Top 4 Interior Design Schools In India

These days all around us, we can see construction and high rise apartments being made. This is due to the fact that our population is increasing but the space for people to reside is decreasing. However, in order to make the most of the space available at hand, most people hire interior designers.

In order to become interior designers, aspirants need to pursue a degree in interior designing from a reputed college. There are many interior designing colleges in the country which offer training in different interior designing courses. In this article, we will be listing the top 4 interior designing colleges in India which offer the best education and training so that students learn to visualise and create craft and designs to develop interiors of any construction. You can also go through the list of top design colleges in India here.

National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

Location: Ahmedabad

Year of establishment: 1961

An autonomous body which has been established under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad has three campuses which are the heritage campus located at Paldi in Ahmedabd, the postgraduate campus which is located at NID, Gandhinagar and R&D campus situated at Bangalore.

In order to secure admissions in any programme offered at NID, aspirants need to clear the Design Aptitude Test (DAT).

Courses Offered:

Programmes offered at main campus of NID Ahmedabad are in disciplines such as:

  • Product Design (2½ years)
  • Furniture & Interior Design (2½ years)
  • Ceramic & Glass Design (2½ years)
  • Graphic Design (2½ years)
  • Animation Film Design (2½ years)
  • Film & Video Communication (2½ years)
  • Textile Design (2½ years)

Programmes offered at NID’s PG Campus, Gandhinagar are as follows:

  • Transportation & Automobile Design (2½ years)
  • Toy & Game Design (2½ years)
  • Photography Design (2½ years)
  • Apparel Design (2½ years)
  • Lifestyle Accessory Design (2½ years)
  • New Media Design (2½ years)
  • Strategic Design Management (2½ years)

Programmes offered at R&D Campus, Bengaluru are as follows:

  • Information & Interface Design (2½ years)
  • Design for Digital Experience (2½ years)
  • Design for Retail Experience (2½ years)


CEPT University, Gujarat

Location: Gujarat

Year of establishment: 1991

The Faculty of Design at CEPT University was established in 1991. CEPT University has five faculties which are – Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Planning, Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Design and Faculty of Management.

Students can secure admissions into interior design programmes on offer by CEPT University by clearing the entrance exam conducted by the university.

Courses Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interior Design
  • Master of Interior Architecture & Design
  • International Master of Interior Architectural Design

Arch Academy of Design, Jaipur

Location: Jaipur

Year of establishment: 2000

Spread over an area of 24,000 sq feet, Arch Academy of Design offers admissions to candidates in its interior design course on the basis of their performance in AIEED (All India Entrance Exam for Design). Apart from this entrance exam, aspirants also need to submit a portfolio and thereafter take part in an interview round in order to be shortlisted for admissions.

Courses Offered:

Programmes which are of two year duration are as follows:

  • Critical Study in Art and Design, Materials & Construction Techniques-2
  • Wood in Art & Design, Glass in Art and Design, Interior Furnishing-2
  • Furniture Design-I (Ergonomics, Anthropometry), Building Services-I
  • 2D, 3D and Time-based Digital Applications, SketchUp, AutoCAD-I
  • Project Design, Implementation & Evaluation, Home Styling
  • Design Project (Residential)

Programmes which are of three year duration are as follows:

  • Research Project, Building Services-2, Light Metals in Art & Design
  • AutoCad- 2, Furniture Design-2, Advanced Construction Techniques
  • Estimation & Costing-1, 3Ds Max Software, Landscape Design
  • Design Project (Commercial)

Programmes which are of four year duration are as follows:

  • Estimation & Costing –2, Commercial Model Making, Design Project (Industrial)
  • Exhibition & Retail Design, Entrepreneurship Skills Development
  • Professional Practice in Art & Design, Internship

Certificate courses offered are as follows:

  • Foundation Studies Certificate in Art & Design
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from KSOU
  • Pearson Edexcel Btec Level 5 Hnd (3D Design)
  • Arch Diploma in Interior Design

JJ School of Arts

Location: Mumbai

Year of establishment: 1857

“Sir J.J. School of Art began in 1857 with elementary drawing and design classes at Elphinstone institute. With the initial aim of imparting European academic art knowledge in the sub-continent, the college developed with the establishment of art and craft departments with rich diversity of culture in India as the resource point”, informs the official website.

Candidates are offered admissions into various design programmes offered at JJ School of Arts on the basis of their performance in MH-AAC-CET (Maharashtra Applied Arts and Crafts Common Entrance Test).

Courses Offered:

  • BFA Painting
  • BFA Sculpture
  • BFA Metal Work
  • BFA Ceramics
  • BFA Textile Design
  • BFA Interior Decoration
  • MFA Painting in Portrait
  • MFA Painting in Creative Painting
  • MFA Painting in Graphics
  • MFA Painting in Mural
  • Diploma Culture and Modelling
  • Art Teacher Diploma
  • Diploma in Art Education
  • Art Master Certificate

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