B. Des. in Knitwear Design is a 3-year undergraduate academic arts-centered program. It is much like a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, and many of the subjects are same across both courses.
The course is offered at a rather few colleges in the country. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is among the premier institutes that offers such designing courses. The course in is offered at its Delhi, Mumbai, Kannur, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Kolkata campuses. Other such institutes include:
Some of the top entrance tests conducted for admission to the course in India are:
The basic eligibility criterion for pursuing the course is a 10+2 or equivalent qualification in any stream from a recognized educational Board.
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam, or merit obtained in the last qualifying exam.
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 2 to 2.5 Lacs for a span of 3 years.
Successful graduates of the course can expect anything between INR 5 to 7 lacs as annual salary in the industry, increasing with experience and skillset.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||10+2, with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.|
|Admission Process||Merit-based/ Based on counselling after qualification of entrance test.|
|Course Fee||INR 2-2.5 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 5-7 lacs|
|Top Recruiting Organizations'||Madura Garments, ITC LRBD, Gap, Triburg, Raymond, Gupta Exim, Cascade Enterprises, Pratibha Syntex, Nahar Group of Industries, SPL Industries, Rajah Hosiery, Oswal Woollen Mills, Uni Style Images, Indian Terrain, Impulse International, Arvind Brands, Orient Craft, Lakra Brothers, Matrix, RMS Joss, etc.|
|Top Recruiting Areas'||Corporate Houses, Shopping Malls, Fashion Marketing, Design Production Management, Fashion Media, Boutiques, Fashion Accessory Design, Fashion Show Management, Garment Manufacturing Unit, and such.|
|Top Job Profiles||Knitwear Designer, Textile Designer, Merchandiser, among others.|
Knitwear Design has recently emerged from its perception as a hand knitting field to a global industry for fashion apparel. The play of knit and purl is the backbone for baby-wear, kids wear, active or sportswear. The use of knitwear can also be expanded to areas like casual apparel, winter wear, lingerie, and such apparel.
The course essentially aims to create professionals who can understand and apply the intricacies and technicalities of knitwear design, their production, quality control, promotion, branding, and management. The program has been designed to inspire in eligible candidates, skills of creativity, innovation, critical professional judgment, and design-related intellectual acumen.
The curriculum of the course includes both theoretical study and participation in workshops, exhibitions, shows, seminars, etc.
The course aims to build in enrolled students:
Some of the major components of the course include:
Such aspirants would ideally possess the following skills.
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees per annum in INR|
|National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi||Delhi||2.15 lacs|
|National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Chennai||Chennai||2.28 lacs|
|National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Kannur||Kannur||1.95 lacs|
|National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Kolkata||Kolkata||2.12 lacs|
|National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Hyderabad||Hyderabad||1.95 lacs|
|National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Navi Mumbai||Navi Mumbai||2.12 lacs|
|Pearl Academy||Delhi||5 lacs|
|Ansal University||Gurgaon||4 lacs|
Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.
Most institutes offering the course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance test, often followed by a round of personal interview, wherein their general aptitude for the course is tested. Admission process generally varies across colleges.
A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level.
Listed below are some of the top entrance exams conducted in the country for admission to the course.
A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Common Foundation Program in Design|
|Year 2||Year 3|
|Fashion Art & Illustration||Further inputs in Fashion Art & Illustration, Patternmaking|
|Basic Weaving & Hand Knitting Textile Science||Draping & Construction|
|Processing & Knitting Technology Computer Applications||Computerized Knitting|
|Traditional Textiles||Product Realization|
|Patternmaking & Construction Surface Techniques||Merchandising & Marketing|
|Product Development project||Advanced Knitting Technology|
|Industry internship||Craft Survey and Documentation project|
|Industry internship: Students will undertake a number of elective subjects so that they understand the industry and also carry out an independent research-based project. In the last semester, students conduct a Graduation Project with either an industrial client, export house, designer or an NGO. In this project, the students will be required to work on the brief given by the client.|
Successful graduates of the course are professionally trained in circular and flatbed knitting machines, and serve in the domestic and export fields. Such professionals are hired as:
Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful graduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Salary in INR|
|Knitwear Designer||A Knitwear Designer collects ideas and looks for trends before sketching ideas on paper. They may also use a computer program to draw designs. They develop such ideas into patterns and prints. The samples are subsequently made for the same. The Knitwear Designer also source, select and select yarn for their designs.||3-5 lacs|
|Merchandiser||A Merchandiser professionally analyses past sales figures and trends to anticipate future needs. They communicate such results to the buyer who decides what products, styles, colors, etc. to purchase, from which suppliers, and at what price.||5-7 lacs|
Textile Designers create two-dimensional designs that can be used, often as a repeat design, in the production of knit, weaved, and printed fabrics or textile products.
They work across both industrial and non-industrial locations, and often specialize or work in a specialist context within the textile industry.