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Master of Design (M.Des) - Eligibility, Top Colleges, Admission Process, Entrance Exams

Subhashri Roy
Subhashri RoyUpdated On: August 23, 2022 07:07 am IST

Here are the details that you will need to comply with to pursue an M.Des course from any of the top colleges in India. Check out the selection process, eligibility criteria and all the other details pertaining to the course. 

All about M.Des

The Master of Design (M.Des) is a postgraduate-level course, awarded by the various design institutions in the country. Anyone who has a keen eye for aesthetics and detail can certainly be a potential candidate to pursue a Master of Design, commonly known as M.Des. If one has a natural understanding of what style is along with a natural sense of colour, a Master of Design could be the ideal stepping stone to a creative and fulfilling career in design.

For admission to M.Des, the scores of the entrance exam are considered the most important admission criteria. To get admission to one of the top design colleges in India for pursuing a Master of Design course, candidates need to mandatorily appear in the entrance exam following a personal interview. On the completion of the course, candidates will be able to secure jobs in public sectors as well as in private organizations. An average salary of INR 3 lakhs to INR 7 lakhs is offered to the professionals who have the degree of M.Des. Design industries like publication, textile, fashion, media, etc. recruit professionals who have done higher studies in design.

The M.Des course can be also opted by candidates who have a zeal for game-developing art. Similarly, those who want to begin their career as entrepreneurs in the fashion design industry can also pursue this course. M.Des can be studied abroad also. For admission to any international colleges/universities to pursue the course, candidates have to pass the B.Des and must have the English proficiency test scores as specified by the institute.

About M.Des

The field of design is evolving every now and then with careers in the same demanding more creative and passionate designers. The Master of Design program can help one acquire an in-depth knowledge of specialisations such as graphic designing, interior designing, etc. that focus mostly on design skills on high-end software that are used to design infrastructure or merchandise. The course entails thesis, research, and projects based on the design that gives a hands-on experience of working at design firms.

The course includes topics like Ergonomics, Graphic Design, Design Methods, Visual Design along a wide spectrum of pillars like Automobile designing, Electronics designing, Apparel designing and more. The primary objective of the course is to give a detailed understanding of the concept of design, how to apply the same in both theory and practical and more practical knowledge of graphic designing.

Master of Design (M.Des) Course Highlights

A brief overview of the Master of Design has been tabulated below:



Course Name

Master of Design

Course Level


Course Duration

2 Years


Bachelor’s degree in Design or Architecture

Admission Criteria

Entrance Exam and Personal Interview

Fees Range

INR 80,000- INR 700,000

Average Salary

INR 3 Lakhs - INR 7 Lakhs

Job Profiles

Fashion Stylist, Fashion Designer, Fashion Coordinator, Fashion Consultant etc.

Recruiting Agencies

Wipro Technologies Ltd, Godrej & Boyce, Infosys Limited, Honeywell International Inc. etc.

Master of Design (M.Des) Specializations

M.Des can be done in different specializations. Candidates can select the specializations according to their passion and interests. Following are the specializations of M.Des courses:

M.Des in Fashion Designing

M.Des in Interior Designing

M.Des in Industrial Design

M.Des in Communication Studies

M.Des in Game Design


M.Des Eligibility Criteria

In order to get admission to the course of Master of Design (M.Des), candidates have to meet the eligibility criteria, as laid down by the chosen university/college. The eligibility criteria for an M.Des degree vary from university to university. The same also depends on the country where the candidate wants to study the degree. All the eligibility criteria that a candidate needs to meet to be able to pursue M.Des have been provided below.

  • The candidate should have a Bachelor's degree in Design or Architecture.

  • The candidate must have scored not less than 50 per cent marks in aggregate in graduation.

  • Candidates need to take design entrance exams such as Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) with a percentile equal to or more than 75.

  • Few colleges also accept the GATE score.

Also Read: All About LPU M.Des Admission 2022

M.Des Admission Process

Admission to institutes that offer M.Des is always based on the performance of the candidate in an entrance examination. The entrance examination that the top universities accept is the Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED). CEED is a joint entrance examination for studies at the postgraduate level. Some institutes also conduct a college-level entrance exam such as the NIFT Entrance Exam, SOFT CET etc.

Candidates who have completed a Bachelor's degree are eligible to take the test. The entrance exam is designed to test the skills of the candidate like structure, perception, colour sensitiveness, innovation, and aptitude towards the discipline. The entrance test is followed by a process of personal interview. Find out How to Crack Interviews for Design Admissions in India?

