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Creative Career Conclave enlightens designers of tomorrow in Vadodara

Creative Career Conclave enlightens designers of tomorrow in Vadodara

Our latest round of Creative Career Conclave (CCC) was organised on December 22, 2014 at Dr. I.G. Patel Seminar Hall in Vadodara. The series of sessions enabled students and parents to interact with significant industry leaders and know more about the future of the design industry and the careers that the design enthusiasts can opt for.

The Vadodara leg of Creative Career Conclave series saw the likes of Jyoti Manral – Area Head of Textiles and Interior design & styling at Pearl Academy, Bhavin Trivedi– Senior Associate DSBT along with Mala Sinha – Design Entrepreneur & Founder BODHI speaking to students and parents about the bright future that lies ahead of the creative thinkers who will be responsible for shaping the design industry in the near future. These eminent names shared their vision of the upcoming trends that will radically alter the design industry and maintain the current pace at which the industry has been growing.  They also shared that how the students can play a pivotal role in this process by receiving expert mentoring and guidance while learning about their chosen fields and becoming industry ready.

Mala Sinha-Design Entrepreneur & Founder BODHI, said, “There is immense scope for fresh, young and trained minds in the design industry as there is already a demand for skilled labor. I believe this can be addressed by training the leaders of tomorrow, today. It is encouraging to see platforms like Creative Career Conclave, which brings together parents and students to address their concerns about what lies ahead after pursuing a course in a creative field. These professionals will be responsible for forging ahead with fresh perspective for tomorrow which will eventually shape the way we think about design.”

Speaking about the workshop, Ms. Bulbul Chaudhary, Director, Pearl Academy-Mumbai campus, said, “Creative Career Conclave is an interactive session which looks at addressing the queries that parents and students may have about the future they can look forward to, after pursuing a creative course. The speakers at our conclave are those people who have established themselves in the industry and have the first-hand knowledge of the ground realities. Parents and students are receptive to the views of these practitioners as the audience get to know the real experiences from them. It reassures the parents that the creative industries are a promising option for their children and they need not to worry if their children choose to pursue a career in the same.”

Pearl Academy has completed two decades of empowering creative minds. Each of the esteemed personalities addressed the students, giving insights into prolific ways to use their innovative bent of mind. The conclave was well received by all the participants who expressed their interest in future conclave and interactive platforms of similar nature.

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Learner-the professional of tomorrow

Learner-the professional of tomorrow

Satish Gokhale, a Pune-based alumnus of National Institute of Design, at the recent What’s Next event by Pearl Academy, talked about how the kind of qualities that the future learner would need to inculcate to create value for themselves in the industry. He talked about the precision and discipline that learners would need to adapt to, for creating a niche for themselves in the changing industry scenario.

Leading thinkers of today’s generation such as- Madhav Raman- Architect and Urbanist, Jogi Panghaal-Design Professional, Rahul Mishra-Fashion Designer, Vikas Satwalekar- Design Academician, Deepankar Bhattacharya- Strategic Design Consultant and many more, gathered in groups to talk about a Learner as a Social Citizen, Open Source Institutions, New inspirations and challenges for the new age learner, the Professional of tomorrow and hoe multiple careers can become a trend.

10857946_401225900033611_8987945024646550451_nThe leaders talked about how the learner has to be honed as a social citizen, where they learn how to conceptualize ideas which may be beneficial for the industry and serve a larger cause and create an impact. The learners of tomorrow have very new inspirations, which lead to new challenges, for which they would need to find new solutions in collaboration with numerous fields. Educators would need to train learners to work against resistance and challenges that students would face.

With education moving away from just being about employability, it would be essential to create an eco-system rather than just in-house learning systems. Open-source institutions would become a solution for this and education would be structured in a manner which caters to students’ multiple intelligences.

Speaking about the What’s Next initiative, Satish Gokhale said, “I think there is a lot that can be done. This is something that is serious and educators have to look at what the students are thinking right now. I think that the What’s Next event is a great initiative in that direction, it is enlightening to hear the new thoughts that are being adapted to by the current generation.”

Key issues in design education are in constant change and these need to be mapped and monitored into current and ongoing courses for the curriculum to stay relevant and stimulating for both students and faculty. The two day confluence organized by Pearl Academy aimed at a collaborative sharing of insights which will help transform design education going forward.

