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Design School with a vision


Sushant School of Design, the new sister school of Sushant School of Art and Architecture, recently, ended it’s first year with its’ Foundation Year exhibition. The exhibition touches upon process, discovery and rediscovery – studio work from spatial design, fine art, ceramics and weaving are installed in a single space, setting up
interesting juxtapositions.
The School currently runs a dynamic Foundation in Design – 1 year and a Diploma in Interior Design – 3 year and will soon be establishing programs in visual communications and product design.
The innovative interior design program takes students on a discovery of aesthetics, developing the skills and sensibility needed to be a designer that will make change in the world – be it local or global. Much of the ethos and teaching practice of the school comes from a studio approach to learning which is ‘hands-on’, where each student is developed as a maker and a thinker. SSD’s faculties are the backbone of the school and it’s program, through their international work and education they bring together a powerful understanding of creativity from contexts and concepts that cross the globe. Their mission is to develop young designers thatwho can apply this knowledge to the context of India.
SSD’s ambitions are high and studio life requires not only a full time commitment but the ability to remain open to new ideas and processes. For anyone who is considering a career in design, the Foundation in Design is an experience that opens minds and grounds students in self belief. For those wanting to pursue interior design, SSD provides a unique learning environment that encompasses a breadth of subjects that include weaving, product design, ceramics and fine art.  Collectively they open up the world of interior design.

Can India improve & sustain the quality of design education?

The root of formal design education in India was derived from the famous designer duo and married colleagues Charles and Ray Eames. In the 1950s, Indian Government noticed the negligence in the design and quality in consumer items. To design a program to teach industrial design and visual communication to the Indians, the famous American industrial designer Charles Eames and his wife Ray were invited to India. Under the guidelines of the report by Charles and Ray, National Institute of Design was set up in 1961.

Design education in India  has seen manifold changes and up gradation. Design schools around the conid-bangalore-campusuntry have seen a considerable raise in the standards of design education and training imparted to students. This fact is also revealed by the Business Week survey on top design schools of the world. Both the National Institute of Design, in Ahmedabad and the Industrial Design Centre at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai are on the list. Business Week has listed a total of 60 D-schools which it considers the best in the world and this was done by a panel of innovation consultants, academics, and executives:

Although the design education standards these days are very high, but still the question remains, how can these institutes remove the loop holes and sustain a high quality education?

Shortage of faculties
Most design institutes don’t have sufficient staff. To suffice to the increasing demands, design institutes are increasing the number of intakes every year. At NID for example, the number of students have steadily increased from sixty students in the undergraduate batches five years ago to hundred today and every year new postgraduate courses such as strategic design, automotive design and retail design are being added. But the fact remains that the number of faculty has not risen in proportion to the number of courses and students. There is also a shortage of highly qualified experienced faculty members. This situation, if not addressed appropriately, can lead to deterioration in the quality of education in future.

Learning environment & strategies
Inspite of providing standard design education, Indian institutes still do not stand a competition to their counterparts in developed countries in certain disciplines. There is an urgent need for an improved closed institute- Industry nexus, which students from most institutes don’t have much exposure to in the current system. There is a necessity to standardize and develop syllabi for all design institutes across the country. Moreover, the independence, creativity and self reliance that one gets from study abroad are highly valued by potential recruiters. Indian design institutes should start providing more opportunities for students to grow, think efficiently and independently. These issues should be addressed effectively to improve the quality of design training in India.

Students have relatively fewer design specialization options in India compared to other countries. Especially in the Graduate level, only handful of institutions provides Master level courses with limited specialization opportunities. The growing level of design education needs to conduct surveys for continuous evaluation and development of new design courses.

National institute of Design & National Institute of Fashion Technology are two of the most successful names in the field of fashion & design education in India. They are known for giving sought after designers to the industry. But in recent years, NIFT has increased its centers from 7 to 15 and NID, with three campuses currently, is planning to increase its reach to 4 new cities. If enough care is not taken towards the quality of infrastructure and faculty in the new centers, this expansion can lead to cannibalization and reduce the excellence of education.

A review of – Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology

Away from the maddening crowd of Bangalore city and situated in cozy Yelahanka, is the compound that houses the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology and the prestigious Mallya Aditi International School, both founded and managed by the Ujwal Trust.

