Design Courses and Colleges in Chennai

Chennai, known as the 'Gateway to South India', is a major cultural and administrative centre of India. Currently, there are nearly 70 Design Colleges in Chennai offering design courses at Diploma, UG and PG levels. These programmes are offered in a full-time, part-time or long-distance form. In Chennai, 80 per cent of colleges are private ones, 14 per cent are public/ government and the rest are public-private ones.

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Chennai, known as the 'Gateway to South India', is a major cultural and administrative centre of India. Currently, there are nearly 70 Design Colleges in Chennai offering design courses at Diploma, UG and PG levels. These programmes are offered in a full-time, part-time or long-distance form. In Chennai, 80 per cent of colleges are private ones, 14 per cent are public/ government and the rest are public-private ones.

Top Ranked Design Colleges in Chennai Highlights

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Particulars/ Statistics

No. of Design colleges in Chennai

70 colleges (Approx)

Fees

 

<1 lakh: 30 per cent
1 - 2 lakh: 23.6 per cent
2 - 3 lakh: 12.7 per cent
3 - 5 lakh: 18. 2 per cent
> 5 lakh: 14.5 per cent

Admission Process

Entrance-based

Merit-based for few courses

No. of top Design colleges in Chennai

NIFT Chennai (Ranked 4 by India Today 2021) 

Some of the popular Design courses that candidates can choose to pursue in Chennai include Bachelor of Design (BDes)BSc in Fashion Design and Master of Design (MDes). The top Design entrance exam through which candidates can secure admission in the most prestigious institute in Chennai is NIFT Entrance Exam

Top Ranked Design Colleges in Chennai Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility for Design courses varies depending on the college and courses chosen by the candidates. Given below is the standard criteria for both UG and PG courses for the candidate's understanding.

  • UG courses: 10+2 graduate from any stream from a recognised college. Candidates should secure a minimum of 45-50 per cent aggregate in order to be eligible for the course.
  • PG courses: Bachelor degree holder in Designing or a related field from a recognised institute. Candidates should secure a minimum of 45-50 per cent aggregate in order to be eligible for the course.

Top Design Colleges in Chennai with Shiksha Rating

The ratings given by Shiksha to colleges are purely based on student reviews on different parameters such as infrastructure, faculty and placements.

Name of the College Shiksha Rating
National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai 3.9
Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai, VIT University 4.2
SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai 4.0
SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai 3.8
Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology 3.7
Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing - IIITDM Chennai 4.2
Tamil Nadu Open University 4.4

List of Top Private and Government Design Colleges in Chennai

Given below are some of the popular colleges for a design programme. The tables are separate for Government and Private colleges. 

Design Colleges in Chennai, Chennai Colleges

List of Top Government Design Colleges in Chennai

Name of the College Fees (Rs)
NIFT Chennai 2.25 L - 11.09 L
Tamil Nadu Open University 3.8 K - 23.4 K
College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University 50 K
AIT Karaikudi - Alagappa Institute of Technology 50 K - 2 L
Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing - IIITDM Chennai 1.26 L - 1.42 L

List of Top Private Design Colleges in Chennai

Name of the College Fees (Rs)
School of Mass Communication, VELS Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies 3.35 L - 3.76 L
VIT University 2.27 L - 6.92 L
SRM IST Chennai 1.5 L - 6 L
SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai 1.55 L - 4.1 L
Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology 2.03 L - 8.9 L

ROI of Top Design Colleges in Chennai

Return on Investment (ROI) is a metric that is used to determine how useful it is to attend a certain college's course in terms of the tuition paid and the placement package received in return. IIITDM Chennai, School of Mass Communication, and VIT University are the leading Design colleges in Chennai, as shown in the chart below.

Name of the College Fees (in Rs) Median Salary
VIT University 2.27 L - 6.92 L  5.5 LPA
SRM IST Chennai 1.5 L - 6 L 3.5 - 4 LPA
Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology 2.03 L - 8.9 L 3.52 - 4.75 LPA
School of Mass Communication, VELS Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies 3.35 L - 3.76 L 3.5 LPA
IIITDM Chennai 1.26 L - 1.42 L 4.12 LPA

Note: Above statistics are based on the latest available data at Shiksha website.

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Top Recruiters for Design Graduates

An average placement package for a Design graduate from a good college in Chennai is Rs 3-5 lakh per year. The top recruiters for Design graduates per college, as well as their placement rating, are listed below:

Colleges

Placement Ratings (Based on Reviews)

Top Recruiters

NIFT Chennai

3.9

Ampm Fashions Pvt. Ltd, Artex Apparels, Bata India Limited, Cactus Menswear Fashion Pvt. Ltd, Decathlon, Monte Carlo, Nykaa.com

Central Footwear Training Institute (CFTI Chennai)

4.4

Bata, Reebok, Puma, Relax

National College of Design (NCD Chennai)

(-)

Adidas, Marks and Spencer, Lifestyle, Nike, Raymonds, Shoppers Stop, UCB

How affordable is studying Design in Chennai?

Refer to the infographic below to know the fee structure of top Design colleges in Chennai:

Design Colleges in Chennai

As evident in the infographic above, about 55 per cent of top-ranked Design colleges are economical with a fee structure between Rs 1 lakh - 2 lakh. Check out some such colleges below:

  • Tamil Nadu Open University
  • College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University
  • AIT Karaikudi - Alagappa Institute of Technology
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing

About 20 per cent of top Design colleges each are expensive with a fee structure of Rs 3-5 lakh. Some of these colleges are listed below:

  • VIT University
  • School of Mass Communication, VELS Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies
  • Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology

Which are the most popular Design Exams accepted by colleges in Chennai?

NIFT Entrance Exam is the most popular Fashion Design Entrance Exam in Chennai. As the name suggests, through this exam, candidates can secure admission in Design programmes offered at NIFT Chennai. Apart from NIFT Entrance Exam, other popular Design entrance exams in Chennai are UCEED, CEED, WLCI Aptitute Test.

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2.27 L - 6.92 L
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