A career in the fashion industry is perceived to be glamorous and lucrative but what most people don’t know is that it’s challenging and hectic; to keep up with the latest trends, to factor in changes that take place, to understand the market, to cater to consumer demands, to expel creativity in stressful atmospheres.
The path to becoming a fashion designer is filled with obstacles that require discipline and talent to overcome. It all begins with getting into a good college that will help you develop and polish your skills. While there are 3 year and 4 year programs, a 4 year program is always preferable. In those four years students will learn about fabric, techniques and technology. Students will enter the industry with head start with the kind of training they receive from institutions like NIFT. NIFT also has a reputed alumni base, who hold enviable positions in the industry today like Sabayasachi Mukherji, Manish Arora, Ritu Kumar and Ritu Beri.
Students of Fashion design can choose to specialize in areas like Apparel Design , Lifestyle Accessory Design , Leather Design, Textile Design, Jewellery Design, Knitwear Design & Fashion Communication. Colleges other than NIFT’s offer other streams as well.
Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech or M.F.Tech) in Apparel Production is related to the technical aspects of real world problems associated with Apparel Design & Development, Manufacturing Technology, Production and other allied areas. These students typically get employment at Large fashion Production houses.
Fashion Management (M.F.M) aspirants are exposed to the application of Knowledge and Skills to manage areas like – Brand Management, Fashion Merchandizing, Intellectual Property, Social Media Marketing, Luxury Management Services marketing, e-Commerce, Entrepreneurship and other areas. These students typically get employment at Large fashion design studios and corporate organizations.
Career options in the Fashion Industry
Students who’ve graduated from NIFT or other well known universities have many choices, professionally speaking .The training they receive equips them to explore multiple domains of the Fashion Industry as listed:
One of the highest profile roles in the industry, designers are the creative genius’ who work on the design of clothing and fashion ranges. Designers can work in any specialism, from handbags to sportswear to children’s wear.
Fashion photography is a coveted job, such photographers are sought after in magazines, catalogs, advertising agencies and can also be self employed once they’ve established themselves.
Stylists assess the overall appearance and needs of each client to determine which styling techniques and/or makeup will help the client achieve the desired look. With a good clientele this occupation is certainly lucrative.
A merchandiser help execute the ideas put forth by their boss or corporate team, who decide on a certain theme or set of standard that need to be met, and then translate it to how the store’s merchandise is arranged.
They are involved in choosing the appropriate fabric and designs, they work with patterns so they oversee sizing, fitting and material testing, they also analyses the product returns and faults.
Typical work includes supervising other editors and writers, writing or editing articles themselves, formulating and styling fashion photo shoots, choosing photos for publication, choosing fashion items. Looking up trends for publication ,researching trends in the fashion industry.
The fashion industry production manager may assume the role of event planner, overseeing model fittings and acting as a liaison between hair stylists and makeup professionals to convey the designer’s styling directions.
They develop materials from research, to production, to distribution , to presentation to customer reception. They are responsible for assessing future and planning for future product lines.
This occupation requires the individual to create innovation plans researching new products and assessing target market and current trends.
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Path to become a Fashion Designer
One can become a Fashion Designer at an undergraduate level
Fashion Design Exams to prepare for & Universities to Target:
All NIFT Design colleges have a 3 stage admission process - Design Aptitude Test (DAT), Studio Test & Interview with Portfolio review. So aspirants must have a significant approach to their preparation.
NIFT exam consist of two rounds.
1. Round 1: Written Test
2. Round 2: Situation Test / Group Discussion / Interview
GENERAL ABILITY TEST (GAT):
This test will comprise of various sections as given below:
The CAT judges the power of observation in concept development, intuitive ability, and design ability of the candidate. An important aspect of CAT is the innovative and creative use of color and illustration skills.
The aspirants shortlisted for B.Des from the prelims written exam need to give a situation test which is a hands-on test to evaluate the candidate’s skills for innovative ability and material handling on a given situation with a given set of materials. No additional material will be allowed/provided. The model will be evaluated on space visualization, creative use of given material, innovative, construction skill, the composition of elements, color scheme, the finesse of the model, and overall presentation etc. These parameters will be checked with the write up explaining the concept behind the model constructed. The write-up will be in English Since the medium of instruction in NIFT Exam is English. For write-up in any other language, No marks will be given.
Shortlisted candidates for Masters Programs from the written entrance examination are required to undergo Case Study based Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). GD will be of around 15 to 20 minutes which will be the discussion on a case study assigned, on which a panel of experts will judge the candidates on various parameters including:
Candidates shall be evaluated on the various parameters as listed below by a panel, in the Personal Interview:
|Bachelor Of Design||CAT
|Master Of Design||CAT
|Bachelor Of Fashion Technology||GAT||100%|
|Master Of Fashion Technology||GAT
|Master Of Fashion Management||GAT
Generally, the first year is common and students choose their specializations in their subsequent academic years. various specialization courses are listed below:
Note: Fashion Design has its own programmes classified into various courses which are covered in detail on our Fashion Design Page.
Design Quotient Labs (DQ LABS) provides unique Design Training Programs in which we successfully train creative students to get admission into their dream university. Students from DQ Labs have secured admissions into prestigious design universities like NIFT (UG /PG), India; Carnegie Melon University, USA; Instituto Europo di Design, Italy etc amongst others.
DQ LABS teaching methodology and study material for Fashion Design (NIFT) entrance exam preparation is a result of years of experience which we have gained through mentoring thousands of aspirants at our design studios in Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, and Mangalore.
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