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Design courses introduce students to fundamentals of design wherein emphasis is given on drawing, photography or modelling. The curriculum often covers the application of design to advertising and marketing, graphics, interiors, products and fashion. The process of designing is carried out through a combination of knowledge, creative instincts, research, analysis, and problem-solving skills of an individual or a team. Ultimately, the goal of designing is to focus and cater to the needs of aesthetics.  


On a broad level, design can be categorized as conceptual and physical. Conceptual design refers to the fundamentals of the structure or elements of the object/product whereas physical design refers to the aesthetic or appeal of the object/product. Students opting for courses under design discipline are a combination of practical as well as theoretical skills incorporating specific areas of study such as fundamentals of typography, 2D/3D design, web or product design, textile / fashion / jewellery design, animation, furniture design, etc.

Program Levels: 

The Study in India partner institutes offers design courses in 3 levels, namely - Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and PhD. The choice of courses depends on students and eligibility set by different institutes. 

1) Undergraduate (UG)

A bachelor’s degree in design discipline is generally a full-time course with a duration of 4 years. Students can pursue it after completing their 10+2 in any stream. 

2) Post-graduate (PG)

A master’s degree in design is generally a full-time course with a duration of 2 years. Students can pursue it after completing their undergraduate degrees.

3) PhD 

PhD is a doctorate level degree and the students can pursue it after their post-graduation. 

Please note, the eligibility for design courses differs across institutes. Therefore, students should check the eligibility requirements at the time of applying.

Branches of Design:   

The branches provided by the Study in India partner institutes under the design discipline are mentioned in the table below. 

Communication Design

Fashion Design

Footwear Design

Leather Goods and Accessories Design

Industrial Design

Interior Design 

Jewellery Design

Graphic Design

Web Design

However, some of the popular branch choices under design discipline include:  

  1. Communication Design

Communication Design is the subject concerned with understanding the relationship between the visuals and the people viewing those visuals. It implies that the communication designers are responsible for visualizing an object, picture or product from start to finish and finally creating graphics that will leave a pronounced impact on the viewer. Students specializing in this subject generally work in fields related to branding or application design. 

  1. Fashion  Design

Fashion Designing has become a popular area of specialization under the design discipline. The study of fashion design involves the creation of lifestyle accessories like apparel, footwear, jewellery, etc. Students opting for the fashion design course are trained in garment construction, fashion illustration, graphic designing, analysis of market trends and pattern building, sewing, and draping. 

  1. Industrial Design 

Industrial design involves the professional practice of creating products, services, objects, and devices that are used by the masses on an everyday basis. Industrial designers mainly take care of the functionality, appearance, and manufacturability of a product or service during the developmental cycle of a product. The ultimate goal of industrial designers is to provide valuable experience to the end-users of a product or service. 

  1. Interior Design

Interior Design is one of the most popular and multifaceted branches of architecture discipline which involves the complete planning of the layout of a house, office or any other commercial building. The main focus lies in enhancing the overall aesthetic of any building through site inspections, conceptual development, space planning, research, programming, construction management, and finally execution of the planned design. So, students interested in taking up interior design need to have a sense of visualization and creativity. 

Career Options: 

After pursuing a degree in design discipline the students can choose from a range of career options and some of them are mentioned in the table below. 

User Experience (UX) Designer 

User Interface (UI) Designer

Interior Designer

Multimedia Artist and Animator 

Fashion Designer

Film and Video Editor

Web Designer 

Industrial Designer

Product Designer 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

1) What is the difference between interior design and interior decoration?

Interior design refers to the art of understanding people’s requirements to create and design functional spaces (work or living space) present within a building. On the other hand, interior decoration is concerned with furnishing a space with decorative items (such as curtains, tiles, carpet, colour, furniture, etc). 

2) Will I be able to create my own website after pursuing the web designing course?

Certainly yes, you can create a website after pursuing the web designing course as you will have the skills and expertise to do so. 

3) What is the scope of the web designing course?

