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National Institute of Design

The National Institute of Design (NID) is a design school in Ahmedabad, India. The institute functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, government of India.


The programme starts with a foundation year followed by three years of specialized studies in any one of the following disciplines:
    Industrial Design
    1. Product Design
    2. Furniture Design
    3. Ceramic & Glass Design
Communication Design
  1. Graphic Design
  2. Animation Film Design
  3. Film & Video Communication
  4. Exhibition(Spatial) Design
Textile, Apparel & Lifestyle Accessory Design
  1. Textile Design


Post Graduate Specializations are offered in:
    Ahmedabad campus
    1. Animation Film Design
    2. Ceramic & Glass Design
    3. Film & Video Communication
    4. Furniture Design
    5. Graphic Design
    6. Product Design
    7. Textile Design
Bengaluru campus
  1. Design for Retail Experience
  2. Digital Game Design
  3. Information Design
  4. Interaction Design
  5. Universal Design
Gandhinagar campus
  1. Apparel Design
  2. Lifestyle Accessory Design
  3. Strategic Design Management
  4. New Media Design
  5. Photography Design
  6. Toy & Game Design
  7. Transportation & Automobile Design


The four-year-long GDPD is offered at NID Vijayawada and NID Kurukshetra in the following areas of specialization:
  1. Industrial Design
  2. Communication Design
  3. Textile & Apparel Design

Design Aptitude Test: For B. Des, GDPD & M. Des

The DAT teststhe student’s ability in Design, Problem Solving, Visual Sense, Observation & Perception, Environmental Awareness, Mental Ability and Communication skills through a range of visual and textual questions.
    1: DAT PRELIMS: Examination for 3 hrs is marked out of 100 points with no negative marking
      Part I: MCQs marked out of 70 points with one or more than one correct answer recorded on an OMR sheet and is evaluated digitally
        Part II: Subjective questions marked out of 30 points, with responses to be provided in visual and/or written format
          For PG Level:
            Part 1: Common Foundation Paper – 40 marks – 1.5 hours
              Part 2: Specialization Paper – 60 marks – 1.5 hours
                2: DAT MAINS:Based on the scores obtained in the DAT Prelims, eligible candidates will appear for the DAT Mains. It consists of two parts:
                  Part I: Studio Test: Consist of tests in different formats such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions etc. This test will be marked out of 100 points and will be conducted in English.The Studio test generally has 3 parts- doodling, 3D modeling and observation tests. The studio Tests at PG level are specific to each design specialization.
                    Part II: Interview: The interview and Portfolio review is conducted separately for all disciplines, immediately after the Studio Test  


                    1. Visual Design
                    2. Thematic Color Arrangement
                    3. Subjects of Design
                    4. Sensitivity to Environment
                    5. Memory Drawing
                    6. Knowledge of Proportions and Perspective
                    7. General Mental Ability
                    8. Drawing Skills
                    9. Creativity
                    10. Composition
                    11. Communication Skills
                    12. Animation
                    13. Abstract Symbolism

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