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The Indian textile industry boasts of having an overwhelming presence in the economy of the country. The industry plays a pivotal role through its contribution to industrial output, employment generation, and export earnings of the country. The Indian Ministry of Textiles believes that there is a strong need to focus on aspects like product development, CAD to develop designing capabilities, investment in trend forecasting to enable the growth of industry. The growth opportunities as per the Ministry, exists in areas including medical textiles, construction textiles and packaging textiles, baby diapers, home textiles, blankets and travelling rugs, bed, toilet and kitchen linen, curtains, drapes and interior blinds, furnishing articles, sacks and bags, tent and camping goods.
A number of different courses are offered in textile design at degree, diploma, postgraduate diploma and equivalent in any stream. Diploma programs vary from 2-4 years of duration depending upon the course structure of the institute. For postgraduate programs , the minimum qualification is graduation in textile design and allied subjects.
TOP COLLEGES OFFERING UG/PG/OTHER COURSES
There are several institutes in India which offer courses in textile design. Some leading ones among them are: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FASHION TECHNOLOGY (NIFT) AT BANGLORE, CHENNAI, GANDHINAGAR, HYDERABAD, KOLKATA, MUMBAI AND NEW DELHI.
JD INSTITUTE OF FASHION TECHNOLOGY AT MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, LUDHIANA, CHANDIGARH AND NAGPUR.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DESIGN.
PEARL ACADEMY OF FASHION
SRISHTI SCHOOL OF DESIGN
SYMBIOSIS CENTRE OF DESIGN
ARCH ACADEMY OF FASHION, ART&DESIGN
APEEJAY INSTITUTE OF DESIGN
RAFFLES DESIGN INTERNATIONAL
ARMY INSTITUTE OF FASHION DESIGN
Graduates can have opportunities in production development and management, retail management, apparel designing, visual merchandising, technical designing, fashion writing and editing, quality control, museum collection management and theatrical costuming. Other related fields and career titles could include operations manager, apparel sales representative, pattern maker, product developer, fashion buyer, fashion consultant, textile research scientist, technical designer, store manager, quality assurance evaluator ,costume designer and many more.
Textile designing is a highly remunerative career option. Fresh graduates from textile design schools can earn well. Experienced textile designers can draw a handsome salary per month in export houses. Freelance textile designers also have good opportunities to generate huge revenues depending upon the nature of their assignments.