Fashion designing has emerged as one of the most appealing, glamorous, and exciting career options in recent times. Therefore, students with creative, imaginative, and innovative talents are pursuing higher education degrees in fashion designing. KLE Society’s S. Nijalingappa College, Department of Fashion and Apparel Design (FAD) is one of the leading design institutes in India, offering fashion education coupled with the latest technologies related to textiles, garments, fashion & IT.
KLE FAD is backed by a rich legacy of KLE Society which celebrated its centenary in 2016. Under its umbrella, KLE Society’s S. Nijalingappa College was established in 1963. Since then, the Bengaluru-based college has been committed to offering a quality learning experience in both UG & PG programs in Arts, Science, Commerce, Management Studies, Computer Applications, Hotel Management, Tourism & Travel Management, and Fashion & Apparel Designing and evolved into one of the top-ranking higher education institutions.
“Our esteemed institution assures the growth of the students and transformation of the younger generation into a knowledgeable, employable and refined human resource,” states Dr. Arunkumar B. Sonappanavar, Principal of KLE Society’s S. Nijalingappa College.
Sophisticated Campus Infrastructure
KLE FAD promotes a sophisticated learning environment with best-in-class facilities on its campus. The department has state-of-the-art infrastructure including 8 fully furnished labs, namely fashion illustration, textile testing, junior pattern making, senior pattern making, advanced Juki pattern making, a textile wet processing lab, CAD/CAM, and fabric science & weaving lab with the digitizer. Regarding learning resources, KLE FAD is equipped with advanced Lectra Software imported from France for Pattern Making and Tuka Design from the USA. In addition, the FAD Department has access to some unique research archives and specialist resources.
KLE Society’s S. Nijalingappa College also has a well-stocked library comprising books, periodicals, exhibition catalogues, archival material, slides and videotapes and one of the largest arts and design collections in Bengaluru.
Extensive Courses & Practical-Oriented Curriculum
The Fashion & Apparel Department of KLE College is a single centre that has an exceptional range of art, design, and media & communication disciplines. Students can select from UG programmes, diploma courses or short-term courses. The department also provides a special certificate course on embroidery & garment surface ornamentation for SC/ST candidates for employability, sponsored by the Government of Karnataka.
Moreover, a unique approach is applied to design education that believes in the power of change and the passion for innovation. Its curriculum is also administrated in a highly practical-oriented manner.
An Expert Team of Faculty Members
The faculty members of KLE FAD comprise professionally qualified individuals who bring a strong background of work experience in both industry and academics and a solid commitment to students. Some of the staff members are designers and researchers who curate, participate in, and hold their own exhibitions in Bengaluru and other states of India. Through their rich background in arts, design, fabric, media and creativity, students get to learn from their real-life experiences.
Moreover, KLE Society’s S. Nijalingappa College supports this commitment of the faculty by encouraging them to constantly upgrade their skills and knowledge by attending workshops and training sessions and contributing to research work i.e., in various national & international peer-reviewed, high impact factor journals. They have also presented their work in numerous seminars and conferences and earned recognition.
Industry Collaborations & Mentorship
Since its inception, KLE FAD has taken a leading role in the cultural economy through partnerships with business, industry and the wider community. Students undergo a minimum industrial training of 30 days in reputed boutiques, design studios, and apparel /textile manufacturing units, which can be done in India or abroad. Furthermore, students have to prepare a detailed report on various departments in the industry, gain practical knowledge, hands-on practice with complete machinery & softwares’, and handle the clientele base. There is also a craft documentation initiative where students can revive ancient traditional crafts and imbibe them in their product developments.
Some of the reputed industry players whom KLE FAD is proudly associated with are Mango, Aldo, First Step Baby Wear Pvt Ltd, Stitch Yard Boutique, Weavers Centre, Penguin Apparels, Central Silk Board, Texport Syndicate, Trinity Clothing, Silver Park Apparel Ltd, Birdy Experts, and Sana Fashion Boutique.
In addition, Mr. Sanjay & Ms. Shammy, the Bollywood Designers from Chola Fashion House, act as mentors to KLE FAD’s students and offer internships/ apprenticeships to facilitate them in the fashion business. Students also take part in numerous fashion congregations under their guidance.
Students displayed their bridal collections to the public in the memorable Du Tour activity, which was conducted by the KLE FAD in the G.T. Mall Rajajinagar. This received much acclaim and attention.
Excellent Campus Placement Record
The fashion and apparel department of KLE Society’s S. Nijalingappa College has maintained an excellent track record for placements. It has assisted all of its students in getting recruited in some of the best textile and apparel industries in India and abroad and supported them with setting up their own boutiques, studios, manufacturing units, etc.
Extra-Curricular Activities to Enhance Student Engagement
An annual Cultural Club is held at KLE Society’s S. Nijalingappa College, where students from different academic years and departments participate with zeal and enthusiasm. Various events are conducted, and artists & performers are invited. Likewise, spectrum, the college annual fest, is coordinated by the cultural club. In this event, the fashion, dance, and music teams work in coordination with the club under the guidance of faculty. Similarly, the Literary Club organised debates, discussions, poetry recitations, and creative writing activities.
In the coming years, KLE FAD will continue to achieve its vision to help students discover and explore their individual styles and talents by transforming them into well-trained, qualified professionals and socially responsible citizens of the country.
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