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National Institute of Design
Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD)

2 – Semester Foundation Programme, necessary for further specialisation in specific areas of design.

This 4-year intensive professional UG programme is offered in the following three Faculty streams (possible areas of design specialization through projects are given in brackets):

Industrial Design: Product Design / Furniture and Interior Design / Ceramic & Glass Design Communication Design: Graphic Design / Animation Film Design / Film & Video Communication / Exhibition Design Textile and Apparel Design: Textile Design

Admission is open to students who have passed or who will appear for qualifying examinations under the Higher Secondary (10+2), or equivalents like AISSCE/IB/ICSE etc. It is understood that individual students, who have passed the Institute’s admission tests/interviews, will be admitted provisionally to the education programme subject to passing their qualifying examinations before they join the Institute.

Competence in technical and related subjects will normally be considered an advantage. The medium of instruction for both UG and PG programmes at NID is English. Upper age limit for candidates is 20 years (relaxable by 3 years for SC/ST candidates) as on 1 June 2006.

Total number of seats in GDPD : 60 Post – Graduate Diploma Programme in Design

Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Design is 2 to 2½ year programme is 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 2005-06) 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 1.6.2006. 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

1 Product Design


2 Furniture & Interior Design

B.Tech/B.E. (Civil Engg.), B.Arch Interior Design

3 Ceramic & Glass Design

B.Arch,B.F.A.,Ceramic & Glass Design/Technology, Graduates in other disciplines with experience in Ceramic & Glass related fields.

4 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.

5 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

6 Textile Design

B.F.A.,Applied Arts,Textile/Handloom Technology, Textile/Knitwear/ Fashion Design / Home Science with Textile & Clothing.

7 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.

8 Lifestyle Accessory Design

B.F.A., Applied Arts, Design, B.Arch, Interior Design, Accessory Design and relevant disciplines in Technology / Engineering.

Communication Design

9 Graphic Design

B.F.A., Applied Arts, B.Arch., Interior Design, Graduates with experience in Graphic Design.

10 Animation Film Design

B.F.A., Applied Arts, Design, B.Arch., Communication Media Film & TV, Mass Media, Graduates with experience in Animation Industry.

11 Film & Video Communication

Humanities, Arts, Visual Communication, Mass Media or graduates in any other discipline with relevant work experience.

IT Integrated Design

12 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).

13 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.

14 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

15 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.

Selected Branches of Bank of India Across the Country: ANDHRA PRADESH : Hyderabad (Nampally Station Road), Vishakhapatnam (Valtair Main Road), ASSAM : Guwahati (Kamarpatty), BIHAR : Jamshedpur (Bistepur), Patna (Fraser Road) · CHANDIGARH : (Sector 17), DELHI : Janpath, Hauz Khas, GOA : Panaji (Rua De Ormuz), GUJARAT : Ahmedabad (Bhadra),Ahmedabad (Paldi), Surat (Kanpith, Lal Gate), Vadodara (Raopura), HARYANA : Rohtak (Hissar Road), HIMACHAL PRADESH : Simla (The Mall), J & K : Srinagar (Maulana Azad Road), JHARKHAND : Ranchi (Albert Ekkachowk), KARNATAKA : Bangalore (Kempegowda Road), KERALA : Thiruvananthapuram (University), Kozikode (Silk Street), Kochi (Shanmugham Road), MADHYA PRADESH : Bhopal (Marwari Road, Jumerati), Indore (Santa Bazar), MAHARASHTRA : Mumbai (Nariman Point), Mumbai (Dadar-Portuguese Church), Pune (Dr. Goyaji Road), MEGHALAYA : Shillong (Police Bazar), ORRISA : Bhubaneshwar (Janapath), Rourkela (Sector 19), RAJASTHAN : Jaipur (Mirza Ismail Road), Udaipur (Nyay Marg), TAMIL NADU : Coimbatore (Oppanakara Street), Chennai (Errabalu Chetty Street), · UTTARANCHAL : Dehra Dun (Rajpura Road), UTTAR PRADESH : Kanpur (Mahatma Gandhi Road), Lucknow (Nawal Kishore Road), WEST BENGAL : Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Road), Kolkata (Manicktolla), Durgapur (Nachan Road), PONDICHERRY : Pondicherry (J. Nehru Street).

For the academic year 2006-2007 the last date for receiving the completed application forms is 30 November 2005.

All candidates fulfilling the requirements of minimum qualification and within the prescribed age limit will be called for the Admission Tests to be conducted at 12 centres viz Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Dubai (UAE) (NID reserves its right to cancel any of these centres). Dates of these tests will be 7 th January and 8 th January 2006 for Post-graduate Diploma Programme in Design and Graduate Diploma Programme in Design respectively. Call letters will be posted by 20 December 2005. Those who do not receive the call letters by the first week of January 2006 may get in touch with NID’s Academic Office at Ahmedabad.

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. Studio tests/interviews for the Graduate Diploma Programme is scheduled from 26 April to 3 May 2006 and for the Post-graduate Diploma Programme from 1 May to 17 May 2006. Call letters for this phase will be posted by 6 March 2006. This information will also be available on NID’s website ( 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
  • Appare
  • Lifestyle Accessory Design 10
  • Textile Design 15
  • Animation Film Design 10
  • Film & Video Communication 10
  • l 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.


Candidates accepted for admission will be intimated by 26 th May 2006 . They are required to pay fees for the entire academic year (by Bank Draft in favour of the National Institute of Design) along with their letters of acceptance as well as the rules and regulations duly endorsed by them and by their parents or guardians. These documents and the payment must reach the Institute by the date as indicated in the offer letter. In case the Institute does not receive the letter of acceptance and the payment as aforesaid, by the date indicated, the offer of admission will stand withdrawn and the available seats will be offered to those in the waiting list. Candidates who are waiting for the results of their qualifying examinations will be offered provisional admission into the programme. The Graduate Diploma Programme students are admitted only into the Foundation Programme and their entry into different design domains is not automatic. On successful completion of the Foundation Programme, the final decision on the specific design domain will be recommended by the Semester Jury. All students are required to be present for the Orientation Programme and no exceptions can be made. Failure to be present at the Orientation programme may mean an automatic withdrawal by NID of its admission offer. Students who leave the Institute after joining will forfeit the entire tuition fees and other charges and will get only the refundable deposits. Existing students
who wish to register in subsequent semesters will have to do so by paying their semester fees according to the academic calendar. Fees are payable by Demand Draft or in Cash before the commencement of each semester. In exceptional cases, the Institute may allow a student two weeks’ time from the due date, to pay fees with a late fee of Rs.1000. If the fees remain unpaid even after these two weeks he/she will cease to be a student. Students who leave NID or who are asked to leave NID for whatever reasons will not be entitled to any refund of fees. A student can be given leave of absence for a maximum period of one academic year on health grounds or other exceptional circumstances. During this period the student will have to pay his/her tuition fee for the entire year.


In view of benchmarking NID’s academic activities internationally, the Institute has introduced the `Academic Credit Based Evaluation System’ as a part of its structure from the academic year 2002. The system comprises credits and performance evaluation through grading, wherein the students are required to earn the prescribed number of credits indicated for the respective academic programme as well as perform to the established level of performance set by the institute for successful completion of the professional education programme at NID. The students’ performance is assessed at several stages of the Programme, viz. individual course evaluation, semester-end jury, public presentation and diploma jury.

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 30 November 2005 . 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 30 November 2005 . Their selection will be processed through a separate selection procedure as

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