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What does it take to be a Great Designer ?

A few years of study at a design institute, coupled with craft and industry exposure can make one a good designer. Though this is a prerequisite, it is often not enough. With time as a design professional and a mentor, one realizes that the key to being a great designer comes not just from qualifications or experience; it springs from the vision and the passion to create something that is useful and desirable. It is about making a change happen. From hands-on fashion design to a virtual designer working on the Web, successful designers have a shared set of qualities that help them create the best designs and satisfy the most discriminating clients. These qualities are must haves that are needed to transform you from a good designer to a great designer and these are the qualities that design institutes look for in their students.

Here are some design attitudes, which top my list on how to be a great designer. Some of these attitudes would be inherently present in us, others we would have to cultivate through years of patience and practice.

Creativity: Designers need to constantly think out of the box to come up with new ideas for projects, drawing inspiration from different sources and using different methods. There are two kinds of creativity – one is being aesthetically creative and other is being practically creative. A great designer blends an equal amount of aesthetics and practicality in his/her design to make it successful.

Artistic Skills: Anyone interested in going into a design career should have some innate artistic ability that enables them to learn the latest art techniques to present their ideas better. They also need to have an Eye for Color, Texture and materials. Whether you’re working with textiles, interiors or graphics, a designer must have an eye for color and detail. You must be aware of the extensive variety of materials available and understand what works well in particular projects.

Vision: This is perhaps the most important qualities of a great designer. You have to be able to visualize the end result and set a clear goal to achieve it. A great designer demonstrates imagination. Even when the inspiration stems from history, the idea needs to be for the future.

Risk Taking: A good designer is willing to take calculated risks and stretches the boundaries. This risk may be in terms of conception, material choice, execution or even just the outlook or the way of looking at it.

Communication Skills: A great designer needs excellent communication skills. They need to be good observers and good listeners to know what a client is expecting. They need to present their ideas and concepts very clearly so that the client/boss understands what is being proposed. They should be able to engage in meaningful conversations with clients to ensure both parties are in agreement of the work that is being done.

Flexibility: Great designers are also humble, able to accept criticism and ready to give clients what they want even when it differs from their own personal taste. Sometimes what they sell may not be exactly up to their liking, but still they need to put their 100% in it to make sure that it is perfect for the client. They must read the audience and customize their work to meet the client’s wants and needs.

Willingness to learn: Designers need to be constantly on the go reading, travelling, experimenting and toying for new ideas. Constant up gradation of skills is very necessary in this field. They should also have a penchant for the use of technology that would help them design better.

Team Player: Often the work of a designer does not end with just sketching or presenting an idea. He/she needs to work with other people to get the actual product made. Hence it is very important for a designer to be a team player. If one can harmoniously work well with other designers or executors in the team then that is a very big asset.

Problem Solving Skills: A great designer has an ability to take on the spot decisions and solve problems on the go. A successful designer also knows when to stop experimenting with an idea (one of the perils of being over creative is not knowing when and how to stop) and start executing it to achieve deadlines. They must be able to deliver both quality and quantity within the time given.

Social Empathy: Designers need to be sensitive to the changes happening around them. They need to be aware of the moral and ethical implications of a design before proposing/ executing it. They need to be aware of ongoing societal issues and see if they can make things better with their creativity and problem solving skills.

Self Belief: Finally designers need to believe in themselves that they can be a pioneer of change and work consistently with discipline to make it happen. They should not be bogged down with initial failure and continue working with persistence to achieve what they want.

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What’s a career in fashion forecasting ?

For most of us, ‘fashion forecasting’ jobs have an aura surrounding them. Forecasting of fashion trends is crucial and can make or break the destiny of the garment — whether or not the consumer will actually purchase it.

Fashion forecasting involves calculation of mood, behaviour, and buying habits of the consumer. It is not as much about classifying customers by age, geography, or income, than looking into how and why they buy, their moods, beliefs, and the occasion. From street fashion to red carpets, fashion trend consultants search high and low for innovations.

