Interior design, Fashion designGraphic design, Building design (Architects)Animation, Product design, Website design, Textile design, Fine art, Jewelry design – almost everything you see around you has a design and it was designed by someone. 

Designers are different from artists in the sense that artists create from their imagination to serve their own sense of creation while designers create from their imagination too but to serve a specified objective. An interior designer designs a room for a client where she can watch TV and exercise at the same time. A product designer designs a chair where a person can work productively for hours without tiring. 


Number of government and private institutes offer bachelor’s level education in design. Diplomas and certificate programmes are also available to add on specific skills to your existing education.

A general education in fine arts first will allow you to clearly explore your interests. Thereafter, you can take specific help on industry-specific skills you need to build.

If you are ready to commit early, go ahead and join an NIFT or NID or another private college in an area of your interest.

National Institute of Design, for example, offers courses and specializations related to these design areas at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels: Product Design, Furniture & Interior Design, Ceramic & Glass Design, Graphic Design, Animation Film Design,
Film & Video Communication, Textile Design, Transportation & Automobile Design, Toy & Game Design, Photography Design, Apparel Design, Lifestyle Accessory Design, New Media Design, Information & Interface Design, Design for Digital Experience, Design for Retail Experience. 

NIFT, on the other hand, offers courses mainly related to apparel and textiles: Fashion Design, Leather Design, Accessory Design, Textile Design, Knitwear Design. 

A number of private institutes also offer courses at the undergraduate level to specialize in a range of design areas


Most designers start of by assisting other designers in organizations or those working in their personal capacities. As designers progress in their careers, they choose to grow in an existing organization, start out on their own in an entrepreneurial capacity or operate in a freelance mode. Each of these options have their pros and cons.

Working for an organization brings stability of income, regular and diverse assignments, and great opportunities for growth but at a curtailed level of freedom to express yourself.

Starting out on your own requires a great level of initiative, acting like a business person rather than a craftsperson, but if you can pull this off, you will have the independence to express yourself as creatively as you think necessary.

Freelancing leaves you with complete independence to pick and choose assignments, clients, and even periods of work and inactivity; all of this comes with the risk of having to hunt the next assignment and an unstable source of income.

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Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams, follow their interests & curiosities and see the opportunities in life's setbacks-- including death itself.