providing various courses at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, but is acclaimed for its courses in Fashion Design and Technology. With its campuses spread across the country, the institute can boast of producing some very famous Fashion Designers. To have complete details about NIFT, you can visit the links below:



NIFT Forms - When to Apply?
NIFT Exams - Important Dates
NIFT Syllabus - What is asked in the Exam?
NIFT Eligibility - Do you qualify?

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3. MIT - Maeer's Institute of Technology


Established in 2006 by MAEER's (Maharashtra Academy of Engineering & Education Research) in Pune, MIT institute offers various courses in Design. The Institute has collaborations with international design schools and offers the benefits of students exchange programmes and international faculty. 


4. SRISHTI School of Art, Design & Technology, Banglore


SRISHTI School of Art, Design & Technology was founded in 1996 by Ujwal Trust in Bangalore. It offers various Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in the fields of Art, Design & Technology. 


5. IIT - Indian Institute of Technology (Department of Design) Guwahati


Established on the North bank of the river Brahmaputra in Guwahati, Assam, the Department of Design is situated amidst breathtaking beauty and serenity. It is one of the thirteen departments at IIT Guwahati and offers M.Des Degree, B.Des Degree and a Ph.D degree in design.


6. IIT - Indian Institute of Technology (Industrial Design Centre) Mumbai


Set up in 1969 by the Government of India, at the campus of Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, IDC is one of the oldest design college in India. It offers B.Des, M.Des programmes in Industrial Design, Visual Communication, Animation Design, Interaction Design and Mobility and Vehicle Design as well as a Ph.D programme in design. 


7. DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore


Based in Coimbatore, DJ Academy was set up in 2004 by GKD Charity Trust. The Institute is placed amidst 21 acres of land in an eco friendly location, 18 km from the city centre. DJ Academy provides Undergraduate and Postgraduate Diploma courses in various design streams.


8. Pearl Academy of Fashion


Established in 1993, Pearl Academy offers various courses in Design, Media and Retail but is renowned for its Fashion Design courses. The Delhi centre was first to be established and was the most distinguished one. Other centers are located at Noida, Jaipur and Mumbai.  


9. SOFT - School of Fashion Technology


SOFT was established in 1998 by Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha (MKSSS) in Pune. It offers a variety of courses in Fashion Design, Communication and Merchandising at par with the industry and at an affordable fee structure. The Institute offers B.Des courses in affiliation with S.N.D.T Women's University, Mumbai and provides Autonomous courses in association with Accademia Costume & Moda,Rome, Italy. 


10. Symbiosis Institute of Design


Based in Pune, Symbiosis Institute of Design offers B.Des Programmes in various fields of Design like Communication Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Design etc. 



Q1. Which Designing Course is best in India?

Ans. Mostly students choose a Design Course in accordance with their skill set and interest. But still there are some courses which are more popular than the others. Currently UX/UI Design is very much in demand and also provides good placement and package. Read More: Which Designing Course is best in India?

Q2. How many Designing Courses are there?

Ans. There are more than 20 Design Disciplines available in various colleges in India with Interior, FashionGraphic Design being the most popular ones. There are also courses which are relatively new like Strategic Design & New Media Design

Q3. How many Design Colleges are there in India?

Ans. Of late, so many Colleges have started offering Bachelors in Design & the list is a long one, which makes it even more important to choose a college wisely before taking admission. The list of "top 60 Design Colleges in India" is provided in this article.

