The Institute

Footwear Design & Development was established by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India in the year 1986.

FDDI, Chennai Campus is located at Irungattukottai near SIPCOT Footwear and Component Park, 40 minutes drive from Chennai. The most appealing campus area spread over 15 acres, located in calm and serene lake view which is surrounding with the ancient state of art cities like Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Sriperumbudur. The campus having a built-up area of more than 4 lakhs sq. Ft including Admin Block, workshop building, Retail Block, Resource centre, Boys and Girls Hostel and with the Staff quarters. An excellent infrastructure and modern facilities of the campus, assists in conducting the various academic programmes. The Institute have a wide and pleasant separate building for resource centre which encourage the students to spend more time in library to make space for quality learning and aid towards the freshness of mind. A hi-tech computer lab and the Design Studio, well furnished and centrally air-conditioned building, for class rooms and lecture halls, latest multimedia audio-video, educational support for teaching and a fully well equipped auditorium. The Campus is equipped with International Testing Laboratory which is an icon of FDDI Chennai.


The programme includes creative workshops, professional interactions and Industrial training programs along with academic curriculum, thus initiating students to equip themselves to industrial standard in related careers. There are different type of courses in Bachelor degree course and Master degree courses in different programme like.

FDDI Chennai has three departments active as below:
  • Footwear Design & Production
  • Fashion Design
  • Leather Goods and Accessories Design
Bachelors Degree Programmes - 4 Years
1 B.Des (Footwear Design & Production) 75
2 B.Des (Fashion Design) 75
3 B.Des (Leather Goods & Accessories Design) 75
Masters Degree Programmes - 2 Years
1 M.Des (Footwear Design & Production) 75


The campus is equipped with fully air conditioned smart classrooms. Hi-tech CAD and Design Lab provide students with computers equipped with applications. Students have access to software including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe In design, Quarkxpress, Flash, Dreamweaver, and After Effects. The Design labs give students an opportunity to acquire skills in digital painting and animation, and use of professional digital still and video cameras. workshop building for Closing, Component and Cutting Lab for footwear design programme ,Garment construction, Pattern making and Draping Lab for Fashion Design programme, visual merchandising lab to inculcate high end practical based training in the area of Retail Management and Fashion Merchandising. All the labs are completely equipped with highly industrial oriented standard to train the students under industrial ambience.

Campus is equipped with Wi-Fi connection and gigabyte optic fiber backbone with hi-speed leased line connectivity that provide students,24x7 easy access to communication highway includes even the canteen open theatre, garden and the lawns.

As a centre icon a resource building with well-stocked and fully-computerized peaceful library, has a huge collection of books, reference books, periodicals, and electronic resources which are designed to make space for quality learning and aid towards the freshness of mind.


FDDI conducted its convocation which was presided by Honorable Governor of Tamil Nadu, His Excellency Dr. K. Rosaiah. He conferred the degrees to the passing out students and in a motivational address inspired them to continue on the path of human service and excellence.


To inculcate high end practical based training in the area of Retail Management and Fashion Merchandising and to develop future leaders in Visual Communication, the campus is equipped with latest technology predominantly used in the Industry. The Visual Merchandising Lab at FDDI – Chennai is equipped with the different hardware which is being used for display whereby the students can integrate themselves with practical.


The Computer Lab is served by a dedicated 4 Mbps lease line from reputed Internet Service Provider in India. It is fully air-conditioned, well maintained lab. It is of notable importance to the students as they can access innumerable informative and educational sites from within the premises. The campus is wireless and offering all-round Wi-Fi Internet access to students and faculty round the clock. FDDI – Chennai campus is equipped with Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and gigabyte optic fiber backbone with hi-speed lease line connectivity that provide students, 24x7 easy access to communication highway. The Wi-Fi network provides Internet connectivity in every nook of the campus that includes even the canteen and open theater, garden and the lawns.



FDDI – Chennai campus has a library with books from all over the world. The library subscribes to Indian and foreign journals and magazines. The Institute provides adequate library facility for the students. The library includes the air-conditioned reading hall and has calm atmosphere so that the students can concentrate on their work. The Library provides various collection of books, other printed materials, and in some cases special materials such as manuscripts, newspapers and other sources of information of the Fashion, Design, Technology, Retail and related industry. It also has a wide collection of project reports and case studies; moreover it houses more than 5000 books and periodicals.

It is equipped with resources and facilities for study, research, self-improvement and leisure through books, published material and electronic media.




Students exhibit their knowledge and skills in exhibitions organized from time to time. Reusability, effective usage and efficient team work are just some of the many attributes which are an important yield from these events.



Chennai campus have equipment for garment manufacturing. The Fashion School has labs for Pattern Making, Production and Textile Designing. They are equipped with custom-made tables, imported industrial sewing machines and a variety of other professional equipment.



Chennai campus has a cutting and closing lab. In these labs footwear leather is shaped in machine. These labs provide hands-on practice on different type of machines which shapes the leather. In cutting lab machines cuts leather in different shapes and then footwear is designed. In closing lab the cut components are stitched together to form the upper of the shoes.



The Design Labs provide students with computers equipped with applications. Students have access to software including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe In design, Quark Express, Flash, Dreamweaver, and After Effects. The Design labs give students an opportunity to acquire skills in digital painting and animation, and use of professional digital still and video cameras.



Students are taken to various places at management programmes and workshops are arranged which create an environment of mutual harmony and team work. They are assigned tasks and given timelines to inculcate the ever sought after element of Leadership.



Students at FDDI engage in Voluntary work both within and outside the campus which nourishes their personality in various dimensions. Various campaigns are organized within the campus wherein the students participate and deliver their hard work.



Various seminars and academic workshops are organized at FDDI and the students are also motivated to present papers and designs at various competitive levels. Students come up with original ideas and designs time and again which has contributed immensely in the widespread aura of the FDDI Chennai center.



FDDI-Chennai students have demonstrated their urge for multi-dimensional proliferation through participation in wide range of activites organized at the campus. The center has various active clubs in Cultural, Sports and Literary activities and immense participation of our students boasts of the glittering talent that they possess. Various news and entertainment channels have associated with FDDI in the past to serve as venue for their youth inspired programmes.



  • Boys 350
  • Girls 200

A Green & Clean Campus creates best minds. The clean and well-maintained infrastructure facilities of our fully furnished hostel make the best of educational experience with provides the best accommodation facilities for students to feel home away from home.


The institute’s focus on creativity, innovation, leadership, teamwork and the global business climate is reflected in its record for 100%placement for all its graduates.

The Corporate Relations & Placement Department plays a key role in counselling and guiding the students of the Institute for their successful career. It is a crucial interface for the students between the stages of completion of academic programme of studies and entry into the professional world. The department also coordinates various activities related to the placement of the students along with the Industry Internship.

The placement service operates year round to facilitate contacts between companies and students. The teams, other activities include career counselling by trained professionals, organizing interview skills, workshops and development of effective resumes, holding seminars & events and updating of pedagogy through market research. So far FDDI has been able to achieve a very high placement record. The Institute will ensure that equal opportunity is provided for final placement to all the students graduating from all FDDI campuses.

List of some of the major companies who have employed our students follows.

Reputed National and Multinational companies like Nike, Adidas, Puma, Reliance Retail, Landmark Group etc.., all students secure job of