The new batch of the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Design is going to start soon. The last date for submitting the application forms for the NID DAT was November 28 2016. So, for those who have done so, the time to prepare for the test has started.
Prepare for step2 and step3
The test has three steps of which the written examination stage is over. The students have to appear for the next two steps, the Studio test and the Personal Interview. The admit cards and the schedule are being available for download from the NID official site since November 12, 2016. The MDes applicants got their test results on 5 November 2016.
You can join a training programme that gives you NID studio test coaching, teaches you how to make your portfolio, and more. But, most of the material is available online too.
The studio test
In the studio test, the students have to show their skill in making 3D models. The material provided will be paper, clay, string, wire, and thermacol. The model you make must have a good aesthetic appeal and balance. You might have to carry some accessories like scissors, fevicol, sand paper, ball point pen, and the like.
The thematic test will be more challenging. You have to observe an object for some time and then sketch it. In the psychology test, you have to complete a figure from the set of incomplete lines given.
Make creative models
The serious students are always preparing for the NID studio test. Here they test the creativity and your sensitivity by asking you to make models. There are tests in doodling where you make an idea or a joke using the blank spaces given. Three times the number of candidates will be called as there are seats. So, you have to be better than at least two to qualify on an average.
The models must have a good ratio relating to humans and they must be functional. You might be asked to make cages or a model helmet. Whatever it is they should have proportionality to the actual product. And to top it all, you will have to answer personal questions like, “Where do you think you will go in the designing field?” or “Which line of designing is suited to you and why?”
Check the ratios in objects you make
In your free time, practice making common objects with a hacksaw blade, sponge, or clay. Try to give a title and a background for the object. You will have a visual round where you see some pictures and videos and have to sketch them from memory.
Personal interview is important
In the personal interview, you will have to present yourself and your ideas in a pleasant way. Be dressed to make an impression but avoid controversy. Project your intelligence through the presentation of your ideas, expression of your views on current matters, in your passion for design. If you go through some of the question papers from the previous years, you will get an idea of what the examiners are looking for and what the answers have to be.
Lastly, show your skill – what you do best. That is the best way forward. But, if you prepare well, you can make the right impression and get through with flying colours.