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Classwork at home and Homework in class for the millennial generation

Classwork at home and Homework in class for the millennial generation

At the latest What’s Next event by Pearl Academy, the leading design, fashion and business institute, Darius Sollohub- Director of New Jersey School of Architecture talked about how the millennial generation is taking charge of their own education. The millennial generation is changing every industry that they are touching, it was inevitable for education to be left far behind. They are a generation of collaborative, experiential and result-oriented learners.

He talked about how this might result in online education upturning the institutional learning in the United States with the millennial generation as enrollment dropped by 60% in the past year. Designers, however, have the capability to use this as the studio learning which appeals to the millennial generation is the core of design education. Online courses also, are predicted to take on the course of adaptive learning where students work on modules themselves and collaboratively work towards tangible results in class.

ADSAfter a key note by Aditya Dev Sood, Founder and Director of  Center for Knowledge Societies, leading thinkers of today’s generation such as- Madhav Raman- Architect and Urbanist, Jogi Panghaal-Design Professional, Rahul Mishra-Fashion Designer, Vikas Satwalekar- Design Academician, Deepankar Bhattacharya- Strategic Design Consultant and many more, discussed the impact of Macro Trends on the way Curriculum will be shaped in the future, how Connecting Organic Knowledge Networks will be essential along with a Responsive Curriculum leading to Shared Tasks across Disciplines for a holistic learning experience for the millennial generation.

The trends in the education industry will lead students to adapt learning beyond boundaries. Experiential learning will be adapted to more and more with peer to peer learning playing a major role in the curriculum. The future generation of students are most likely to take responsibility of their own curriculum, this change will also lead to a radical change in the student-teacher relationship. The idea of an ‘institution is going through a rapid change and it would be important to define the notions of time in a collaborative learning environment.

Curriculums of the future would need strategies to keep up with sustainable change and there would be a need of elasticity in education. Open-sources where curriculums can be shared can be a way to tackle this. The role of the designer would move to that of a curator in the near future and design education thus should be able to meet the needs of the industry while training the talent. The curriculum of the future would need to enable the collaboration and connection across disciplines. Activities would need to be synchronized in a manner where formal and informal knowledge will be able to adapt to the profile of the students.

Since learning is a life-long process, the curriculum would need to address the various stakeholders in the ‘Age of Collaborations’. Students would look at a playlist sort of curriculum where there is openness, differentiation and a multi-directional learning. Students are leaning towards a curriculum that will provoke the way that they currently think and get them to learn in a manner which gives them more than one area of specialization.

Speaking about the What’s Next initiative, Aditya Dev Sood said, “I think people are ready to re-think pedagogy as a practice and this is a really interesting conference with a set of people who are here with a desire to work through, articulate and defend ideas for the future generation. I am delighted to be a part of this initiative as at Adianta School also, we believe in cross-culture learning. It is encouraging to see that we are working in the right direction.”

Key issues in design education are in constant change and these need to be mapped and monitored into current and ongoing courses for the curriculum to stay relevant and stimulating for both students and faculty. The two day confluence organized by Pearl Academy aimed at a collaborative sharing of insights which will help transform design education going forward.

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Pedagogy of the Future

Pedagogy of the Future

At a recent event hosted by Pearl Academy, a leading design, fashion and business institute, industry leaders from across design practices were brought together to discuss the future of design education in India. The context on “Pedagogy of the future” was set by Prof. Vijay Kumar from Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design. After a stimulating session with some of the leading design thinkers in the industry, the various groups which were brought together came to the conclusion that design education is changing as an industry with focus shifting from rigid formats to a more flexible and choice based learning.

With this change, it would be inevitable for the way that education is imparted to shift to a more adaptable format. Leading thinkers of today’s generation such as- Madhav Raman- Architect and Urbanist, Jogi Panghaal-Design Professional, Rahul Mishra-Fashion Designer, Vikas Satwalekar- Design Academician, Deepankar Bhattacharya- Strategic Design Consultant and many more, identified trends in pedagogy that would help build and sustain Institutions for a Sustainable World, Learner-Driven Pedagogy, How the Educator would need to take up the role of an activist and the Impact that Macro Trends would have on the way students are imparted with skills and knowledge about their chosen fields.

