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How to become a Fashion Designer?

How to become a Fashion Designer?

Fashion is simply wearable art and if fashion design is your calling, you’re ready for a career as a fashion designer. If you’ve been dressing up your dolls as a child and offering unsolicited advice to family and friends on how to dress, it’s time you started looking up catalogues of fashion and design schools and colleges. A design institute gives you that edge to jumpstart your career. You may have been sketching since a very young age and going textile shopping with your favorite relative, but only a fashion designing institute can help you master your skills.

A fashion designer’s life is not just runways and glamour. There’s a lot of hard work involved before the models get on to that stage and showcase your collection. It requires years of study and hands-on experience, which teaches you about textiles, dyeing and printing techniques, different cuts and styling. That’s not all; as a trained fashion designer, you are expected to understand things like running a profitable business, performing under pressure, while keeping clients and staff happy. You’ll also need to have knowledge of fashion history, trends for past and upcoming seasons and learn to tweak these according to your own sense of color and style. This is where a professional fashion designing institute or academy comes in handy.

Fashion design is, strictly, not just about clothes. A fashion academy also helps you figure out your interest in designing shoes, jewellery and a lot more. A design institute lets you create something from start to finish, starting with a sketch and right up to the production stage.

Fashion design is all about teamwork and that’s the first lesson to learn. Initially, you may begin your career as a fashion intern, which allows you to work with an established designer and learn on the job. Soon, you’ll be interacting with buying houses, overseeing the work of craftspersons and sourcing fabrics in tiny lanes and bylanes. It also requires travelling to remote locations within the country to find that one particular craftsperson whose work you like or making it to the runways of Milan or Paris to catch trends as they happen. Working as a fashion designer is an all-consuming passion that requires everything you’ve got.

 Do you really need a fashion design degree? Yes, there are no two ways about that, if you want to be part of the competitive industry. A degree from a fashion design university or academy gives you the technical expertise, including learning about human anatomy, marketing, computer-aid design, clothing technology, besides the basics of draping. These are useful if you want to build your own fashion brand or join a retail brand as a designer.

Before you sign up to a fashion design institute, check how reputed they are, the alumni and what the course teaches you. And, remember to keep sketching, and dreaming!


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Gear up for the new age careers

Gear up for the new age careers

Pearl Academy has recently introduced undergraduate degree and postgraduate diploma programmes in fashion and lifestyle e-commerce, sports management, journalism and mass communication, lifestyle accessory design and media and entertainment.

“The courses are designed to prepare students for the challenges and trends of each industry. They focus on providing students hands-on experience, innovation and industry focused teaching.”, Informs Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy.

According to Neel Shah, business director, Libero Sports, who has been on the institute’s industry panel advising them on curriculum and employability, “The business of sports in India is experiencing a rapid growth. An educational background in this field is critical before you enter the industry. The sports management programmes provide students with international exposure which is vital for aspiring professionals.”

Expressing his opinion on the launch of fashion and lifestyle e-commerce course, Rahul Narvekar, CEO,, and a member of the institute’s industry panel advising them on curriculum and employability, says, “The courses will equip students with the kind of skills set that are important to succeed in the dynamic e-commerce industry.”

The courses will be offered at the institute’s Delhi and Mumbai campuses


Three-year undergraduate degree


Two-year post graduate diploma


Four-year undergraduate degree

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Become a professional photographer

Become a professional photographer

Digital cameras have made it easy for anybody to capture memorable shots from behind the lenses. However, becoming a professional photographer requires more than just being able to click selfies and sunsets. It takes years of practice and, of course, the right mentor or photography courses to give you photography tips. The best photographers often find a genre they’re comfortable in, such as portrait photography or landscape photography. Many carve a niche with black and white photography, which can be stark and soulful.

If you want to take up photography as a career, remember it’s competitive out there and not just because almost practically everyone has a digital camera. You can start with a simple camera and then invest in an expensive DSLR and professional photography gear as you go along and get more confident of your skills.

