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Special Courses : Product Design at NID, Ahamadabad

Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Design @ National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

This is a 2 to 2½ year programme offered in the following specific areas of specialisation in 15 design disciplines under the five faculties.

Eligibility criteria for PGDPD

Candidates having a Bachelor's degree or equivalent (including those who will be appearing for the qualifying examinations during the academic year 2009-10) in the areas mentioned against each discipline below are eligible to apply. Diploma holders from premier specialized institutions may be considered on par with Bachelor's Degree in certain cases. Those applying for more than one programme should send in separate application forms. One cannot apply for more than two Programmes. Upper age limit for candidates is 27 years (relaxable by 3 years for SC/ST candidates) as on 1.6.2010. Candidates with work experience after graduation will be preferred. Age relaxation upto 3 years for general candidates with relevant work experience may also be considered.
Industrial Design

  • Product Design : B.Tech,B.E.(Mech./Mechatronics),B.Arch.
  • Furniture & Interior Design : B.Tech/B.E. (Civil Engg.), B.Arch Interior Design
  • Ceramic & Glass Design : B.Arch,B.F.A.,Ceramic & Glass Design/Technology, Graduates in other disciplines with experience in Ceramic & Glass related fields.
  • Toy Design & Development : B.E. /B.Tech./ BCA/ BIT/ B.Arch./Interior Design / BFA/ Applied Arts/ Child development/ Therapy, or graduates with certain experience in allied areas.
  • Transportation & Automobile Design+ : B.Tech /B.E. ( Automobile / Mechanical / Mechatronics)/ B.Arch, Product Design from reputed Institutes/Design School in India and/or Abroad. Textile and Apparel Design
  • Textile Design : B.F.A.,Applied Arts,Textile/Handloom Technology, Textile / Knitwear/ Fashion Design / Home Science with Textile & Clothing.
  • Apparel Design & Merchandising : B.F.A., Applied Arts, Textile / Knitwear/ Fashion Design or graduates in Merchandising or any other disciplines with proven proficiency in drawing and garment construction/presentation.
  • Lifestyle Accessory Design : B.F.A., Applied Arts, Design, B.Arch, Interior Design, Accessory Design and relevant disciplines in Technology / Engineering.
    Communication Design
  • Graphic Design : B.F.A., Applied Arts, B.Arch., Interior Design, Graduates with experience in Graphic Design.
  • Animation Film Design : B.F.A., Applied Arts, Design, B.Arch., Comm. Media Film & TV, Mass Media, Graduates with experience in Animation Industry.
  • Film & Video Communication : Humanities, Arts, Visual Communication, Mass Media or graduates in any other discipline with relevant work experience.
    IT Integrated Design
  • New Media Design * : B.F.A., Applied Arts, B.Tech, ,BIT, B.Arch, Visual Communication, Mass Media, BSc. Computer Science, BCA, (Knowledge of Scripting, Authoring & Graphic tools essential).
  • Software & User Interface Design * : B E (computer Science), B.Arch., BFA, B.Tech (Ele.), B.I.T., Applied Psychology, Accessory Design with relevant work experience.
  • Information & Digital Design * : B.Tech./B.I.T./ B.E. (CS) / B.Arch., BFA (Visual Communication/ Painting), Applied Arts, BIT, BCA, BSc (Computer Science/ Statistics/ Maths), Mass Media, Cognitive Psychology (knowledge of scripting and graphic tools essential) with relevant work experience.
    Design Management
  • Strategic Design Management * : Any recognised 3-year Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, Humanities, Science or a 4-year degree in Engineering, Technology, etc. with work experience of minimum 2 years in a design/design related organisation. Total number of seats in PGDPD: 175

* Programmes at Sr. No. 12, 13 & 14 above are of 2 years' duration and conducted at NID's PG campus (transit) at Gandhinagar, 25 km away from the main campus. Programme at Sr. No. 15, which is of 2 years' duration, will be offered at the main campus.)

+ Programme at Sr. No. 5 may be offered on twinning basis with Italian Institutions, subject to approval from Govt. of India for which fee structure will vary.)