Fashion forecasters carry out research to inform designers about trends so that they can ensure their products are suited for the purpose. The area is growing, owing to the escalating number of consumer sub-groups that companies want to target — from teens to silver-surfers. Each area of the fashion forecasting industry holds a wide range of career choices.  From searching the streets for trends to reading and interpreting those trends as actual fashion products, to writing about, photographing and further interpreting  those trends, there are ample choices.

Unlike common perception, fashion forecasting is a bit more scientific than crystalball gazing, although intuition does play a part. A trend forecaster’s work covers a range of areas such as product design, interiors and technology. The day-to-day job involves carrying out research with consumers, designers, and architects, visiting trade fairs and exhibitions and trawling the media. For those seeking a competitive, fast-paced, and rewarding career in the fashion industry, trend forecasting could be one of the career options. The first step is to study fashion and its history.  Getting an internship or working with a company in the field would be a great place to start.

To succeed one needs to be creative and act like a sponge, soaking up everything.  It involves using findings of research as well as an intuition to predict the upcoming trends, in addition to possessing analytical skills to be able to assimilate them and explain what it would mean for the end consumer.

Fashion forecasters conduct research to inform designers about trends to ensure their products are suited for the purpose

What exactly is instructional design? What qualifications does it require?

The global need for customised e-learning packages has opened up a host of exciting new career opportunities for instructional designers. With instructional designing (ID) services being farmed out from UK and US, instructional designing is emerging as one of the fastest growing fields in India.
Instructional designers draft the blueprint for a whole multimedia project — from determining the educational design and content of the project to deciding how to present it.   As an instructional designer, you will work closely with subject matter experts to organise information in such a way that a learner can easily comprehend it.

Be prepared for extensive brain storming sessions on pre-design activities such as content design, analysis of context, content and learner needs. While teaching and training skills are desirable attributes, it goes without saying that you need excellent communication skills in English with a good understanding of web-based training.

As a trainee instructional designer, your main responsibility will be to implement design specifications. You can also work as an integrator, animation, graphic artist or visualiser. Today, the need for instructional designers is being felt in corporate training institutes, in the public sector as well as in educational institutes.

Earlier, the role of an instructional designer was restricted to designing curricula for instructional books or manuals. Now instructional designers are much more tech savvy and offer consultation in fields ranging from educational TV, computer-based teaching, instructional video, business training and multimedia to print media and classroom design.

Starting out as a trainee instructional designer, you could rise to the level of e-learning project manager and eventually to a consultant. Although there are a number of formal courses in ID, many courses are actually run by e-learning companies. As lots of global e-learning projects are outsourced to India, companies have their own in-house learning departments as they feel the need to constantly hone their designers’ skills.

Refer to the following webisites for more information: 

Training to be an instructional designer is not easy. Over and above your core training, it could take anywhere from six months to two years to get a clear understanding. And even then, there is no end to learning in this field. You need to upgrade your skills and keep abreast of new developments in the field.

Animation Design career is set to boom in India

The Indian animation industry is poised to grow by, hold your breath, about 23% in the next four years! This means that the value of the industry that was estimated at 18.5 billion in 2009 will be a whopping 54 billion by 2014. This income has mainly come about as a result of the growing reputation of India as a quality place to outsource animation work to. Production for films including the Lord of the Rings, the Harry Potter series, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Spiderman 3 have taken place here during the last few years. Cartoons that were strictly in the domain of Cartoon Network are now a regular feature of many channels including POGO, Hungama TV, Nickelodeon, Disney XD and Disney Channel.


desi productions from animation design courses

From merely being a country that helps Hollywood studios make animated films, we are now witnessing several Desi production houses evince interest in making such films. Some of the films that will be made during the coming years include Walt Disney’s Zokkomon and Krayon Pictures’ Delhi Safari, amid others.

