Design is an umbrella term for a variety of creative pursuits in fashion, visual communication, products, services and systems. A design education ideally imparts empathy and the requisite skills & know-how of tools to bring imaginative ideas to reality. Designers create delightful experiences drawing from research in arts, crafts, human behaviours, visual trends, etc.
There is no single common examination for admission to design or fashion colleges in India However, most aspirants are advised to take NID and UCEED (for design disciplines) and NIFT (for fashion & related disciplines). Other colleges as such as MIT Srishti, Symbiosis and UID, Pearl have separate examinations.
Srishti Institue of Art, Design & Technology
Unitedworlds Institute of Design
NID or National Institute of Design is a prestigious design institute in India, with international acclamation. NID offers both Undergraduate (B.Des) and Postgraduate programs (M.Des) in various streams.
For 4 year undergraduate program, NID offers following programs in their Ahmedabad Campus
1) Animation Film Design: 15 seats
2) Ceramic and Glass Design: 10 seats
3) Exhibition Design: 10 seats
4) Film and Video Communication: 10 seats
5) Furniture and Interior Design: 10 seats
6) Graphic Design: 15 Seats
7) Product Design: 15 seats
8) Textile Design: 15 seats
For 2.5 year postgraduate program, NID offers following programs in their Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bangalore Campuses
1) Animation Design: 15 seats Apparel Design: 15 seats
2) Ceramic and Glass Design: 10 seats
3) Design for Retail Experience: 15 seats
4) Digital Game Design: 15 seats
5) Film and Video Communication: 15 seats
6) Furniture and Interior Design: 15 seats
7) Graphic Design: 15seats
8) Information Design: 15 seats
9) Interaction Design: 15 seats
10) Lifestyle Accessory Design: 15 seats
10) New Media Design: 15 seats
11) Photography Design: 15 seats
12) Product Design: 15seats
13) Strategic Design Management: 15 Seats
14) Textile Design: 15 Seats
15) Toy and Game Design: 10 Seats
16) Transportation and Automobile Design: 15 seats
17) Universal Design: 15 seats
Admission to all programs at NID is on the basis of candidates’ performance in the two stages of Design Aptitude Tests. The objective of these exams is to assess the knowledge, skills, and behavioural abilities of the candidate.
This may consist of tests of different formats. Total marks of the test will be 100 and the duration will be of three hours.
Interviews: The interviews will be conducted separately for each discipline, immediately after the studio tested at the same centre as studio test.
Admissions to the Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) programmes at IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, and IIITDM Jabalpur are done through the Undergraduate Common Entrance Exam for Design (UCEED). Students who have passed Class XII (or equivalent) in 2019 or appearing in 2020 in ANY STREAM (Science, Commerce, or Arts & Humanities), are eligible to appear for UCEED 2020.
Various institutes across India also accept admission on the basis of UCEED score.
The question paper will consist of two parts: Part A and Part B. Questions from both parts are compulsory.
PART-A (Total marks: 240 marks; Maximum time: 2 hours 30 mins)
1.Part-A of the question paper will be administered through a computer-based test.
2.Part-A of the question paper will consist of 3 sections.
Section 1: NAT (Numerical Answer Type):
18 questions (4 marks each; no negative marks). For these questions, an answer is a number that needs to be entered using a virtual keyboard on the computer screen. No choices will be shown for these questions.
Section 2: MSQ (Multiple Select Ques.):
18 questions (4 marks each; 0.19 negative marks). Each MSQ has one or more correct answer(s) out of the four given choices.
Section 3: MCQ (Multiple Choice Ques.):
32 questions(3 marks each; 0.71 negative marks). Each MCQ has four choices out of which only one is the correct answer.
Part B (Total marks: 60 marks; Maximum time: 30 mins)
1. Part-B consists of one question that is aimed at testing drawing skills which will require subjective evaluation. The question in Part-B will be displayed on the computer screen and the answer has to be written/drawn in the answer book provided by the invigilator only.
2.Part-B answer booklets will be collected at the end of the examination.
3.Part-B question is mandatory.
UCEED 2020 will have two parts.
Part-A will have questions from the following topics:
Visualization and spatial ability: Pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test, understanding of transformation and/or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships, knowledge of practical and everyday mechanical and scientific concepts.
Observation and design sensitivity: Ability to detect concealed properties in ordinary things, people, situations, and events, and thinking critically about them. Applying attention to certain details, analyzing, reasoning, classifying, inferring and predicting. Ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.
Environmental and social awareness: General awareness of environmental factors such as climate, population, water, vegetation, pollution, weather, natural resources etc., and their implications on the design of products, images, infrastructure, and environment. Awareness of social and cultural connection with the design, history of the designed artefact, and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses. History of art, sculpture, and literature.
Analytical and logical reasoning: Ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information. Ability to weigh opinions, arguments, or solutions against appropriate criteria. Ability to check for hidden bias or hidden assumptions and whether evidence and argument support conclusions. Ability to use logic and structured thinking to deduce from a short passage, which of a number of statements is the most accurate response to a posed question. Data Interpretation, brainteasers, and patterns.
