National Institute of Design National Institute of Design

mission statement

The mandate for NID is to offer world-class design education and to promote design awareness and application towards raising the quality of life by and through

Education to create design professionals of excellence to help meet India's diverse design needs. To train design trainers for other design and design-related institutions and positions in the 21st century as global leaders in Design Education and Research by recognising the changes in economic and business environment nationally and globally.

Ensuring the expansion in the number of quality design professionals and faculty, through existing and new institutional mechanisms.

Becoming a repository of design knowledge, experience and information on products, systems, materials, design and production processes related to traditional as well as modern technologies.

Encouraging the design of products and systems of everyday use in a spirit of restless search for indigenous design solutions by focusing on affordable design for the masses.

To undertake fundamental and applied research to create cutting edge knowledge in the areas of design especially those concerned with user understanding and trends.

To help place designers in key sectors of national need for benchmarking of standards of design education and practice, and encouraging 'thinking global and acting local'.

To offer integrated design consultancy services and cutting edge design solutions providing practice opportunities to students as well as a revenue stream to the institute.

Providing design inputs from the point of view of using design as an integrating force in varied areas like science, technology, management etc. to raise quality of life through well designed products, services, processes, systems, etc.

To humanise technology and integrate the physical with the virtual and digital worlds through better information and interface design.

To provide design intervention for craft, handloom, rural technology, small, medium and large scale enterprises, and outreach programmes for capability and institution building and sustainable livelihood, employment opportunities and economic growth.

This vision acknowledges that higher education in design will have greater responsibilities to meet the needs of society both in India and abroad. We must be prepared to accept this challenge so that we can continue to lead advances in educational and technological innovation, creative expression and design led problem solving. At the same time NID anchors itself to cultural strengths of India and fosters strategic design linkages of innovation and entrepreneurship with the various sectors of industry.

international role

National Institute of Design (NID), listed by The Business Week, USA as one of the top 25 European & Asian programmes in the world, is privileged to have the benefit of rewarding academic exchange relationship with over 90 leading design institutions / universities across the world.

Many faculty and student exchanges along with research and academic interactions have been taking place with most of our partner institutions over the years. NID shares and values the emerging concerns and creative responses of faculty experts and students from each of these important institutions.

In today’s age of rapid globalisation and the need for developing enriching interactions with such institutes across the world involved in design education, we are pleased to share the key areas which NID would like to focus on, for future collaborations.

1. Faculty Exchange: There is increased focus on faculty level. One of the key areas which the International agreements would like to concentrate is exchange of faculty members between the partner institutes. The objective is to nurture and to strengthen an ongoing dialogue for design education and Research centric approach to growth & development. NID is keen to see many such exchanges taking place under the ambit of the MoU for different durations during mutually convenient time.

2. Research: Research is interwoven into the academic and professional design practices and methods of the National Institute of Design (NID). Creative and systematic investigation, system thinking, and developing sensitive and imaginative framework of design dissemination to the sectors that are in need of the same—all continue to remain hallmarks of NID’s approach to design research. Research initiatives are streamlined through classroom assignments, student diploma projects, faculty initiated research projects, consultancy assignments, and industry sponsored research. Applied form of design research extends further to the setting up of a number of industry sponsored research labs/centres at the institute. Research and documentation is integral to the design curriculum at NID.

NID seeks to explore possibilities of joint collaborative research projects with the partner institute. Several such international projects have yielded meaningful collaborations.

The outcome of such joint collaborative research could culminate in seminars, workshops, conferences, joint publications, etc.

3. NID Press: NID Press at the National Institute of Design (NID) aims to capture the institute’s unique design philosophy and experiences gained through the practices in design education, research, consultancy and outreach. NID Press focuses upon contemporary issues; social concerns; historical development; economic, political and environmental contexts; global connections; and extrapolate the philosophical developments in design. The department’s range of publications includes books, monographs, catalogues, a newsletter and a magazine, which collate design activities, events, concepts, and theories. They capture the ‘hands-on’ experiences of several successful attempts that the institute has made to revive the range of design solutions exploring new conceptual knowledge and advancements in technology.

4. Joint Workshops Collaborative Projects: By conducting short-term workshops the Continuing Education Programme at NID integrates design knowledge with the varied segments of industry, commerce and service sectors. It conducts short duration programmes / Workshops to create awareness and sensitize the participants (Professional, Organization and Institutions) to the role of design and its contribution in translating innovative ideas/ concepts/ technology into market success by using the holistic approaches of design process as a strategic tool. Such short term workshop could be jointly offered by faculty members from both the institutes. This model can be replicated at the partner institute as well.

