NID

NID Introduction

The National Institute of Design (NID) based in Ahmedabad, is the top design school of the country. Recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research under Ministry of Science and Technology, government of India, NID is a rigorous scientific and industrial design research organization. It has even been ranked by the Business Week as one of the top design schools in the world!

NID has three campuses. The first was established in 1961 at Paldi, Ahmedabad, and the second campus was built to provide a space for postgraduate courses in Gandhinagar in 2004. In 2006, the third campus was inaugurated in Bangalore, offering IT-integrated courses such as Information and Interface Design, Design for Digital Experience, and Design for Retail Experience.

Why EdNet for NID?

NID entrance exams are more complicated than what the average person may imagine it to be. Nonetheless, Our School of Art and Design which was established 2004 with state-of-the-art resources, an intensive curriculum, and professional art equipment can suitably provide the training and coaching required to crack the design entrance exam.

We have a creative and visionary faculty, under whose guidance budding artists can maximize their potential and build an impressive portfolio. Our art classes are an invigorating experience where imagination meets ingenuity. The Design Aptitude Test evaluates the visualization and observation skills of candidates, which means that the development of basic sketching skills is essential to qualify the prelims. EdNet can assist you in honing your creative abilities and artistic skills through our course that focuses on –

  • Elements of Art & Design
  • Drill Lessons
  • Principles of Art & Design
  • Colour Theory
  • Still Life
  • Human Anatomy Study
  • Foliage/Nature Study
  • Design (2D & 3D)
  • Pictorial Drawing
  • Perspective Drawing
  • Illustration

Moreover, we introduce students to a sophisticated range of mediums and techniques in sculpting, printing and graphic design. The course promises to endow students with a comprehensive skill set that can help you turn your dreams of attending India’s top design school, NID, a reality!

What is the DAT?

The DAT or Design Aptitude Test is a two-stage entrance exam that evaluates test candidates for potential in the following criteria:

  • Drawing Skills
  • Design Sense
  • Observation and Perception
  • Creativity and Abstract Symbolism
  • General Mental Ability and Communication Skills

The test is divided into two phases. In Phase I, candidates have to fill up a questionnaire that will assess their observation power; ability to utilize forms, color and shape; caliber for innovation and imaginative expression; and sense for drawing and proportion.

In Phase II, students will give a studio test that will evaluate in real-time their ability to innovate, and handle equipments and material. This is followed by an interview round where the candidate is judged on parameters like career orientation, personality traits, general knowledge, academic and co-curricular achievements, etc.

Learn more about the programs available at NID:

Animation Film Design

As the animation industry in India opens up to original ideas, marking its own identity in the global animation map there is a growing demand for skilled artists, trained in the technical aspects of animation, and digital content creation. The Animation Film Design programme at NID has developed a syllabus that enables its students to find creative solutions to complex problems encountered in the field of communication design. Graduates of this programme can find rewarding careers as animators, game designers, story-board developers, and even work within creative teams for media organizations. In fact, NID alums are often go on to be employed in world-renowned companies such as Channel [V], MTV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, etc. With the inclusion of IT-integrated courses in its curriculum, MNCs such as Tata Interactive, Infosys, and Cognizant are few among the few looking to hire talented design entrepreneurs.

Ceramic & Glass Design

The Ceramic and Glass Design programme is one of the most unique courses offered by the institute. It supports students’ basic and instinctual skills helping them develop concentration and dexterity – two important factors in enhancing the skills of a designer. The artistry required to work with ceramic and glass materials demands conceptual thinking abilities. Further, the course introduces working with materials such as bamboo, wood, metal & leather, giving students more exposure and a wider knowledge base.

What is the benefit of it all? Graduating students are equipped with a holistic understanding of technology and production techniques through which they can find work in a variety of industries. They would also be able to work with NGOs, setup design studios, work in the craft sector or even establish their own firm.

Exhibition Design

NID explains its Exhibition Design programme as a, “…means of communication and storytelling through environmental experiences that inform, entertain, and inspire.” The discipline synchronizes aspects of communication and design and involves mastering spatial planning, knowledge of structures, and manipulation of lighting, color, image and other mediums. This can include designing and building interior-design spaces, stages for festivities, and cultural or theatrical events; and finally, representative or experiential spaces for museums, galleries and trade exhibitions.

The discipline aims to give students an understanding of planning required in designing large or open areas and create an appropriate environment for communication, experience and interpretation of ideas to audiences.

Film and Video Communication

The Film and Video Communication program at NID emphasizes on developing in its students well-rounded conceptual abilities that are adaptable to the ever-growing sophistication of technology.

The films created by NID’s alumni have won a wide global acclaim and appreciation with numerous awards in national and international film festivals. In almost all areas of audio-visual communication including film, advertising, television, feature film and documentary film making, etc. NID graduates have built successful and rewarding careers. Many also work under government-sponsored interactive media projects for specific developmental and communication schemes.

Graphic Design

Students enrolled in the graphic design course work on a variety of projects that cover areas such as illustration, typography, package designing, print and branding, information and communication systems, etc. They are able to build industry skills that can help them find placements with leading firms in branding, publication, and digital communication. Additionally, they can also consider starting their own design enterprise.

In addition to providing a thorough grounding in design and its theoretical aspects, the course undertakes a comprehensive study of cultural and historical contexts that students need in order to function, keeping in mind the range of social and ethical factors that influence design. It creates a stimulating environment for the development of independent thinking, critical judgment, research skills, and professional skills of not only creative but also responsible design.

Furniture and Interior Design

The Furniture and Interior Design discipline deals with the creation, stylization and enhancement of objects that aim to improve the quality of living and working environments. The course takes an integrated approach to the design of furniture and other interior furnishing elements as part of one’s habitat, while striving to redefine the limitations of these elements with a systems point-of-view.

This discipline motivates students to strengthen the foundation of basics which facilitates anticipation for future paradigms. Through its diverse pool of faculty members NID achieves this purpose and brings academic refinement in the learning experience of their pupils.

Product Design

At NID, the product design programme introduces a user-centric approach and process through which students can create products with a sense of accessibility and ease. There is a prevalent responsibility and concern for our environment in its discourse, emphasized in the students’ process of developing innovative ideas. The process centric approach shapes the student’s education through participation and teamwork. Moreover, assigned projects that gradually increase in levels of complexity form the core of this program, especially because, these cover areas that the students are likely to encounter in their careers as professional product designers.

Textile Design

Finally, the Textile Design course stresses on creative explorations that commences with the fundamentals of textile design. The curriculum combines theoretical knowledge with practical application, emphasizing on building a variety of skills working with textile fiber, weave structures, dyeing techniques, surface design, printing methods, sewing techniques, constructed textiles and basic inputs in garment design. 

NID textile graduates are employed in different facets of the textile manufacturing industry in India, which can range from materials, products and markets. They growing demand for handcrafted textiles in the country have lead to successful establishment of local firms that cater to this market. Further, social-developmental projects that aim to provide employment and livelihood for women in rural areas have created independent textile firms that work in collaboration with government-introduced schemes as well as non-profit, non-government organizations.