Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence, Legacy of Trust & Expertise

Around Christmas time of 1999, Ms. Julie James establishes Academy of Fashion & Design in her home town in Kottayam, Kerala. 
Since then, we've remained committed to providing top-notch coaching & guidance to aspiring designers, earning the trust & respect of students, We mentor you to succeed in getting into dream creative careers. Our alumni's success stories stand as a testament to our unwavering dedication and commitment to excellence.
afdindia provides the best ecosystem for online, blended & hybrid classes for design, architecture & fashion entrance exams .... distance is not a barrier.

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India's oldest NIFT NID coaching center Humble Beginnings

1999-2001, Kottayam

Launched as a fashion school AFD, attracted students from as far as Mizoram. Soon, Ms. Julie moved on to establishes India’s first coaching classes for the design entrance of her alma mater, NIFT.

First afdian to get into NIFT in 2002 1st afdian in NIFT

2002, NIFT Bangalore

Priyanka Ann Joshi  from Thiruvanthapuram becomes the 1st afdian to secure a seat in NIFT (Bangalore campus). She later on goes on to pursue her higher studies in London College of Fashion. Below is the testimonial of Priyanka from over two decades ago.

afdindia NIFT NID coaching in 4 cities Workshops for NIFT/NID 2nd Phase

2004-2007 in metro cities

AFD spread its wings to 4 metro cities across India. Ms. Julie traveled twice a year to mentor design aspirants for 10-day contact programs as a supplement to postal study materials. This pic is from 2005, the NIFT Situation Test Workshop held @ St.Columba's School, Gol Dakhana, Delhi.

NIFT NID crash courses starting from 2006 Crash Courses

2006 November

Contact programs for distance learning students were conducted in the months of November & December in 5 cities. Classes launched at the campus of Maharaja's College, in Kochi. This pic is from AFD @ Our Lady of Salvation High School, Dadar, Mumbai.

NIFT NID weekend classes in Chennai Weekend Classes

2007 Chennai

AFD launches physical classes on weekends in 6 cities. Classes takes of @ Loyola College, Nungambakkam, Chennai.

afd students preparing for NID studio test in 2008 Studio test Workshop

2008 Hyderabad

Mock studio test batches with students who had cleared the first round of NID entrance test at AFD centres @ Gurgaon & Hyderabad.

NIFT NID weekend program launched in afd Delhi Weekend Batches

2009 Delhi

Interactions with faculty during the weekend classes at the Patelnagar centre in Delhi. Classes launched at Kashmeri Gate & Houz Khas. This Pic is from Laxman Public School, Hauz Khas.

Design Careers portfolio development program launched in golf course road, Gurugram Portfolio Workshop

2010 Gurgaon

Established centre at golf course road in Gurugram. This Pic is from afd @ Delhi Public School, Sushant Lok.

Mike Knowles prepares students for NIFT NID entrance exam @ afdindia Mike Knowles as guest speaker

2011 Gurgaon

Experienced design and architecture experts were invited to talk exclusively with afdindia students.

NIFT NID situation test individual feedback by NIFT graduate mentors Nift Situation Test Workshop

2012 Chennai

NIFT graduate faculty - Divya Mam, giving feed back on situation test models to students @ Loyola College, Chennai.

NIFT NID individual feedback by NIFT alumni mentors @ afdindia Student Evaluation

2013 Bangalore

afdindia faculties: Julie, Ramya, Abhilash & Pradipta listen as student explains their work @ Indiranagar centre in Bangalore.

Indian Design College fair conducted by afdindia 1st Design College Fair

2014-2015 @ del | mum | blr | kol

afdindia conducted the 1st design college exhibition in India. It was held in 4 metro cities with large participation from design colleges from across India for students to find the right college for themselves.

NIFT NID master class by Julie James Master Classes

2015 Chennai

By academic director at all afdindia centres. This pic is from Chennai centre

afdindia team producing NIFT AIR 1 for 3 consecutive years afdindia Team

2017 Kochi

This is the team credited with NID AIR 1 for two consecutive years @ Kochi center.

afdindia is first design career prep institute to launch online classes Covid Times

2020 all India

1st design coaching institute to start online classes during the pandemic. Covid cleared the path for new approches to learning.

NIFT NID offline preparations relaunch at afd kochi Happy Students


Having put the pandemic behind, students are eager and enthusiastic to be back in the classroom.

25 year nift nid coaching discounts