IFFTI forms the apex body of leading International Fashion Education Institutions, coming together to meaningfully help each other in upgrading their courses, assist in bringing about professionalism in the structure and operation of the industry in their countries, and contribute towards the establishment of a framework of cooperation and collaboration. The foundation presently comprises 52 members from 24 countries. Since its inception on 14th October 1999 at New Delhi, India, IFFTI is one of the most comprehensive and prestigious international organizations representing leading fashion higher education institutions in the areas of design, technology and business. ARCH is a full member and is on the Education-Industry Sub Committee as well as the Membership sub Committee. By being an observer & participant & a voting member in all activities of IFFTI, ARCH benefits by getting to share information, educational and otherwise, for exploring and taking forward opportunities for possible collaborations with other member institutions towards student & faculty exchanges & progression for higher studies.
The World Design Organization (WDO), formerly known as the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1957 to promote the profession of industrial design. The organisation advocates industrial design driven innovation that creates a better world, engaging more than 140 member organizations in collaborative efforts and carrying out international courses—World Design Capital, World Design Talks, World Design Impact Prize, World Industrial Design Day, and Interdesign. WDO has United Nations Special Consultative Status. As part of its strategy to progress in Industry Oriented Design Education, ARCH holds membership of WDO. As a member exercising voting rights, it provides an international platform to express and share views related to Design with over 50 member nations. Access to WDO (ICSID Council) resources enable research and collaborative explorations. Understanding new pedagogy for structuring courses towards sustainable design development, gaining assistance for various projects undertaken by the Academy are some of the advantages of being a member at WDO.
Cumulus is a global association, formed to serve Art and Design education and research. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices. It currently consists of 257 members from 54 countries. Cumulus Secretariat is located in Helsinki, Finland. Initiated with an aim to build and maintain a dynamic and flexible academic forum that would bring together top-level educational institutions from all parts of the world, Cumulus offers a wider international context for discussion and developments in education and research of art, design and media. ARCH has recently obtained full membership of CUMULUS. This will help in opening up more opportunities for our students as well providing them greater international exposure. Other members of the association include well known international universities like the University of Antwerp, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Aalto University, National Institute of Design, India, Istituto Marangoni School of Design.
ARCH is a member of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA). HKRITA was established in April 2006 with funding support from the Innovation & Technology Commission, HKSAR Government. HKRITA is also supported by institutes, companies and associations in the textiles and clothing industry in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other countries. The key role of HKRITA is to foster research, development and technology transfer in the textiles and clothing industry since Hong Kong is the world’s second-largest clothing and apparel exporter after mainland China.
IIID is the professional body for Interior Designers in India. ARCH ’s application for membership with IIID is underway and will act as an anchor for the Faculty of Interior Design in our institute, guiding students as well as teachers with the latest in their field, helping them build their professional network and increase their credibility in the Interior Design sphere. Association with IIID would help in promoting excellence in education and ethical conduct in design practice.
FDCI was set up in 1998 as the apex body of Fashion Design in India. Supported by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Textiles and Gujarat State Khadi and Village Industries Board, it enables trade facilitation at various fashion weeks. The FDCI has helped to integrate designers from various states, cities and towns of India into one cohesive body guiding them towards sustainable growth. With over 400 members from across the country, the annual shows and events organised by FDCI, spearhead the business of Fashion in the right direction. Being a part of the FDCI fraternity is beneficial for ARCH in constantly setting the benchmarks high, for our students and Faculty. The students are given valuable opportunities to acquire first hand support, work experience at the various high profile events organized by the FDCI like the Amazon Fashion Week.