How do you know you have it in you to be a good photographer?  Ask yourself these questions—first, do you get trigger-happy when you have to shoot a subject or you take a couple, well thought out shots? You know the right answer to that one! Second, you don’t care about the camera you use; it’s just about the perfect shot for you? If that’s a yes, then, at least, photography is definitely a true passion for you. The right photography course will only hone your skills. Are you concerned with lighting and aware of the effect it has on that landscape or portrait you’re trying to capture? Portrait photography, for one, can be tricky as it requires you to capture the very essence of a person. Finally, do black and white photographs make you stop in your tracks and haunt you? Maybe you could apply to an arthouse photography magazine!

Now that we know you have what it takes, what’s next? There’s a lot more to being a photographer, than clicking great pictures. You have to learn about film processing, editing and cropping your photographs and, basically, developing the final ready to print image. A photography course can help you do all this and also arm you with new photography tips and techniques. Consider joining a photography club to develop contacts within the community and stock up several useful photography tips.

There’s also no substitute for field experience. If there’s a photographer whose work you admire, don’t hesitate to stalk him or her to allow you to assist. Being an assistant photographer allows you to learn essential photography skills while still being the wings. Working with a mentor is also an opportunity to get important feedback on your work.

So, go ahead, take the plunge! And, as you become a professional photographer, remember to focus on building a strong portfolio, which will ensure you get more work in future.


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Pearlites unleash creativity at Kala Ghoda


Pearl Academy unleashed a spool of creative energies in its second year as design partner of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, the country’s prestigious art and cultural event in Mumbai.

In a creative blend of imagination and talent, students encouraged a dialogue around the environment and sustainable practices through their art installation Cosmic Coalesce and recycling project Junk Genie, which created magic out of junk. The recycled products, a huge hit with the audience, were sold at the venue and the proceeds will go to St. Catherine of Sienna Orphanage and School of Bandra West. In a display of infectious joie de vivre, Pearlites also painted live on a large blank canvas at the venue.



India’s largest private institution for design, fashion and creative business, Pearl Academy believes in creativity beyond borders. Students collected unwanted or broken articles from households and worked with their faculty at Pearl Academy to creatively transform them into planters, key-chains, wall-clocks, decorative lights, colorful baskets, wind chimes, wall-hangings, recycled tyre seats, candles, etc.

On encouraging the spirit of Remake, Reuse, Reassemble and Recombine, Virat Bapat, faculty mentor for Creating Magic Out of Junk initiative said, “We reoriented common junk in interesting ways to create functional lifestyle accessory items, conceptualized and executed by the students themselves. The students are working towards a good cause and they have learnt a lot in the process.”

Shradha Vidulkar, student at Pearl Academy shared, “This has been an amazing learning curve for me. The faculty helped us practice some basic concepts of design, which made the product beautiful and also added to its utility.”

The Cosmic Coalesce, symbolizing creativity beyond borders, is composed of 16 metal frames, with illusory layers of embroidered fabric, lit up at the center for a celestial glow. It’s a vision of cosmic oneness, with arching branches and trees, created using hand embroidery, appliqué work, weaving and burnt-out print techniques, resulting in a synthesis of depth and color.


The metal frames are divided into four layers with four specific walls. Fabric is stretched on all 16 frames, each serving as one side of a vertically oriented cuboid. There are four such cuboids inside each other. Explaining the concept, Ruchita Verma, Director, Pearl Academy Mumbai said, “India is associated with gorgeous fabrics, which are spread across states and societies. According to Indian tradition, all parts belong to a whole, and must ultimately return to it. What better way to depict this than through the Cosmic Coalesce?”

She added, “It has been our endeavor at Pearl Academy to constantly mentor and nurture creativity of our students. An installation is a good way to challenge their creative intellect and have their creativity blossom.”
Painting live on a canvas at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival also gave Pearlites an expressive outlet to translate their emotions into powerful paintings. Sharing her experience, Krutika Shah, a communication design student at Pearl Academy said, “This has been an amazing learning experience for me. It has given me the freedom to experiment and express my creative streak. It was great fun to work on a concept like this.”


The artworks created by students of Pearl Academy were on display at the Kala
Ghoda 14th February Arts Festival till  2016. Pearlites work – Cosmic Coalesce, Junk Genie and Live Canvas painting which caught the attention of many were also covered by the leading national daily Hindustan Times. And here’s to the Pearl Academy’s Mumbai team who made it all possible.