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Technology, society, businesses and design would need to work together to build a sustainable world. For this to become a reality, a sense of responsibility needs to be inculcated in the current generation. A need for institutions which hold the ability to teach students to make paper, then draw on it and then recycle the same paper was derived from one of the discussions. This would also encourage the sustainability of talent and the way that students look at design as a way of life.

Pedagogy would become such, where a teacher becomes a facilitator and encourages larger groups to work together towards creating insights which would change the way an entire generation looks at certain situations. It would be essential to look at the foundation year of any student as a diagnostic year where the scope of evaluation and project can be decided.

The pedagogy of the future would see peer learning playing a key role in shaping ideas and curriculum. The faculty would need to function in a way where they are embedded in the group and playing an active role as a functioning member, rather than just a leader.

Another option that emerged as a result of the in-depth discussions was facilitating students to opt for apprenticeships in industries that interest them to give them a fair idea of what the future might hold for them in case they do choose a certain field. This would also expose students to multiple sectors and the challenges that each sector faces and work towards adapting design in a more holistic manner.

What’s Next is a World Café Style Confluence which focuses on key issues in design education and need to be mapped and monitored into current and ongoing courses for the curriculum to stay relevant and stimulating for both students and faculty. The two day confluence organized by Pearl Academy aimed at a collaborative sharing of insights which will help transform design education going forward.

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Macro and Micro Trends that are sweeping the Indian Education and professional landscape

Macro and Micro Trends that are sweeping the Indian Education and professional landscape

At a recent event hosted by Pearl Academy, a leading design, fashion and business institute, industry leaders from across design practices were brought together to discuss the future of design education in India. At the event, John Thackara, an internationally renowned design thinker, philosopher and journalist talked about how the future of designers is changing at a rapid pace.

This is a result of an increasing realization among masses about resources being finite, this is leading them to work collectively towards sourcing as much as they can and conserve resources for the future generations. This is increasingly leading businesses to move to a more informal format, it has been predicted that 65% of all workers will work in an informal work environment by 2020. The hierarchical structure is becoming a thing of the past with various stakeholders coming to the center of the process.

After a detailed discussion among leading thinkers of today’s generation such as- Madhav Raman- Architect and Urbanist, Jogi Panghaal-Design Professional, Rahul Mishra-Fashion Designer, Vikas Satwalekar- Design Academician, Deepankar Bhattacharya- Strategic Design Consultant and many more, there were many trends that were identified in terms of creating a Globalized World, Social Groupings that are bring created, the Role of an Educator in this scenario and the New Work Cultures that are emerging as a result of these current trends.

1549494_400493360106865_911489609602532487_nThe sense of well-being emerged as one of the key drivers that young professionals globally look for even when they choose their profession. To achieve well-being, social grouping of a diverse set of professionals coming together to work towards a common cause. The structure of a group which works together, would thus need to be inclusive of all groups involved, flexible and organic. The educators would thus need to look at nurturing talent in a manner which would enable the evolution of young minds.

A clear definition of design education in particular would be necessary to address students in a manner which will inculcate empathies for existing complexities. Educators would need to take into consideration that with ready accessibility of information on the internet, students might increasingly choose to opt for an open curriculum which will include them choosing their own faculty and courses. Evaluation would also change to be more of self-evaluation and peer-peer evaluation.

To support students with their projects, it would be key to get their ideas to travel within a circle of experts, where their ideas are built upon with the help of experts. With such flexibility, it is a good possibility that in the near future more and more professionals will adapt to nomadic work settings. These work settings would need to be collaborated with policy makers and their functions for a well-rounded balance.

Key issues in design education are in constant change and these need to be mapped and monitored into current and ongoing courses for the curriculum to stay relevant and stimulating for both students and faculty. The two day confluence organized by Pearl Academy aimed at a collaborative sharing of insights which will help transform design education going forward.