What also works in the favour of the growth of the animation industry, is the anticipated phenomenal growth of an allied industry – the gaming industry – that is expected to grow by about 36 percent in the next four years. All in all, the growth of the industry means that the time is perhaps the ripest it has been in recent years for students interested in dabbling with the virtual world. The primary growth of the industry results from the increased volumes of outsourced work that the country’s animation studios have received. The industry is short of people with quality skills. The Government has to form a body like the UGC (University Grants Commission) to standardise animation courses in the country. This will also help provide the Indian animation industry that needs about 25,000 skilled employees in the coming year.

Animation graduates can find work in several leading companies including Rhythm & Hues, Prime Focus, Prasad EFX, EA Sports and DQ Entertainment. A student interested in making a career in this industry can take up courses in animation or game development after finishing Class 12. It is a creatively fulfilling industry. Starting salaries could be around 3 lakhs and could go as high as  14 lakhs/annum, with 5 -8 years of experience.

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game design courses, animation design programs

The animation industry is like any other industry, as long as you are genuinely interested, are willing to learn continually and have a desire to contribute creatively, you will find jobs. Opportunities for students are abundant in the industry. Things are definitely looking upbeat.

Courses in this industry can cost anywhere between 10,000 and 3 lakhs based on the duration of the course and any possible affiliations that the institute may have with foreign unversities. That students of animation can find jobs in allied industries like advertising too. In animation industry, if one is prepared to spend time and gather experience, it will reap rich dividends. The skills needed to carve a name for oneself in the animation industry are perhaps best encapsulated with, “Technology can only render as an output what one’s mind visualises.” The more creative the mind, the better the results. Some of the colleges where you could study animation are:

National Institute of Design

Industrial Design Centre

Srishti School of Design

Maeer’s MIT Institute of Design

Whistling Woods International Institue  for Film, Television & Media Arts

DSK International School of Design

Image College of Arts, Animation & Technology

Toonz Animation Academy

ZICA-Zed Institute of Creative Arts

International College of Animation Arts & Technology

Graphiti School of Animation

Asian Institute of Gaming and Animation

Pentamedia Animation Training College

How to choose the right design college?

Choosing the right design college becomes one of the most crucial decisions of your life. It is important to spend time in research to gain knowledge about the institutes. AFD lists some criteria which you should consider before joining a specific college.




  1. Infrastructure and facilities: Creative courses are practical knowledge based and hence, the availability of efficient infrastructure is very important. Five star ambiences are not required but statistics of course specific facilities should be evaluated. In the current scenario, when all designers are expected to excel in CAD (Computer Aided Designing), the quality and quantity of IT labs should be analyzed. All systems must be upgraded with latest design software. Also it is important to mull over the depth of the library collection. All designers need to expand their knowledge bank by researching on design history and keeping themselves aware of the latest forecasts. So an excellent in house research center with national and international journals, magazines and books can help the student in learning. Too many old, dusty, useless and unused books in the library mean a loophole in the education system.
  2. Average salary at placement: Many design institutes these days boast of 100% placement. Attention should be paid to find out how genuine these claims are. Out of that 100%, if 20% of the students in the institute opt for higher studies and another 35% of them join their father’s export company, then it is meaningless. You should ask the institute to clearly show the list of the companies that visited the campus and number of placements in recent years. The potential institute will show you the list of the companies recruiting students in recent years rather than listing down several companies visiting the campus since its inception. Make an effort to figure out if the institute has a separate cell dedicated to ‘placement’ and if it is efficient and established.
  3. Faculty: Faculty team is the backbone of any institute, design colleges being no exception. Try to pay much more attention to faculty quality than what is usually given. The teachers should have considerable years of experience in the relevant field. To some extent, their qualification is also important although that is not everything. Beware of the list of ‘visiting faculties’! That list might contain names of big industry personalities and known designers. But it is very important to get the accuracy how often these people visit the campus and hours they spend in the campus. Also gather information about the core faculty supplementary content and the standing of the visiting faculties. It is not a positive sign for an institute to hire new teachers every year. It is best to avoid such colleges!