The M.Des admission process runs in the following ways:

  • To apply for M.Des, candidates should make registration at the universities or institute that conducts examination.
  • Then, they require to fill up the application form within the deadline
  • On the completion of form fill up, they should appear in the entrance exam
  • Once the result is released, candidates are called for the personal interview rounds which is basically a personality test conducted by the universities/colleges where the candidates want to enroll in
  • Based on the performance of the entrance exam and personal interview sessions, candidates are selected and called for the next rounds of admission
  • During the admission process, the documents offered at the time of application are verified
  • At the final stage of M.Des admission, the admission is confirmed after the course fee payment

M.Des Entrance Exams

A lot of entrance exams for the Master of Design (M.Des) are conducted at the university level. However, there are a number of entrance exams that are accepted by various design institutes. The same has been mentioned below:

Top 10 Entrance Exams for Design Courses in India

Self-Study Guide for Design Entrance Exams in India

How to Fill Up M.Des Application Form?

The following stages can be followed to apply for the M.Des admission:

Step 1: Visit the official website of the university or institute that offers the M.Des course that you have selected.

Step 2: Click on the register button and enter details as required. Provide a valid email Id and contact number as these are considered as the medium of communication.

Step 3: On the completion of registration, fill up the M.Des application form. Enter the personal and academic qualifications.

Step 4: Upload the documents as instructed by the university/institute. Ensure that the documents are uploaded as per the size and specifications mentioned.

Step 5: Pay the application fees through credit card/debit card/net banking. Most of design colleges do not have refund facilities.

Step 6: Submit the application form of M.Des admission and take a printout of the same and save it.

M.Des Top Colleges 2022

M.Des is one of the most popular design courses in India, pursued by most of the design enthusiasts in the country. The list of the top design colleges in India have been mentioned below:

College Name


College Fees (Annual)

Mody University

Sikar, Rajasthan

Rs. 1.72 Lakh

National Institute of Design (NID)

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Rs. 1.39 Lakh

Industrial Design Centre (IDC IIT)

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Rs. INR 82,000

Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID)

Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Rs. 4 Lakh to Rs. 4.5 Lakh

Vogue Institute of Art and Design (VIAD)

Bangalore, Karnataka

Rs. 3.6 Lakh

ARCH College of Design & Business

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Rs. 4.45 Lakh

Karnavati University (KU)

Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Rs. 6.22 Lakh

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)

Kannur, Kerala

Rs. 1.96 Lakh

Maeer's MIT Institute of Design (MITID)

Pune, Maharashtra

Rs. 7.46 Lakh

Centre for Design Excellence (CODE)

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Rs. 1.5 Lakh

International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD)


Rs. 1.25 Lakh

Lovely Professional University (LPU)

Phagwara, Punjab

Rs. 2.4 Lakh

Hamstech Institute of Fashion and Interior Design (Hamstech)

Hyderabad, Telangana


NIMS University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Rs. 80,000

Amity School of Fashion Technology (ASFT)

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Rs. 1.3 Lakh

Features to be Considered Before Choosing a Design School

Also Read: B.Des & M.Des Entrance Exams 2022: Exam Dates & Notification

M.Des Course Fee

The tuition or course fee of the course of Master of Design (M.Des) varies from college to college. It could range from Rs 2,00,000 to Rs 6,00,000 for the 2-year programme. For more details on the M.Des course fees, check the link below.

Fee Structure of Top Design Colleges in India

M.Des Career Scope and Job Prospects

Pursuing a Master of Design opens multiple doors in the field. Design graduates can find lucrative jobs in companies like Eureka Forbes, FICCL, Volkswagon, etc. More of such big companies hire Design graduates every year for the post of graphic designers and offer huge salary packages.

One with a Master of Design (M.Des) degree may also go for jobs in the textile industry which includes job positions like Textile Designer, Fabric Analyser, Fabric Resource Manager, Embroidery Designer. Design graduates can expect jobs in both government and private sectors. Public Sector Organisations like National Jute Manufacturers Corporation, National Handloom Development Corporation, National Textile Corporation Limited and Handicrafts, Handlooms Export Corporation, etc. offer jobs as Fashion Stylist, Fashion Designer, Fashion Consultant, Fashion Coordinator etc.

Salary package in this field would depend on various factors like prior work experience, job position, the field of design specialisation, academic background, etc. However, the average salary for an individual with a Master of Design degree could range between Rs 3,50,000 and Rs 7,00,000. The salary could certainly increase with time and experience in the field.

This was all about M.Des Admissions in India. To take any admission-related help, feel free to either dial the helpline number 1800-572-9877 (toll-free) or fill the Common Application Form. Our admission experts would be glad to help you out!

Stay tuned to CollegeDekho for more information on M.Des Admissions!

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