Admission Procedure

Admission announcements are issued in the leading national dailies in the last week of September every year. Application forms along with the prospectus for the ensuing academic year will be made available on request from the second week of October on payment of Rs.850 (only Rs.450 for SC/ST candidates) by Demand Draft of any scheduled bank drawn in favour of the National Institute of Design payable at Ahmedabad. Forms will also be available at selected branches of Bank of India across the country. Forms downloaded from NID's website ( ) along with required amount of DD drawn in favour of National Institute of Design payable at Ahmedabad will also be accepted.

The tests at the various centres will consist of design aptitude tests. Based on scores obtained from these tests, shortlisting of candidates to be called for second phase will be done.

The second phase of the admission procedure will be studio tests followed by interviews at Ahmedabad. All those called for the second phase are required to attend the studio tests and interview, which completes the process of selection. The procedures grades and weightage for each year will be decided by the Admission Committee for the year.

Number of seats

Intake into the Graduate Diploma Programme is 60 and for the Post-Graduate Diploma Programme is 175. Number of seats available for PGDPDs in different disciplines are as under:

  • Product Design - 10
  • Furniture & Interior Design - 15
  • Ceramic & Glass Design - 10
  • Toy Design & Development - 10
  • Transportation Design - 10
  • Apparel Lifestyle Accessory Design - 10
  • Textile Design - 15
  • Animation Film Design - 10
  • Film & Video Communication - 10
  • Design & Merchandising - 15
  • Lifestyle Accessory Design - 10
  • Textile Design - 15
  • Animation Film Design - 10
  • Film & Video Communication - 10
  • Graphic Design - 10
  • New Media Design - 10
  • Software & User Interface Design - 10
  • Information & Digital Design - 10
  • Strategic Design Management - 20

For both GDPD and PGDPD, the Institute will draw separate waiting lists with approximately ten percent of the total number of seats available.

Reservation for candidates

As per the Government of India requirement 15% and 7.5% seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates. 3% seats are reserved for persons with disabilities as per the Persons with Disability Act, 1995 who should submit the eligibility certificate (certifying the level of disability) from one of the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre (List of VRCs is placed on our website) and send the same along with their application. The qualifying candidates need to meet the eligibility and admission requirements of NID.

  • Yearly Expenses (Tentative) GDPD PGDPD
  • Tuition fee Rs. 40,000 Rs. 45,000
  • Studio & KMC Charges Rs. 5,400 Rs. 7,500
  • Insurance Rs. 200 Rs. 200
  • Transportation/Field visit Charges Rs. 1,500 Rs. 1900
  • Student Development Fund Rs. 200 Rs. 200
  • Film Club Rs. 200 Rs. 200
  • Security Deposit (refundable) Rs. 7,500 Rs. 7,500
  • IT Infrastructure Charges Rs. 7,500 Rs. 10,000
  • Hostel: Room rent & Electricity Charges Rs. 10,000 Rs. 10,000
  • Monthly Mess Charges : Veg. (breakfast, lunch & dinner) Rs. 1,850 Rs. 1,850

(Tuition Fee under revision)

Total expenditure for studies at NID, including Hostel and Mess charges, is estimated in the range of Rs.1,10,000 to Rs. 1,25,000 per year at the present level of costs. There will be marginal increase in costs, which may vary year to year.

Fee Waivers and Freeships

A number of full and partial tuition fee waiver offered by NID and Ford Foundation are available to the deserving and disadvantaged candidates. There are some additional support offered by the Ford Foundation to meet the Hostel/Mess expenses of candidates from disadvantaged sections of the society.

Overseas Candidates

Overseas candidates applying for admission into Graduate Diploma Programme in Design should send in their application along with other applicants in India by the stipulated date . Such student may attend admission test in India at one of the test centers and if short-listed can attend the interviews at Ahmedabad.

Exclusively for the specialized PG programmes an additional 10 % seats (not more than two in any discipline) may be offered to Foreign Nationals (citizens of all countries) and to the persons of Indian origin. Such candidates should fill in the prescribed application form and send the same with their port-folio to NID on or before specified date . Their selection will be processed through a separate selection procedure.


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