5. Open Electives: Each year during the month of January/February, NID organises Open Electives on its campus which are two week workshops are offered to the senior students from across the diverse disciplines from both B.Des. / M.Des. programmes offered at NID. The scope and nature of the elective subjects, though pre-decided each year, are envisaged to be multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary thus enabling new contexts and crossovers. Mutually agreed framework, content and methodology of each workshop is announced to the NID students in advance who make their discerning choices. The visiting professors from both MoU and other institutes, for this event are also encouraged to bring along 5 - 10 of design students from their respective institute / university to participate in these workshops along with NID students.

6. Student exchange: Regular student exchange between the students could take place every year for one semester. It is advisable for the visiting student to participate in the second semester at NID (beginning from Jan till April.



1. University of Art & Design (UIAH), Helsinki, Finland
2. Instituto Profesional DuocUC of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
3. École nationale supérieure de création industrielle (ENSCI), Paris, France
4. École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (ENSAD), Paris, France
5. Burg Giebchenstein, Halle, Germany
6. Konstfack University College of Art, Craft & Design, Stockholm, Sweden
7. Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, Pforzheim, Germany
8. Shenkar College of Engg. & Design, Ramat Gan, Israel
9. Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, (BIAD), Birmingham, UK
10. Royal College of Art & Design, London, UK
11. The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), Johannesburg, South Africa
12. Sheridan College of Applied Arts & Design, Canada
13. Danmarks Designskole, Copenhagen, Denmark
14. Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Monash University, Clayton, Australia
15. University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
16. Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
17. University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
18. Instituto Europeo di Design, S R L, Milan, Italy
19. University of Bocconi, Milan, Italy
20. Design & Arts College, Christchurch, New Zealand
21. Hochschule, Hannover, Germany
22. Pininfarina, S.p.A, Italy
23. The Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada
24. Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea
25. The Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
26. University College for Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
27. Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island, USA
28. Zurich University of Arts, Zurich, Switzerland
29. Domus Academy, Milan, Italy
30. École Supérieure d'Art et de Design, Reims, France
31. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia
32. The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
33. I-Style, Italy
34. Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy
35. Dept. of Machine Tools & Factory Management, Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany
36. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
37. Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) Berlin University of Applied Arts, Berlin, Germany
38. École supérieure d'art et design / Cité du design, Saint-Étienne, France
39. Coventry University, Coventry, UK
40. Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel
41. The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
42. Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Kigali, Rwanda
43. Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
44. Lucerne School of Art and Design, Lucerne, Switzerland
45. Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Lemgo, Germany
46. Heriot-Watt University, School of Textiles & Design, Galashiels, Scotland
47. Poli.Design, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano, Italy
48. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic
49. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
50. Taiwan Design Center, Taipei, Taiwan
51. University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
52. Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
53. Università San Raffaele, Rome, Italy
54. Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, USA
55. École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Dijon, Dijon, France
56. Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel
57. College of Planning & Design, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
58. Royal Academy of Arts (KABK), The Hague, The Netherlands
59. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA
60. Hof University of Applied Sciences, Hof, Germany
61. Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan
62. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA
63. Arizona State University, USA
64. Saxion University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
65. Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia
66. School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University, Toronto, Canada
67. Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
68. Haute école des arts du Rhin (H.E.A.R.), Strasbourg, France
69. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, USA
70. Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland
71. Faculty of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana
72. Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, Castelo Branco, Portugal
73. Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan
74. Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh
75. Deakin University, Australia
76. Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
77. Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan
78. Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel, Germany
79. Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
80. School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), People’s Republic of China
81. University of the Arts, London, UK
82. George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology (GBC), Ontario, Canada
83. Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany
84. Haute école d'art et de design (Geneva School of Art and Design), Geneva, Switzerland
85. Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG), Offenbach, Germany
86. HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands
87. Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
88. École nationale des Arts visuels de La Cambre, La Cambre, Belgium
89. University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
90. CENTRO, Mexico City, Mexico
91. Bath Spa University, UK
92. Chanapatana International Design Institute, Thailand
93. King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi, Thailand
94. Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
95. International University of Chabahar, Chabahar, Iran
96. University of Madeira, Funchal, Portugal
97. Parsons The New School, New York, USA
98. Business Academy South West, Denmark
99. University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
100. University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund, Germany

national role

Continuing Education Programme (CEP)

Continuing education means when adults return to formal education to remain contemporary/current in their career. Wide acceptance and local sustainability are achieved by involving NGOs, voluntary agencies, social workers, other renowned institutions in the planning and implementation of the various Programmes offered by CEP. It can associate itself with other Institutes and research organizations for developing joint course modules. The continuing education scheme is, therefore, multi-faceted and enjoys supreme flexibility to allow grassroots community participation and design enhancement initiatives for professionals working at various levels. CEP looks to undertake the following framework:

Equivalency programme designed as an alternative education programme equivalent to existing formal, general or vocational education.

Income-generating programme where the participants acquire or upgrade their vocational skills and take up income-generating activities.

