Which Are The Top Fashion Designing Colleges In India?

January 13, 2021

Which Are The Top Fashion Designing Colleges In India?

One of the most lucrative career options out there and one which helps a lot of us to express ourselves, an industry of colour, glitter and hard work is none other than the fashion industry. Even if someone is not from the industry, has their own irreplaceable identity and one thing which helps us to maintain that is through our clothes. The fashion designers out there are the trendsetters and they help us maintain our identity. 


Yes, one of the major aspects of a fashion designer job is to play around with colours, shades, texture, fabrics and produce a beautiful product but it is not limited to just clothes it also covers styling aspects - accessories, handbags, footwear, jewellery, etc. An aspirant can pursue Fashion Design as a course at the undergraduate or even at the postgraduate level. 


In India, we get a plethora of options to choose from both in terms of fashion degree and colleges. One can choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in design or a BDes in Fashion Design, a Bachelor of Fashion Technology (BFTech), BSc in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, etc. Options to pursue masters in the form of Master of Design (MDes), Masters of Fashion Technology (MFTech) are also available to an aspirant. If you do not want to invest four years into knowing the field you can also take up short-term Diploma or Certificate programmes in the field of Fashion Design.


Getting to colleges, India is home to over 1,100 fashion schools which provide full-time part-time and distance learning options.

You will find the details of top Fashion design colleges bellow:



The college was set up under the ministry of textile in 1986 and one of the oldest, most experienced and best campuses out 16 NIFT campuses. It ranked 17 in the world best fashion school in 2018. It ranks 1 in India. The college offers a wide range of courses such as BDes Fashion Design, BDes Textile Design, BDes Accessory Design, BDes Fashion Communication, BDes Knitwear Design, BDes Leather Design, BFTech in Apparel Production, BDesign (Lateral Entry), Master of Design (MDes), Master of Fashion Management (MFM), Master of Fashion Technology (MFTech), PhD Programmes in Design.

You have to take up the NIFT entrance exam which is usually conducted in January - February to seek admission into the college.



Currently ranked second in India, it was set up in 1995. The college has a world-class infrastructure, highly equipped labs and machine rooms. It has a highly trained faculty with great industrial connect. The campus is spread across 10 acres and provides hostel facilities to both girls and boys. Following are a few courses offered by the college:

Bachelor of Design(B.des), B.F Tech (Apparel Production),Master of Design (M.Des),  Master of Fashion Management (MFM). The fees for these courses range from 5 Lac to up to 11 Lac. 



Ranked 3 at present. The institute was established in 1986 and is best known for its design technology and management. The various courses offered are B.Des Fashion Design, B.Des Accessory Design, B.Des Technology Design, B.Des Knitwear Design, B.Des Fashion Communication, B.Des leather Design, Bachelor of Fashion Techniques Apparel Production, Master of Design (M.Des), Master of Fashion Management (MFM).



Ranked 7th in our country, the institute was established in 1993. The college was initially promoted by House of Pearl Fashion, an Indian export company. The academy facilitates admission of students in courses offered at the University of Manchester, Uk, Australia.

Following are a few courses offered by the university 

BA Fashion Design, BA fashion Styling & Image Design, BA Fashion Media Communication, BA Interior Architecture and Design, BA Interior Product Design, BA fashion in Business Management. There are a lot more undergraduate courses and some post-graduation courses.



The college was established in 2006 and currently ranked 9th in India. The college has world-class infrastructure, design labs and studios. It provides hostel facilities. Admission is based on the entrance exam Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design (SEED). A few courses offered by the college our B.Des Fashion Design, B.Des Accessory Design, B.Des Textile Design, B.Des Fashion Communication, Master of Fashion Management (MFM).


Here are a list few other top colleges 

·         Indian Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore

·         Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology

·         Symbiosis Institute of Design

·         International Institute of Fashion Design

·         IIAD (Indian Institute of Art & Design)

·         Army Institute of Fashion & Design Entrance Test

·         Srishti School of Design, Bengaluru

·         MAEERs MIT Institute of design, Pune

·         Raffles Design International, Mumbai

·         Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology, (Mohali, Ludhiana, Jalandhar)

·         School of Fashion Technology, Pune

·         Apeejay Stya University (School of design and visual arts), Gurugram

 Author : Shirin

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This article caught my notice as i wanted to opt for a good fashion designing college. Though there are many, yet based on this article and the details provided i can make up my mind to choose the best among the lot and get started with my career with immense positivism.

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