Fashion technology is emerging as one of the profitable employment ventures in India. Fashion technology is the study and intersection of the fashion and technology industries. The curriculum is designed to provide competency for a wide range of occupations in the fashion industry. Theoretical knowledge and practical skills are applied in clothing construction, industrial sewing, flat patternmaking, designing, textiles, fashion sketching, grading, marking and cutting and computerized grading and marking. Internship or cooperative education experiences are available to interested students. It has opened up new vistas and offers high profile jobs. It has various fields of specialization like garments, footwear, jewellery and even luggage.
One must learn the difference between fashion and design and the similarities between the two. You might make fantastic designs, but that doesn’t amount to understanding fashion.
You could be a celebrity stylist, a fashion editor or editorial stylist, a shop window designer, a fashion consultant for commercials, apparel or accessory designer, a merchandiser, a fashion buyer, retail expert or an entrepreneur who brings international fashion brands to India.
A wide scope of job opportunities is available for those who complete this course. The placement areas are
- Garment industry and garment store chains
- Jewellery industry and jewellery houses
- Export houses
- Textile mills
- Leather industry
Career options in Fashion:
– where one can get employed with manufacturing units, export houses and boutiques and can get self employed by opening one’s own boutique.
Textile Designing – A designer for textile can get employed as a colorists, weaver, embroidery designer, dying & printing consultant, fabric analyzer, textile lab manager, fabric resource manager etc.
Apparel Merchandising – can find employment with garment industries, export houses, manufacturing firms, production coordinator, quality control supervisor, fashion retailer, export manager etc.
Visual merchandising – a comparatively new career field which has sprung up with the growing popularity of window and floor displays in exhibitions, fairs and other places.
Fashion Journalism – has a bright scope for employment as there is a need for exclusive articles and programmes with the development of fashion industry.
Fashion Photography- is an extremely creative and well paid profession. They can do freelancing and find employment with fashion houses, designers, fashion journals and news papers.
Modeling –is a highly paid job where one can find employment with designers, in design houses, advertisement firms etc.
Famous Institutes offering various Fashion Courses
National Institute Of Fashion Technology
Centres: New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Kolkatta, Mumbai, Patna, Raebareli, Shillong, Mauritius
Bachelor of Design
in Fashion Design, Leather Design, Accessory Design, Textile Design, Knitwear Design, Fashion Communication
B.FTech. (Apparel Production)
+2 Level Examination
- M.Des. (Master of Design)
Eligibility: B.Sc. (Textiles & Clothing) OR Bachelor in Applied Arts (Fashion Design / Visual Communication / Graphic Design / Industrial Design / Interior Design / Multimedia Design / Product Design / Textiles & Accessories. OR B.Arch. OR Design Diploma / Degree from NIFT / NID / International University of repute
- M.FTech. (Master of Fashion Technology)
Eligibility: B.E. / B.Tech. (Textiles / Apparel / Mechanical / Industrial / Production / Electronics / Computer / Information Technology)
- M.F.M. (Master of Fashion Management)
Eligibility: M.F.M. (Master of Fashion Management)
A three years Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in any discipline recognized by the Association of Indian Universities or Diploma in Accessory / Fashion Design / FIT from NIFT only.
Admission: Through All India Level Entrance Exam
National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad
- Undergraduate Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD)
Eligibility: 10+2, or equivalent
- Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (PGDPD)
Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Admission: Through Entrance Test
S.N.D.T. Women’s University, Mumbai
Under Graduate Degree/Diploma Programmes
- B. Design with specializations (4 Years) in Fashion Design, Fashion Communication, Lifestyle, Textile Design
- B.Sc. Jewelry Design (3 Years )
Eligibility – 10+2 From recognized Board or Equivalent
Post Graduate Programmes
- PGD Fashion Retail Management (2 Years)– SOFT/SFI
- PGD Apparel Manufacturing & Merchandising (2 Years)- SFI
- PGD Fashion Design (2 Years)- SFI
Eligibility – Graduation from recognized University or Equivalen
Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi
B.A. Honours (4 years) Fashion Design, Textile Design, Accessory & Jewellery Design, Communication Design, Fashion Business Management, Fashion Retail Management, Fashion & Media Make-up, Fashion styling & Image design, Interior Architecture Design.
PAF IGNOU Programmes
B.A. in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Production, B.A in Textile Design (Speciaization – Woven & Knitwear)
PG Diploma (2 years) in Fashion Merchandising, Garment Manufacturing, Fashion Retail, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Fashion Marketing.
Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
MA Programmes in Fashion & Textile, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Retail.
1 year Professional Programmes in Apparel Merchandising and Marketing, Fashion Retail Management and Marketing, Creative Fashion & technology for Women’s Wear, Creative Visual Design, Fashion & Lifestyle PR, Short-Film Making, Textile Design for Products and Accessories, Professional Photography
Other institutes offering Fashion designing courses