I want to make my career in the design world

After completing of Std XII (Humanities), what are the courses in designing at the degree level? I want to make my career in the design world. What are the best design institutions in India? Are there enough job opportunities both in the government and private sector? Please give me a better idea about this field.
Nishinav Hazari / Nogaon, Assam

Designers have a hand in virtually every industry, from textiles (clothing design) to publishing (graphic design). They devise arrangements of materials, colours, shapes, and textures with the goal of making end products that are aesthetically pleasing and serve specific purposes.

Graphic Designers create stunning print products and advertising campaigns; Interior Designers make our living spaces look great; Landscape Designers conceptualize lush gardens and green area. Set Designers ensure that the theatre productions you see look fab, while Fashion Designers ensure that you too look good. Product Designers think about every curve, switch and button to make the things you use every day more convenient and attractive. Even Architects are designers, creating buildings that become part of our history. There are even Package Designers who design the packaging enclosing the goods you see on the shelves of your local supermarket or department store. The list goes on and on.

The most important skills in most design fields are artistic talent, the ability to understand the practical needs of the market for which you’re designing and the ability to communicate effectively with others. A strong portfolio of your work is essential.

After completing 10+2 with any stream you can go for a design course in the field of your choice. B.Des. (Bachelor in Design) is a four year degree course. There are many design institutes all over India: National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (nid.edu); National Institute of Fashion Technology at various places (nift.ac.in) and Footwear Design & Development Institute, New Delhi (fddiindia.com).

Dr Vibha Gupta

Dr Vibha Gupta

Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.