Textile Design

Textile Design

Degrees offered: B.B.A, B.Des, B.F.A., B.Sc., B.Text, B.V.A., B.Voc.

What is Textile Design

Textile Designing is a creative process by which different kinds of clothing is prepared by methods of weaving threads or yarns and also by using dyeing, embroidery and printing methods.

The textiles prepared in this process are used in various purposes such as clothing on furniture, towels, carpets, rugs, drapes, and walls with a sound control system, wallpapers, gifting materials and many other everyday usable products.

For an aspirant to build a career in textile designing must know about design and style as there are vast-ranging opportunities. They must be innovative and creative and must incline to art and fashion.

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Textile Design

Textile Design Eligibility Criteria

Textile Design aspirants are required to meet minimum eligibility to get admitted to a college of their choice. This is the minimum requirement and is compulsory to be met by the student or else the student’s application is rejected.

Given below are the criteria that a candidate must meet to pursue a course in Textile Design: -

For Undergraduate Textile Design Course

  • The candidate, to become eligible for an undergraduate program, must have qualified 10+2 examination or an equivalent from a recognised board or university in India with relevant specialisation.

  • The criterion of minimum marks varies, but an aggregate of 50-60% is required by most of the colleges.

For Postgraduate Textile Design Course

  • Candidates who graduated in the design are eligible to apply for the PG courses in Textile designing. However, a candidate from a different stream has the required skills, and knowledge is also eligible to apply.

Textile Design Entrance Exams

  • NIFT Exam- National Institute of Fashion Technology – This entrance exam is conducted by the National Institute of Fashion Technology every year for admissions in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

  • SOFT Entrance Exam- School of Fashion Technology – SOFT entrance exam is conducted for admissions in different courses in fashion. There is no age limit to appear for this exam.

  • AIEED- All India Entrance Examination for Design – This is an online national level entrance exam conducted by Academy of Design. It is conducted for admissions to UG and PG courses in design.

  • NID DAT- National Institute of Design – There are two admission tests that candidates need to appear in to be eligible for the undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by the Institute.

Scope of Textile Design in India and Abroad

Textile Design Scope in India and Abroad

Aspirants with interest in textile designing and wanting to have their career around creativity and designing have endless scope and opportunities in India or outside India. There is a growing need for textile designers in the market.

Prospects include interior furnishings, fashion industry, merchandisers, fabric manufacturers, freelance designing, working in design studios, printing works, specialisation in colours or house designing.

With new trends coming up and major developments taking place in this industry, the scope for upcoming designers is only increasing.

Textile designing is popular even in other countries and growing daily. Several universities provide undergraduate and postgraduate courses in textile designing and diploma specialisations in different subjects of textile designing such as textile engineering, clothing manufacture, apparel merchandising, fashion business, clothing management and many more. Because of the diversity of this field, there are many options to choose from and make a career out of it.

Course Fees Textile Design

Minimum Fees Maximum Fees
Private Government Private Government
24.00 K
BFD in Textile Design at Central India Institute of Mass Communication, Nagpur
17.15 K
B.Voc. in Textile Design at Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra
10.00 Lakhs
B.Des in Textile Design at Centre for Design Excellence, Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur
12.03 Lakhs
B.Des in Textile Design at National Institute of Design Ahmedabad
22.50 K
P.G.D in Textile Design at Ruchi's Institute of Creative Arts, Allahabad
7.70 K
P.G.D in Textile Design at Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra
8.49 Lakhs
P.G.D in Textile Design at Pearl Academy, West Delhi Campus, New Delhi
8.74 Lakhs
M.Des in Textile Design at National Institute of Design Ahmedabad
1.82 Lakhs
Ph.D in Textile Design at Career Point University, Kota
22.55 K
Ph.D in Textile Design at College of Home Science, Udaipur
1.82 Lakhs
Ph.D in Textile Design at Career Point University, Kota
46.90 K
Ph.D in Textile Design at Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur
18.00 K
Diploma in Textile Design at YBN University, Ranchi
5.69 K
Diploma in Textile Design at Government Polytechnic For Women, Srinagar
20.00 Lakhs
Diploma in Textile Design at Pearl Academy, West Delhi Campus, New Delhi
8.31 Lakhs
Diploma in Textile Design at National Institute of Design Haryana Kurukshetra

Course Subjects

 Textile Design Subjects

  • Creative textile design

  • Drawing and sketching

  • Computer-Aided textile design

  • Illustration and design

  • Colour and creation

  • Drawing and rendering

  • Introduction to textiles

  • Textile Art & Craft

  • Basics of designing

  • Structural fabric design

  • Freehand Drawing and painting

  • Computer Application

Careers in Textile Design

There is more than one option to choose from in the field of textile designing. The fashion industry is versatile and has a scope of a lot of creativity and is one of the leading industries. Hence, choosing a career in this field is a decision that one can’t regret.