4.  Admission process: The depth and quality of the admission process of an institute is another factor to consider. If the institute is contacting you to inform about the courses available and offering you spot admission based on an informal interview, it is the time you check the record of the institute. The premier design institutes always have a tough competitive admission process often consisting two rounds of screening. Be careful in joining an institute offering spot admission as they might be finding it difficult to fill the seats.

5. Recognition: With the increase of design aspirants in India, many new institutes have started offering training in fashion and design. But only selected numbers of institutes provide recognized degrees or diplomas. A recognized degree or a diploma ensures that you can aim for higher studies and employment in the public sector. Also it is good to screen the accreditation of an institute before joining it. Accreditation is carried out based on several factors like basic infrastructure, library facility, software, faculty etc. To some extent, this can help you know the quality of education in a particular institute.


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What are the eligibility to apply for CEED?
Candidates must either have completed or be expecting to complete any of the following, by July 2013:
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design/ Interior Design or equivalent (4 years duration after 10 + 2)
  • Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT or equivalent of 4 years duration after 10+2)
  • B.F.A. (4 year professional programme, after 10+2)
  • G.D. Art (5 year programme after 10th) with one year post qualification professional experience.
  • Master's degree in Arts / Science / Computer Applications
  • Please Note: Students with any Degree in a three year Bachelors programme are not eligible.
What are the dates for NIFT and NID? What about CEED?
The dates for NID and NIFT are announced in October and November respectively. These dates are updated on our site here and here
Dates for the CEED exam are updated here
We also announce all important dates on our home page, so keep an eye out there for all the latest news.

Aswathi Raza.K

NID GDPD & NIFT Rank 3 - Year 2012 - Kerala

Hey to the AFD team,
And thank you to all teachers who have taught me and had contributed a huge fraction to my beating the competition and getting into NID. (Especially to anjana mam, Tulip mam, Denny sir, and Julie mam) I had gotten this advice before the interview and it had helped - Don't prepare ready-made answers. Discover yourself and be plain honest.

Thanks again to AFD

Akash Sheshadri

NID GDPD 2012 - Delhi

Hi Afd, Wish to inform you that my son Akash sheshadri, has got admission to NID, Ahmedabad. Thank you for the coaching and other inputs given by you for the studio test and interview which helped him a lot. Regards,Sheshadri iyer

Madhavi Singh

Rank 1 NIFT - B.Des 2011 - Delhi

To prepare for the NIFT Entrance Examination, I attended the one-month Creative Ability Test summer workshop and the week long Situation Test workshop at AFD and also attended a 5-day Situation Test workshop at another Institute in Delhi. The experience at AFD was amazing and the faculty is brilliant. The support I got from AFD was very encouraging and of great help. The atmosphere in the classes is very friendly. I learnt a lot from the classes and I owe a great deal to AFD for my success in the NIFT Entrance Examination. I take this opportunity to thank everyone at AFD specially Ms. Julie James and Somdatt Sarkar for their help and support

Diti Mistry

Delhi - NIFT Rank 137 Year 2011

Hello I'm thankful to the AFD coaching. I took for 5 days for the preparation of NIFT situation test. I got through NIFT with the rank of 137. Thank You.

Akshan Ish

Delhi - NID PGDPD Graphic Design Year 2011

I've been selected for the Graphic Design PG program in NID. I am very grateful to AFD for guiding me through the process.You would also be happy to know that quite a few people (Shitij Sood, Anupriya Arvind, Girish Krishnan, Yaju, Avjit) from our AFD IGP, Delhi class have also been selected to NID.Thank you so much for all the support!


