JDs vision states as the motto says, ‘Welcome to Imagination’ is to transform younger minds and create the best design professionals.
Established in 1988, JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore, India currently stands with 36 learning centers in 36 cities, is one of the premier Institute of Art and Design. It all started with a dream, a vision to create a compelling student body, with exceptional skills to resuscitate the student’s creative imagination.
Under the eminent experts from the industry the subjects in Fashion, Interior, Jewelry, Fashion Marketing and Communications, Visual Merchandising, Photography, Hair and Make-up is elucidated with high passion giving the young aspirants the much-required practical experience and classroom training. JD as an institution helps the students to take their imagination to the next level, giving them a platform not just to up-skill their creativity, but also to prepare and give them the confidence to follow their dreams.
The institute aims to provide a top-notch education through innovative learning methods and sharpens the skills of students through practical studies and co-curricular activities. Mentors and stalwarts from the design domain are invited periodically to enrich the knowledge and experience of our students with the latest technological innovations and industry practices.
The institute organizes design seminars, talk sessions, and workshops to make them understand the trends prevalent in the industry. Apart from these sessions, the students are also sent to various fashion shows, pop ups, on-site works, brand/showroom visits, etc. The students receive additional exposure through various platforms like Times Fashion Week, India Beach Fashion Week, and IGFS Colombo. In addition to that, JD every year organizes an international study tour for its students in association with London College of Fashion for its students to take their knowledge and inspiration to the next level.
A Visionary Impelling the Imagination
The foundation of the institute was cemented by Mr. Chandraakant Dalal (Founder) and Mr. RC Dalal (Executive Director and Co-Founder). Taking the vision forward, Nealesh Dalal, the Managing Trustee of JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore, has been driven by a firm belief in the power of imagination. His creative leadership has contributed in making JD Institute, a pioneering art and design school in India. He aims to redefine fashion and design education in sync with the local and global standards and practices has made this Institute to be the Best Design Education in India (Awarded by GLTS at House of Commons, London). “At JD Institute we have one goal; to constantly inspire and encourage our students to follow the three pillars for which JD stands for: Innovation, Sustainability and Eco friendly”, adds Dalal. The institute bestows its students with the expert guidance of Manoviraj Khosla, who is a mentor at the institute, thus creating a bridge between aspiring designers and the industry.
Bestowing with Utmost Guidance
JD Institute of Fashion Technology programs are taught by top echelons of the industry, whose rich experience offers the perfect spark and guidance to young minds. The curriculum is intense, concentrated, industry oriented, rewarding, and globally recognized. It helps students to acquire skills, hands on learning so that their transition from being a student till entering the industry becomes smooth. The campus interviews are held every year and major companies, brands, and labels Masaba Gupta, Levis, H&M, Myntra, Livspace, and many others visit the campus and hire talented individuals frequently.
In addition, the college has an online portal called ‘Creative Careers’ which provides job and placement related information under the help of counselors. It also engages students to various Industrial Driven projects.
An Excellent Room of Offerings
JD’s world-class learning centers offer access to E-Library with books, magazines, journals, and other fashion literature, as well as laboratories, and classrooms. To be industry fulfilling, it has partnered with leading service providers to experience new avenues to students and showcase their creations to leverage the power of digital technology. The institute also partners with various fashion shows/events giving the young minds a platform to take the center stage. They have developed partnerships and associations with many leading companies like Adobe, IIID, study programs with LCF and Twining Program with Georgian College, Canada.
A recent milestone include tie-up with Georgian college of Art and Design, Canada where the student will be eligible to study Georgian College’s Interior Design Program and will receive an Honor’s Bachelor of Interior Design Degree. Apart from this, every year JD organizes its ‘JD Annual Design Awards’ a platform for its students to showcase their creativity and talent in front of key industrial players. The award show presents the journey of the students in the culmination of a final collection/product which tests all that they have learnt during the tenure of their course. The journey from concept to creation tests the students’ ability to take forward their vision, in a constructive and analytical manner with the help from their respective mentors.
A Comprehensive View about the Courses
JD Institute of Fashion Technology, being the pioneer in Fashion Education, is one of the oldest institutes providing multi-disciplinary education in the field of Fashion and Interior design studies. The Institute offers a plethora of courses in the area of Fashion Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Fashion Communication, Fashion Entrepreneurship, Fashion Management, Visual Merchandising, Fashion Photography, and Make-up Artistry.
JD Institute has recently launched a series of new courses aimed at addressing the needs of a rapidly growing market. These courses of Fashion Design and Business Management, Fashion Lifestyle, and Entrepreneurship aims to help the students get an idea of retail, business, and management. The Interior and Spatial design courses have been developed to weave together theoretical understanding with practical skills. Students are exposed to projects which include architecture interiors, installations, sensory environments and furniture design.
The jewelry design program offers an in-depth understanding of all processes involved in designing jewelry like the nature of raw materials, common design patterns, ergonomics of final craft, and market related considerations. There are extensive facilities available for Jewelry Design aspirants including Jewelry Metallurgy Lab, Gemology lab, 3rd Printer, and Jewelry Library.
The students have access to one of the biggest Fashion Library, Digital Pilling Tester, Crease Recovery tester, Air Permeability tester, projection microscope, crokemeter, drape master, digital light fastness tester, Light busting Strength Tester, Digital Tensile Testing machine, Washing Fastness tester, Drape Studio, Sewing Lab and many more facilities.
Keeping up with the on-going Momentum
The Indian fashion industry has witnessed a tremendous growth in the last two decades. The total retail market value has escalated and continues to grow with every year. This growth in fashion industry also creates a demand for more number of professionals serving the industry. JD Institute of fashion technology is working constantly, understanding the trends and training students to become better and qualified professionals in their respective fields. It has curated its courses in relevance to the industry of present and future and is creating a new balance in its pedagogical approach of Important + Relevance.
There are various modules which are based on current industry trends which includes:
- To design and merchandise for a brand keeping new emerging channel e-commerce in mind.
- Design and develop trend specific collections for ex Ath-leisure line
- Fashion forecasting for the new age customer – young and busy
Multiple exchange programmes are conducted and offered to its students, keeping in mind the exposure to global fashion trends and markets. This helps the students to meet the expectations of the national and international fashion industry.
About the Career Opportunities
JD institute has wide-ranging career prospects. The students have innumerable choices in front of them after completion of their respective courses. The candidates are eligible to become a Fashion Designer, Buyer, Stylist, Product Manager, Public Relations Manager, Make-up artist, Photographer, Jewelry Designer, Interior Designer, Fashion Blogger, Merchandising Executives, Illustrators, Fashion Co-coordinators, Merchandizer, Visual Merchandising, Trend analyst, store operator and many more. One can join design houses/ manufacturing companies/export units or can launch their own label.
The Accomplished Alumnus
JD Institute of Fashion Technology has a pool of talented, highly active, and growing community of over thousands of alumni successfully placed in the industries. Some of the notable Alumni’s are:
- Shyalaja Vasant, Creative Head Designer at Manoviraj Khosla
- Sushritha Surya, Interior Designer, LIVSPACE
- Bhuvana, Design and Product Manager, C. Krishnachetty & Sons
JD Institutes of Fashion Technology plans to curate design across local as well as a global level without forgetting their roots. The mission is to make JD as a university and India one of the design hub in the world. It also aims at changing how people perceive design and make a revolutionary change in the world. The future education will be bright and innovative and make a difference.