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About M.Design Fashion Design

The Master’s programme in Fashion Design is conceptualized to prepare innovative professionals possessing a creative vision and aesthetic sensibilities with strategic, practical, and critical skills to take on responsible roles in the fashion industry. The graduates will develop a distinctive edge and identity through diverse projects and an intra-disciplinary pedagogy with a focus on tactility, form, and image through comprehensive inputs and specialization in textiles, bespoke fashion, and fashion styling. The impetus is to prepare future leaders who are adaptive, digitally savvy, effective communicators, responsive, dynamic, and have a research-oriented attitude and critical mindset to create a niche for themselves in the multi-faceted fashion industry.


M.Design Fashion Design is offered by the Department of Fashion & Lifestyle

Department of Fashion & Lifestyle

The Fashion Design programmes at UID enable budding design aspirants to explore and discover their individualistic aesthetic philosophy by creating innovative, ethical, and responsible design professionals for a fast-evolving fashion industry. All courses are designed to develop cutting-edge products, processes, and technical understanding narrated by a multidisciplinary and original fashion image and language. The students have the resources and contextual space to develop a macro perspective of all aspects of fashion including textiles, styling, and merchandising whilst augmenting micro expertise through choice-based modules in chosen areas such as sustainable fashion, craft-based design, denim, lingerie, and intimate wear, couture, Knitwear among many others.

The course specifically focuses on techniques and technologies in fashion design. The graduates develop critical, innovative, technical, and managerial skills concerning design sensibilities, values, and socio-cultural systems. Fashion students at UID have a distinctive eco-system of learning in a culturally progressive city with a diverse heritage and industry and a multi-disciplinary university having labs equipped with tools and techniques ranging from traditional craft-based practice to the latest digital technologies The ethos of all courses is driven with research-oriented, iterative, inquisitive and eclectic approach with overarching critical contextualization of culture, society, sustainability, ethics, trends, crafts, technology, market and business. The pedagogy engages students in an in-depth industry experience, which includes an industry internship followed by a Graduation project. The emphasis is on experiential learning with hands-on experience in professional practices. Strong impetus on collaboration and engagement with prominent Indian and International professionals, industry, academic institutions, and organizations such as IFFTI, Cumulus, WDO, ADI, and WGSN to develop new practices, paradigms, and thought leaders

Course Structure

Semester 1


  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership Development Lab


  • Culture and Environment
  • Fundamentals of Design
  • Digital Visualization


  • Fashion Illustration Basics
  • Personal Styling Basics
  • Fashion Surface Basics


  • Fashion & Contextual Perception
  • Textiles for Fashion
  • Fashion Studio Basics

Semester 2


  • Professional Development


  • Fashion Visualisation
  • Fashion Surface Advanced
  • Fashion Styling Fundamentals
  • Protfolio Design


  • Digital Tools for Fashion
  • Fashion Studio Advanced
  • Fashion Merchandising & Retail
  • Design Project- 1

Semester 3


  • Research Methodology
  • Entrepreneurship Development


  • Fashion Curation
  • Fashion Studio Couture
  • Fashion & Crafts


  • Fashion Innovation & Sustainability
  • Fashion Forecasting & Branding
  • Design Management
  • Design Project- II
  • Internship

Semester 4


  • Design Research


  • Graduation Project
Click here to view details about Course Structure along with Course Description

Areas of Mastery

  • master of fashion design - pret indian and western wear design Fashion Illustration
  • master of fashion design - high fashion wear design Textile and Fashion Concepts
  • master of fashion design includes textile design and innovation Fashion Styling and Curation
  • master of fashion design - fashion styling design Merchandising
  • master of fashion design - high fashion wear design Sustainability and Crafts
  • master of fashion design - fashion styling design Digital Prints and Graphics

Career Prospects

The programme aims at educating individuals to be creative and responsible designers, competent to handle multiple aspects of today’s highly competitive and diverse fashion Industry. Through ‘learning by doing’, interdisciplinary interaction, and research-based learning, students enhance their ability to work in a team and as professionals. Graduates seek work in various sectors of the fashion industry as entrepreneurs, freelance designers, textile designers, fashion merchandisers, fashion stylists, fashion consultants, creative directors, content creators, and fashion graphics developers, across a wide spectrum of export houses, buying agencies, design studios, designer labels, NGO’s and apparel retail brands.

Learning Model

Learning Model of M.Design Fashion Design

The learning model at UID is incubated to create and adapt to an appropriate environment of learning that facilitates our students with new experiences. We make sure our learning model engages the learner into new dimensions of work. This model provides an environment for interactive student engagement and enhances the system thinking ability.

