NID DAT Syllabus 2021

Updated By Sukriti Vajpayee on 08 Oct, 2020 03:31

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NID DAT 2021 Syllabus

NID (short for National Institute of Design) will define the DAT 2021 syllabus for B.Des and M.Des. Aspirants appearing in DAT exam must analyze the NID DAT syllabus and exam pattern before starting the preparation. The Syllabus of NID DAT 2021 will be similar to the syllabus of last year. The Syllabus of NID DAT 2021 will consist of all the topics that applicants must study to prepare for NID DAT 2021.

In order to clear this examination, applicants must prepare for it in an organised and systematic way. To do so they can go through the detailed exam pattern of NID DAT 2021 and NID DAT Previous Year Question Papers/Sample Papers.

NID DAT Exam will be held in two stages. The first stage will be the Preliminary exam and the second stage is Mains. There will be a different syllabus of NID DAT 2021 Prelims and Mains. Therefore, to get a thorough understanding of the topics, candidates must focus on studying the topics mentioned in the syllabus.

NID DAT 2021 Syllabus for B.Des (Prelims)

Developing ObservationColour Terminology
Outline for beginnersInspiration & Design Development
Design AwarenessInnovation & Creation
Mood, theme & colour interrelationshipUnderstanding Light & Shade
Graphics & PictogramsStory pictures
Design TheoryColour Psychology & Optical Illusions
Elements & Principles Of DesignForm & Function
3D VisualizationColour, Pattern & Texture
Natural & Geometrical FormTheme Development
Innovation in DesignCreative thinking & writing
Imagination & DoodlingPicture Analysis
Principles of CompositionLateral Thinking
LetteringGood Design vs. Bad Design
Presentation TechniquesDrawing Fundamentals
Optical IllusionVisual Logic
Optical IllusionUse of Measurements, Scale & proportions
Exercises on imaginationForeshortening & Perspective
Inspiration & CreativityDeveloping Themes & Colour Associations
Ornaments & motifsMemory Drawing
Expression & EmotionUsage of colour in Compositions

NID DAT 2021 Syllabus for B.Des (Mains)

Meeting with past successful studentsAudio – Visual Exercises
DoodlingMaterial Manipulation
Model MakingCreative Thinking
How to evolve ideasAudio – Visual Exercises
Mock InterviewQuestions generally asked in Interview
Interview TipsGuidance on Portfolio Making
Importance of Body LanguagePast Studio Test & Interview questions
Interaction with NID Alumni--

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Can I get admission in B.Des Graphic Design at NID, Kurukshetra?

-anjaliUpdated on October 27, 2020 10:39 AM
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Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

NID, Kurukshetra does not offer a B.Des Graphic Design programme. However, NID Ahmedabad provides a B.Des in Graphic Design course. To take admission in the programme, you are required to prepare for the NID Entrance Exam.

Some other popular colleges that provide admission in B.Des Graphic Design are as follows.

Management and Design Academy (MADA), Delhi
Centre for Design Excellence (CODE), Jaipur
Apeejay Institute of Design (AID), New Delhi
LISAA School of Design (LISAA), Bangalore

Maeer's MIT Institute of Design (MITID), Pune

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I am a graduate student and I want to prepare for M.Des Entrance Exams such as NID, NIFT but I am very confused about how to start . What should I do in my daily schedule ,which book should I purchase and many types of queries are there.

-Ragini singhUpdated on October 16, 2020 02:23 PM
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Shreya Sareen, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

If you want to prepare for an M.Des Entrance Exam or a Design Entrance Exam, you can check out the Self-Study Guide for Design Entrance Exams in India. It consists of detailed preparation strategy, best books, previous year's question papers and mock tests for the design exam. 

You can also visit the top Design Entrance Exams to explore more options.

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I am a graduate and I also have on-field experience. I am applying for M.Des Furniture and Interior Design through NID DAT. How should I prepare for the exam? Also, I have a phobia of exams.

-VIDISHA LATAUpdated on October 01, 2020 10:44 AM
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Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

It is natural to get anxious and nervous before NID DAT as it is one of the most sought-after design exams. However, with proper preparation and sufficient practice, the exam nerves can be kept in check. You can visit the links below and get information and tips on how to prepare and what to prepare for NID DAT.

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FAQs about NID DAT Syllabus

Does the syllabus of NID DAT changes every year?

The syllabus of NID DAT mostly remains the same. However, it may change every year. Candidates are advised to keep a close eye on the developments made by NID in the Syllabus so that they do not miss out on anything.

Can I prepare for NID DAT in a month?

Candidates must try to keep the last month for revision. Although if there is a month left for the exam, they should try to solve sample papers, previous year's question papers and mock tests. It provides them with an understanding of the exam pattern.

Why is it important to have a plan while preparing for NID DAT?

Having a plan for NID DAT puts the entire preparation strategy into perspective. A candidate gets a clear picture of what to study and how much time to devote to each section.

What is the best way to cover the syllabus of NID DAT?

The best way to cover the syllabus of NID DAT is to prepare a strategy, make a time-table, cover all the topics and revise.

How much time should I fix for the preparation of the entire NID DAT syllabus?

For the preparation of the entire syllabus of NID DAT, an individual will take at least 6-7 months.

What should I study for the M.Des course in the NID DAT exam?

For the preparation of M.Des course in the NID DAT, an individual must study Audio-Visual Exercises, Model Making, Creative Thinking, Mock Interview, Questions generally asked in Interview, Importance of Body Language, Guidance on Portfolio Making, Past Studio Test & Interview questions, Interaction with NID Alumni, Doodling etc.

What topics are a part of B.Des NID DAT Syllabus?

The important topics that must be covered in the NID DAT B.Des exam are Developing Observation, Inspiration & Design Development, Outline for beginners, Colour Terminology, Design Awareness, Innovation & Creation, Understanding Light & Shade, Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions, Elements & Principles Of Design, Colour, Pattern & Texture, 3D Visualization etc.

Is it important to cover the entire NID DAT syllabus?

Yes, covering the entire NID DAT syllabus is quite important as the questions can crop up from any section.

Is the syllabus of NID DAT difficult?

The syllabus of NID DAT is not that difficult. Students are just required to focus on practice and complete the entire syllabus so that they can wrap up the entire NID DAT syllabus on time.

Does NID DAT have a different syllabus for M.Des and B.Des courses?

Yes, NID DAT has a different syllabus for both M.Des and B.Des courses.

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