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Millennials : are you 2020-ready?

Millennials : are you 2020-ready?

Times have drastically changed, especially for Millennials. Millennials, those born between 1982 and 2002, will serve as 75% of the global workforce by 2025.

Today graduates studying in higher education institutes are millennials. And of this generation, only those who are able to cope up with the ambiguous, uncomfortable and diverse environment, will be able to keep successful careers for next three decades. The generations preceding millennials had organizations based largely on a hierarchical model, command-and-control approaches, and information that could be proprietary.

Advances in technology and the internet have made workplace drastically different now. The 21st century workplace has heightened need of transparency, demands real-time performance, lacks any fixed ideology and is extremely liberal. There are no guidelines at all. Millennials need be made ready for such dynamic workplaces.

Millennials will have to work in information-based-economy and tech-influenced “choice” workplace. Barack Obama’s participative election campaign, YouTube’s amateur video production and distribution capabilities and Wikipedia’s collective input – all three are indicators of “choice workplace”.

Millennials’ workplace is characterized by individual’s ability to participate directly and exercise the choice to customize, to co-create and to collaborate. By the quarter-mark of this century, successful, sustainable organizations will evolve into connected collaborated communities encompassing a wide variety of partners and contractor relationships. Participants will be intensely collaborative, continually informed, technologically adept and skilled at innovation and experimentation. Work will increasingly be done anywhere, anytime, rather than in fixed locations on nine-to-five schedules. These trends will change the work opportunities that graduates will have over next several decades.

Is our education building capacity in millennials for the 21st-century workplace?

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Buckle up Mumbai as Kala Ghoda gets ready to set the track on fire..


One of the most awaited art festivals in the country, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is back! This year Kala Ghoda will open its doors from 6th to 17th February 2016. Offering a huge kaleidoscope of music, dance, theatre, literature, food, street stalls, cinema, workshops, visual arts, urban design and architecture and heritage walks in the store, this 12-day extravaganza promises to be a riveting ride like never before.

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a community celebration of the arts within one of the most beautiful and historic precincts of Mumbai, The Kala Ghoda Art District.
Last year, Pearl Academy collaborated with the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) as Festival Design Partner. Continuing their association, this year as well Pearl Academy will add a dash of spice and colours to the festival which takes the stakes a notch higher.

With an entire brigade of creative minds Pearl Academy is taking a new initiative called ‘Junk Genie’ – for the pre-Event, we appeal all Mumbaikars to share the household waste and trims with us and our students will work on them to create something interesting, there will also be an art installation on ‘Cosmic Coalesce’ – Environment and creativity without borders, and a canvas painting themed ‘Tic Tac Toe’ were too to be displayed at the event.
Furthermore, Pearl Academy, Mumbai campus is also hosting a design boot camp named as #Social Hearts.

kala Ghoda1Pearl Academy with the support of Hindustan Times will collect the waste from the city, Pearlites will don their creative side by making interesting art pieces out of scrap. These works of art will be displayed and up for sale at the festival and all proceeds will go to St. Catherine of Siena School and Orphanage.


Next will be an art installation “Cosmic Coalesce” that will aim to create an illusion through layers of fabric Cosmic1representing trees, branches co-mingling into each other and generating depth and colour synthesis. The embroidered motif/ image on all the four sides of the installation will represent a tree form, found anywhere or everywhere, whose branches grow & spread without any constraint, limit or fear. As the branches on different panels blend into each other, a symphony is formed and the music reverberates and takes the surroundings into it engulf. It celebrates the continuous never ending blend of cosmos that knows no borders or end. The centre of the installation would be lit up and lend it a soft luminosity as intrinsic to all cosmic objects or celestial bodies.

Meanwhile, to celebrate the free spirit and constant enthusiasm of young minds, a huge canvas installation will also be exhibited at the event named Tic-Tac-Toe. India is being touted as a young country, as the maximum number of citizens is below the age of 35. Through this installation, the spirit of free minds will be on display uninhibited and without any bars. The students embark on this journey of first conceptualising and then working on the theme of the magic that is going to unravel itself on the blank canvas stretch in front of them. The size of the canvas is estimated to be around 10*15 ft. (vertical) and 15*10 ft. (horizontal).

