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National Institute for Design (NID) in India–Colleges, Campuses, Courses and Exams 2020

National Institute For Design or NID is a premier design institute in India. NID is internationally acclaimed as one of the foremost multi-disciplinary institutions in the field of design education and research. The Business Week, USA has listed NID as one of the top 25 European & Asian programmes in the world. The institute has been declared ‘Institution of National Importance’ by the Act of Parliament, by virtue of the National Institute of Design Act 2014.

National Institute of Industrial Design (as it was previously named) was established with the help of Ford Foundation and Sarabhai family at Ahmedabad, in September 1961.Till today the Institute believes in the philosophy of the Bauhaus design movement of 'Learning by doing'. This premier, autonomous institute is also recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India.


There are presently 3 campuses of NID, viz.

  • Ahmedabad
  • Gandhinagar
  • Bengaluru

Ahmedabad Campus (Main Campus)

This is the main campus of NID and NID when founded was located here. It was founded in 1961. Ahmedabad is the largest city of Gujarat! This is referred to as the Main Campus.

Gandhinagar Campus (Postgraduate Campus)

As part of expansion plan, NID has built a new postgraduate campus at Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat State. This is called the Post Graduate Campus. It consists of a jewellery and automobile design centre along with lifestyle accessory design, new media design, toy and game design, strategic design management, transportation and information design centres.

Bengaluru Campus (R & D Campus)

NID's R&D Campus at Bengaluru was set up in March 2006. R&D Campus commenced with two research intensive PG Programmes namely Design for Retail Experience and Design for Digital Experience, from the academic year 2007-2008. Currently five Master's programmes are offered from this campus.


All NID campuses are open to visitors throughout the year from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (apart from public holidays). Visitors will have to obtain a Visitor's Pass at the Main Gate to enter the campus. If you are visiting us in a group with prior appointment, NID can arrange Guided Tour of Campus.


  • Bachelor of Design (BDes) - 4 year course, only at main campus at Ahmedabad is offered in 8 disciplines.
  • Graduate Diploma Program in design (GDPD),at Kurukshetra and Vijaywada
  • Masters of Design (MDes) - 2.5 year course, at Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bengaluru campuses is offered in 19 disciplines
  • Doctorate of Philosophy(PhD) in Design
  • Foundation Courses are UG courses before students select their specialization in Design.
  • International Programs through Research and International workshops

B.Des Courses

Animation Film Design4 YearsMain CampusCommunication Design
Ceramic & Glass Design4 Years

Main Campus

Industrial Design
Exhibition Design4 yearsMain CampusCommunication Design
Film and Video Communication4 YearMain CampusCommunication Design
Furniture and Interior Design 4 YearsMain CampusIndustrial Design
Graphic Design4 YearsMain Campus

Communication Design
Product Design
4 YearsMain CampusIndustrial Design
Textile Design4 YearsMain Campus

Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle & Accessory Design

M.Des Courses

Animation Film Design2.5 YearsAhmedabadCommunication Design
Apparel Design2.5 YearsGandhinagarTextile, Apparel, Lifestyle & Accessory Design
Ceramic & Glass Design2.5 YearsAhmedabadIndustrial Design
Design for Retail Experience2.5 YearsGandhinagarInterdisciplinary Design
Digital Game Design2.5 YearsGandhinagarIT Integrated
Film and Video Communication2.5 YearsAhmedabadCommunication Design
Furniture and Interior Design 2.5 YearsAhmedabadIndustrial Design
Graphic Design2.5 YearsAhmedabadCommunication Design
Information Design2.5 Years GandhinagarIT Integrated
Interaction Design2.5 Years GandhinagarIT Integrated
Lifestyle Accessory Design2.5 Years PG CampusTextile, Apparel, Lifestyle & Accessory Design
New Media Design 2.5 Years PG CampusIT Integrated
Photography Design2.5 Years PG CampusCommunication Design
Product Design2.5 YearsAhmedabadIndustrial Design
Strategic Design Management2.5 YearsPG CampusInterdisciplinary Design
Textile Design2.5 YearsAhmedabadTextile, Apparel, Lifestyle & Accessory Design
Toy & Game Design2.5 YearsPG CampusIndustrial Design
Transportation & Automobile Design2.5 YearsPG CampusIndustrial Design
Universal Design2.5 YearsR & D CampusIndustrial Design

M.Des Courses

The eligibility to get admission in BDes / GDPD course at NID is -

  • 10+2 with minimum of 50%, taking any subject combination from a recognized board in India and if a foreign national, then any board which is recognized in India by Association of Universities.
  • Upper Age limit: 20yrs (General Category and Foreign Nationals); 23 yrs (OBC,SC,ST); 25 yrs (PwD)

The eligibility to get admission in MDes course at NID is -

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline from any university in India which is recognized by Indian Law, or
  • BDes from NID or any other design, applied arts, fine arts or architecture college in India which is recognized by Indian Law.
  • Diploma of minimum 4 year duration in any design or related fields, which is recognized by Indian law.