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Creative Career Conclave by Pearl Academy throws light on the unconventional new-age careers and the immense possibilities in the world of design

Creative Career Conclave by Pearl Academy throws light on the unconventional new-age careers and the immense possibilities in the world of design

We hosted our latest round of Creative Career Conclave (CCC) at Chitnavis Center in Nagpur. CCC is a platform to bring the representatives from creative industries face to face with the parents and students to sort the latters’ queries, doubts and fears regarding a career in the design domain. Prof. Vikas Satwelkar – an accomplished design academician, Mrs. Amruta Ranade Fadnavis – AVP Axis Bank, Mr. Vivek Ranade – Visual Artist, Illustrator and Photographer along with Ms. Bulbul Chaudhary – Director of Pearl Academy’s Mumbai campus came together as the esteemed speakers at the conclave and addressed an audience of students and parents in Nagpur on 21st December, 2014.

_I2A9796Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis, Associate VP, Axis Bank, said, “With the changing economy in India and fattening career avenues in new age and unconventional domains such as design, advertising, fashion, creative businesses, media et al, the years to come shall witness a great demand for skilled professionals in these areas. These industries are lucrative, growing exponentially and offering global opportunities. The role of design institutes such as Pearl Academy in contributing to the talent pool of creative industries is appreciative.”

“It’s also time that we let our children pursue the careers which suit their passion and be rest assured that India is geared to offer ample opportunities in creative industries. The millennial generation is very smart and knows what it wants. The so called SAFE careers such as MBA, Engineering, CA, etc. don’t interest them anymore. They want to explore the untouched horizons and carve a niche for themselves. I request parents to support & guide them to achieve their dreams.” added Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis.

Ms. Bulbul Chaudhary, Director, Pearl Academy-Mumbai campus, said, “Creative Career Conclave is an initiative that we started, keeping in mind the existing need of parents and students to look beyond the conventional careers. The interactive platform successfully achieved the aim of sharing the knowledge of immense possibilities available in the design domain. Basis each individual’s creative intelligence, the world of design has so many careers to offer that would not only make the designers grow in India but also open a gateway for them to work with intellectual at foreign shores. Through such conclaves, our larger agenda is to create a direction for students, looking at opting for careers that might not be seen as the most favorable ones due to the lack of information on the kind of future that they might have after pursuing a creative course in various fields of design, creative businesses and fashion.”

Pearl Academy has completed two decades of empowering creative minds. Each of the esteemed personalities addressed the students, giving insights into prolific ways to use their innovative bent of mind. The conclave was well received by all the participants who expressed their interest in future conclave and interactive platforms of similar nature.

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Creative Career Conclave by Pearl Academy Noida throws light on the unconventional new-age careers and the immense possibilities in the world of design

Creative Career Conclave by Pearl Academy Noida throws light on the unconventional new-age careers and the immense possibilities in the world of design

The latest Creative Career Conclave (CCC) was hosted on December 21, 2014 at Hotel Radisson BLU, MBD Mall in Ludhiana. CCC is a platform to bring the representatives from creative industries face to face with the parents and students to sort the latters’ queries, doubts and fears regarding a career in the design domain. Ms. Sonu Gandhi – Stylist & Image Consultant, Ms. Jeneva Talwar – Film Maker, Actress and Visiting Faculty at Pearl Academy, Ms. Milly Singh – Associate Professor at School of Communication, Media and Film of Pearl Academy and Ms. Kirti Oram – Co-Founder, Director of Mélange Design Pvt. Ltd., came together as the esteemed speakers at the conclave and addressed an audience of students and parents.

 

These eminent names shared their vision of the upcoming trends that will radically alter the design industry and maintain the current pace at which the industry has been growing. They also shared that how the students can play a pivotal role in this process by receiving expert mentoring and guidance while learning about their chosen fields and becoming industry ready.

 

Ms. Nien Siao, Director, Pearl Academy-Noida campus, said, “Creative Career Conclave is an initiative that we started, keeping in mind the existing need of parents and students to look beyond the conventional careers. The interactive platform successfully achieved the aim of sharing the knowledge of immense possibilities available in the design domain. Basis each individual’s creative intelligence, the world of design has so many careers to offer that would not only make the designers grow in India but also open a gateway for them to work with intellectual at foreign shores. Through such conclaves, our larger agenda is to create a direction for students, looking at opting for careers that might not be seen as the most favorable ones due to the lack of information on the kind of future that they might have after pursuing a creative course in various fields of design, creative businesses and fashion.”

