The Department of Design, a University Teaching Department, Manipal Academy of Higher Education was established in 2012 and aims at fostering design education in India. From the academic year 2021-2022, B.Des Fashion Design, B.Des Interior Design, and M.Des Interior Design are approved by AICTE in terms of the provisions under the All India Council for Technical Education (Grant of Approvals for Technical Institutions) Regulations, 2021 notified on 4th February 2020 and amended on 24th February 2021.
- Ranked 8th among top colleges for Fashion Design in all India private category by Outlook-ICARE 2021.
- Ranked 21st among top Fashion Design (DOD) in the country in Best College Survey, under India Today, 2021.
Design programs are offered having convergence of artistic and scientific principles coupled with technical knowledge.