Number of Seats


Animation Film Design15
Ceramic & Glass Design10
Exhibition Design10
Film and Video Communication10
Furniture and Interior Design10
Graphic Design15
Product Design15
Textile Design 15


Animation Film Design15
Ceramic & Glass Design10
Apparel Design15
Digital Game Design15
Film and Video Communication 15
Design for Retail Experience15
Furniture and Interior Design 15
Interaction Design15
Graphic Design15
Information design15
New Media Design15
Toy & Game Design10
Photography Design15
Lifestyle Accessory Design15
Transportation & Automobile Design15
Strategic Design Management15
Textile, Apparel, Lifestyle & Accessory Design15
Product Design15
Universal Design15

Examination to get admission in BDes/GDPD/MDes

Entrance Exam

NID’s entrance exam Design Aptitude Test (DAT) which is also popularly called the National Entrance Examination for Design (NEED) is one of the most regarded entrance exams for design in India and also one of the most difficult ones along with IDC’s CEED.

There is no particular syllabus to prepare for DAT or NEED and the questions are framed on basic topics like Communication Skills, Composition, Creativity, Drawing Skills, General Mental Ability, Sensitivity to Environment and Subjects of Design.

Both B.Des and M.Des Design Aptitude Tests (DAT) comprise of two phases, the first being a written test and Phase 2 being a Studio Test


Phase 1: This 3-hour test is for 100 marks and the questions are both visual and textual in type. The test is conducted to gauge the candidate’s aptitude for Design Problem Solving, Visual Sense, Observation & Perception, Environmental Awareness, Mental Ability and Communication Skills.

Phase 2: Phase 2 comprises of a Studio Test followed by Personal Interview and Portfolio Presentation. The Studio Test is further divided into 3 parts- Doodling, 3D Modelling and Observation Test.


Phase 1: This 3-hour test is for 100 marks and consists of two parts, both of 1.5-hour time duration. Part A is a Common Foundation Paper for 40 marks and Part B is a Specialization Paper for 60 marks. The test is conducted to gauge the candidate’s aptitude for Design Problem Solving, Visual Sense, Observation & Perception, Environmental Awareness, Mental Ability and Communication Skills.

Phase 2: Phase 2 comprises of a Studio Test followed by Personal Interview and Portfolio Presentation. The Studio Test is further divided into 3 parts- Doodling, 3D Modelling and Observation Test.

Exam Centers

B.Des and M.Des exams are conducted in 12 exam centres as of now. The list goes as follows: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Nagpur. This list might change and information will be available on the website.


The institute aims at training and imparting quality education in design and design related fields. NID strives hard to produce global leaders who will always work to take India forward in the various aspects of product and system designs. It tries to strike a balance between the tradition and modernity of this ever evolving country. It blends the Indian culture with the entrepreneurship of the industries and the world around.

The masters in design will open doors to all the industries, be it software or hardware, at India or abroad. The students who are artistic, have a talent for giving their thoughts a form and putting it on paper, words, slides or any other medium, are ready to learn new things daily, with a will to change how the world looks, should go in for Designing in any of the fields provided by NID.

NID organises Industry Interface annually to provide a meeting ground where the prospective employers and students meet for recruitment in their organization. This event also creates awareness among the industries / firms / studios/ NGOs. / Govt. Sector / MSMEs about NID and its various modes of operations.

Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities in areas such as social communication, service sectors, technology enhanced learning, Craft Design, Green Design, Universal Design, and Experiential Design. The quality of education received by NID graduates has contributed to their success at various levels across diverse segments of the economy; their works and ideas have been duly acknowledged nationally and internationally.

Synopsis of NID Training in India

Course LevelGraduation, Post Graduation and Post Doctoral
Duration2.5 years to five years
Examination TypeSemester System
Eligibility12th for BDes
Admission ProcessEntrance Exams NEED
Course FeeINR 9,00,000 to 15,00,000 (All Semesters)
Starting SalaryINR 4 to 60 lacs per annum
Top Recruiters Wipro, Whirlpool, Trident, Titan, Toshiba, Maruti, Philips, York, Mindtree, Microsoft

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