 

Pearl Academy has completed two decades of empowering creative minds. Each of the esteemed personalities addressed the students, giving insights into prolific ways to use their innovative bent of mind. The conclave was well received by all the participants who expressed their interest in future conclave and interactive platforms of similar nature.

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Looking into the “Future of Design Education” in world cafe style confluence

Looking into the “Future of Design Education” in world cafe style confluence

Pearl Academy hosted design academicians from around the world to discuss the ‘Future of Design Education’. The two day confluence was aimed at stimulating and inspiring participants to foster innovation and creativity in their learning environments. Global thought leaders and design educators such as John Thackara – Founder of Doors of Perception, Prof. Vijay Kumar from Institute of Design, IIT (Chicago), Dr Aditya Dev Sood – Founder of CKS New Delhi and Satish Gokhale, Industrial Designer(Pune ) among others along with many budding professionals from the design world participated to deliberate on 4 key themes –

  • Micro and Macro Trends in the design education and professional landscape
  • Pedagogy of the future
  • Curriculum of the future
  • Learners of the future

 

The confluence was organized under Pearl Academy’s recently launched initiative ‘What’s Next’. A series of Intellectual workshops and confluences, ‘What’s Next’ stands as a beacon of revolution in the design space bringing together prominent global thought leaders to deliberate on key issues and Ideas towards tomorrow in Design and Design Education. Appreciative of this initiative, Claudio Moderini, Director-Design Department, Domus Academy, Milan, said “What’s Next in Design Education is a great initiative by Pearl Academy. The creative economy needs design thinkers and a discourse around the future of the learner and the pedagogy of tomorrow is truly the need of the hour.

 

Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, “Design education in India has matured to reach a point where it can imagine, contribute within a wider scope and take complex real world problems. Design faculty needs to be introduced to a variety of backgrounds; they may need exposure to innovate/ new-age tools and methods to provide effective solutions to bigger issues of the society. Through this two day World Café Style Confluence on ‘Future of Design Education’, we are investing our efforts to sensitize and inform the design educators about these sweeping changes and get them to meet colleagues and share useful insights. With 4 Keynote Speakers, 8 Mentors, 96 Participants and 8 Conversation Tables, the confluence concluded with powerful and game-changing ideas potential of transforming the design education going forward.

 

Prof Vijay Kumar, Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design; Satish Gokhale, Head of Product Design at Design Directions; Deepankar Bhattacharyya, Strategic Design Consultant; Scott Skipworth, Academician, Think Australia; Jogi Panghaal, Design Professional and Prof. Vikas Satwalekar; Design Academician, were some of the renowned design aficionados among many others at the Confluence.

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“SIDE” – An organic community space for students, educators and practitioners to explore, self-learn and bring about new possibilities by collective experiments

“SIDE” – An organic community space for students, educators and practitioners to explore, self-learn and bring about new possibilities by collective experiments

SIDE – a new initiative by Pearl Academy is an organic community space for students, educators and practitioners from all disciplines. To explore, self-learn and bring about new possibilities by collective experiments. SIDE is located on the Pearl Academy’s Kukas based campus in Jaipur. It will witness a continuous series of 2 to 8 weeks of residencies, workshops, research fellowships and publications among other activities where national and international practitioners from multiple disciplines shall be a part of it. Starting with its first residency of 2 weeks at the campus currently, SIDE marks its beginning and shall continue in the coming year with various activities.

 

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SIDE is organized in a way that students form organic connections with resident practitioners learn, unlearn and grow. SIDE engages with students in different roles as apprentices, participants as well as organizers for different programs.

 

“SIDE is Pearl Academy’s new initiative to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of our students by involving them in various activities planned and executed by the invited creative personalities of this residency. They help Pearlites to explore their inner self and open their minds to a world which was not familiar to the students earlier. It’s beyond the routine academic studies and interests students. We have just begun this and we look forward to some interesting residencies in the coming future.” says Dr. Veena Dutta, Director-Pearl Academy, Jaipur.

 

SIDE 3The first residency SIDE is culminating today with ‘Open Day’ where all the Pearlites, who were engaged through formal as well as informal group activities with the resident practitioners as well as other invited participants during the residency, showcased their work/outcome of the 2 weeks to the masses.

Catch a glimpse here : http://on.fb.me/1B9Llpa

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