Quality of life improvement programme which aims to equip learners and the community with essential knowledge, attitude, values and skills to raise their standard of living


Integrated Design Services

NID undertakes design consultancy projects through its Integrated Design Services (IDS) department. IDS acts as a bridge between the education and professional design practices while serving the needs of various manufacturing, commerce and service sector organizations through diverse design interventions.

The Design projects are taken up and managed professionally and executed through a multidisciplinary approach by team of designers and professionals with faculty members as Project Heads.

Consultancy assignment at NID starts with an enquiry from the client giving details of their probable design intervention that is required, followed by the deliberations with the client in order to understand the scope of the project and creative design brief. Based on the creative design brief, a techno-commercial proposal is made and upon client’s approval of the proposal, the design team headed by the Project Head initiates the design process starting with intense research, conceptualization, design detailing and the final delivery of the project.


This IDS department also brings the institute’s experience and training facilities to the service of those outside its regular education and client service activities.

These programmes help build a network of design collaboration towards economic and social priorities, between the institute and organisation, groups and individuals all over India. These networks help extend design application in many areas which are still new to design.

Workshop and training programmes are tailored to the specific needs of particular groups, aimed at assisting them to put design awareness in schools at primary and secondary levels.


The International Center For Indian Crafts

NID has played a key role as a catalyst in the development and promotion of design in the handicrafts sector.

With the intention of consolidating its extensive experience and in depth understanding of the country’s diverse and vibrant crafts sector, NID set up the International Center for Indian Crafts (ICIC) with support from the Development Commissioner of Handicrafts, at NID’s Ahmedabad campus.

The overarching goal of the ICIC is to create a distinct sustainable identity for the Indian crafts sector and also to train the craftspersons. The ICIC aspires to effectively understand the needs, strengths, and weaknesses of a particular crafts sector and then to apply NID’s interdisciplinary design experience and knowledge base for capacity building, design technology orientation and skill upgradation of artisans. A unique interactive global-local approach is applied which encompasses public-private-community networks.

Over the years, ICIC has undertaken a number of craft documentations, craft design training programmes, seminars and lectures, and workshops and craft development projects. In order to bring in sustainability to the outcomes of various efforts, ICIC also has post-training design clinics.


National Design Business Incubator (NDBI)

NDBI is an initiative of the National Institute of Design, set up with the support of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi. NDBI is incorporated as a non profitable Section 25 Company under The Companies Act of India. The mandate of NDBI is to nurture a culture of entrepreneurship in the creative minds of young designers, so that their ideas metamorphose into newer and niftier products or services capable of being marketed and sold. The outcome is creation of a new class of entrepreneurs the Designpreneurs.


India Design Council

In pursuance of the National Design Policy announced by the Government of India on January 8, 2007, the Central Government has constituted the India Design Council on March 2, 2009 and the Director of NID is appointed as the Member-Secretary of the Council. The India Design Council acts as the national strategic body for multidisciplinary design and is involved in promotion of design to ultimately make Indian industry a design enabled industry.

Amongst other activities, India Design Council has initiated India Design Mark in cooperation with Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) which is in the form of learning from the well-established Good Design Award system in Japan, functioning since 1957, to establish judging criteria for India Design Mark and inviting experts to be a part of jury for India Design Mark determination. India Design Mark is a design standard, a symbol, which recognizes good design.


Industrial / Business associations for students

Professional educational programmes at the National Institute of Design are based on a system of learning that makes students aware of the needs of the client. The emphasis at the institute is to guide young students to engage with real world situations and develop an ability to address the needs of those situations in a contemporary context. The student designers are mentored and guided by experienced faculty members from NID. The faculty members at the institute are professionals engaging with society and sectors of the economy through their research, and design practice. Academic practices at NID recognise the unique and sector specific design needs while setting new standards of design and design education in India. Professional education at NID integrates research and design service across all the disciplines offered. An interdisciplinary approach makes it possible for students from diverse disciplines to integrate their learning in a holistic manner. The institute focuses on experiential learning accompanied by an approach to design that gives primacy to hands-on experience. This approach, while building a strong knowledge and skill base seeks to hone ability for original conceptual quality and context specific design solutions.

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 faculty at NID strives towards imparting state of the art design learning by keeping abreast with new developments in engineering and technology, social and environmental concerns, and policy issues. 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.

Sponsored projects for NID students fall into three major categories.

1 Sponsored classroom projects: Sponsored classroom projects can take place during the last two years of NID’s B.Des. (4 years) and in the second year of the M. Des. (2 ½ years).

These projects are conducted over a 4 to 8 week period in the classroom along with opportunities for client contact. Such projects are an integral aspect of NID’s curriculum and seek to expose students to a wide variety of existing scenarios in the industry, along with testing their problem-solving abilities. Such projects are conducted for a batch of students under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. The outcome of the said project is shared with the sponsor. These projects are budgeted with actual expenses towards conducting the project that include: cost of faculty time, travel cost (if any), cost of materials, cost of sampling/prototype development, and contingency.