Aakanksha Gaur

NID PGDPD Delhi - Year 2011

I have got through NID PG Programme for Information and Interface Design at Bangalore and I am in the waiting list for Design for Digital Experience. Have to thank the AFD team for their guidance and support.

Anupriya Arvind

Delhi - NID PGDPD for Graphic Design and New Media Design., and qualified CEED AIR 38

Anupriya this side. ! was in your Delhi centre for , weekend PG coaching course. I had appeared for NID PG and CEED, and i am very happy to tell you that thanks to AFD have cleared NID PGDPD for Graphic Design and New Media Design., and qualified CEED with an All India Rank of 38, score of 61 on 100 and a percentile of 98.2. I know I have not been in contact much since the coaching ended..but I attribute it to my hectic college n internships n placements. So anyway...i"d really like to thank the entire AFD team for their guidance, help n support. Al the effort u guys took in getting guest lecturers from India n abroad, n d teaching material n resident faculty was remarkable! it was all because of you guys that this was possible. i have been a part of AFD since 2007 (my NIFT days)....n i have never been disappointed ever since. Julie..u have been really helpful..coz u let me join d classes initially 4 a test run..without payment just cause u had faith in me..n i am really grateful 2 u for that.

Anyway...Now i have to go in for the studio test and interview round for NID n CEED and will need some guidance and input regarding that as well. so i'l be in touch with you asap. specially like to mention Gargi n Ashima...they have been incredible in their efforts! pls let me know hw do we go about this in..hw do v take it from here.


Bhopal - NID UG - 2008

I want to express my gratitude towards AFD whose eveready excellent guidance and training have contributed to my unique success. Im overawed with AFDs support. Without AFD, getting into NID was unthinkable .I came to know about NID through AFD only it helped me from starting till the end. Im very happy & I will strongly recommend all the designing aspirants to join AFD. Whatever we learnt in the class, exactly same was asked in NID. It was my pleasure to learn from such a nice & experienced .teachers like JULIE MAM , RUCHA MAM , etc Thank you mam !

Anubhav Ganguly

Allahabad NID PG 2008

Dear AFD!! First of all I would like to introduce about myself I am Anubhav Ganguly I am from Allahabad and I am registered student of AFD.I have enrolled for the program NIFT/NID Ug Combo Pack 2008.

AFD has truly given me a hope to entering into the top Indian Fashion colleges. Earlier when for the first time I gave my entrance test for NIFT 2007 I didn't knew a single thing about the paper and how about it should be approached, the type of questions that will be coming and how to maximize my chances of getting into some of the good fashion colleges. I came to know about AFD as i was seriously needed a help to get my next attempt a successful one. Though I have yet waiting for my results. I came to know about AFD through google search and frankly speaking I searched a lot of coaching institutes before deciding at last going with AFD. According to the quality, content and fees wise AFD was the best according to my needs. There was range of options that students can choose according to his/her needs which i felt the best about.

When I received my first consignment for my particular course it kind of generated some inner confidence in myself and from that moment I started thinking that i can really make it condition If I work hard. I particularly choose AFD because they have some of best faculties who can help you in their best possible way they can. The mock tests is the most which helped me to know what is NIFT/NID all about .I would like to gratify my special thanks to the AFD members who boosted a lot confidence in myself and fairly know this much with their continuous help I did a lot better than my 2007 NID paper. The books they provided right from the Drawing Ability to Creative ability were sure speaked for themselves. If one really solves them and go through it sincerely I believe that he has the greatest chances in getting to any of the premium fashion or design Institutes. Their part of labour is truly speaking for themselves because they the highest number of student ratio who cracked NIFT/NID examinations according to my personal sources than any other coaching institutes. I would surely recommend any budding designer or fashion designers who really want to get into colleges like NIFT/NID should go for AFD.