At UID, we believe that the experiential knowledge gained while developing and implementing this unique learning model is transferable to other disciplines as well.

Master Class

Industry experts invited for master class/workshops/seminars
• Julien Roberts, pattern maker
• Shingo Sato, pattern maker
• Pramila Choudhary, sustainable installations
• Janice Mee, lingerie pattern maker
• Kallol Datta, fashion designer
• Lina Tipnis, fashion Designer
• Sunil Sethi, head of FDCI
• Mathilde Charrier, French fashion culture
• Digvijay Singh, fashion designer
• Rohit Dhingra, Fashion photography
• Hemant Jha, Fasttrack
• Krishna Chanda A Nair, Animator


Workshop for Fashion Design



I have a Bachelor’s degree in a non-design stream. Am I eligible for M. Des. in Fashion Design at UID?

Yes, you are eligible for M. Des. in Fashion Design. All you need is a curious and willing mind!

What should I include in my portfolio for admission to the Fashion Design and Lifestyle department?

Your portfolio should reflect your aesthetic and highlight your skills in 2D/3D drawing, 3D model making, the process of design creation, and any other area of interest. You may also include your extracurricular skills like photography, dance, music, poetry, sports, etc. It is advisable to keep the portfolio concise & crisp.

Is drawing skill a requirement to get into the programme?

Basic drawing skills will surely help you in Design Aptitude Test. It is a good idea to practise drawing regularly as it helps you present your design ideas. Start exploring and enjoying different drawing mediums. Fashion-specific drawings and illustration techniques will be taught to you during your classes at UID.

Is stitching skill a requirement to get into the programme?

Knowledge & skills in stitching are not required for admission. The basics of stitching are taught as part of the programme.

What kind of subjects/courses will I study in the Fashion Design programme?

The Fashion Design programme at UID offers a well-balanced, hands-on and industry-focused curriculum of theory and practical courses, taught over 2 years in Post graduate programme. The details of semester-wise subjects/courses are shared on the website in the department section. M. Des. Fashion Design programme includes subjects covering design conceptualizing, design process, pattern making & garment realization, material exploration, textiles, craft study, merchandising, entrepreneurship and research methodology. Internship & Graduation projects are offered to gain an understanding of the workings of the fashion industry.

Do you organize study trips?

Study trips are organized for students to sensitize them to the cultural influences and the fashion industry. The trips may include visits to heritage places, craft clusters, fashion houses, design studios, garment production units, etc. for an immersive experience as per the requirement of the courses. The trips may vary from local visits to outstation travels for a couple of days. Faculty members accompany the students on the study trips.

What companies have the students go to for Internships and Graduation Projects?

Our students have pursued their internships with premium designers like Rahul Mishra, Tarun Tahiliani, Meera & Muzaffar Ali, Pero by Aneeth Arora, Samant Chauhan, Nachiket Barve & national level brands like Shoppers Stop, Arvind, Vero Moda, Lee. Students have also undertaken projects with NGOs & Craft sector social enterprises like Gaatha, Craftroots, Jharkhand State Khadi & Village Industries Board & Central Silk Board among others.

What are the options after graduation & what support is available from the institute?

The students upon completion of their degree choose one of the following,
i. Have their start-up & be entrepreneurs. The Corporate Resource Centre at UID guides as required.
ii. Go overseas for higher education. The International Relations Office at UID supports and guides the admission & visa process.
ii. Get a job in the fashion/ styling industry. The Corporate Resource Centre at UID works with the students from their Internship onwards for aspiration mapping & placement accordingly.

What is the examination/ evaluation system?

The evaluation for each course has the following parts-
i. Continuous Evaluation- It comprises marking regular assignments during the semester. There are points for attendance too.
ii. Mid-Term Exam- Students are evaluated through written exams and an internal jury during mid-semester.
iii. End Term Exam- The final exam comprises of written paper for theory courses and an external jury for practical courses.

What infrastructure is available on campus?

UID provides world-class facilities at its sprawling campus. The infrastructure includes technologically advanced pattern-making and garment construction labs, a knitwear lab, a textile dyeing and printing lab, a weaving lab, a leather lab, a ceramic lab, audio-visual rooms, a library, and an auditorium. All the classrooms are equipped with unique modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment that provide an extensive experience in art and design. The campus also houses a Centre for Craft Innovation where students can engage in a symbiotic learning model with craftsmen & artisans from across the country for product development & diversification.

What are the class timings?

Classes are scheduled from 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays. Labs are kept open after hours at the request of students if required.