But due to tough competition, the candidate having the best set of skills and knowledge can only make their career fruitful in this field.

But that doesn’t mean that lack of required skills can throw you off track. There are several courses and specialisations by which one can improve upon their skills and stand a chance in the competition and make a name that stays with people.

There are plenty of career options in textiles to choose from a textile designer, freelance textile designer, spatial designer, fashion designer, textile engineer, in-house designer, design consultant, stylist, weaver, colour specialist and the list goes on. There is an ‘n’ number of specialisations and job prospects for aspirants of all kinds. 

Job Profiles and Top Recruiters

There are many job profiles in textile design that candidates have in their bucket to choose from. Some of the profiles are listed below: -

Job Profile


Roles and responsibilities

Textile Designer


The role of the textile designer is to make different and creative designs and patterns on various kinds of textile and clothing such as bedsheets, household clothing, carpets, towels, sarees and dresses.


They are also responsible for working on printed fabrics and developing yarns, trims etc.


Fashion Designer


The role of a fashion designer includes wide-ranging tasks, from managing design work from the initiation point up to styling point.


They are also responsible for conducting market research to be updated about trends and fashion.


They also have to take care of the production. They have to work with the other team members and maintain coordination among the designers.

Fabric Analyser


A fabric analyser must handle the selection process of the fabrics that are required for designing purposes.


They have to make sure that the fabric meets the requirements for which it has to be used, and they have to test it accordingly.


They manage the quality and production of different fabric collections.


Home Furnishings Designer


Home furnishings designers work on designing the interior’s furnishings and decorations on things like furniture, sofa and various other things found in a home.


Design Consultant


A design consultant advises other designers and anyone who is involved in the work of textile designing about the designs, weaves, trends, fashion, fabrics, prints, interior decoration, furnishings, market trends, client expectations etc.

Fabric Resource Manager


A fabric resource manager must know about marketing and art & craft. Fabric resource managers are hired by manufacturers of furniture, fashion designers, rug makers and others involved in the textile business.

Freelance textile artist


Growing trends in the work ways have brought out many opportunities for freelance artists. A freelance textile artist is self-employed and works on their conditions, either online or offline.

They are responsible for creating designs and patterns for various textiles and clothing according to their client requirements.

They also can put up quotations according to the skills that they possess and are asked by companies and clients to work for them if their quotation is approved.


Top Recruiters in Textile Design Industry

Listed below are some of the recruiters in the textile design industry who have been in business for a long time and provide great opportunities and good salary to the candidates: -

  • Raymond Apparel Ltd

  • Silver Spark Apparel Ltd.

  • Pantaloons

  • Lifestyle

  • Spykar

  • Adidas

  • Bata

  • Swarovski

  • Reid & Taylor

Required Skillset for Textile Design

Required Skills for Textile Design career

Candidates wishing to pursue a career in textile designing must possess the following skillsets to have a better career graph:

  • Artistic and creative inclination.

  • Knowledge of colour and texture, shades and fabric.

  • Good eye for detail.

  • An interest in fashion and textiles, and an understanding of trends and materials.

  • Understanding market trends and fashion trends.

  • Knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD).

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Interest in illustration and sketching.

  • Must be innovative and willing to try new ideas.

  • Good imagination.

Course Curriculum for Textile Design

Textile Design Course curriculum and outcomes

The curriculum in textile designing varies from college to college, but there are some foundation subjects and knowledge areas for the students that help them nurture their creativity and innovation.

These subjects are offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Some of the subjects include basics of Computer-Aided Design (CAD), colour mixing, fine arts, embroidery, design software and illustration, art history, merchandising, printing, pattern making, weaving and knitting skills, digital design, dyeing, marketing, home furnishings, yarn craft, geometry, colour theory etc.