I only feared that the questions that are asked are not really very difficult to attempt. But thanks to AFD once again the practice with their mock papers made my fear vanished as soon as I saw the paper. I was just scared that may all the ideas come into my mind just for 3hours during which Iwas attempting the paper because it's only ideas and a creativity that can only make u sail smoothly which I believed.

Once i started attempting the question Thanks to God that my ideas and creativeness started to flowing in my mind rapidly

Kashmira Hajra

Kolkata- NIFT B. Des Rank 120 - 2007

I would like to give u gr8 thanks 4ur help, we got for those 4 days in kolkata, during nift situation was a gr8 help,, now i understand wat ur criticism and praises have worked.results have not cum out but still i cant stop thanking u over and over again,,, u were amazing teacher,, i thank AFD also for providing us those classes which i believe all my mates agree to b very helpfull..

hope all our as well as ur effort be fruitfull...

Sucharita Ghosh

MIT , Pune 2007 - Kolkata

AFD helped a lot but i believe the theory was equally hard so afd should give courses for that too. an audio visual course could be made........more aptitude tests should be undertaken thank you so much for being there for us

Ishan Kanwar

NIFT AIR 570, Symbiosis, Apeejay, Pearl

hello mam, My AIR is 570 and i am into the nift banglore campus in the accessory design (business and corporate) dept. my experience through every phase was really cool and comfortable but my most important period had been the coaching at kottayam. since i got 2 know 'bout everything regarding the nift's entrance there only so it was the backbone of my success. henceforth i really feel it not only necessary but compulsory 4 all hard core aspirants of all the design schools as its been the most important factors in my sucess not only at nift but also symbiosis, pearl & apeejay inst. of design really mam i'm very very thakful 2 u. the only suggestion ... plz have ur programs of short periods in delhi and other places.

Gurinder Kaur

NIFT M. F. Tech 2007

AFD provides an excellent study material. It helped me a lot while i was preparing for nift mftech entrance. It is all because of afd faculty that I have been selected for M.F.Tech programme in Delhi.

Anupriya Arvind

NIFT B. Des Rank 119 2007 - Kolkata

Dear Julie Madam, I m grateful 2 the AFD team 4 all their hard work n guidance. Im proud 2 say that I have got an all India rank of 119 & the credit goes 2 the entire team of AFD! . I am really indebted 2 u 4 competing in nift, srishti & symbiosis. The material u sent me was very good. It gave me a very clear picture of what was going 2 be asked in the written test. Having crossed that hurdle, I joined your situation test workshop in Kolkata. Under the able guidance of Rajiv Sir, i learnt the skill, time management and effort required 4 the test. U made me see the kind of talent I had & helped me 2 showcase it at the right time & place . Just wish I had known about u before the NID exam, then I would have definitely competed there too. You have been instrumental in shaping my career n I m never gona forget u!! If anyone reading this, is interested in designing, then pls. Join AFD coz they r the best people around 2 help u


IDC 2007 / NID PG SDM - 2007

Dear Madam, I am Pavan, Architect from Hyderabad. I am a former postal student of AFD for CEED exam. Now i am in NID, Ahmedabad. I got admission here in PG in Strategic Design Management in May, 2007.

And today after noon, IDC, IIT Bombay results are announced for their M.Des program. Thankfully, i got the admission in their M.Des, Interaction Design program also. I appreciate you for your help and material provided to me. I hope you to continue to create awareness among students community about design courses across India and the respective prospects in the stream.


2nd Rank NIFT B.F Tech / NID - GDPD

I am happy to inform you that I have been selected for admission in NID ..Your IGP postal course was of great help in cracking this tough examination..Thank you for your help and support.

Piyush Anand


i m glad to be the student of Afd who taught me how to walk on the zig-zag road of NIFT. The competition was really tough because there were limited seats and too much students. Inspite of tough competition afd explored our skill and made us master over toughness. I was having the skill and effort but that was of no use unless there is confidence which i got from Afd classes.I thank you very much for the efforts which Rajiv sir and Afd made to make our base strong to chase nift situation test. Finally i m in nift and i too got selected in symbiosis. But going in nift bcoz my dream was NIFT and afd helped me to achieve my dream. Thank you teacher's and thank you AFD.