Language and creativity: Ability to understand and use Standard English. Reading comprehension, knowledge of English grammar. Ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and think out of the box. Design thinking and problem-solving: Ability to use visual analogies, metaphors, signs, and symbols. Ability to understand complexity, identify the problem, generate alternatives, evaluate options and select solutions. Part-B will have a question from the following topic:
Drawing: Ability to draw products, people, or scenes in proportion with good line quality, composition, proportion, perspective, and shading.
Official Link: http://www.uceed.iitb.ac.in
The objective of the Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) is to assess the candidate’s aptitude for design involving visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills. CEED is conducted by IIT Bombay. It is a qualifying examination for admission to Master of Design (MDes) programmes at IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur, and IIITDM Jabalpur, and to Ph.D. programmes in Design at IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, and IIT Kanpur. Qualifying in CEED alone does not guarantee admission to any of these programmes. Admitting institutes may conduct further tests and / or interviews for the final selection / admission.
Admitting institutes may conduct further tests and / or interviews for the final selection / admission.
1) IISc Bangalore : Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing MDes in Product Design and Engineering b) Ph.D. in Design
2) IIT Bombay, Industrial Design Centre
M.Des in Industrial Design, Communication Design, Animation, Interaction Design, Mobility, and Vehicle Design b) PhD in Design
3) IIT Delhi, Department of Design MDes in Industrial Design
4) IIT Hyderabad, Department of Design
MDes in Visual Design
5) IIT Kanpur, Design Programme
MDes in Design
6) IITDM Jabalpur, Design Discipline MDes in Design
The examination will consist of two parts, Part A and Part B. Candidates must attempt questions from both the parts.
Part A contains objective type questions (multiple-choice questions, multiple select questions, and numerical answer questions. Answers to Part A have to be given on the computer.
These will be design aptitude type questions that evaluate visual and spatial ability, environmental and social awareness, analytical and logical reasoning, language, observation, and design sensitivity of the candidates. Part B consists of questions that are aimed at testing design, drawing and writing skills. The questions in Part B will be displayed on the computer screen and the answers are to be written in the answer book provided by the invigilator (NOT into the Computer). However, you need to tick appropriate box on the computer screen to indicate that you have answered the same. Part B answer books will be collected at the end of the examination.
Part B answer books will be evaluated manually for the candidates who are shortlisted from Part A. In Part B, there will be 5 questions of total 100 marks. There will not be any optional question.
The final CEED score will be calculated by giving 25% weightage to marks obtained in Part A and 75% weightage to scores obtained in Part B after the above calculation.
CEED 2020 will be in two parts.
Part A will have questions related to these topics:
Visualization and spatial ability: Pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test the understanding of transformation and / or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships.
Environmental and social awareness: General awareness of environmental factors such as climate, population, water, vegetation, pollution, weather, natural resources etc., and their implications onthe design of products, images, infrastructure and environment. Awareness of design terminologies, social and cultural connection with design, history of the designed artefact, and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses. History of art, sculpture andliterature.
Analytical and logical reasoning: Ability to analyze given information logically and select the most appropriate solutions. Ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria. Ability to use logic and structured thinking to deduce from a short passage, which of a number of statements is the most accurate response to a pose the question.
Language and creativity: Ability to understand passages in commonly used English language. Ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and think out of the
Design thinking and problem solving: Ability to understand the context, the users and the constraints and select the most appropriate solution for a given designproblem.
Observation and design sensitivity: Ability to detect concealed properties in day to day life and think critically about them. Ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aestheticoutcomes.
Part B of CEED 2020 will have questions related to these topics:
Official Site: http://www.ceed.iitb.ac.in
This is the first stage of the admission process. This generally includes combination of MCQ based questions and Drawing Questions. Based on the score of DAT, candidates are shortlisted for the next phase
Similar to NID, private institutes also conduct a studio test to judge their hands on ability, Audio Visual Test, etc. Studio Test format may change as per the institute’s philosophy
The last stage of admission, is a combined stage where you display best work in Art, Design, Music, Photography…basically anything and everything that interests you to a panel of design faculties. There is also a short and casual interaction between the panel and student so the design panel could understand candidate in a better way.
Take a breath, and do not worry. We excel at teaching students how to crack these exams
At ARH, we believe in educating students not only for Architecture Entrance exams but for Architecture
as a course and profession as well.
Our team has worked hard to come up with 2 year, 1 year and Short term courses such as our NATA Crash course, that combine knowledge, skills and confidence required to crack the exams with flying colours.
our courses are equipped with content and exercises required for skill development, Knowledge, and Aptitude strengthening.
The courses differ in time duration as per your academic qualification, your availability and your preference.
Our courses come equipped with Study Material, Question sets, Drawing workbooks, Test series so you don’t need any other book.
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