M.Des.(Master of Design)

Master of Design (Design Space)

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.

2 Years

Kannur, Mumbai, New Delhi



Year 1
The preliminary semester forms a platform to bring students from diverse backgrounds at parity. The semester creates a foundation with research methodology, design thinking, digital design, professional communication, IPR and builds on developing contextual knowledge in design through culture studies, outbound workshops and fashion language.

The next semester reinforces advanced research methods and augments design focus through introduction of specialised electives in a collaborative approach. Students choose from design electives cutting across disciplines such as Space & Interactive Design, Craft Studies, Costume Studies, Fashion Innovation, Interface Design, Ergonomics, Design for Special Needs and Functional Textiles. Monitored research and design projects encourage students' to ideate research and propose original approaches to existing research in the selected area of specialisation. At the end of year one, the students undertake industry internship during the summer break to gain real life industry experience .

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)

Curriculum - Batch: 2015-17PDF file that opens in new window.

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