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NIFT Entrance: Choosing the department and centre

After the NIFT Situation Test, NIFT declares the final results of the NIFT entrance exam in the NIFT website and at the various NIFT centres. Letters will separately reach your home calling you for counselling. Counselling is an official procedure where they check and verify your documents, and let you choose your department and your centre. The various departments for UG Design are Fashion Design, Leather Design, Textile Design, Accessory Design, Knitwear Design and Fashion Communication.

Students will be called to NIFT New Delhi for their counselling as it is the NIFT Headquarters. They will be guided to the counselling hall in the campus where they check your original documents and you are finally allotted your course and your center. The first ranker chooses his/her department and course first. The vacancy status of the seats will be shown on a screen in the hall for those waiting.
NIFT offers the various courses for UG Design along with their scope.

Fashion Design:
Fashion Design is the flagship programme of NIFT. It’s the programme NIFT is well known for. The primary task of fashion design students is to design collection. The subjects include Fashion Illustration, Garment Construction, Pattern Making etc.

Students of this department work in leading design houses, work as freelancers, Stylists, Illustrators, Forecasting and Fashion Trend organisers etc.

Fashion Communication:
Fashion Communication is yet another happening department. Students of this department are engaged in creating a brand identity. The four major divisions are Graphic Design, Visual Merchandising, Fashion Photography and Fashion Journalism.
Students of this department pursue their career in visual merchandising, exhibition & display design, graphic design, fashion journalism, styling, photography, advertising and public relations, specific to the fashion and lifestyle industry.

Textile Design:
This course forms the core of the whole fashion industry. It’s an extremely interesting department, specially for those who love fun with prints, interesting weaves etc. Students study about various textiles, weaves, prints, raw material etc., which decides around 70% of cost of a product.
Textile Design students pursue a wide range of careers in textile mills and export houses, with fashion designers, design studios, mills, buying houses, hand loom cooperatives and buying agencies as Design or Fabric Managers, or work independently as Designers or Entrepreneurs.

Accessory Design:
Students of Accessory Design Department design accessories ranging from lifestyle product, footwear and handbags, jewellery, leather goods, watches, gift ware etc. Thinking 3-D, understanding materials, proportions are important aspects of AD.
textile mills and export houses, with fashion designers, design studios, mills, buying houses, handloom cooperatives and buying agencies as Design or Fabric Managers, or work independently as Designers or Entrepreneurs.

Knitwear Design:
Students of Knitwear Design department specialize in knits as the name suggests. Knitwear Design includes designing T-Shirts, Sportswear etc., The subjects are more or less the same as in Fashion Design, except that the focus is on knitted garments.
Students graduating from knitwear department pursue careers as Designers, Creative Managers, Merchandisers, Production Managers and Entrepreneurs.

Leather Design:
The name says it. The focus is on leather but the students learn both apparels and leather accessories.
The programme equips students to pursue a wide range of careers in the Leather industry in the areas of Product Development, Merchandising, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Retail and other areas. The programme also hones entrepreneurial skills enabling students to set up Manufacturing and Export / Domestic Units.

When it comes to centres, Delhi centre gets filled up first as it is the headquarters and widely perceived as the best NIFT centre. Centres like Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Gandhi Nagar and Chennai follows. Older centres have a problem of space and hostels. Whereas newer ones are equipped with better campus and hostels.