Design Track

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.

Entrance Examination

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.

Application Are Open

NID-DAT Registration

NIFT Registration

Srishti Institue of Art, Design & Technology

Unitedworlds Institute of  Design

Career Opportunities

  • Gaphic Design
  • Product Design
  • Film, Video & Animation
  • Fashion / Apparel Design
  • Communication Design
  • UI / UX Design

Eligibility

10+2 (Arts, Commerce, Science, Humanities)

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

NID Also offers Graduate Diploma Program in Design (GDPD) in following new campuses as well

NID Andhra Pradesh

NID Haryana

NID Madhya Pradesh

NID Assam

Entrance Examination

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.

B.Des

Stage I: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims

Design Aptitude Test Prelims is conducted as a one day written examination across the country. The B.Des/GDPD paper carries 100 marks and has a duration of 3 hours. There is no fixed pattern or marks distribution for NID DAT prelims. This test contains Drawing and Creativity questions along with MCQs based on General Knowledge, Verbal and Non-Verbal Ability and Basic Mental ability.

Stage II:

Based on the scores obtained in DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will be shortlisted for the DAT Mains. This stage consists of Studio Test, Material Handling Test, Audio Visual Test, Doodling test, etc. The tests are conducted over a maximum period of 3 days.

M.Des

Stage I: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims

The M.DesDAT Prelims paper carries 100 marks, comprising a common Design Aptitude test and a discipline-specific Test to evaluate the design aptitude of the candidate. The DAT Prelims paper is a mix of objective and subjective questions.

Stage II: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) mains

Based on the scores obtained in DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will be shortlisted for the DAT Mains.

Stage 2 Studio

Test:

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.

Weightage for B.Des and M.Des : DAT Prelims and DAT Mains

Program/ Test: B.Des/M.Des DAT Prelims : 30% + DAT Mains 70%

Official Links

Official NID Website

Official NID Admission Portal

Previous years’ Papers:

B.Des/GDPD: 

M.Des : 

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.

Institutes and Seats

IDC, IIT Powai, IIT Guwahati, IIITDM Jabalpur, and IIT Hyderabad offer 4 year B.Des program in Industrial Design and Communication Design. Seat matrix is as follows

Entrance Examination

UCEED is a single-phase entrance exam, unlike NID or CEED, where admissions are done on the basis of the score of the combined score of both MCQ section and Drawing Part. UCEED is a test center based examination and has two parts: Part A is computer-based and Part B contains question related to sketching that needs to be attempted on the provided sheet. It is compulsory to attempt both the parts in the given time. The total time for the examination (that includes both Part A and Part B) is 3 hours.

UCEED Pattern

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 Syllabus

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

UCEED 2020 Question Paper: 

 

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.

Institutes & Programs offered

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

Entrance Examination

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.

Weightage for CEED

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 Paper Pattern

CEED Syllabus

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:

  • Drawing: Ability to draw products, people or scenes in proportion with good line quality, composition, proportion, perspective, and shading
    Creativity: Ability to think out of the box and come up with unique as well as diverse solutions.
  • Communication skills: Ability to communicate concepts and ideas clearly with the help of text and
  • Problem identification skills: Ability to understand the user and the context, knowledge of properties of materials and their appropriate use in design, etc.

 

Official Site: http://www.ceed.iitb.ac.in

Along with NID, CEED, and UCEED private institutes like MIT-ID, Symbiosis, UID, Srishti School of Design, etc. conduct their own entrance exams. The syllabus for these exams is almost similar and they all follow two step admission process. Although many institutes consider UCEED or sometimes NID score for admission, few accept candidates through their own entrance exam only.

1) DAT

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

2) StudioTest

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

3) Personal Interview +P.I.

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.

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