EDUCATION PLUS

Cut and stitch your way to success

N. PRIT KUMAR

FASHION FOLKS: For those who take up fashion studies, there is no looking back as the graduates are recruited even before they complete their course. - PHOTO: ARUNANGSU ROY CHOWDHURY

FASHION FOLKS: For those who take up fashion studies, there is no looking back as the graduates are recruited even before they complete their course. - PHOTO: ARUNANGSU ROY CHOWDHURY  

The NIFT offers under graduate programs and postgraduate programs and each course is designed to suit various job descriptions in the fashion industry.

The selection procedure for each course varies. The duration of the under-graduate programs are of four-years and postgraduate programs are of two-years.

Two undergraduate programmes (design and technology) are being offered by the NIFT. Candidates applying for the undergraduate programme in design should take the general ability test (GAT) and the creative ability test (CAT). The GAT tests quantitative ability, communication ability, analytical ability, designers, fashion industry and liberal arts, English comprehension. Thematic Apperception is also tested. The CAT judges the skill, power of observation, innovation and design ability of the candidate. An important aspect of the test is the candidate's usage of colour and illustration. Short-listed candidates have to take a situation test, which is a hands-on test to evaluate the candidate's skills for materials handling and innovative ability on a given situation with a given set of materials.

The under graduate programme has four disciplines:

Fashion and Apparel (Fashion design, leather design);

Fashion and Textiles (including knitwear design);

Fashion and Lifestyle accessory

Fashion and Communication.

Upon completion of the course, NIFT campus placement provides employment for fashion graduates with a starting salary of Rs 14, 000 to 30,000 per month.

The specialisation for the fashion and apparel program is fashion design and leather design.

A focused approach to fashion design specialisation inculcates in students the ability to develop and channelise one's creativity.

After completing undergraduation, a fashion design student can expect to find a job through NIFT campus placement and can start with an initial salary from Rs.14,000 - Rs. 30,000 depending upon the brand. Fashion design graduates working in the garment industry with five years experience earn (Rs.35,000-60,000 a month).

Leather Design focuses on integrating design perspective with an industry outlook.

The specialisation aims at nurturing social values while shaping the competitive and entrepreneurial spirit of students. The focus is on leather material, design and industry. The study includes field trips to craft/industrial clusters, tannery training and an industry internship. During the final year, the course allows students to work on real-life industry projects in the fields of design, technology and management.

Leather designers start with a pay from Rs.14,000 - Rs.25,000 in campus placements and have a great professional space to grow in India and abroad.

(The author is a part-time

faculty member at NIFT)