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Top 10 Design Colleges in Chennai

A career in Fashion Design has emerged as one of the most sought after careers amongst the Gen- X students. In India, the fashion industry has just begun to flourish. As compared to the Western countries, though the industry is still in its nascent stage, but there is tremendous potentiality for enthusiastic, talented and hardworking youngsters.

India enjoys a prominent place in the international market with its rich silks, traditional handloom fabrics, rustic textures and vibrant dyes. The creation of a world market for Indian garments is largely the contribution of Indian fashion designers.

Fashion Design can be divided into several main branches like Textile and Apparel Design, Leather Technology, Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Footwear Design, Jewelry and Gem Designing etc.

The domestic Indian Textile market is worth $25 billion today and growing at an annual rate of 15-20%. Similarly, the domestic gems and jewelry industry had a market size of Rs 251,000 crore (US$ 40.45 billion) in 2013, and has the potential to grow to Rs 500,000–530,000 crore (US$ 80.59-85.43 billion) by 2018.*

The job profiles in this industry include the fashion designer, merchandising, fashion design producer, technical designer, fashion coordinator, apparel production manager, quality control manager, fashion writer and fashion photographer etc.

There are ample opportunities for work with the various sectors dealing with fashion. Export houses dealing with a garment, textile and handloom exports. Retail and wholesale garment businesses in men's, women's and children clothing in sportswear and casual wear, etc. Haute Couture, Government and Semi- government-handloom and textile manufacturers, Fashion show organizers and fashion publishers, TV and Film fashion programme producer, costume designers besides brands like  Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Indus Fila, Levis, Tommy Hilfiger etc.

Some of the top fashion designing colleges in India include -National Institute of Fashion Technology Delhi, Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology Bangalore, Pearl Academy of Fashion, Delhi, School of Fashion Technology Pune, Symbiosis Institute of Design Pune, National Institute of Design Ahmedabad,  International Institute of Fashion Design Chandigarh, J.D. Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi Etc. Admissions are made on the basis of an entrance exam conducted by the institute every year.

*Press Releases, GJEPC Report


Rank Name Location
1 National Institute of Fashion Technology Chennai, Tamil Nadu
2 Sri Muthukumaran Institute of Technology Chennai, Tamil Nadu
3 MEASI Academy of Architecture Chennai, Tamil Nadu
4 St Peter's College of Engineering and Technology Chennai, Tamil Nadu
5 St. Britto's College Chennai, Tamil Nadu
6 Central Footwear Training Institute Chennai, Tamil Nadu
7 Inter National Institute for Fashion Design Chennai, Tamil Nadu
8 National College of Design Chennai, Tamil Nadu
9 SIGA Polytechnic College Chennai, Tamil Nadu
10 Sri Kanyaka Parameswari Arts & Science College for Women Chennai, Tamil Nadu
* Rank based on college popularity