Top Fashion Design Colleges in India.

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National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi

NIFT is the pioneering institute of fashion technology in India. It was set up in 1986. It has seventeen campuses across the country – New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Gandhi Nagar, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Patna, Raebareli, Shillong, Srinagar, and Panchkula. NIFT is ranked first in India and ninth in the world’s best design schools.

NIFT offers courses on fashion, designing, technology, and management and provides professional Human Resources to the apparel and textile industry. Degrees awarded by NIFT are recognized worldwide. It has partnerships with 32 international fashion institutes and organizations, allowing students to study abroad using student exchange programs. It also attracts international students to come and study on its campuses and experience the academics and rich culture.

NIFT has an entrance exam to shortlist aspirants for its courses.  You can contact NIFT on the telephone for any queries + 91 1126542000. Visit Website:

Pearl Academy

Initially promoted by an Indian textile export house named House of Pearl Fashions Ltd, Pearl Academy was established in 1993. They offer both International Bachelors degree and Indian Bachelors degree.

They offer about forty courses to the aspiring candidates. They have five campuses – two in Delhi, others in Jaipur, Bengaluru, and Mumbai. They foster entrepreneurship and employment in design, fashion, business and retail industry. They have several Indian and International alliances. After NIFT, Pearl Academy comes next in ranking in India.

The aspirants have to clear the entrance exam conducted by Pearl Academy to get admission to their campuses. You can contact Pearl Academy on 011 49807100. Visit Website:

Army Institute of Fashion and Design, Bengaluru

Established by Army Welfare Education Society in 2004, AIFD is situated in Bengaluru. Though it was started to meet the needs of wards and wives of army personnel, the Army Institute of Fashion Design has emerged as one of the leading group of institutions in the country. The institute ensures technical and professional education in the field of fashion design and apparel management. It has several distinguished leaders in Fashion, textiles and design industry as faculty. It collaborates with various reputed industries and offers specialized workshops, lectures and interactions for students. It has a very commendable infrastructure and campus location.

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Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune

Symbiosis Institute of Design was established in Pune in 2006. The campus has state-of-the-art design studios, laboratories, workshops, IT infrastructure, prototyping labs, library, exhibition areas, amphitheater, and everything needed to mold fashion design students into industry stalwarts. They offer programs in Communication Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Design and Fashion Communication.

Aspirants have to take Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design (SEED). You can contact SID on +91 020-26634546 or visit website

Amity School of Fashion Technology, Noida

Affiliated to Amity University, Amity School of Fashion Design was established in 2006. The School has both in-house and visiting faculty training students in Design, Technology & Management of Fashion, and the Textile and Apparel Industry. They claim to have a range of subject-specific software that aids students in data analysis, fabric designing, and pattern making. They have various scholarship schemes for deserving students. They offer good placements for students with reputed organizations, brands, and designers.

You can contact Amity School of Fashion Technology (ASFDT) at or visit website

JD School of Fashion Technology, Bengaluru

One of the premier institutes, JD School of Fashion Technology, was established in 1988. They have more than forty campuses across the country, and among them, JD Institute in Bengaluru is the most popular one. They are associated with various prestigious bodies in India and abroad. They offer cutting-edge courses, innovative teaching methods, experienced faculty, and exemplary infrastructure.

They offer 32 courses at the UG, PG, PG Diploma, and Advanced Diploma level in various streams such as Fashion Design, Interior Design, Jewellery Design, Fashion Communication, Visual Merchandising, Fashion and Business Management, Fashion Photography, and Hair and Make-up Artistry, etc. They have been awarded several illustrious awards and recognitions.

Admission to these courses are based on the merit scored for previous level exams. You can contact them at or visit their website

Vogue Institute of Art and Design, Bengaluru

Previously known as Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology, Vogue Institute of Art and Design (VIAD) was established in 1996. It is affiliated to Bengaluru University and Mysore University. It is one of the top fashion design schools in India and is ranked Number 1 fashion school in Bengaluru. It is associated with several international universities like Accademia Del Lusso- Italy, University of Sunderland- UK, De Montfort University- UK, etc.
Vogue Institute has top-notch faculty members and has excellent facilities like computer lab, textile designing lab, pattern making and cutting lab, sewing lab, interior design lab, and jewelry department, which consists of gemology, diamond grading lab, and a jewellery manufacturing lab. It offers UG, PG, diploma, graduate diploma, certificate and corporate programs in Art and Design.

Admission is through entrance exams for certain courses and for others on merit basis. You can contact VIAD at or visit website

IMS design and Innovation Academy, Noida

Design and Innovation Academy was established in 2005 in Noida. It’s the first and only academy to have its own production house and retail showroom. It has a team of dedicated faculty from reputed institutes in India and abroad. It provides international exposure to its students with linkages to various international institutes and universities. It offers various courses at UG and diploma level, and selection is through Design Entrance Test (DET), followed by Personal Interview (PI) round. It conducts summer training internships and seminars for the students and also the students have to undergo a six-month graduation project/ internship in their respective fields to get hands-on experience.

You can contact DIA at or visit the website

Whistling Woods International, Mumbai

It was jointly established by Whistling Woods and the famous fashion designer Neeta Lulla in 2006. This is the first and only fashion school in India to be spearheaded by a fashion designer. Its degree courses are accredited by Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development.

Whistling Woods International encourages students to explore their artistic, technical and commercial talent to the fullest. It has well-experienced faculty members and arranges guest lectures taken by the eminent personalities of the industry.

The admission is offered based on the Whistling Woods I international Entrance Exam scores. You can contact them on +91-22-62716070 or visit website

Maharshi Karve Stree Shivshankar Samastha (MKSSS) School of Fashion Technology, Pune

MKSSS’ School of Fashion Technology was established in 1998. It is affiliated with SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. It offers several courses in Fashion Design, Technology, Production, Merchandising, Communication, Textile Design, and Sustainable Fashion. It has highly qualified faculty members. To maintain links with industry experts and students, the School regularly invites professionals and industry experts from the relevant companies to take lectures and seminars.

It offers nine programs at the UG, PG, PG diploma, and diploma level, including Bachelor of Design (BDes), Master of Design (MDes), PG Diploma in Fashion Design & Merchandising.

The admission is through SOFT Common Entrance Test. You can contact SOFT at or visit website

(This is a curated list and it is in no particular order of importance, rank or preference. Do all the due diligence before joining any course)

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