Students aspiring to become designers and wishing to pursue a designing course at a renowned institute like National Institute of Design popularly known as NID are required to qualify the Design Aptitude Test more commonly known as DAT. Designing applicants wishing to clear the entrance look for tips to help them, therefore some tips have been devised for these students.
Tip 1. Pay Attention: Be alert at all times for anything that may help you to come up with new ideas. Make use of all the various resources available to you such as newspapers, magazines, online sites, advertisements, posters, banners and flyers. By paying attention to these resources you might just get a few ideas that will come in handy during the examination.
Tip 2. Master skills: improve skills like human illustrations and calligraphy. You never know when they might come in handy. If you develop human illustrations and calligraphy skills these skills can be a life saver at times during examinations. Trying your hand at calligraphy and enhancing it can make a simple image lively.
Tip 3. Practice, Practice: the more you practice, the better you are going to get at the task. Practicing makes you confident and thus helps you to excel. You should try to sketch almost anything and everything. This will give you an edge over your competitors if you are able to sketch different things.
Tip 4. Don’t be afraid to try new things: explore areas that you may have not thought off. This activity enhances your creativity and you just might come up with newer and unique ideas. Besides many famous personalities like Graham Bell, Einstein came up with unique ideas that the world now benefits from their work.
Tip 5. Materials used: make sure you have all the equipment or materials for the examination. Ensure that the materials used are of good quality. For instance Faber Castle colour pencils are a good option but make sure that you have at least 24 shades in it.
Tip 6. Proper Planning: proper planning is essential as this will help students to complete their paper on time. A student’s success depends upon completing the paper in time and well. In order to do this it is essential that a certain amount of time is allotted to each question and sticking to the time allotted is important. If you succeed you will definitely have more than enough time to add in your finishing touches. Apart from planning the time within which to finish a question, students should even plan their ideas before beginning to sketch. This will reduce the time spent on a sketch if you have a plan in place.
Tip 7. Method followed: While practicing it is preferable to draw or sketch lightly so that you minimize the time spent in erasing what has been drawn. Once you are confident about the picture then you can darken it. Try to reduce the use of an eraser, if it helps keep it away from you. This will spare time to focus more on the important aspects such as detailing and shading.
Tip 8. Give Preference to Details: if preference is given to details in one’s sketch it gives life to the drawing. The details help people to understand clearly what the applicant wishes to portray from the sketch. Use shading as and when required and ensure that you give finishing touches to your creation if possible, it gives a good appearance to the sketch as well.
Tip 9. In the Examination Hall: clear you mind after you have completed the GAT session when entering for the CAT session, as students tend to be excited after the GAT session. This will relax and prepare you for the CAT session. It is preferable to begin with simple questions such as the logo design and the T-shirt design.
Tip 10. Watch your Health: it is important for you to eat a healthy and a balanced diet, ensure that you get enough of rest by sleeping on time and exercise, as this will refresh both the mind and the body.