From the outside it looks as though one has stepped into a quaint colonial resort, but as we enter inside, one gets floored by its wide open spaces, verandahs that double up as galleries exhibiting student’s work, cozy corners where students, artists and faculties hang out discussing everything from design to music to everyday life.

Srishti’s culture is very liberal and that encourages students to think, question, experiment and challenge set principals to harness the artistic and intellectual potential of each individual. A multi-disciplinary approach inculcates self-initiated learning, independent thinking and expands perspectives. Regular interaction with design studios, production and distribution centers, community projects, retail establishments and industry forms a vital bridge between Srishti and the world. The pedagogy is multi-disciplinary, research-oriented, self-initiated, self-directed and often self or peer-assessed, exploratory and experimental, contemporary and radical with sufficient exposure to the Liberal Arts.

The best part of studying in Sristhi is that one gets to interact with mentors and teachers of such high caliber. The faculty members are extremely friendly, are on first name basis with the students and treat them as members of their family. Then there are the Artists-in-Residence and Research Associates, experienced research professionals or alumni of Srishti who are back to the campus to “earn while they learn”. This interaction helps the students to be in constant touch with the industry and keep up with new and critical innovations in the field of art and culture using real world projects. The next best feature is its state-of-the-art library with an extensive collection of books, international journals and audio-video resources. Also attached is a computer center where students can research the net, scan, photocopy inspirations from the Library. Srishti also has a textile workshop with varied looms, a dyeing/printing unit, computer labs and a metal workshop in-house. It also has access to a fully equipped furniture workshop in Bangalore for making prototypes, exhibition structures and installations.

Now for the Courses offered at Srishti:

Foundation Studies Program (FSP): This two-year course exposes the students to a holistic and creative learning process that concentrates on the building of basic technical and conceptual skills in art, design and technology. On completion the students can choose to study further at Srishti by opting for a specialty in the PDP or can leave with a Certificate of Completion in FSP.

12th Standard pass. Number of Seats: Max. 100

Professional Diploma Program (PDP): Two and half year specialized Professional Diploma Programs offered at present are:

• Visual Communication Design
• Product and Interface Design
• Furniture and Interior Design
• Textile Design
• Digital Video Production
• Animation and Visual Effects
• Sangama Interdisciplinary Lab

Eligibility: Students who have completed the Srishti Foundation Studies Program, Direct Entry from students who have completed the equivalent of Srishti’s FSP, graduates from other art and design schools, or have professional work experience and an interest in art and design education.

Advanced Diploma Program (ADP): The post graduate Advanced Diploma Programs offered at present are:

• Experimental Media Arts (offered by CEMA),
• Design in Education (offered by CERTAD),
• Transcultural Design (joint collaboration with L’Ecole de Design, Nantes Atlantique, France)

Eligibility: Graduate Degree in any discipline. All programs are research oriented programs for professionals and graduates.

Srishti also has partnerships with over fifteen prestigious Art & Design institutions across the globe. Students who apply for such exchange programmes must fulfill certain criteria and if accepted will receive a tuition waiver. This programme affords students international exposure and provides for a global learning experience.

Admission process:

FDP: Once the applications are received and reviewed the students are called for an entrance test (aptitude test which would test the student’s logical thinking, drawing & colour skills, visualization skills and language skills). It would be held in six centers across India at present – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Kochi and Bangalore. Those who succeed in the Entrance Test are called to Bangalore for the Portfolio Review and Interview. The quality of the portfolio determines the student’s eligibility for admission.

Application Process for International Applicants: Applications along with SAT scores would be reviewed. Portfolio with 20 pieces of work including two mandatory paintings of a transparent glass bottle and a landscape/cityscape from real life should be submitted on a CD. The interview would be conducted on Skype.

Professional Diploma program: the selection process involves a Portfolio review and Interview. Selection for the Advanced Diploma Program is based on Application essays, Portfolio review and Interview. Application forms for all courses are available now.

Portfolio Requirements: The portfolio should demonstrate skills in drawing, material and various medium also thinking / conceptual skills. It should include a range of 2D and 3D work. Each work should be accompanied by specifications such as its size, medium and the year in which it was done. All work that is submitted needs to be done by the applicant, and arranged in chronological order.

The last date for receiving applications for 2011/12 session is on Tuesday, 15th March 2011: which is. Contact:
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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,