2 Industrial Training: Industrial training continues for 6 to 8 weeks; wherein, the student works on a project in the premises of the industry/organisation and under the supervision of the sponsor. It is scheduled in the curriculum at the end of third year of the B.Des. and in the second year of the M.Des.

Through this hands-on industrial training, the student engages in one or more areas of design and development, production, marketing, and several other aspects.

3 Graduation Project: As per NID’s curriculum, all Graduation semester students are required to undertake a Graduation project with a client organisation. This Graduation project comprises a comprehensive project based on a predetermined design brief. The Graduation project, which is expected to be of 6 months duration, is a complete demonstration of independent client service by the student under the guidance of a faculty member from NID. The student is expected to generate a professional design proposal that integrates application and implementation capabilities. The project brief is approved by the student’s faculty guide who is required to review the progress of work. On successful completion of the work, a comprehensive document of the project & its outcome is submitted as prescribed by NID from time to time. The student’s performance on the project is critically evaluated by a jury comprising NID faculty members and external experts for the award of the NID’s Professional Education Degree upon the student.

main focus

  • Communication Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interdisciplinary Design Studies
  • IT-Integrated Programmes
  • Textile, Apparel, & Lifestyle Accessory Design

faculties and departments

Faculty of Communication Design
• Animation Film Design (Ahmedabad)
• Exhibition Design (Ahmedabad)
• Film and Video Communication (Ahmedabad)
• Graphic Design (Ahmedabad)
• Photography Design (Gandhinagar)

Faculty of Industrial Design
• Ceramic and Glass Design (Ahmedabad)
• Furniture and Interior Design (Ahmedabad)
• Product Design (Ahmedabad)
• Toy and Game Design (Gandhinagar)
• Transportation & Automobile Design (Gandhinagar)
• Universal Design (Bengaluru)

Faculty of IT-Integrated Programmes
• Digital Game Design (Bengaluru)
• Information Design (Bengaluru)
• Interaction Design (Bengaluru)
• New Media Design (Gandhinagar)

Faculty of Interdisciplinary Design Studies
• Design for Retail Experience (Bengaluru)
• Strategic Design Management (Gandhinagar)

Faculty of Textile, Apparel, and Lifestyle Accessory Design
• Apparel Design (Gandhinagar)
• Lifestyle Accessory Design (Gandhinagar)
• Textile Design (Ahmedabad)

bachelor level programs


Faculty of Communication Design
• Animation Film Design
• Exhibition Design
• Film and Video Communication
• Graphic Design

Faculty of Industrial Design
• Ceramic and Glass Design
• Furniture and Interior Design
• Product Design

Faculty of Textile, Apparel, and Lifestyle Accessory Design
• Textile Design

master level programs


Faculty of Communication Design
• Animation Film Design
• Film and Video Communication
• Graphic Design

Faculty of Industrial Design
• Ceramic and Glass Design
• Furniture and Interior Design
• Product Design

Faculty of Textile, Apparel, and Lifestyle Accessory Design
• Textile Design

Faculty of Communication Design
• Photography Design

Faculty of Industrial Design
• Toy and Game Design
• Transportation and Automobile Design

Faculty of Interdisciplinary Design Studies
• Strategic Design Management

Faculty of IT-Integrated Programmes
• New Media Design

Faculty of Textile, Apparel, and Lifestyle Accessory Design
• Apparel Design
• Lifestyle Accessory Design

Faculty of Industrial Design
• Universal Design

Faculty of Interdisciplinary Design Studies
• Design for Retail Experience

Faculty of IT-Integrated Programmes
• Digital Game Design
• Information Design
• Interaction Design

research activity and main areas

Through its Research and Development department, NID aspires to explore an issue based approach to design and define the identity of Indian design for international audiences.

Research-based knowledge and publication of the same have now assumed greater significance in today’s knowledge driven society. Design as a discipline is useful in generating new knowledge as well as innovative applications. Keeping this in mind, faculty members, and students investigate a wide array of issues related to design from a multidisciplinary perspective. Research at NID focuses on the application of design to a variety of industrial situations, transportation, health, social communication, sustainability, research and documentation in craft, design for rural needs, applications of new materials and technologies as well as re-examination of traditional ones.

doctorate level programs


subject areas for exchange students

The exchange is open to eligible students for all bachelors and masters levels.

application deadlines

No particular deadline, however, it is advisable to apply by mid-March for 1st semester which begins from mid-July and beginning of September for 2nd semester beginning from end of December / beginning of January.

teaching languages


semester dates

1st semester: mid-July

2nd semester: end of December / beginning of January

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Approx. Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 25,000 if accommodation is available on campus.

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