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Nift Syllabus Topics

Nature of NIFT Entrance Examination:

The written examination for design comprises of two papers to be written on the same day. A three hour examination called the Creative Ability Test (CAT) and a two hour examination called the General Ability Test (GAT). The CAT paper is a drawing paper while the GAT is a MCQ format paper with 150 questions to be attempted in 120 minutes. It comprises of General English (35 questions), Comprehension passages (6 to 8 in number with 30 questions in total), quantitative (25 questions), analytical reasoning (30 questions) and business domain (30 questions).

There is no negative marking.

How to Prepare for NIFT Entrance Exam 2019-2020

The GAT paper consists of academic subjects like Reasoning, Mathematics (till class X level), English Language & Comprehensions. The Business Domain segment needs a three pronged approach with studies in static GK, current affairs and fashion & industry awareness.

The academic subjects can be studied through classroom contact programmes at a trusted and reputed place or through self-study with the help of some good competitive preparation books available in the market. However, my advice would be to go for individual subject books instead of some all-in-one format.

However, the creative ability paper must be prepared under someone who knows the nitty gritties of the NIFT Entrance Exam.

One must always work time bound during the preparation stage itself for both the papers. Here is a comprehensive list of topics that one can prepare:

English: The questions are based on grammar and syntax. The common topics from which questions are asked are - synonyms, antonyms, idioms & phrases, spot the errors, cloze test, fill in the blanks, sentence correction, analogies, spelling errors, one word substitution and ordering of sentences/ passage. Please work on your vocabulary extensively.
Reasoning: Verbal & non-verbal - series, coding decoding, directions, ranking, sitting arrangement, syllogism, calendar, clocks, eligibility criteria, blood relations, cubes & dices, line counting, graph, puzzles et al.
Mathematics: Number system, ratio proportion, averages, ages, profit & loss, speed time, upstream & downstream, mixtures & alligations, pipes & cisterns, work time, simple interest, compound interest,  mensuration, set theory, trigonometry, height & distance, permutation n combination and probability.
Creative Ability Test:  Concepts of three dimensions, perspective drawings, product design, space design, human figure, colour rendering and illustration skills, colour interpretation, visual communication questions like poster et al, product life cycle, process drawing and many more creative varieties, best taught under personal mentor supervision.
We would suggest that in order to fare well in NIFT Entrance Exam one should work on overcoming their weaknesses while enhancing their strengths and always work and prepare in a time bound manner.

As per the 2018 entrance exam schedule of NIFT, for Bachelor of Design (B.Des) aspirants, the selection rounds are divided into 3 parts.

1.General Ability Test (GAT): 120 mins

There will be approximately 150 questions which will be based on Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, GK etc. Basically typical entrance exam questions which test your knowledge, presence of mind, calculative ability, English grammar & class 10th maths etc.

2.Creative Ability Test (CAT): 120 mins

This is where you creativity comes into play. Questions can be about perspective, like draw a water bottle from an ant’s point of view. Here all you skills like geometry, visualization, perspective & creativity come into play. There can be questions about making logos or designing posters or even mascots based on the given topic. So now the trick is to make something relate able to the given client, which represents the cause/company etc but at the same time it should not be common(or a done concept which is cliché). Eg: if the topic is female feticide, your poster should have an impactful element(a strong conceptual detail) & that 1 innovative concept will make your work stand apart.

3.Situation Test:

In this round the candidates are given a bag of materials like paper, cardboard, pins, roped, colors, clay etc. The question will be to make something (say a handbag or a lamp) using what you have. The idea is to test your hands on material usage skills. How well you use the given objects to make something unique.

Creativity is the most important aspect in NIFT entrance. You either have it or you don’t. But of course creative skills can be developed & giving it a proper direction is most important. Many students clear the exam without any coaching. But yes, coaching gives you enough practice & guidance to sharpen your skills. Asking a NIFTian to help you in preparation might also be sufficient. SILICA is a good one, if you want to take classes.
Fashion Communication

Fashion Communication is one of the newest, most exciting avenues to open up in the fashion and lifestyle industry. With the multitude of domestic and international brands, companies and designers exploding into the Indian retail scenario, it has become essential for each of them to develop a unique brand identity, and maximise its visibility. This is made possible by fashion communication professionals, who excel in extending the design strategy beyond the domain of the product, to include all aspects of communication design.

The Fashion Communication programme encompasses areas such as visual merchandising, exhibition & display design, graphic design, fashion journalism, styling, photography, advertising and public relations, specific to the fashion and lifestyle industry. At the exit level therefore, equipped with an intensive skill, knowledge and concept base, Communication Design students emerge as dynamic professionals qualified to offer the most effective and financially viable communication solutions for the fashion and lifestyle industry.

Students with a degree in fashion communication, will have high level of skill and domain knowledge, and will emerge as professionals who offer extremely effective communication solutions for the fashion and lifestyle industry.

What is the scope?
Students will learn about the process of design and how to apply human centered approach to problem solving. An optimum mix of traditional and new design skills is offered along subject like history of design and creative process.

The curriculum includes areas such as graphic design, visual merchandising / retail experience design, exhibition and display design, event management, photography, styling, advertising, public relations and creative writing specific to fashion and lifestyle industry.

A good course in communication will arm you with an understanding of web and multimedia design, computer graphics, illustration, product design, exhibition design, visualising and art direction, typography and photography.

What are the career options?
Fashion Communication students emerge as dynamic professionals qualified to offer the most effective and financially viable communication solutions for the fashion and lifestyle industry.

Fashion Communications covers a diversity of opportunities in marketing, advertising, public relations, and journalism and has long been considered one of the industry's untapped career resources.

Students in this area study illustration, packaging, computer graphics, photography, and fashion event planning and production.

What are the job roles?

Fashion Designer
Graphic Designer
Fashion Journalist
Design Assistant
Fashion Assistant
Fashion Marketing Manager
Fashion Editor
Fashion Photographer
Art Director

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