Institute of Design, Nirma University

Block-ID, Nirma University, Sarkhej- Gandhinagar Highway, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India - 382481


The Institute of Design, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, was established in 2017. The Institute of Design was set up to impart world-class education in design at the UG level. It was selected by the government of Gujarat for the prestigious tag of Center of Excellence. This empowered the university with the autonomy to set up its admission committee and decide its fee structure.

According to the Gujarat State Institutional Rating Framework-2021, Nirma University was awarded a 5-star rating in the list of India's top 50 private state universities as per outlook-ICARE ranking 2020. The Institute offers two B.Design, fully residential programs to facilitate the growth and development of students from diverse backgrounds. With the focus on 'learning by doing, the institute provides students with world-class facilities of studios, labs, and workshops. The faculty at Nirma University is very supportive and interactive who always works the growth of students. 


Name of the InstituteIIRF Ranking 2023
Institute of Design, Nirma University, Ahmedabad# 20


Courses Offered

The Nirma University of Design offers 40 seats each in its two design undergraduate programs. For the total 80 seats the following two programs are offered by the university:


UG Programs

B. Des. in Industrial Design
B. Des. in Communication Design

Over the intake of these 80 seats, 15% of seats are allocated separately for the special admission of NRI and NRI sponsored candidates. 

Course Highlights

  • Students learn under the proper guidance of the best educationalists in the country.
  • Visiting faculty, advisors, and guest lecturers are invited to share their expert knowledge with the students.
  • Design studios are provided to the students to develop proper design skills, design theory, design concepts, and design thinking.
  • For the holistic development of the students, opportunities are provided to the students through fests organized at the central level.
  • A fly functional and stocked library with various books, periodicals, bound volumes, and journals are provided to the students. This library has both online and offline access. The library also has institutional membership of the British Library, DETNET, and CEPT University library.

Admission Process

Admission under any of the two UG courses offered by the Nirma University is possible upon the follow up of the steps described below:

  • Register at the official website of Nirma University
  • Fill up the then available online application form
  • Pay the application processing fees through online payment methods.
  • Qualify the admission screening exams which are
    • UCEED
    • NU-DET conducted by Nirma University (for those who did not appear in UCEED or want to improve their performance for admission)
  • Upon selection in any of the above exams, the candidate has to appear in the
    • Situation test (where design aptitude of the candidate is judged)
    • Personal interview (where the evaluation is made upon candidate's qualities as a human and awareness about the various issues of both national and international importance)

Upon selection in all these screens, the seat in the desired course (subject to availability) is offered to the candidate. 

For international students, a special quota of seats is reserved.

While for NRI students, admission procedure includes qualification of HSC exam, skype interview, a recommendation from 2 senior school teachers, and portfolio submission via email. 

Following these, a situation test for a personal interview is scheduled.

Upon complete pass-through of all these exams, the candidate is offered a seat under his desired course. 

Results and Cut-off

The candidates willing to get admission in the first year of the B. Des program offered by Nirma University must be a 10+2 pass. The HS exam must be completed from a recognized board with a minimum of 50% marks. If you score more than 50%, then you will stay a step ahead of others to secure admission. 

Besides, the candidates who are 10+3 pass that possesses a diploma degree can also apply. The diploma must be approved by the State Board of Technical Education. The candidate must score a minimum of 50% marks in the course to be eligible for admission. 

Following the fulfilment of eligibility criteria, candidates can apply for admission. The following must clear either UCEED or NU-DET conducted by Nirma University. Upon qualification of all these exams, the candidate is invited for a situational test and personal interview.

On clearing both the screening phases, a seat in the desired course is offered to the candidate. 


The university conducts a time to time industry training program, which includes industrial visits and short 2 or 3-day design workshops. In case students find the workshop interesting, then the duration of the program is extended.

Besides the training programs, the university is also involved in projects with industries to expand the academy to industry. Alongside, industries are welcome to the university to sponsor classroom projects, summer projects, internships, and final year degree projects. All these help to develop proper design thinking among students and make them industry-ready. 

All the companies that visit the campus every year provide a variety of opportunities to the best brains of the institute. Some of the companies that participate in the recruitment drive are as follows:

  • ACC Cement
  • Adani Group
  • Aditya Birla Group
  • Alembic
  • Amul
  • Aranca
  • Ashok Leyland
  • Atul Ltd.
  • BAJAJ Allianz
  • Bajaj Auto
  • Balmer lawrie
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Berger Paints
  • BGR Energy
  • Biocon
  • Hindustan Zinc
  • ICICI Prudential
  • IFB

Alumni Network

All the alumni of Nirma university are spread across the country and world, glorifying the pride of their university. They stay connected to the university in every condition. With the help of college administration, the alumni association works to provide the current students with real industry knowledge and prepare them for the future of design. The alumni experience available on the official college website indicates the rich experience they have enjoyed in the university. 

Campus Facilities

To take the full knowledge and experience of the course of design offered by Nirma University. The candidate is mandated to stay in the fully furnished and facilitated hostel. The 1st year's hostel is off-campus, while for other years, they are provided accommodation in the on-campus hostels. The design department offers a vibrant and active environment for the student's personal, academic, social, and intellectual development. Throughout the year, a variety of events and programs are organized at the campus to inculcate the ability to think out of the box in the students.

A robust and vibrant environment with a perfect combination of curricular and extracurricular activities enables the student's holistic development. A proper facility and arrangement for students' recreation in the form of sports, adventure, and cultural programs are organized on the campus.

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Top 40 Design Schools (Private)

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