#Social Hearts is a design Boot Camp hosted by Pearl Academy, Mumbai Campus where individual students (11th Grade and above)/Schools/College Student Groups came in large numbers and use their creative prowess for a social cause. The top 5 entries are on display and for sale at the Pearl Academy stall. The proceeds will be donated to St. Catherine of Siena School and Orphanage.

So, gear up for the most-happening and visually appealing spectacle that is going to start as the soothing spring approaches. And don’t forget to celebrate the spirit of passion and bonding beyond borders by Pearl Academy at the event!

Some glimpses of the artwork to be presented at the Kala Ghoda 2016:




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Top 5 careers in sports that don’t require playing on the field

Top 5 careers in sports that don’t require playing on the field

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that a majority of the world’s population are sports fans. Almost everyone loves one sport or the other; whether it’s cricket in India, football in UK or rugby in New Zealand, there are legions of fans for almost every athletic activity in existence.
But not everyone is athletically blessed to play on the field. There are scores of people for whom watching sports from afar is the closest thing they can get to experiencing the athlete’s adrenaline rush.
But all hope is not lost for these devoted sports fans. Here’s a look at 5 careers that can be pursued in the sports world without stepping on the field of play:

1. Sports Business Manager: 

Playing one of the most integral roles in the functioning of a sports team, the business manager has to handle the team’s finances behind the scene. S/he is responsible for monitoring the funds available to the team, its revenue, its endorsements, its contracts and more.
In addition, a manager also plays a key role in the business operations and organizational structure. They must ensure that the players’ finances and funds are handled quickly so that the athletes can concentrate on their game without having to worry about any off-field problems.
A career as a sports business manager is both exciting and lucrative, and can give you influence over the team’s status and functioning.

2. Strategist

The team strategist must analyze the raw data and clusters of subtle information as s/he observes the team’s performances. And it isn’t just the team’s own strengths and weaknesses that need attention; those of their rivals need to be thoroughly examined as well.
In addition, a strategist must also look into venues, weather and other factors that could have a significant effect on how their team will perform on a given day. Several sports, such as Formula One, for example, have data that is sent to a team’s crew behind the scenes, and a strategist or team of strategists will then interpret that data to understand what its ramifications are for a team or player.
A strategist’s role is vital in ensuring that a team has its best possible chance at winning.

3. Sports Agent

An agent handles the day-to-day interactions of a specific player. Responsible not only for the athlete’s career development, the agent also handles endorsement deals and rights, and manages his or her dates and appointments.
In addition to being in charge of all promotional activities, an agent forms the eyes and ears of a player. Handling all the monetary aspects of their individual careers, a good agent enables athletes to concentrate on playing the sport and making the most out of their talent.

4. Sports Development Manager

Sports development managers have a significant role in contributing to a sport. They aim to provide youngsters more, and better, opportunities to be able to achieve their goals.
People involved in sports development also get to interact with sports bodies, organisations and charities who are working towards the common cause of promoting sport.
A sports development manager will also, in the course of his or her career, interact regularly with sports personalities, both past and present. In addition to making a change to the world of sports and sportspersons, the role also brings excitement, travel and new opportunities to those who choose to pursue the field.

5. Sports Marketing

A humungous number of people watch sports on a daily basis. With new media taking over the airwaves and traditional media taking a backseat to internet streaming, and more people with access to internet and television than ever, this is a burgeoning field.
It is the marketer’s job to be able to pinpoint audiences for a sport and its products, and to be able to target those products to the consumers.
Sports’ marketing isn’t just restricted to a single product; a sports marketing manager could also analyse how to sell advertising space and airtime. A marketing manager can also potentially handle celebrities’ marketing campaigns and manage their endorsements.
With newer platforms to watch and follow sports, it goes without saying that this is a very lucrative field.
How do you start?

Now here is the good news, the advent of the IPL, Hockey India League, Pro Kabbadi and other leagues have created enormous opportunity in the field of sports management. Educational institutions like Pearl Academy have identified the gap and have started offering courses in Sports Management both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. So in case Sports is what you love now is the time to strike the iron.

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