Career as Textile Designer

by Nafo Media Desk

As a creative career option Textile designing offers all one wants, glamour, money and popularity. Day by day textile design courses are gaining much popularity in India particularly among young people. It is because the demands of Indian textile are on high both in domestic and foreign markets. Those with creative ingenuity and technical skills generally opt for the textile design course in India.

Textile designers create two-dimensional designs that can be produced in a design which is repeated for commercial or artistic use. They often work in knit, weave and print. Their designs may be used in the production of fabrics or textile products. Textile designers may specialize in soft furnishings or fashion fabrics, sometimes working in both areas. They may also work in related fields, especially those where a design repeat is part of the process of production, for example wrapping paper, packaging, greetings cards, ceramics or floor or wall coverings. Textile Designers should be innovative and resourceful. They must follow strict budget and deadline schedules and maintain up-to-date knowledge of fashion trends with relation to fabrics.

Course Details: Several kinds of courses are offered in textile design these days like Diploma, postgraduate diploma and certificate courses. For Diploma courses minimum eligibility is 10+2 pass or equivalent degree in any subjects. Generally most of the diplomas courses are of four-year duration. For postgraduate programme in the minimum qualification is graduation in textile design and allied subjects. Some institutes enroll students through entrance tests conducted by the institute concerned. At the post-graduate level there are specialized courses in textile designing. The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi, functioning under the Union Ministry of Textiles is a prominent institute providing higher-study facilities in fashion technology and fashion management. Intake capacity is 30 seats. This programme strives to train students in functional specialities and imparts skills that will enable them to contribute significantly to the fashion technology or related industry. Students also get a better understanding of the garment business. This programme builds a sound technical knowledge base for the students and acquaints them with the analysis tools for effective managerial decision-making. Semester fee Rs.28,500. The NIFT offers two-year PG programmes in fashion technology. Entry qualification is BE/B.Tech. in Textiles/Apparel /Mechanical/ Industry/ Production/ Electronics/ Computer Science/ Information Technology. Another PG programme is in fashion management. Duration is two years. Graduates in any discipline or diploma holders in accessory / fashion design from NIFT are eligible for admission. Selection to these programmes is based on entrance tests, situation test, group discussion and interview. The admission notification can be expected during October/November every year. Besides New Delhi, NIFT centres are in Bangalore, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.

The PG programme in fashion management is offered at the centres in New Delhi, Bangalore, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad and Kolkata. The intake capacity is 30 seats each. This programme focuses on change and innovation management, IT, integrated marketing, winning strategies, e-business, Internet and other converging technologies, export supply chain management and retail technologies. The National Institute of Design (NID), Paldi, Ahmedabad, conducts two-and-a-half years’ postgraduate diploma programmes in textile design, apparel design and merchandising and lifestyle accessory design. Entry qualification for textile design is BFA, Applied Arts, Textile / Handloom Technology, Textile/ Knitwear/ Fashion Design/ Home Science with Textile and Clothing.

For apparel design and merchandising the entry qualification is BFA, Applied Arts, Textile/ Knitwear /Fashion Design or graduates in merchandising or any other subjects with proven proficiency in drawing and garment construction/ presentation. For lifestyle accessory design, the required qualification is BFA, Applied Arts, Design, B.Arch., Interior Design, Accessory Design and relevant disciplines in technology/engineering.

Premier Institutes offering such courses in India

  • National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi
  • National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
  • Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai
  • National Institute of Fashion Design, Chandigarh, Kolkata
  • J D Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai, N Delhi, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Nagpur
  • Srishti School of Design, Bangalore
  • Symbiosis Centre of Design, Pune
  • Pearl Academy, Delhi, Jaipur
  • Arch Academy of Fashion, Art & Design, Jaipur
  • Wigan & Leigh College, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Indore, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Chennai
  • Apeejay Institute of Design, N Delhi
  • Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai
  • Raffles Design International, Mumbai
  • Northeast Institute of Fashion Technology, Guwahati
  • Army Institute of Fashion Design, Bangalore
  • Creative-i College of Creative Arts, Pune
  • IILM School of Design, Gurgaon
  • Bangalore Institute of Fashion Technology ( BIFT), Bangalore
  • Arch Academy, Jaipur
  • International Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi
  • Government Institute of Garment Technology (GIGT), Amritsar
  • Gemmological Institute of India (GII), Mumbai
  • Gandhi Institute of Fashion & Textile Design, Ahmedabad

Job Opportunities: There are many different types of textile design jobs. Many creative individuals seeking careers in the world of fashion and interior design find satisfying and lucrative careers in textile design. Employment opportunities for individuals new to the field may include:

  • Apparel Stylist
  • Assistant Stylist
  • CAD Designer or Operator
  • Design Technician
  • Fabric Development Specialist
  • Lace Designer
  • Print Designer
  • Production Equipment Operator
  • Textile Artist or Designer
  • Additional Related Occupations

A great deal of training for textile design jobs takes place on the job. A great deal of the equipment and technology used by professionals in this field is industry specific. It’s difficult to learn the ins and outs of the job without actually having relevant professional experience. For this reason, it’s very beneficial for individuals seeking careers in this field to seek entry-level employment in the apparel or interior design industries early in their careers. Internships are a very beneficial way to lay the groundwork for long term career success in this field. It can also be very beneficial for students to take part-time positions in production, merchandising, graphic design, and other areas related to the field. Any related experience you can get will help you accomplish your long term goal of becoming a textile designer. There are many opportunities for talented designers in the textile design field. You are the only person who can decide if pursuing employment in this industry might be right for you. If you have artistic ability, a good eye for design, and you love working with patterns and fabric, textile design may be a great career opportunity for you. Average textile design salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience and benefits. On an average it will vary from Rs.20,000 to Rs.30,000 p.m. for beginners.

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