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National Institute of Design

  • Founded in 1961, the National Institute of Design (NID) is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated (Experiential) Design. It is an Institute of National Importance under the DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.NID?s vision is to emerge as a global leader in Design Education and Research and become a torchbearer for innovative design directions in the industry, commerce and development sectors. NID?s transdisciplinary environment consisting of 20 diverse design domains helps in creating innovative and holistic ecosystem for design learning.The overall structure of NID?s programme is a combination of theory, skills, design projects and field experiences supported by cutting edge design studios, skill & innovation labs and the Knowledge Management Centre.National Institute of Design offers professional education programmes at Bachelors and Masters level with five faculty streams and 20 diverse design domains. NID has established exchange programmes and ongoing pedagogic relationships with over 50 overseas institutions. NID has also been playing a significant role in promoting design.

  • The largest city and former capital of the state of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is one of India?s most bustling metropolises. With a population of more than 5.8 million and covering an area of 7,700 square kilometres, it's a city of which few visitors ever see the entirety.With numerous museums, fine restaurants, vibrant night markets and a fascinating old quarter, Ahmedabad is a city with lots to do for local students of any one the several major universities located there.

  • The university was founded after the government of India invited the renowned American design team of?Charles and Ray Eames in 1953?to recommend a programme of design to serve as an aid to small industries in India.


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Main areas of study

The listed areas of study are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the partner institution. Moreover, names for fields of study may be different overseas.A discipline being listed does not in indicate the suitability of the program, nor does it indicate that the discipline is taught in English.Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisors at RMIT University and subject to available places at the host institution.

Language requirements

The medium of instruction in NID is English.

Additional information


Listed study areas

  • Animation
  • Design innovation and technology
  • Fashion and textiles
  • Fine and visual art
  • Games and interactive media
  • Graphic and communication design
  • Industrial, furniture and product design
  • Photography
  • Screen and media



Hostel accommodation is provided to all out-station B.Des. students who are enrolled in programmes at Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar campusesAll students enrolled in programmes at the Bengaluru campus are required to make accommodation arrangements outside the campus on their own.

Health insurance

Students should obtain their own health insurance before arrival.

Living cost

A number of external services provide comprehensive overviews of global living costs

More information


Students need to obtain a valid residential permit or student visa for the prescribed duration of the programme.

Partner grading scale

High demand


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