FAQs

What are the courses offered at SOFT?
Click Here (A) SNDT (B) NIFT (C) YCMOU
Are the programs offered at SOFT, recognized worldwide? What is the association with NIFT?
The courses of SOFT are recognized and well accepted by the foreign universities and the students are also well accepted by the Indian Garment Industry. SOFT has signed Memorandum of Understanding with NIFT for all technical assistance i.e. development of syllabus, training of the faculties, providing experts & juries to SOFT and the use of NIFT’s name and logo on all official documents.
What is Fashion Design?
Apparel is an integral part of our lives, constitutes major part of fashion along with accessories and life style products. It is essential for every fashion executive working at every level of the fashion industry to understand how fashion business developed. The historical reference will help them to make decisions for today and the future. It is indeed very interesting to see how ideas from the past are often reinterpreted for today’s fashion. “Fashion is reflection of the social ,political , economic and artistic forces of any given time ( Stephens Fringes) ". “ A design is a plan of actions, created in response to a situation or problem that needs solving” (Aspelund Karl ). Designing is forming ideas with the use of inspirations planning and explaining the execution of those ideas with the basis of evolution and revolution and ultimately translating those ideas to a realistic product. Designing starts with idea and involves – • Inspiration • Identification • Conceptualization • Exploration/Refinement • Communication Fashion designer can specialize in specific product type such as – • Custom made • Casual wear • Sports wear • Knit wear • Lingerie and underwear • Swim wear • Occasion wear • Club wear • Evening wear • Night wear For Women, Men, Childern. Fashion designers have several responsibilities in whichever area they worked. Usually they follow the following tasks- • Trend Research • Directional and Comparative Shopping • Sourcing fabrics and Trims • Design Development • Range Presentation • Development Meetings Whichever area of the market every fashion designer has to keep in mind certain parameters while going for design development activity – • The customer’s and aesthetic test • The retailer’s price range • Technical Performance of the fabric and garment Fashion designer work for • Designer’s Labels (Couture , Ready to Wear, Diffusion ) • Branded Labels (Products sold under the name of Brand rather than Retailer) • Manufactures / Suppliers • Retailers
What is Textile Design?
The opportunity in fashion also expands its ingenuity and innovations in the areas of Textile Design with extremely exquisite Fabrics, wonderful Patterns and brilliant Print Designs. This course enables the learner to understand the depth of Yarn, Fiber, Fabric knowledge which extends the curriculum with the actual making of the Textile with the Technical and Technological inputs using various Computer Software’s. The contents of the course also helps the learners to comprehend the entire Process of how the Fabrics are woven, Knitted, Printed, Finished including the fundamentals like different types of Weaves, Dyes, Finishes, Printing methods, Machinery, Looms, Traditional Textiles and Embroideries, Design Development, Product Development, Yarn Craft, Term Project etc. Further, the learners also get a chance to employ their educational knowledge to the Commercial Markets in Textiles through Placements and Internships where they can gain Industrial experience in the departments like, Production, Designing, Printing, Weaving, Textile Technology.
What is Fashion Merchandising?
Fashion Merchandising is planning, developing and presenting fashion product lines for identified target markets with regard to pricing, assorting , styling and timing. Fashion Merchandising is most distinct as business function among firms that deal with fashion products that have demand for frequent change. Merchandising activites involves – • Product Planning and development • Standardization and Grading • Buying and Assembling • Selling Merchandising offers job titles as Buyers, Designers, Merchandise Managers, Merchandiser , Product Development Managers, Product Managers. The major of success of the merchandiser are – • Adjusted gross margins, • Average Inventory • Finished Goods Turnover • Gross Margin • Gross Margin Return On Inventory • Maintained Mark up and Mark Down • Percentage • Material Cost • Piece Goods Turn • Sales per Square foot Merchandising is practice at • Export Houses • Retail Organization Personnel requirements – • Expression • Enthusiasm • Alertness • Creativity • Curiosity • Physical Stamina and emotional stability • Good Memory • Managerial Skills Relevant Knowledge that can be achieved through – • The formal education programme • On the Job Training Disadvantage of Merchandising Career • Hard work and Long Hours • Competition • Pressure • Accountability • Travel
Are there any online courses offered?
