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List of Design Courses Offered at IGNOU: Eligibility, Application Process, Syllabus

Sukriti Vajpayee
Sukriti VajpayeeUpdated On: July 14, 2022 12:08 pm IST

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) offers many programmes at various levels. Recently, the university also started offering a certificate course in design due to the huge demand of the stream. Find out all the details of IGNOU design courses here.

IGNOU Design Courses

The Indira Gandhi National Open University, which is popularly known as IGNOU, is a central university that was established in the year 1985. With a total active enrollment of more than 4 million students, IGNOU is claimed to be the largest university in the world. Indira Gandhi National Open University was founded with the aim of providing quality education through the mode of distance and open education. The popularity of the university is not only limited to students as many working professionals also enrol in the various programmes that are offered. IGNOU provides a myriad of courses across all the streams and at different levels through its many schools of study.

With the increasing demand and popularity of the field of design studies, IGNOU decided to start offering distance learning design courses in this stream as well. The design was included in the curriculum of IGNOU in January 2018. This article pertains to the design admissions at IGNOU and the list of design courses offered at IGNOU.

List of Design Courses Offered at IGNOU

Since the field of design is relatively new and belongs to the category of up and coming streams in the country, IGNOU has started including design programmes in its curriculum only recently. As of now, the university offers just one course in design but it will soon add more programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The table given below provides the basic information of the design courses provided at IGNOU.



Name of the Course

Certificate in Fashion Design (CFDE)

Level of the Course

Certificate level

Course Duration

Can be completed in a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 2 years.

Medium of Instruction

English and Hindi

Mode of the Course

Distance Mode

Course Fee

Rs. 5,000

Evaluation Method

Credit System

Total Credits



Theory and Practical

Eligibility Criteria of Design Courses at IGNOU

The eligibility criteria for CFDE at IGNOU have been mentioned in the points given below. It is mandatory for the candidates interested in getting admission to the programme to have complete knowledge of the IGNOU Certificate in Fashion Design eligibility criteria before they proceed to submit their application forms. The university only admits those students who meet all the prerequisites designed for the course.

  • The candidate must have completed his/ her higher secondary education (or class 12th).
  • It is not compulsory for the student to clear class 12th in the regular mode. Those who secure their degrees through distance education are also eligible to apply.
  • The candidate must have received passing marks in all the subjects that he/ she has at the 10 + 2 level.
  • Students from all disciplines and streams are permitted to apply for the course.

IGNOU CFDE Syllabus and Course Structure

The table given below provides all the subjects that a candidate will have to study while completing the Certificate in Fashion Design degree from IGNOU. The entire syllabus of CFDE has been listed along with the topics that will be covered in each subject.

Course Name

Course Code

Course Type


Fundamentals of Fashion Design

BFDI - 071


  • Block I - Fashion Design: Historical Contexts
  • Block II - Elements and Principles of Design
  • Block III - Introduction to
  • CAD (Computer-Aided Design)
  • Practical (Workbook)

Basics of Pattern Making and Sewing

BFDI - 072


  • Block I - Introduction to Pattern Making
  • Block II - Sewing Techniques
  • Practical(Workbook) Pattern Making and Sewing Practice

Introduction to the Fashion Industry

BFDI - 073


  • Block I - Understanding of the Fashion Industry
  • Block II - Fashion Markets
  • Block III - Fashion Retailing
  • Practical (Workbook)

Communication and Entrepreneurship

BFDI - 074


  • Block I - Social Skills in Business Communication
  • Block II - The Basics of Fashion Communication
  • Block III - Entrepreneurship

IGNOU CFDE Application Process

The application process of IGNOU can be completed in both online and offline mode. It is important to know the correct way of how to apply for CFDE at IGNOU for every interested candidate. The steps to complete the IGNOU CFDE application process in both the modes have been listed below. Every student who aspires to pursue the course must check the points so as to successfully complete his/ her application process of IGNOU.

IGNOU Online Application Process

  • The candidate must visit the official website of Indira Gandhi National Open University as the online application process will be facilitated from there.
  • On the home page, the candidate will find a bar at the top of the page which will have several options. The student will have to click on the third option which will be titled "Register Online'.
  • Clicking on the option will open a drop-down menu which will further have many choices regarding the registration process.
  • The student will have to click on ‘Fresh Registration’ and begin the process as a new user. This will take him/ her to the admission subpage of IGNOU.
  • In the first step, the candidate will be required to register himself/ herself by entering some basic credentials like name, gender, date of birth, e-mail address, and mobile number.
  • The contact information of the candidate will be verified and then he/ she will have to create a unique user ID and set a password.
  • Once the account has been created, the student can proceed to fill the application form by logging in through his/ her user name and password.
  • After that, the applicant can fill the application form by providing all the details that are asked for in the form.
  • The personal details of the applicant will be asked in the first section and he/ she will have to enter all the details like the school of study and programme in which he/ she seeks admission.
  • Upon entering the personal details, the student will have to provide valid information of all the academic qualifications and marks etc.
  • In the next step, the candidate will have to upload scanned copies of the documents required for applying to the IGNOU design course.
  • Students must have all the necessary documents ready while filling the application form of IGNOU. They are required to upload all the correct documents for the verification of their eligibility.
  • After submitting the form, the candidates will have to pay the admission and application fee online. They can do so through any online payment gateway like a debit card, a credit card, net banking, etc.
  • Candidates can take a print out of the submitted application form and the fee receipt and keep it for future use.

IGNOU Offline Application Process

  • The candidate will be required to visit any IGNOU Regional Centre that is the nearest to him/ her.
  • He/ she will have to purchase the application form by paying the application fee through a demand draft (DD) which will be drawn in favour of IGNOU, New Delhi.
  • The student will have to fill in the form manually and enter all the personal and academic details carefully.
  • After that, the applicant will have to attach photocopies of the documents that are asked for in the form.
  • Once the application form is completely filled, the candidate can visit any regional centre and submit the form.
  • He/ she will receive a confirmation about the acceptance of the form via email or SMS within 45 business days.

Stay tuned to CollegeDekho to get more information about design admissions in India. Candidates who aspire to make a career in design can find all the details of the stream, top design colleges in India, its courses, and design entrance exams here. In case a student has any doubts, he/ she can write to us on the CollegeDekho QnA Portal or dial the helpline number 1800-572-9877 where our counsellors and experts will provide them with the best solutions to their problems.


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