National Institute of Design (NID) at Ahmedabad and at its Bengaluru and Gandhinagar campuses is an ‘Institute of National Importance’ as per the NID Act 2014 as well as an autonomous institute under the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. As per the NID Act (18 of 2014), the institute is a statutory authority empowered to award its own degrees—Masters of Design (M.Des.) of two-and-a-half year duration and Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) of four year duration.

    NID Vijayawada and NID Kurukshetra and NID Bhopal and NID Jorhat are independent autonomous institutes under the DIPP, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India and offer full time Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) of four-year duration.

    Examination Stages

    Design Aptitude Tests (DAT)

    The Design Aptitude Tests will be conducted in two stages:.

    Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims

    DAT prelims paper is a 3 hour test of 100 marks which evaluates the Design aptitude of the candidate. It comprises of a mix of objective and subjective questions.

    For UG –

    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.

    Part A: (Multiple-choice)—70 Marks.

    The DAT Prelims marks contribute 30 % and Mains contribute 70%This part has questions with one or more than one correct answer. The responses will be recorded on an OMR sheet and evaluated digitally

    Part B: (Subjective)— 30 Marks

    The responses to be provided in visual and/or written formats.

    Stage 2: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains

    Studio Test + Portfolio+ Interview.

    The Studio test- 3 Hours—100 Marks

    Part A-

    Observation test : Testing one’s presence of mind/ testing 5 senses and visualization. Followed by a number of tests.

    Part B-

    Doodling test : Sketching the half sketching lines to a complete scenario. Mixing and connecting visuals with each other and building connection in form of a story by adding titles to it.

    Part C-

    - Material Handling Test : How efficiently one can utilize the material in particular time frame. Best out of waste, wire armatures, clay models and theramacol forms. Followed by material and form manipulation tasks. Story Writing + Visualisation, Creative problem solving, Form Manipulation.

    NID Eligibility

    1. I. B.DES/GDPD: Qualifications-

    (a) Students studying in or given 10+2 Exam.

    (b) AICTE approved 3 years full time diploma after 10th std, offered by technical education of state board.

    Age Limit:

    i. General category and overseas- is up to 20 years of age (before 30th June 2018)

    ii. Indian National in Reserved Category, the age limit is 23 years.

    iii. PwD category the age limit is 25 years.

    II. M.DES: Qualifications-

    (a) Bachelors degree- min. 4 years duration under 10+2.

    (b) Bachelors degree – 3 years duration under 10+2.

    (c) Full time diploma of 4 years in design/ fine arts/ Applied arts/ Architecture post 10+2.

    Age Limit-

    (a)Upper Age limit is 33 years.

    (b) OBC/SC/ST/NCL- upper age limit is also 33 years.

    (c) PwD Reserved category – 35 years.

    (d) NRI- 30 Years

    NID Syllabus

    Design Outline for Beginners Colour Terminology Inspiration & Design Development
    Mood, Theme & Colour Inter-relationship Design Theory Elements & Principles Of Design
    Natural & Geometrical Form Innovation in Design Principles of Composition
    Lettering Optical Illusion Understanding Light & Shade
    Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions Form & Function Colour, Pattern & Texture
    Theme Development Creative thinking & writing Picture Analysis
    Visual Logic Good Design vs Bad Design Drawing Fundamentals
    Use of Measurements, Scale & proportions Optical Illusion Foreshortening & Perspective
    Developing Themes & Colour Associations Inspiration & Creativity Ornaments & motifs
    Memory Drawing Usage of Colour in Compositions Expression & Emotion
    Exercises on imagination Lateral Thinking Story Pictures
    Presentation Techniques Imagination & Doodling 3D Visualisation
    Graphics & Pictograms Innovation & Creation Design Awareness
    Developing Observation

    Courses in NID

    1.Bachelor of Design (B.Des.– 4 years) is offered only at NID- Ahmedabad. Following are the specialisations available.

    2. Masters of Design (M.Des.– 2.5 years) is offered at NID- Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Gandhinagar.

    3. Graduate Diploma Programme In Design (GDPD): 4 Year Diploma in GDPD is available in Kurukshetra, Vijayawada, Bhopal and Zorhat

    Examination Dates

    For B.Des/ GDPD- DAT Prelims- December-January, DAT Mains- April -May

    For M.Des – DAT Prelims- December-January, DAT Mains- April- may

    Coaching Programs at Institute

    Foundation course (2 Years)

    Duration – 2 hrs. / three days a week

    Regular Course (1 Year)

    Duration – 3 hrs. / three days a week

    Regular Course (6 Months)

    Duration – 3 hrs. / three days a week

    Crash Course ( 2 Months, 1 Month )

    Duration -- 3hrs. / three days a week

    Drawing Material List :

    1.A4 Size Sketch book- 2 numbers ; 1 for Class-work, 1 For Home-work

    2. Pencils: 2B,3B,4B,6B, and clutch pencils 0.5mm, 0.7mm, 0.9mm, Colour Pencils

    3. Rough quality paper.

    Material provided by Vamshi

    1. Book

    2. Practice sketches for references

    3. Question bank for each topic separately

    4. Test Series after completion of course with proper guidance and comments

    5. Previous year question papers