WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A DESIGNER?
Designers across various genres have always been in demand. Be it fashion or product design, manufacturers look for professionals who can create innovative designs. Among the many specialisations in this field, fashion designing proves to be one of the oldest, yet most popular option among students in India. Fashion designing ranges from designing clothes, accessories, jewellery and make-up to footwear and bags. From designing the core product to packaging and marketing it, a professional in this field is required to create products that sell.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A CAREER IN THIS FIELD?
Aspirants with a keen interest in developing new ideas can make a career in this field. Furthremore, one should be creative, have basic drawing skills and be able to visualise a product. Students with the ability to innovate and a passion for creation too can look at pursuing a career in this field. Patience and communication skills are an added advantage.
WHAT ARE THE COURSES STUDENTS CAN PURSUE TO MAKE A CAREER IN DESIGN?
Apart from individual creativity, a degree in design plays a crucial role in training professionals. Students can pursue graduate/ postgraduate diplomas, as well as certificate courses in design from a recognised institute. While pursuing a degree is important, students must also work part-time while completing their course to gain hands-on experience.
WHAT ARE THE SPECIALISATIONS ONE CAN OPT FOR?
Aspirants can pursue a career in many streams of designing – apparel and accessory design, textile designing, product designing, etc. Each of these categories offers a number of sub-specialisations to choose from. For example, professionals in the field of apparel designing can further specialise in mens, women's, kids wear design. Accessories design includes specialisations in jewellery, footwear and bag design.
WHAT ARE THE JOB PROSPECTS AVAILABLE IN THIS INDUSTRY?
Based on your talent, aspiration and interest, the Indian fashion industry offers a number of job options to designers with at domestic apparel manufacturers, accessory designers, etc. Beginners can start working as interns and can gradually move on to work as assistant designers, senior designers, head designers and design directors.
Alternately, one can also work with popular design brands and industry experts. After a few years of experience, professionals in this field can establish their individual label. Alternately, one can also teach alongside managing their label.
WHAT IS THE REMUNERATION A FRESHER CAN EXPECT?
A fresher in this field can expect a monthly remuneration between Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 depending on their aptitude, creative skills, personality and knowledge about the subject. With time, the remuneration will gradually increase.