Almost every business or organization depends on having its presence on the internet and requires experts to develop their website and handle the technicalities as well. Therefore, web designers are in high demand, mainly in software, web hosting and IT-based companies.

4) How can I secure admission to a design course?

Many top Indian institutes offer designing courses and students can pursue the same if they fulfil the eligibility specified by respective institutes. However, the general election for pursuing undergraduate design courses is the completion of 10+2 (higher secondary), for postgraduate courses, you must have a bachelor's degree and for a PhD, you must have completed your masters.  You are also advised to check the specific eligibility criteria for different design courses at the time of applying.

5) What are the jobs available after studying design?

After studying design there are a number of jobs available like:

  • Web Designer 

  • Fashion Designer 

  • User Experience Designer

  • User Interface Designer

  • Interior Designer 

  • Multimedia Artist 

  • Game Designer

  • Automotive Designer, etc 

6) What subjects are taught under designing courses?

The syllabus for designing courses differs across institutes but generally subjects like History of Fashion, Element of Colour and Design, Elements of Textiles Fashion, Leather Designing, Analytical Drawing and Colour Mixing, etc

7) Is there scope for Fashion Designing in the future?

People are becoming more fashion-conscious and hence the demand for fashion designers increases day by day. Fashion designers are not only hired by renowned fashion designing companies, but also by retail outlets. Hence, Fashion design has huge scope in the future.

8) What is the Industrial Design course?

B.Des in Industrial Design is a 4-year bachelor degree course which is suitable for candidates who are interested in seeking a career in anything from marketing companies to government agencies. After completing the Industrial Design course, candidates could get job offers like Product Designer, Industrial Designer Researcher, Art Director, Desktop Publisher and many others.

9) What are the benefits of studying a Design course?

This degree gives various choices for students to pursue after completion such as opting for a job, pursuing higher studies in other related designing courses. Students could opt for jobs such as Fashion Designer, Textile Designer, Interior Designers, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Game Designer.

10) What subjects are needed for web designing?

The important subjects of web designing courses are web design using HTML, flash action script, design fundamentals, CSS, knowledge about website hosting, etc.

11) How long is a web design Course?

The duration of the course will vary according to the course level. If it is an online certificate course, it may take around 6 months. A bachelor degree course is of three years while a master degree course is of two-years

12) What are the specializations available under the design discipline?

Some of the popular specializations or branches of design discipline include Web Design, Communication Design, Footwear Design, Interior Design, Jewellery Design, Industrial Design, Leather Goods and Accessories Design, etc.

13) What qualifications are needed for jewellery design?

The basic qualification required to pursue a career in jewellery designing is UG and PG in the field of design.

14) Is jewellery design a good career option?

Yes, jewellery designing is a good career option and students with interest in the fashion industry and are intrigued to explore precious metals, gemstones or rocks can take up a job in this field. Some career options include jewellery trend analyst, jewellery designing or manufacturing and selling jewellery through social media portals such as Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, etc.

Study in India Partner Institute for DESIGN COURSES.

No. of Institute :

Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research (BIHER)

Location: Chennai ,Tamil Nadu
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 5340

Chandigarh University

Location: GREATER MOHALI ,Punjab
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.28
No.of Seats: 8798

Chitkara University

Location: Rajpura ,Punjab
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 161


Location: NOIDA ,Uttar Pradesh
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: NO
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 125

Ganpat University

Location: Mehsana ,Gujarat
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 1430

Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS)

Location: chennai ,Tamil Nadu
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.30
No.of Seats: 865

Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing Jabalpur

Location: Jabalpur ,Madhya Pradesh
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 60

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Location: Guwahati ,Assam
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 104

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

Location: Hyderabad ,Telangana
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 875

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Location: Roorkee ,Uttarakhand
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 990


Location: Phagwara ,Punjab
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 72959

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE)

Location: Manipal ,Karnataka
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.30
No.of Seats: 174


Location: Dehradun ,Uttarakhand
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 1475

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