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NIFT’s revised curriculum to teach beyond fashion

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2018

New curriculum at NIFT makes it necessary to take up a minor subject in‭ an inter-disciplinary field‬, reports Shyna Kalra

Students enrolling in the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) will be offered a revised curriculum under which they would not only study the course of choice but also have an option of selecting a minor in an interdisciplinary stream.  

For instance, a student who has enrolled in Bachelor’s in Design can also have minors in Fashion Communications.

Under the revised curriculum students can also take up elective courses which will have up to 20 credits in their core degree. Students can chose from 22 elective courses including Yoga, Economics, gardening, psychology etc.  

One of the unique elective courses offered by the institute includes ‘Making Sense of’. In this elective coursestudents would be asked to make sense and quantifiable results out of different topics which can range from industry practices, abstract ideas to latest fashion concepts.

While the courses would be available to already enrolled students in the second year, ones in the final year of the degree might not be eligible to apply. The institute would invite ‘industry experts’ to deliver the elective courses and no new faculty member has been appointed as of now.

 Vandana Narang, director, NIFT Delhi said, “The new curriculum is designed to give students a holistic approach. A designer also needs to know about psychology of customers, Economics, and a few relaxation techniques to keep calm in the extremely competitive environment.”

The elective courses aimed to make students ‘industry-ready’, says the director. Talking about preparing students to embrace the emerging technology, the director said, “Technology is acting as a disruptor, especially the 3D printers. But budding designers should keep in mind that it is not the technology that would make the design a fashion. At the end, it is the passion and drive of that would make one stand out.”

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