11. CPDM - Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing, Banglore

         Address: Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing

                       Indian Institute of Science

                       Bangalore - 560012, Karnataka


12. IIT-Indian Institute of Technology

         (Instrument Design & Development Centre) Delhi

         Address: Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016


13. IIT-Indian Institute of Technology (Design Programme) Kanpur

         Address: Kalyanpur, Kanpur-208016


14. FDDI - Footwear Design & Development Institute,

        Noida, Fursatganj, Chennai, Kolkata, Rohtak, Chhindwara, Jodhpur,

        Guna, Ankleshwar, Hyderabad, Patna, Chandigarh

        Address: Noida Branch

                      A-10/A, Sector-24, Noida-201301

                      Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh


15. CFTI - Central Footwear Training Institute, Chennai

         Address: 65/1, GST Road, Guindy,

                      Chennai-600032, Tamil Nadu


16. IICD - Indian Institute of Craft & Design, Jaipur

         Address: J-8, Jhalana Institutional Area,

                       Jaipur-302004, Rajasthan


17. APIED - Arvindbhai Patel Institute of Environmental Design, Anand

         Address: Near Bhaikaka Library, Mota Bazaar,

                       Vallabh Vidyanagar, Anand - 388120



18. NIIFT, Mohali, Ludhiana

          Address: NIIFT, Phase I, Adjoining Police Station

                        Industrial Area, Mohali

                       : NIIFT, Business Center Building,

                         Phase VIII, Ludhiana


19. APEEJAY Institute of Design, Delhi

         Address: Apeejay Stya Block, Apeejay School Road,

                      Sheikh Sarai, Phase-1, New Delhi-110017                     


20. WLC - Wigan & Leigh College India Ltd, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata

         Address: No. 9, Sri Krishna Complex, Ramamurthy Nagar,

                      Main Road, Banasawadi, Bangalore-560043

                     :160, B Western Avenue, Sainik Farms,

                       Khanpur, Delhi-110062

                     :Touchstone Tower En 10, En Block, Sector V,

                      Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal - 700091           


21. ITM Design Institute, Mumbai

         Address: Plot No. D-222/28, Near Bafana Motors, ABB and Airtel Lane,                       

                       MIDC Nerul, 5th Floor, South Central Road,

                       Shiravane MIDC, Nerul, MIDC Industrial Area,

                       Shiravane, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 400706


22. IMS Academy of Fashion & Jewellery Design

         Address: A-8B, DIA Building,IMS Campus Sector-62,

                      Noida, 201301, Uttar Pradesh


23. IIAD - Indian Institute of Art & Design, Delhi

         Address: B-26, Okhla Phase 1, New Delhi-110020


24. IILM - School of Design, Gurgaon

         Address: 1, Knowledge Center, Golf Course Road,

                       IILM Institute, Sector 53, Gurugram, Haryana 122003


25. ISDI - Indian School of Design & Innovation, Mumbai

         Address: ISDI Tower, One Indiabulls Centre,

                       Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel,Mumbai 400013.


26. NMIMS School of Design, Mumbai

         Address: School of Design,SVKM's NMIMS (Deemed to be University) 

                       6th floor, UPG Building,V. L. Mehta Road, Vile Parle - West, 

                       Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400 056


27. Chitkara University, Chandigarh, Punjab

         Address: Chandigarh-Patiala National Highway (NH-64)

