Knitwear Design and Technology (KDT) Program
Duration : 3 Years
Centers : Mohali
Total Seats : 40
The philosophy of the course is to provide talented individuals with an environment in which personal and professional aspirations can be fulfilled. The course gives students the opportunity to develop their individual specialism at an advanced level, by exploration and experimentation with new approaches to Knitwear Design & Technology, within a dynamic postgraduate community, supported by professional staffing facilities, contemporary postgraduate studio space and modern technical resources.
The course is aimed at the following: Graduates who wish to enhance and further develop as design specialists, within the field of knitwear design. Students with demonstrated creative ability who wish to update or develop specialist skills. Specialists who wish to build on previously acquired qualifications and experience and who intend to reposition themselves within the industry.
This course is emerging as a growth area in the new world order. It is structured keeping in view the future requirements of Indian Knitting Industry. The ever-growing developments in yarn, texture, colour, materials and composition have given an advantage to the technique of knitting to the extent that knitted fabrics have started replacing woven fabrics. This specialization requires the students to work on state of the art machines like; Computerized Flat Bed Machine such as Shima Seiki, Universal and Stoll. The students are also exposed to the techniques and variants in the Circular Knitting manufacturing techniques, possible structure developments, surface treatment, processing and garmenting.
Phase 1: Development of Design & Basic Skills
To establish a stable foundation on issues relating to the industry, the students firstly acquire the Design Skills such as Elements of Design, Elements of Fashion, Fashion Illustration, History of Costumes, Art Appreciation etc.
Emphasis is also on basic skills such as Knitting Technology, Knitted Fabric Design Techniques, Pattern Making, Draping, Garment Construction, Textile Science, Introduction to Indian Textiles, Dyeing & Printing and Computer Applications.
Phase 2: Development of Professional Skills
The thrust is to give specialized inputs in all the essential subjects such as Design Process, Thematic Approach to Design, Circular Knitting Technique, Computerized Knitting, Apparel Production Planning & Control, Apparel Marketing & Merchandising, Fashion Buying & Merchandising, Quality Assurance in Knits, Processing Techniques for Knits and Computer Aided Design The intrinsic features of this course also help in the development of personality and professional traits.
The students undertake an extensive research in various fields such as fashion forecasting and fashion garment designing. To augment it, they also develop prototype samples and display their work to be critically appreciated. Such exercises not only enhance their knowledge but also hone their professional presentation skills.
Industrial projects and industrial visits
Students are also encouraged to take up specific industrial projects in areas such as Garment Design, Fabric Design or Fashion Forecasting.
Students are taken to various industrial units to impart them practical knowledge of all the processes involved, and also to give demonstration of the equipment required in garment production.
Important Features of the Curriculum
The 2 years of study include 6 weeks of internship program. This is intended to impart students with an appreciation and working knowledge of the industry. Students get first hand exposure of the work environment of the apparel manufacturing system. Thus they are prepared to accept the challenges of the industry and can correlate the theory with practice. Workshops, Trade fairs, Conferences and Seminars are important elements of the study program.
Design Collection/ Diploma Project
The course culminates with a design collection show presented by the passing out students. It encapsulates the various skills grasped during the two years. The knitwear collection is a reflection of Designer's creativity in the area of fabric development combined with garment designing and construction.
The diploma project is offered as an option to undertake an industry based real time research. This project is an attempt to carry out technical research on specific problems of knits in an attempt to solve them.
The course has been designed to create well rounded professionals, equipped to handle the challenges of Knitted Fabric and Garment Design & Development for domestic and export markets. They can pursue careers as Designers, Merchandisers, Quality Controller in the domestic and export garment units.
Scholarships - Recognizing the contribution made by the institute in apparel field, M/s Groz-Beckert Asia Ltd., a leading giant in manufacturing needles has instituted a Scholarship for Knitwear Design Technology students, which is awarded on the basis of their academic performance.