The objective of teaching these subjects and providing specialisations is to make the students capable of handling the job prospects that they are aiming for.

The students are then able to manage responsibilities such as to apply designs on textile, paper and even ceramics, use software knowledge to make designs and illustrations for industry purposes, make traditional designs for textiles and garments, market research of upcoming and existing trends and dealing with suppliers, consulting industries and companies to use best fabric and design according to their requirements and other related work. 

Questions related to Textile Design

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For textile design which nift centre would be better? Nift Hyderabad or nift kolkata.

Dimpy Sharma 17th Sep, 2020

Hey Divya!

All Nift centres are equally good irrespective of course. They have good teachers and maintain good standards as well.

Textile design is not Available in all the centres. This course is only available in those centres where they can offer proper knowledge and resources required for this course.

Hyderabad and Kolkata both centres are good. But still I would suggest you to go for Nift Hyderabad ( as per my personal experience)

All the best!


which are the top 5 nift centres for textile design?

Anurag Khanna 10th Sep, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

I an enlisting down some of the top NIFT centers for textile designing :-

  • NIFT Mumbai
  • NIFT New Delhi
  • NIFT Bengalore
  • NIFT Gandhinagar
  • NIFT Chennai

Fir more details about textile designing and colleges for that refer to the link given below :-


I hope this information helps you.

Good Luck!!


NIFT for BDES in textile design or bsc at SNDT in textile and apparel? which would be better?

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 31st Jul, 2020


NIFT  will be best option for Bachelor's of Design. Scope is more as there will be more job option after UG course completion. if you pursue BSc then you have to do MSc to get better job options. After BSc , job options are available but it will make you more. it will all based on your luck.

NIFT is famous in india and get sponsorship from different organization. You will learn concepts and you can use them to show your skills. You can be innovative so that you can increase your market value.

Hope it helps!


Difference between BFA in textile design and BDES in textile design also what are Job opportunities after completing degree?

Suvakanta Sahu 19th Jul, 2020

Dear Bhavika ,

BFA in Textile Design covers various aspects of textile including creating designs on knit, print, woven, weave material. Details like colour, embroidery, texturing etc. are also taught in this course.

B.Des. Textile Design or Bachelor of Design in Textile Design is an undergraduate Fashion and Interior Designing course. Textile Design covers the study of the concepts and processes of creating designs for knitted, woven or printed fabrics, embroidery designs, print, weave, colour detailing, texture, etc. In other words, B.Des. (Textile Design) is the study of textile designing which is an integral part of fashion industry. The course comprises the study of both surface design and structural design. B.Des. (Textile Design) degree course also covers the study of technical aspects of production and the properties of fibres yarn and dyes. It generally covers the study of some of the specialized fields in Textile Design such as Interiors (home furnishing) and fabrics for garments and accessories. The duration of the course is four years and it opens many opportunities for the applicants after its successful completion.

Both are similar but only the difference is syllabus and it is the basic things in you will get easily .Apart from that both the courses are undergraduate with minimum 3 years course you will go through any of one as per your interest.

Example :Both computer science and Information technology  are similar Branch but the difference is syllabus where some of subject will interchange and advance.

There are large number of Job areas available you can select as per your skills with your talent and we are discuss some of job area

  • Embroidery Designer
  • Textile Design Media Specialist
  • Designer cum Manager
  • Textile Lab Manager
  • Fabric Analyzer
  • Senior Fashion Merchandiser
  • Textile Design Publicist
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Textile Design Specialist
  • Merchandising Assistant
  • Theatre Designer
  • Colourist
  • Textile Design Assistant
  • Design Consultant
  • Junior Textile Designer
  • Textile Designer

I hope it will Helpful



Which is best for BDES Accessory design, Fashion design or textile design as Im not understanding which to pursue and what are Job opportunities after graduating?

Soham sengupta 21st Jul, 2020

Hello student,

Actual those three branches of bachelor of designing have three different prospects. Among them fashion design is one of the most sought after courses. If if you are talking about placement then you should know that placements are limited for the NIFT for accessory designing. Fashion design has the best placement and very good scope also. Now it is completely depend upon your choice and interest. Because you just have to grow up your skills and become a master.

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