YCMOU online courses offered - for details click here
What is the general calendar for admission process?
for details click on below link (A) Admission Calender - SOFT (B) Admission Calender - NIFT
What is the eligibility criteria for bachelor programs and PG programs?
Eligibility for Bachelor Programmes (Design) - click here for details Eligibility for Bachelor Programmes (Technology) - click here for details Eligibility for Master Programme (Design) - click here for details Eligibility For Master Programme (Technology) - click here for details Eligibility for Master Programme (Management) - click here for details
What is the age limit to apply for the course?
There is no age limit for the admission to courses. The students who are capable of attending the full time course and complete the practical & assignment work in time are eligible for the courses.
What is the selection procedure?
>(A) SNDT - Selection Procedure: Candidates will have to appear for Common Entrance Test conducted by S.N.D.T. Women’s University,Mumbai for which School of Fashion Technology will provide necessary help and guidance to all candidates those who have applied. Selected candidates will have to go through interviews organized by S.N.D.T. Women’s University,Mumbai at prescribed centers. Final admission will be processed on the basis of CET – 60%, Qualifying Exam - 20%, Portfolio and Interview - 20% (B) NIFT - Selection Procedure: All candidates are shortlisted based on their performance in the entrance tests. Candidates for the design programs will undergo a Creative Ability Test ,and General Ability Test. For APMM the students have to go for managerial ability test in place of Creative ability test . For this programme you have to filled up online application form which is available on www.soft.ac.in
What is the admission test pattern?
Admission test pattern - Click here for details
What are the career prospects for each course?
1. FASHION DESIGN - clcik here for details 2. FASHION COMMUNICATION - click here for details 3. MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT - clcik here for details 4. TEXTILE DESIGN - click here for details 5. RETAIL -clcik here for details
What are the further opportunities in India and abroad for higher education in fashion?
Opportunities in India and abroad for higher education in fashion (A) Collaborated Lorenzo De' Medici (B) Collaborated with SENECA (C) Collaborated with Dystar
What is the procedure for counseling?
The counseling for the courses is done in person and telephonically for the outstation candidates. For telephonic counseling, the outstation applicants are suggested to take prior appointment.
What is the fee structure for each course and the installments given?
What is the extra expenditure and is it included in the fee structure?
The extra expenditure is on various non-consumable materials and consumables, industrial visits, fashion shows, design projects, presentations, etc. and it is not included in the fee structure.
Is the hostel available?
Hostel is available. But the seats to the college hostel are limited. The students can also avail the facility of private hostels of A & B Grade. Once the admission to the course is finalized at SOFT, you may apply for hostel through our administration department.
What are the facilities provided on campus?
The facility of state-of-the-art computer lab with unlimited internet facility, well-equipped machine lab, reading at library, scanning, canteen, primary medical services are provided on campus.
The centers offered for CET and personal interviews?
CET centers and Interview centers - click here for details
Are there any scholarships provided by the college?
The scholarships are given to the needy students. But the eligibility is decided by the management as per the norms laid down.
Are there any scholarship / concessions for the reserved category students?
The concessions to the reserved category students are available to the students of degree programs and only for students from Maharashtra State as per the norms laid down by Govt. of Maharashtra.
How are the students evaluated?
The students are evaluated on the basis of the assignments, written examinations, practicals, journals, presentations & projects, etc. and also on the basis of attendance for each subject.
What are the functions of Anti-Ragging Committee, Grievance Committee and Students’ Council?
SOFT strictly follows the rules & regulations of laid down by Supreme Court of India towards ragging. Grievance Committee follows the rules & regulations laid down by the SNDT University for any type of complaints. Students’ Council is a body of students comprising the representatives of all years and all courses and takes care of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in the college.