                       Punjab- 140 401, India


28. Anant University, Ahmedabad

         Address: Sanskardham Campus, Bopal-Ghuma-Sanand Road,

                       Ahmedabad – 382115, Gujarat, India


29. Ajeenkya DY Patil University, Pune

        Address: DY Patil Knowledge City Road Via Lohgaon, Airport Rd,

                      Charholi Budruk, Pune, Maharashtra 412105


30. Arch Academy of Design, Jaipur

         Address: Plot No. 9, Govind Marg, Malviya Nagar Institutional Area,

                       Malviya Nagar, Jaipur-302017


31. UPES School of Design, Dehradun

         Address: Bidholi, Via Prem Nagar, Dehradun,

                       Uttarakhand 248007, India


32. Manipal University, Jaipur

         Address: Dehmi Kalan,Off Jaipur-Ajmer Expressway,

                       Jaipur, Rajasthan 303007


33. Istituto Marangoni, Mumbai

         Address: Ceejay House, F Block, Dr Annie Besant Rd, Markandeshwar Nagar,

                       Shiv Sagar Estate, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400018


34. Avantika University, Ujjain

         Address: Avantika University, Vishwanathpuram,

                       Lekoda Village, Ujjain - 456 006, MP


35. Woxsen School of Art & Design, Hyderabad 

         Address: Kamkole, Medak District, Hyderabad, India


36. Vishwakarma University Pune

         Address: Survey No 2, 3,4, Kondhwa Rd, Laxmi Nagar,

                       Betal Nagar, Kondhwa, Pune, Maharashtra 411048


37. Vishwaniketan Institute of Design, Mumbai

        Address: Survey No-52 Off Mumbai-Pune Expressway Kumbhivali,

                      Tal- Khalapur, Maharashtra - 410203


38. Indus University, Ahmedabad

         Address: Indus University,Rancharda, Via: Thaltej,

                       Ahmedabad - 382 115.Gujarat


39. KSD - Khyati School of Design, Ahmedabad

         Address: Vivekanand Block, Shilaj Rancharda Road,

                       Rancharda, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380015


40. PP Savani University, Surat

         Address: NH 8, GETCO, Near Biltech, Village: Dhamdod,

                       Kosamba, Dist.: Surat - 394125.


41. VGU - Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur

         Address: Sector 36, NRI Road, Jagatpura,

                       Jaipur - 303 012 Rajasthan


42. Apex University, Jaipur

         Address: Padmani VT Rd, Mansarovar Sector 7, Mansarovar Sector 5,

                       Mansarovar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302018


43. Swarnim Startup & Innovation University, Gandhinagar

         Address: At Post Bhoyan Rathod, Near ONGC WSS, Opp. IFCCO,

                       Adalaj Kalol Highway, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382420


44. ACDS - Aditya College of Design Studies

         Address: Aditya Educational Campus, R. M. Bhattad Road,

                       Ram Nagar, Borivali (West), Mumbai 400 092


45. Apeejay Stya University, Sohna, Haryana

         Address: Sohna - Palwal Road, Sohna - 122103

                      Gurugram, Haryana


46. JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur

         Address: JK Lakshmipat University Near Mahindra SEZ,

                      P.O. Mahapura Ajmer Road, Jaipur - 302 026 , Rajasthan


47. Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery, Jaipur

         Address: RK Derewala Tower, KGK Campus SP-111A, EPIP Near SEZ Phase-1

                      Sitapura Industrial Area, Jaipur 302022 (Raj) 


48. Poddar International College, Jaipur

         Address: Sector 7, Shipra Path, Mansarovar Sector 7, Shipra Path,

                      Barh Devariya, Mansarovar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302020


49. Dr KN Modi University, Jaipur

         Address: INS-1, Riico Industrial Area Ph1, Phase-II,

                      Niwai, Rajasthan 304021


50. ImaginXP, Pune

         Address:  Office No. 401, 4th Floor, Golden Empire,

                       Opposite Syngenta, Baner, Pune, Maharashtra - 411045


51. Bangalore School of Design, Bangalore

         Address: BSD Educational Trust No.4/3, Opposite to B.D.S Nagar,Devanna Compound 

                       K.Narayanapura, Kothanur Post, Bangalore – 560077


52. PD Institute, Jaipur

         Address: 344-A, Near Seva Sadan, Bees Dukan, Adarsh Nagar, Gurunanak Pura,

                       Bees Dukan, Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302004


53. Tatyam School of Design, Delhi

         Address: Tatyam Campus,C-211/1, Adjacent to Munrika Metro Station,

                      Outer Ring Road, New Delhi - 67


54. UID - Unitedworld Institute of Design, Gandhinagar

         Address: Amdavad, A/907, Uvarsad-Vavol Rd, Knowledge Village,

                       Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382422


55. GLS Institute of Design, Ahmedabad 

         Address: GLS Campus,Opp. Law Garden,

                       Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad – 380006.


56. Vastu Kala Academy, New Delhi

         Address: Vastu Kala Academy 9/1, Institutional Area (Opp. JNU East Gate),

                      Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi - 110067


57. MSU - Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara

         Address: The M. S. University of Baroda,

                       Pratapgunj, Vadodara, Gujarat


58. Nirma University, Ahmedabad

          Address: Nirma University, S G Highway,

                        Ahmedabad – 382481, Gujarat


59. Navrachna University, Vadodara 

         Address: Vasna - Bhayli Main Rd, Bhayli,

                       Vadodara, Gujarat 391410


60. Rai University, Ahmedabad

         Address: Saroda, Dholka Taluka,

                      Ahmedabad, Gujarat – 382260


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, 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 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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