Fashion Designing Colleges in Nepal


February 11, 2021
Last updated July 15, 2021

Fashion designing is one of the increasingly sought-after courses in Nepal. The course is appealing to many for its creatively fulfilling and financially rewarding job prospects. With the ever-increasing demand for stylish clothes and the rise in fashion-conscious individuals, the industry is likely to see a surge in demand for fashion designers. 

Outside of the industry's glitz and glamour, students also require management skills, knowledge of textiles, history of fashion, trend prediction, and more. The colleges and fashion institutions listed below equip aspiring fashion designers with the necessary expertise in the field.

Here is the list of colleges that offer fashion designing courses in Nepal. 

IEC College of Arts and Fashion

Affiliated to Limkokwing University, Malaysia, IEC College of Art & Fashion has been providing quality education in Nepal for more than two decades. The college has received several accolades, including the Asian Top Fashion Organization 2016, International Gold Quality Award (USA). Located at Mandikatar, Kathmandu, Nepal, the college offers BA (Hons) in Fashion and Retailing and BA in Interior Architecture programs.

Namuna College of Fashion Technology (NCFT)

Namuna College of Fashion Technology (NCFT) is Nepal's first Fashion College and the pioneer of academic education in fashion. It was established in 2002 by Mrs. Gyani Shova Tuladhar, one of the nation's most celebrated fashion designers. Nearly 300 students have graduated from NCFT. Their success as entrepreneurs, leaders, brand owners, and career professionals in fashion has contributed to consolidating the status of NCFT as the veritable pioneer and the pre-eminent name in fashion education in the country. The college offers the Bachelor of Fashion Design and Management (BFDM) program under the affiliation of Purbanchal University.

Diploma in fashion designing

Several fashion institutions offer a Diploma in Fashion Designing in Nepal. The course includes fundamentals of professional draping, pattern making, and sewing techniques. The list below includes some of those institutions: 

Gorgeous Institute of Fashion Technology (GIFT)

Gorgeous Institute of Fashion Technology (GIFT) was established in 2011. Alongside course studies, the institution focuses on organizing Fashion Shows and providing job placement facilities.

IEC School of Art and Fashion

IEC School of Art and Fashion is the first to initiate fashion and interior designing courses in Nepal. It has a vast network of multiple study centers across the country with fantastic faculty of working professionals and state-of-the-art facilities.

Established in the year 1997 IEC has emerged as the number one educational institution of fashion and interior design in Nepal. IEC School of Arts and Fashion offers a one-year Diploma in Fashion Design.

International Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT)

International Institute of Fashion Technology ( IIFT) has two branches inside Kathmandu Valley. The institution is run by a group of young entrepreneurs with extensive experience in education and the fashion industry. It is associated with several television shows, films, music videos, actresses, actors, reality shows, beauty pageants, and model hunts where iiftians (trainee designers) get the opportunities to expose their designs during the events.

Lalitpur Fashion Design Institute

Lalitpur Fashion Designing Institute provides a diploma in Fashion Designing. The course includes fundamentals of professional draping, pattern making, and sewing techniques. This singular program guides students to become not only a designer with their creative vision but a professional prepared to take their place in their later career. 

Nepal Institute of Fashion

Established in 2013, the Nepal Institute of Fashion (NIF) emphasizes heuristic education in the art and design sector. The Institute is committed to generating trend efficient professionals in the Nepalese fashion industry who can not only create employment but also contribute to the growth of design and garment exports.

Raffles Institute of Fashion & Art (RIFA)

Located in Suryavinayak, Bhaktapur Raffles Institute of Fashion & Art (RIFA) has been in the industry for roughly a decade. The institution prioritizes giving internship opportunities for its students and building their portfolios. The courses cover fashion illustration, international fashion market (forecasting and trend report), pattern making, textile, and more. 

The Creation- An Institute of Fashion Design

An Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) was established in 2006 in technical collaboration with the Instituto di Moda Burgo (IMB) - the world-famous fashion institute of Milan, Italy. Since its inception, INIFD is set to provide the latest international fashion trends to design students. The institution provides an innovative & dynamic curriculum of international standards that is constantly updated to reflect the latest proven design concepts, methods, and practices in sync with the fashion industry today.