Pearl Academy: Achieving Excellence in Design, Business, Media, Internationalism and Employability
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Pearl Academy is amongst the leading global institutes in design, fashion and business education through continuous innovation, high teaching standards and enriching experience to students, and is committed to excellence, innovation, student satisfaction and development through self and shared efforts.

Pearl Academy was established in 1993 in Okhla, South Delhi. Since its inception, it has been persistently moving forward to carve a niche in the field of holistic education. Today, the academy has evolved into a globally renowned institution of higher learning with a focus on internationalism, entrepreneurship and employability. It aims to cater the needs of the design, fashion, business, media and retail industry. 

The institute has ranked amongst the Top 25 Fashion Colleges in the world as per Business of Fashion (BOF) Global Fashion School Rankings 2017 (Graduate). It has also been ranked the No.1 fashion college in India as per India Today Nielsen Survey 2017 (Factual), and ASSOCHAM named it the Best Design Institute in India. 

Affiliations, Accreditations and Distinguished Courses

Pearl Academy offers an array of under graduate and post graduate courses. It offers students 11 month internationally benchmarked Diplomas that culminates in a Professional Diploma at the end of their final year.

It also provides the students an option for a full credit transfer for their final year to Torrens University, Australia, along with the following choices: 

a) Transfer to Torrens University and complete the final year in Australia with a 40% scholarship; or b) Transfer to Torrens University and complete the final year online while paying the same fees as they did at Pearl Academy.

Pearl Academy does not offer any degree program of its own. All students are registered for a degree course with IGNOU, at no additional cost.

On successful completion of two-year PG pathway, a student is awarded a Post Graduate Diploma from Pearl Academy validated by Domus Academy, Milan, Italy. Additionally, Domus Academy faculty visit Pearl every year as international faculty.

Pearl Academy offers UG and PG courses in fashion, styling, product design, communication design, interiors, luxury brands, fashion business and have recently launched new courses including: 1) Media and Communication (Journalism / Entertainment); 2) Advertising and Marketing; 3) Animation and VFX in Communication Design and 4) Textiles and Accessories in Fashion Design.

Astute Leadership

Pearl Academy marches ahead on its journey to success under the ambitious and energetic leadership of Nandita Abraham, the CEO of Pearl Academy. With over twenty years of dynamic experience across corporates and academia, Nandita joined Pearl Academy in 2001 as a faculty. Over the years, she has worked successfully at various positions within the academy. Nandita has driven multiple initiatives and has championed pedagogy enhancement and student learning initiatives with a keen focus on internationality and industry connect. Nandita is a member of the CII National Committee on Design and is also a member of Executive Committee, IFFTI – International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes.

Accomplished Alumni

Since its inception, Pearl Academy has produced numerous graduates who have been very successful in different spheres of life. Some notable alumni of the institution include: Nikhil Mehra (Fashion Designer), Mandira Wirk (Fashion Designer), Joyita Banerjee (Senior Designer, Outlook Traveller); Harita Kaul (Sr. VP Head Buying, Benetton India); Apoorv Sen (AVP, Myntra Design); and Jitendra Joshi (Manager – Consumer Insights, Nielsen India).

Collaborative Initiatives

Pearl Academy aims at constant quality improvement and skill development. Inking a new chapter in skill development, the institution has entered into a strategic tie-up with Adobe and launched India’s first ‘Adobe Digital Technology Academy’ – a unique program, designed to help learners of today, leverage the power of digital technologies and tools for skill building.

The academy has also entered an exclusive initiative with wherein, is showcasing Pearl Academy’s graduating students’ and alumni’s creations on ‘Designer Boutique’.

Career Prospects and Exposures

Pearl Academy has completed 25 years of nurturing creative minds. With time, it has evolved into a globally renowned institution of higher learning with a focus on internationalism, entrepreneurship and employability; catering to the needs of the design, fashion, business, media and retail industry.

It had over 97% placement record in 2017 and 500+ companies on campus. Pearl graduates have been the most sought after among big brands and organizations of creative industries.

Pearl Academy has also developed the Pearl Total Learning System (PTLS), which is embedded in its UG and PG curriculum. This model ensures that every student gets the right opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and motivation to embrace change, set trends and lead the change as an innovator and leader of the future. The 360-degree comprehensive system will provide complete learning experience for students.

The key features of TLS are: 1) Career Mentoring – 360-degree preparedness; 2) Edge Courses for Success – Special skills for tomorrow’s leaders; 3) Industry Integrated Circuit – Live Industry Projects with FDCI, INTACH; and 4) Global Learning Project – Internationality for each student.

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