NID FAQ's & other Design Entrance Exams
The National Institute of Design (NID) is premiere design school located in Ahmedabad (main campus), Gandhinagar, Bangalore (R&D), Kurukshetra (Graduate Diploma Programs in Design) and Vijaywada (Graduate Diploma Programs in Design). Recently NID has opened centres in Bhopal (Graduate Diploma Programs in Design) and Jorhat (Graduate Diploma Programs in Design) . NID Ahmedabad offers 4-year Bachelor of Design (B.Des) programs in faculties of Communication Design, Industrial Design and Textile, Apparel, Accessory and Lifestyle design. The Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Gandhinagar campuses also offers 2.5-year postgraduate Master of Design (M.Des) programs in 19 areas of specialisation.
For UG students, NID has two stages – DAT Prelims and DAT Mains. DAT Prelims evaluates candidates on abilities such as general knowledge, creativity, visualisation, analytical skills and comprehension skills. Based on the Prelims marks, a merit list for the Mains will be prepared. The DAT Prelims is out of 100 marks and has two parts- MCQs (70 marks) and subjective questions (30 marks).
For PG students, NID has two stages – DAT Prelims and DAT Mains. DAT Prelims evaluates candidates on abilities such as general knowledge, creativity, visualisation, analytical skills and comprehension skills. DAT Mains divided further into studio design and interview round. The studio design tests students using different formats – drawing, sketching, model making, group discussions etc. The marks allotted are 100 and the duration is 3 hours. The interviews will be conducted separately right after the studio test.The questions are in English, all questions are compulsory and no negative marking.
NID is one of the best design institutes in India, which focuses on the development of a concept, design engineering, aesthetics, and product development and so on.
Whereas, NIFT focuses mainly on apparel – the fabrics, garment structure, styling etc.
NID offers courses like animation design, graphic design, product design, exhibition design etc. NIFT offers courses like fashion design, leather design, accessory design, fashion communication etc.
NID focuses on courses like animation film design, apparel design, ceramic and glass design, digital game design, communication design, furniture design, information design and so on. NIFT focuses on courses like leather design, accessory design, fashion communication and so on.
NID is a creative exam that requires observational skills. Try observing simple daily objects and work with it by sketching. Sketching will not only be a form of practice for the drawing aspect of the exam but also helps you improve your speed. Solving sample DAT papers, tentative papers will give you an idea about the exam. Be up to date with the current affairs and doing research on your area of design will give you an edge over the others. DQ Labs has various courses with flexible durations that focus on – sketch development, theory, and mock/tentative paper practice, constant feedback on your artworks, portfolio development and presentation. DQ Edge, the online help tool also gives you the access to hundreds of questions, papers and videos for preparation.
Applicants applying for B.Des, M.Des and GDPD must fulfill the age and education criteria.B.Des/GDPD:-
Age limit: The age limit for candidates (general category and overseas) is 20 years (as on 30 June 2019) are eligible to apply. For Indian National in Reserved Category, the age limit is 23 years, for PWD category the age limit is 25 years. Educational Qualification: Applications for academic year 2019–20 are open to applicants who have passed or will appear for higher secondary (10+2) qualifying examinations in the academic year 2018–19 in any stream (Science, Arts, Commerce, etc.) from any recognised board of education such as CBSE, IB, ICSE or their equivalent.M.Des:-
Age limit: The age limit for candidates (general category and overseas) is up to 30 years of age (as on 30 June 2019). For Indian National in Reserved Category, the age limit is 33 years, for PWD category the age limit is 35 years. Educational Qualifications: Applications are open to applicants who have appeared/will appear/passed degree examinations – Bachelor degree minimum 4 year specialisation OR Bachelor degree minimum 3 year specialisation OR Full time diploma of 4 year duration in design/applied arts/fine arts/architecture.
The portfolio is used to assess a candidate’s talent, interest, prior training, self-exploration and so on. A minimum of five up to ten works are usually included in the portfolio. Pick out the most important works that reflects your style and filter it out constantly so that your portfolio is crisp. Label your works and give introduction (one-line intros) regarding the project. If you have the time, carry models because they give an insight about the thinking process behind the model. Most importantly, presenting you portfolio is extremely important.(In DQ Labs, the module makes sure seventy hours are for the studio test and portfolio, mainly for PG students, by the design faculty and alumni).