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Today the National Institute of Design is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated (Experiential) Design. It is an autonomous institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and is recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

NID's vision is to emerge as a global leader in design education and research and become a torchbearer for innovative design directions in the industry, commerce and development sectors. NID's transdisciplinary environment consisting of 18 diverse design domains helps in creating innovative and holistic eco-system for design learning


NID offers professional education programmes at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level with five faculty streams and 18 diverse design domains.NID has established exchange programmes and ongoing pedagogic relationships with more than 55 overseas institutions. NID has also been playing a significant role in promoting design.

A unique feature of NID's design education programme is the openness of its educational culture and environment where students from different faculties and design domains interact with each other in a seamless manner. The benefit of learning in such a trans-disciplinary context is immeasurable.


This 4-year intensive professional UG programme is offered in the following areas of specialisation at the Main Campus, Ahmedabad. The Professional Education at NID has both UG and PG Programmes— Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) of four years duration for students after 10+2 or equivalent like AISSCE/ IB/ ISC,and the Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (PGDPD) of 2 ½ years duration for graduates from various domains specific to each discipline.

Projected Number of seats in GDPD: 100 (Includes reserved categories) The graduate diploma programme in design commences with a two semester rigorous Foundation Programme followed by 3 years of specialized studies in any of the disciplines offered in GDPD. The one year Foundation Programme is geared towards developing values, perspectives, sensorial skills and aesthetic sensitivity essential for a designer in making. It introduces students to the fundamentals of design and helps develop ways of perception, understanding of multidisciplinary nature of design and relationship of design with human senses and emotions, culture, environment and ecology.

Eligibility Criteria for Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) 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/ ISC during academic year 2013-14. Upper age limit for candidates is 20 years (relaxable by 3 years for reserved category) as on 01. June. 2014. For General Category: The candidates born before 01. June. 1994 are not eligible. For Reserved Category: The candidates born before 01. June. 1991 are not eligible

Eligibility Criteria for Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (PGDPD) Candidates having a Bachelor's degree or equivalent including those who will be appearing for the qualifying examinations during the academic year (2014-15) in the areas mentioned against each discipline are eligible to apply. Successful candidates shall be given admission to the academic programme, by the institute, subject to their passing the qualifying examinations. Those applying for two programmes should send separate application forms along with two separate sets of documents for each programme. One cannot apply for more than two PG Programmes.

Upper age limit for candidates is 30 years (relaxable by 3 years for reserved categories) as on June 1, 2014. For General Category: The candidates born before 01. June. 1984 are not eligible. For Reserved Category: The candidates born before 01. June. 1981 are not eligible. PROJECTED NUMBER OF SEATS IN PGDPD: 245 (Includes reserved categories)



Admission is on the basis of NID's method of selection, which extends beyond the students previous academic qualifications. The NID Admission Committee systematically seeks evidence of the perception, attitude, aptitude, achievement and motivation essential for a challenging and satisfying design career.

The objective of the tests and the interviews is to ascertain the qualities. Design Aptitude Test (DAT) shall be conducted at various centres. Based on the scores obtained in these tests, candidates will be shortlisted and called for the second phase. The second phase of the admission procedure will consist of studio tests followed by personal interviews at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar. Call letters for the second phase of the admission procedure. This information will also be available on NID's All those candidates called for the second phase are required to attend the studio tests and interview, which completes the process of selection.


The nid entrance exams starts in the month of January and lasts till the month of april. January is the month of common entrance tests for both GDPD and PGDPD. These are conducted all over india at various centres appointed by nid . These results for the first phase will be declared in the month of Febuary end and will also be continued for the the second phase of entrance exam i.e the studio tests conducted at various branches of nid. And finally the last phase i.e the portfolio and the interview . The selections will be declared in the month of april with a commencement of new session in the month of june.