The National Institute of Design has prescribed the syllabus for prelims and mains exam. Go through the NID Syllabus 2021 to get an idea about the important topics. 

This post comprises important topics to be studied for prelims and studio test. The preliminary examination includes topics like design theory, colour terminology, picture analysis, and more. There are two types of questions included in the preliminary exam i.e., objective and subjective. 

Upon qualifying the prelims exam you shall be shortlisted for the studio test which is included for both B.Des and M.Des course. 

If you are appearing for B.Des or M.Des, go through the syllabus of NID 2021 and begin your preparation. 

NID Exam Syllabus 2021 for B.Des

  • As per the NID Entrance Exam Pattern, the exam is conducted in 2 stages: Prelims and mains for both B.Des and GDPD. 
  • The preliminary exam for B.Des is conducted for 100 marks. 
  • In the Mains exam, there will be a studio test and personal interview. 
  • Upon qualifying both stages, you will be shortlisted for the final merit list. 

NID B.Des Prelims Syllabus

The below shows the important topics to be studied for B.Des & GDPD NID DAT Prelims exam.

Design Outline for Beginners Colour Terminology Inspiration & Design Development
Mood, Theme & Colour Inter-relationship Design Theory Elements & Principles Of Design
Natural & Geometrical Form Innovation in Design Principles of Composition
Lettering Optical Illusion Understanding Light & Shade
Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions Form & Function Colour, Pattern & Texture
Theme Development Creative thinking & writing Picture Analysis
Visual Logic Good Design vs Bad Design Drawing Fundamentals
Use of Measurements, Scale & proportions Optical Illusion Foreshortening & Perspective
Developing Themes & Colour Associations Inspiration & Creativity Ornaments & motifs
Memory Drawing Usage of Colour in Compositions Expression & Emotion
Exercises on imagination Lateral Thinking Story Pictures
Presentation Techniques Imagination & Doodling 3D Visualisation
Graphics & Pictograms Innovation & Creation Design Awareness
Developing Observation

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NID Studio Test Syllabus 2021

The studio test is the second stage of NID DAT 2021 that includes the different formats of questions like Drawing, Sketching, and Model Making. Check out the below table to know the topics involved in NID 2021 Syllabus for Studio Test.

Model Making Doodling Meeting with Students who Qualified NID DAT
How to Evolve Ideas Audio – Visual Exercises Material Manipulation
Creative Thinking

NID 2021 Syllabus for MDes

  • As per the NID Entrance Exam Pattern, the exam is conducted in 2 stages: Prelims and mains for M.Des. 
  • The preliminary exam for B.Des is conducted for 100 marks. 
  • In the Mains exam, there will be a studio test and personal interview. 
  • Upon qualifying both stages, you will be shortlisted for the final merit list. 

NID M.Des Prelims Exam Syllabus

Take a look at the topics to be studied for the preliminary exam of the M.Des course. Download NID Sample Papers to under difficulty level of exam and type of questions asked.

Design Outline for Beginners Colour Terminology Inspiration & Design Development
Mood, Theme & Colour Inter-relationship Design Theory Elements & Principles Of Design
Natural & Geometrical Form Innovation in Design Principles of Composition
Lettering Optical Illusion Understanding Light & Shade
Colour Psychology & Optical Illusions Form & Function Colour, Pattern & Texture
Theme Development Creative Thinking & Writing Picture Analysis
Visual Logic Good Design vs Bad Design Drawing Fundamentals
Use of Measurements, Scale & proportions Optical Illusion Foreshortening & Perspective
Developing Themes & Colour Associations Inspiration & Creativity Ornaments & Motifs
Memory Drawing Usage of Colour in Compositions Expression & Emotion
Exercises on Imagination Lateral Thinking Story Pictures
Presentation Techniques Imagination & Doodling 3D Visualisation
Graphics & Pictograms Innovation & Creation Design Awareness
Developing Observation

NID Studio Test Syllabus for M.Des 2021

The below table shows the list of topics to be studied for the Studio Test of M.Des program.

Model Making Doodling How to evolve ideas
Audio – Visual Exercises Material Manipulation Creative Thinking

Which are the best books for NID DAT 2021?

For enhancing exam preparation, candidates must make sure to refer right books that are as per the latest NID Entrance Exam Syllabus 2021. Here is the list of best NID Books recommended by experts:

Book Name Author
NID (B.Des.) Entrance Books and Test Series AFAINDIA
Basic Rendering Robert W.Gill
Design drawing Francis D.K.Ching
NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide RPH Editorial Board

FAQ's

What is the NID DAT Syllabus 2021?

The NID DAT Entrance Syllabus for prelims include topics like Drawing fundamentals, Innovation in design, Theme development, Exercises on imagination, Graphics & pictograms, Principles of composition, Design theory, etc. The syllabus for NID DAT Mains involve topics such as Model making, Material manipulation, Audio-visual exercises, Importance of body language, Doodling, Creative thinking and the likes.

Is the NID 2021 Syllabus same for B.Des and M.Des?

No, the topics from the NID DAT Syllabus vary for B.Des and M.Des. Candidates are advised to check their respective course syllabus and enhance their preparation. 

Is Studio Test and Interview both mandatory to get admission in NID?

Yes, qualifying both studio test and interview is mandatory in order to get admission into any of the 7 NIDs across India. 

How is the merit list prepared for NID 2021?

The final merit list for NID DAT 2021 is prepared based on the candidates performance in prelims and mains.