The curriculum at NIFT allows students to easily blend into a global network, as well as acquire a greater appreciation of local industry trends. The multidisciplinary and broad-based structure aims at an all-round development of students. Deriving from the changing paradigms of industry and commerce, its content as well as the methodology is constantly reviewed by academia and industry experts.
NIFT offers four-year bachelor and two-year master programmes in the areas of Design, Management and Technology.
Teaching at the Institute incorporates a cohesive, contextual and nurturing environment for learning. The emphasis is on self-motivated learning by using information, experience and practice. The teaching methodology aims at using the inputs from core functional areas to inter-disciplinary issues and problem solving. Students undertake classroom and workshop assignments, conduct field observations, make presentations and participate in group discussions and seminars and are encouraged to develop industry linkages.
Continuous evaluation and assessment is undertaken throughout the semester by way of assignments, projects, internships and presentations. Juries comprising academicians and industry professionals assess students' work and capabilities. The aim is to closely monitor students' evolution as competent professionals and provide critical feedback to students on their performance and development.
Craft Survey and Documentation: As part of the Craft Cluster initiative of NIFT, students undertake field visits to closely interact and work with craftsmen to add value to their products.
Educational Visits: Students frequently visit industrial units to integrate theory with practice. They also visit museums, art galleries, exhibitions, and trade fairs to keep abreast with latest fashion trends.
Industry Internship: Students intern for six to eight weeks to understand the structural and functional constituents of the industry. During the internship, students learn to adapt to real industry situations and are assigned practical projects, which equip them for decision-making in a realistic environment. The internship also helps strengthen the relationship between industry and students.
Design Collection/Diploma Project: The graduation project undertaken by students encapsulates the various skills imbibed during the course of study. The industry-sponsored project provides a challenging platform for students to extend and demonstrate academic learning.