Anita Ann Babu

Symbiosis 2007

I am happy to inform you that I have cleared Symbiosis entrance Test (set-test). Studio test will be on 11th June (this is conflicting with NIFT's date for group discussion). I wish to express my gratitude to the faculty, timely help I got from the study materials. Thanks once again.

Deepika V Ramani

Pearl Academy 2006

I am Deepika V Ramani Roll No:NT 795. I have joined Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi in the Fashion Design Under Graduate Programme. Although I got admission in Symbiosis, I preferred Pearl. Your guidance for my written and situation Exams were very useful. Thank you. Will keep in touch.


Pearl Academy, 2006

I have taken admission in pearl academy of fashion in Chennai centre. Afd helped me a lot to ignite my creativity. Thanks a lot Sir.

Varshapriya. R

Symbiosis Institute of Design , Pune

I am very thankful to all the members and faculty of AFD for the training given to me. I was successful to get into Symbiosis Institute of Design , Pune. I have opted for Product design.

Ankur Srivastava

Pearl Academy 2006

Hello Afd,

I Ankur Kumar Srivastava got selected in Pearl Academy of Fashion in retail. And I am very thankful to you and your coaching material which you provided me.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Priyadarshani Pawar

NIFT B.F.Tech Design

Hello Julie Madam,

How are you? Hope you are doing fine.

I just got back from Delhi. I had my counselling for NIFT on the 20th of June. And guess what Ma'am, I got Fashion Design at Hyderabad! I got the design course of my choice though as centre I would have preferred Mumbai due to the distance. But I am very happy and also quite excited! Our term starts on the 10th of July. So I shall be leaving for Hyderabad in the first week of July probably. I would like to thank you for all your help and guidance! Your classes and your teaching was a real boon! I dont know if that really sounds right but in short THANK YOU Ma'am!!

Bye for now, Do keep in touch!!

Priyanka Ann Joshi

NIFT B. F. Tech Design 2005

The comprehensive and complete study materials of the NIFT, of which I was an earnest aspirant . I am extremely thankful to the AFD for the excellent tips and guidance extended to me. AFD is surely a boon to the NIFT aspirants.


Nift 2006

This is Gayatri Sivakumar the one who was there in IGP class in Bangalore. Ok, I'll give u another clue- the girl who cut her finger and scared you.

Thanks for your IGP package and god's grace without which it was impossible for me to secure a rank of 218.I am happy to inform u that I made into fashion communication at Mumbai. Well the classes begin on 10th July and I am excited but nervous. Plz excuse me for this late reply.

Keep smiling and keep busy coaching future aspirants. Hope to see u in future as we all know earth is round BYE.


PEARL Academy

Hi Julie Madam,

Hope you are just fine. I was able to get the IGP package only two days before the second round. I wanted to tell you that I have been selected for pearl. I give its credit to you and AFD. All the packs really helped me. In the situational test i.e., in a group of 5 people, was given to design a chair and table. We made a chair in the shape of a colour palette and table in the shape of scissors. It looked totally cool. Then in the interview I was asked about what we made. They asked me about my famous industrialist, I said I dont know much about them but fashion designers. So they asked me about them. I talked about Manish Malhotra, JJ Valaya. and many more questions. It was fun. They saw my portfolio and then asked me whats the meaning of my name when I was leaving. I told them its deep- anti, antim deep i.e. The last deep. They told me that means when the world falls in darkness, you are the one who will give light to everyone. It felt very good. In this interview I acted very naturally and did not pretend anything and it worked. One thing I have learned is we should be as we are, not try to pretend thinking people wont like you. People like you as you are. Too much of philosophy!!!! Anyway hope to talk to you soon.

Take care,