B.Des.(Accessory Design)

Accessory Design offered by Department of Fashion & Lifestyle Accessories is one of its kind in the country. It has a well-defined curriculum for developing integrated expertise in design methodology, materials and production process, consumer behavior and market dynamics, trends and forecast interpretations, business practices and project management in the field of fashion and lifestyle accessories. A strong industry orientation is reflected in its credo ‘Design for Business’ with the most successful industry education interface in student learning.

The programme has gradually evolved to address the entire spectrum of accessories and lifestyle products, precious and costume jewellery, leather goods, footwear, watches, giftware, tableware, silverware, other lifestyle products and visual merchandising.

Each NIFT centre is expected to provide national leadership in the area of its specialisation. This will enhance the intensity and depth of each category of specialisation and will address design, management, marketing and technological issues, within specific product categories.


Year 1
Common Foundation Programme in Design

Year 2

  • Orientation to programme specialisation familiarity, appreciation and insight of various accessory types. 
  • Development of skills and basic understanding of materials and processes, construction principles, anthropometrics, principles of sizes and proportions, with broad orientation to socio-cultural and historical context of the sector. 
  • Orientation to Indian as well as global in the context of fashion, trends, consumers and market.  Application of learning through basic design projects.

Year 3

  • Development of core competence and knowledge through research and applied experiences.
  • Capability to develop realistic design approach within limited constraints inherent in accessory products. 
  • Ability to evolve strategy of design, which integrates technical complexities and fashion influences.
  • Ability to generate systems thinking towards range development and design collection in relation to fashion identity and prevailing fashion trends.
  • Develop competence in handling marketing  and retail environment, product merchandising, and consumer interface issues within design context, integrating finer aspects of technology, materials and processes as well as various levels of production from precision oriented to vendor based manufacturing.

Year 4

  • Consolidation and real life application of holistic professional competence.
  • Professional capabilities and values to realise and execute design development projects within a business context.
  • Develop broad based approach towards specific design capability and application to multi product and multi materials in areas of fashion accessories and lifestyle products.
  • Develop capabilities to induce design perspective and potential in the industry mindset.
  • Comprehensive application and demonstration of professional competence for integrating design in business.

Specialisations offered at Centres

  • Corporate & Business Accessories at Bangalore
  • Footwear & Carriables at Chennai
  • Jewellery & Precious Products at Gandhinagar
  • Interior Products & Handcrafted Accessories at Hyderabad
  • Personal & Interior Accessories at New Delhi
  • Home & Fashion Accessories at Raebareli

Accessory Design programme prepares students for careers as Designers, Brand Managers, Visual Merchandisers, Product Managers and Entrepreneurs in the broad areas of precious and costume jewellery, leather goods, giftware, tableware, watches, footwear, handicrafts and lifestyle products within the specialisation offered at different centres.

Star Employers
Carbon, Swarovski, Tiffany, Michael Aram, Li & Fung, D'damas, Bholasons Jewellers, Hidesign, Liberty Shoes Ltd., Gitanjali Jewellery Pvt. Ltd., VIP Luggage, Tanishq, Titan, Pantaloon, Magpie, ITC Wills Lifestyle, Ravisaant, Frazer & Haws, etc.

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