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Career as Fashion Designer

Fashion designing is the creative field associated with designing a different lifestyle and cloth accessories. It is one of the most lucrative vocational course options chosen by the students in India and abroad. Social and cultural changes in people’s attitude is what impact the work of a fashion designer. The industry is dynamic, the latest developments come and go in a second, and current trends dominate the previous one, hence, fading the importance of the latter quickly. India is one of the oldest hubs of textile and handmade products which has taken it to the international grounds today. The performance of Indian fashion has gained enough popularity internationally. Consequently, the designers have received lots of appreciation due to the simplicity and elegance of textile designing. Hence, the chances of growth and development are quite large in this compelling career.

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Career as Fashion Designer

In India, fashion is the most emerging industry as the preference for designer apparel is changing day by day. People are more concerned about choosing the designer outfit and want the best outfit for every occasion. Even, the fashion industry offers tons of opportunities to the hardworking, creative and competent candidates. Renowned fashion companies and designers hire these candidates to upgrade their garment designing creatively. Fashion designers use CAD or Computer-aided design to artistically create unique designs. They work with a team to create a design prototype. 


Each day for the fashion designer is a bit hectic, especially when the demand is quite high. They work on creating and making changes in the designs created. When it comes to imbibing new ideas, they travel a lot, attend different trend shows and design brainstorming. When you have an authentic degree, time management becomes efficient. It  not only improves functionality but also enhances your efficiency.


The salary package of the fashion designer depends upon their experience level, expertise, talent, creativity and the educational qualification. Even, the pay scale varies from company to company and designer to designer. The average salary of fashion designers in India with having 2-3 years of experience. is approximately Rs 3.5 lakh. However, it may increase to Rs 5-6 lakh if the company hiring you is renowned. The most challenging part of the career is to meet the project deadline which sometimes increases the workload of the designers and the assistants working within them. This job is completely teamwork and requires competent individuals having subtle knowledge of fabric, colour combination, designs and many more. 


Renowned designers design exclusively for celebrities and daily soap characters which have become the fashion trend for the time. They are highly qualified and possess a better sense of precision in colour, designs and the overall combination. Everyone is aware of the fabulous designers like Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Masaba. The cost of their designing is pretty high but they are authentic, elegant and unique. They even hire various candidates in their studios and top companies recruiting fashion designers include Raymonds, Arvind Mills, Pearl Global, Omega Designs, Levis, Spykar, Uni Style India and many more.

Pros and Cons of a Fashion Designer


  • Availability of flexible options in terms of place and timing of working.

  • If you are highly creative, it can impact the overall fashion industry.

  • You have the freedom to utilise your artistic skills in the way you love. 


  • You aren’t sure whether you will reach on the top or not.

  • Finding a suitable job in such a competitive era can be difficult.

  • Self-employment leads to inconsistent payment and working under companies may lead to long working hours.

How do I get there?

Irrespective of the discipline chosen in 12th, students can opt for BDes Fashion Design, BA Hons in Fashion design, BSc fashion design and technology or BSc fashion design. After pursuing such UG programs, one can apply for PG courses in fashion designing like MA fashion design, MDes Fashion design, MBA fashion design management, MBA fashion management, MSc fashion design and MSc fashion design & technology. There are even the options of short term certification courses for students who have procured UG and PG courses. 

How much does it cost?

For a bachelor’s degree, the average costing of the government colleges like SOFT and NIFT is Rs 2 lakh per annum. The cost of private colleges is a bit high. Excluding the hostel fees, the course costing for MIT and Symbiosis is Rs 5-6 lakhs annually. On the other hand, Pearl, ISDI charges approximately Rs 8 lakhs per year. The cost of Master programs or PG courses in fashion design is between Rs 4-9 lakhs. The cost also depends upon the conventional or vocational courses that you choose. 

What are the Top Colleges where one should be studying to become a Fashion Designer?

Here is the list of famous colleges where you can apply for pursuing Bachelors and diploma degrees in fashion design. Highly dedicated faculties along with the quality infrastructure are the core factors that students consider. Being a creative field, very few students apply for it. Hence, the chances of securing a seat increases.


College Rank

Name of the college

Programme fees (In Rs)


National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi

B.Des- 9.76 Lakh for a full course


NIFT, Mumbai

B.Des- 7.89 Lakh, Full 4-year course


NIFT, Bangalore

B.Des- 7.89 Lakh (Full 4 year course)


National Institute of fashion technology, Chennai

B.Des- 8.52 Lakh for a 4-year course


NIFT, Hyderabad

B.Des- 7.89 Lakh, Full 4-year course


Pearl Academy, Rajouri Garden

UG Program- 23.88 Lakh, full time


Amity School of fashion technology, Amity university

B.Des- 6.21 Lakh, full time


Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune

B.Des- 16.20 Lakh

Books and other Study materials

  • A dedicated follower of fashion by a journalist Holly Brubach.

  • The third edition of 9 heads: A guide to drawing fashion, by Nancy Riegelman

  • Fashion sketchbook, 6th edition by Bina Abling

  • Fashion Design Course by Steven Faerm.

What if this career does not work out for me? What are the other options for a person with these credentials?

Fashion designing is the best course for students having artistic skills and creativity. If a person does not want to do a job and stick to the hectic work schedule, they can open their own fashion boutique. 

Content on this page is by Career Expert
Mrs. Kum Kum Tandon
MA (Psychology), M.Ed, Diploma in Educational Psychology, Vocational Guidance & Counseling (NCERT, Delhi) | View Complete Profile

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