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The objective of the programme is to create new avenues for professionals pursuing higher education. It is designed to focus towards academia and industry related Research & Development.

The nature of Fashion has evolved beyond its association with only apparel and has become multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional. Likewise its approach to various concepts, material, technology, craftsmanship, culture, business, economics, promotion, consumption etc. has presented immense scope for study and response.

The programme will have students with multi-disciplinary backgrounds who bring together their skills and ideas in new and exciting ways and combine these with research and practice. Students are trained to provide critical solutions to future problems and innovations for the evolving fashion industry. The research environment provided would create a platform for answering questions which may arise in the future.

Opportunities created in an open market structure, rising aspirations of individuals along with advancement in technology and growing recognition of India in Knowledge Process Outsourcing in the area of Design has created emergence of niche areas in the Design industry. These areas are at a nascent stage and form an important base for opportunities in sunrise industries. Additionally, there is a wider place for industry professionals in key positions at higher level in the established industries. The Master’s programme in design at NIFT is designed to cater to these burgeoning requirements of industry in the forthcoming years.


Year 1

The next semester has been designed to equip students with problem solving capabilities and cross functional studies along with hardcore production exposure. In this semester students undergo 12 weeks intensive apparel internship to gain ?rst hand exposure of the shop ?oor and understand the industrial practices. The common areas of study in this semester are ERP, Entrepreneurship Management and Business Plan. The students with ‘Operations’ specialization are trained in Advanced Patternmaking & Construction, Ergonomics and Apparel CAD. Students with ‘Strategy’ specialization are trained in Apparel Technology Management, Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Web Based Data Management. In the ?nal semester students learn the techniques of how to carry out a research in a professional & scienti?c manner by studying the research methodology subject. Students undertake research project in the areas of their expertise in association with the industry / speci?c areas of interest to develop capabilities of analyzing the situations, gap identi?cation, problem solving and offering an effective rational solution.

Year 2

The second year builds on progressive futuristic applications through trend research and forecasting and projects to demonstrate clear evidence of originality of thought and approach towards the final individual outcome in their areas of specialisation. Craft studies and sustainable systems embrace the global concerns and practices into learning. Inputs on design entrepreneurship inculcate entrepreneurial abilities which the student proposes to the industry/governmental/private/NGO/ international organisations through interactive projects. This approach encourages the student to act as an incubator for industry interface.


The knowledge and skill acquired during the course work culminates into a final dissertation which is demonstrative of student’s personal ideas and investigation towards the realisation of an original body of work.



Students graduating from this programme would be equipped to hold key positions in large fashion or corporate houses, and in related fields like accessories, craft, textiles, forecasting, special needs, publications, media, lifestyle products, new product development, graphics etc. based on the area of specialisation pursued by them. The graduates would be able to contribute in Research and Development in Government and private agencies. The Master of Design programme would enable the graduates to become scholars and contribute to the teaching community as well..


90 (30 seats each at Kannur, Mumbai & New Delhi)

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