B.Des Fashion Design

Industry Overview

A report on the Indian Fashion Industry recently stated that this Industry can increase from its net worth of Rs 200 crore to Rs 1,000 crore in the next five to ten years. Currently, the worldwide market for designer wear is amounted at $35 billion, with a 9% growth rate, with the Indian fashion industry creating hardly 0.1% of the international industry’s net worth.

In an analysis of ASSOCHAM on “Indian Fashion Industry”, it was further revealed that the Indian fashion industry accounts for barely 0.2% of the international industry’s net worth. Currently the market for designer wear is worth about Rs 1,62,900 crore and growing at 9.5% every year.

Since the last decade the Indian fashion industry has moved from the embryonic stage to a blossoming take-off. Fashion designers have contributed immensely to the spread of fashion as a driving force, both among Indian consumers and select segments of Western markets. India can now boast of dozens of leading fashion designers, who can match any European fashion designer in their concepts, styles and designs.

India is today recognised as one of the best sourcing destinations for garments, textiles, accessories and finish: it provides a perfect blend of fashion, designs, quality, patterns, textures, colors and finish.

Rajasthan is known the world over for its printed and dyed fabric for the fashion garment industry. Rajasthani prints of Bagru and Sanganer; handwoven Kota Doria and Khadi in the form of garments, made-ups and textiles have found global fame and recognition. According to the National Skill Development Corporation, the availability of designing and merchandising skills would be crucial for increasing share in export markets and tapping the potential in new markets.

Be a Design Thinker

Course Content

Focusing primarily on fashion, fashion history and context, the overall content emphasises the appreciation of context and meaning in design, whilst providing concepts of fashion evolution and design adaptation. The content in the programme includes theoretical and practical design aspects; the emphasis is placed on research and critical thinking, introducing students to the body of knowledge that supports achievement within a higher education learning environment.

Learners are encouraged to record and analyse the key drivers which influence fashion globally, including ecological, environmental, ethical, technological and aesthetic factors.

Students learn about historical and contemporary artists and designers and prepare presentations illustrating how this work inspires and influences current fashion, lifestyle and culture. They are expected to challenge and develop methods of fashion forecasting and directional influences and develop a creative uniqueness by exploring the design process through specific projects.

Establishing individuality in generating concepts, developing design ideas and creating a personal visual language is fundamental to successfully achieving required outcomes in the programme and therefore learners are encouraged to develop initiatives and perception through personal expression and enquiry and utilise their progress to develop creative potential and personal style.


Year 1 Introduction To Fashion Design

First year supports students in gaining fundamental knowledge and skills in design.

Additional Stream Specific Foundation Inputs from 2nd Semester onwards.

English Communication, General Hindi, Environmental Studies, Elementary Computer Applications, History of Art & Design, Fundamental of Design, Visualisation & Drawing Techniques, Material Studies, Design Principles, Design Method.

Year 2 Building On Foundational Skills in Apparels

Second year builds upon students’ knowledge and skills in Fashion & Textile design.

Fashion and Textiles Materials Understanding-I, Fashion Merchandising, Apparel Manufacturing Technology, Fashion and Textiles Materials Understanding-II, Garment Construction techniques, Pattern Drafting in Fashion (Kids & Women), Fashion Illustration, CAD / CAM in Fashion Design, Design Project - Women’s wear/Kids wear, Industry Exposure.

Year 3 Collaborative Project Work & Research Oriented

Third year includes ARCH curriculum which advances students’ knowledge and skills in Design for the Fashion Industry.

Fashion Promotion and Marketing, Fashion Forecasting, Pattern Construction in Fashion (Indian wear & Draping), Design Project- Indian wear, Design Project- Men’s wear, Design Project- Adaptive Clothing.

Optional Subjects: Product Photography, Fashion Accessory, Visual Merchandising, E-Commerce for Product Life Style (One to be chosen).

Year 4 Real Life Projects, Industry Exposure & Enterprise

Entrepreneurship, Brand Development, Advanced Design Studies (Final Collection), Design Portfolio, Sustainable Design (Eco Design, Social Cause, Green Marketing) Mentored by Industry, Professional Practice (Internship & Industry Mentored), Dissertation(Documentation & Visual Presentation, Practical Aspect), Industry Exposure.

No. of Seats 25
Eligibility 12th (any stream)
Duration 4 years




  • University of Rajasthan

    University of Rajasthan

Career Opportunities

Fashion Designer with a Design Studio, Costume Designers, Export Houses, Retail and Fashion Houses, Independent Design Consultant, Creative Pattern Makers, Fashion Illustrators, Fashion Photographers, Fashion Editor, Fashion Journalist, Lifestyle Blogger, Critic, Trend & Forecast Analyst, Fashion Stylists & Coordinators, Brand Manager, Fashion Merchandisers, Automobile Interior Design, Quality Control Manager, Design Strategist with NGO’s, Product Developers in Fashion, (engaging in design intervention and sustenance of traditional skills), Higher Education/Vocational skills Academician

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Learning Outcome

  • Develop skills in visual and textual analysis, as well as historical understanding of fashion.
  • Understand the effects of cultural and global influences on contemporary fashion.
  • Understand how to develop the design process through experimental ideas and applications.
  • Understand the fashion industry and its component parts.
  • Understand the relationship between properties of fibres, fabrics and processing methods, garment construction and the need for economically efficient manufacturing costing.
  • Establish individuality in generating concepts, developing design ideas, develop creative potential and personal style and a personal visual language.
  • Be able to research, and utilise data as reference for contemporary fashion trends, and extend and apply skills in analysis forecasting.
  • Be able to produce a capsule collection of finished garments.