One step closer to entering the college of your dreams.
The Pearl Academy gates swing open and you’re faced with a new world- a hotbed of creativity where great minds, perspectives and industries converge to create ground breaking work.
But, before you pass, you’re faced with a test. Surely by this point you have already spent several sleepless nights priming yourself with the tools and information necessary to overcome the final obstacle in your way to getting what you want: a future in design.
All the prescriptive manuals, guidelines, tips, tricks, hacks and how-tos must have been feverishly consulted by now. (We hope.) You’ve done well so far figuring out what you need to do in order to:
>Crack a College Entrance Exam
>Breeze through an interview like a maestro
>Bust out an immaculate portfolio that’s guaranteed to impress
There’s tons of “How To Get Into College” and “How to Crack the Entrance Exam” videos, articles and books out there for you to follow the roadmap to success. This isn’t exactly another one of those.
Instead, we’re going to quickly walk you through the things you really don’t want to do in order to seal the deal at the end of the day- just so you have all your bases covered. You know, going through all the things the traditional guide book won’t discuss.
Sometimes, when you’re so focused on getting everything right by the rule book, you forget to take into account all the not so right things that might slip you up.
Just like a banana peel lying on the sidewalk you just didn’t notice. Or maybe you did notice but stepped right on it, underestimating it as a potential threat because it was just a silly, harmless banana peel.
So let’s get to it.
Studying thoroughly for any test is pretty much the only real way to crack it. However, here are some potentially disastrous scenarios you really don’t want to find yourself in during prep mode.
1.You start studying a month. . a week. . a night before the exam. You’re cramming information into your brain last minute, quite confidently believing any of it going to stick.
2.You drink 15 cans of Red Bulls before tackling a mock paper thinking you’re going to be infused with magical, creative powers. Pablo Picasso may have created masterpieces in this way, but you’re not Picasso (Yet.)
3.Watching youtube videos about cats, blasting Ed Sheeran on repeat and simultaneously playing candy crush on your phone. Consider yourself the Master of Multitasking all you want, scientific research is certain that doing too many things at one time dramatically diminishes productivity.
4.Texting your crush all through study hour. Really, that coffee date can wait- after your exam.
5.Allowing stress and unrest to get the best of you, turning you into an unshowered, delirious, incoherent monster your parents want to disown.
We acknowledge that design schools are liberal, free thinking spaces where you’re allowed to challenge the status-quo. It might be tempting to want to break the rules while giving your test in order to showcase your creative brilliance. We strongly recommend that you resist the following approaches on the day of your exam:
1.Doodling passionately in the margins, across answers or even as answers in place of writing. No matter how thought provoking your sketches are, they run the risk of offending your examiner if you blatantly ignore instructions.
2.Listening to your carefully curated inspirational playlist put together for optimal performance on examination day. Okay, maybe you’re being polite with headphones and sure, music might help you focus, but this might just get you kicked out.
3.Peeping into your neighbors sheet to copy/compare/scoff at their work while they are taking the test.
4.Covering your test paper in glitter, spraying Chanel no. 5 on it and dotting all your i’s with stars to give it your personal, distinctive essence that will surely make an impact on your evaluator.
5.Taking a picture of your exam paper and uploading it to your instagram so your followers can see your witty responses OR taking selfies of yourself in the exam hall to show off your #OOTE (Outfit of the Exam) on #JudgementDay.
Your personal interview is where you’re scanned and judged as a potential fit for Pearl on the basis of your presentation, behaviour and responses. There are numerous things you could do during your interview we’re convinced you shouldn’t do, but we’re going to keep this list short and sweet.
1.You show up wearing a really, really over the top outfit. Forget form and function, you’re here to make a statement that makes Lady Gaga pale in comparison. Just remember there’s a fine line between looking artsy/eccentric and plain, borderline insane. Pearl is also a school of business, mind you.
2.You show up 36 minutes late and brush it off nonchalantly, because it’s fashionable.
3.Your session degenerates into an angry, screaming match with your Interviewer because your political/religious/intellectual/dietary views fail to align.
4.You keep checking your facebook notifications through the session. You just posted a really great picture of your coffee, duh.
5.Fabricate fantastic stories about your past to appear more exciting or experienced, ultimately putting your own foot in your mouth because you forgot your own false facts mid-story.
The portfolio is your golden ticket to design school! This is where you allow your creativity to shine to its greatest potential, dazzling the examiner into granting you well-deserved access to Pearl Academy- where you obviously belong. So let’s make sure you don’t do the following things that will most probably mess up your chances of being accepted.
1.You decide to present an encyclopedia of work. We get that you consider every single piece of your life’s work as crucial and that you dedicated your life entirely to art, but we really don’t need to see that amazing, perfect bowl of fruit you painted as four year old.
2.You present your masterpiece and only your masterpiece. Because this is the only piece of art you’ve created that is relevant and clearly revolutionary.
3.You slip a couple of pieces into your portfolio that aren’t your original work to come off as more skilled. Really, the mona lisa?!? Examiners are much smarter than you think.
4.You decide to reject all standard requirements for putting the Portfolio together and present your portfolio with a whole new and improved model using 3D printing, sound effects and puppetry.
You forgot that a portfolio is required altogether. Oops. Maybe you need to stop reading this and fix that- quick.
We wish you all the very best in your Entrance Exam this Saturday, future Creators of Pearl Academy!
See you on the other side.
Dinesh Kumar’s roots run deep. They travel back into the place of his birth and childhood, down into a lush coastal state tucked away in South-East India- the mystical lands of Karnataka. Etymology suggests that the name Karnataka roughly translates to “Elevated land.” Sprawled across gorgeous, rolling plateaus resplendent with waterfalls and greenery, Karnataka contains exciting history and a rich cultural legacy Dinesh tapped into while creating his wearable art installations that made a splash at Pearl Academy. His creation found its way as a deserving feature in the college’s latest advertising campaign and also won accolades at the World of Wearable Art in New Zealand!
A post-graduate student of Fashion Design, Dinesh’s creativity uses the body and clothing as its primary outlet for expression. For this particular piece, proudly featured in Pearl’s most recent advertising campaign featuring a series of striking student body work, Dinesh drew inspiration from architecture and patterns unique to the temples of his homeland.
“These temples are masterpieces of Dravidian architecture, testimony to the high levels of art that existed in bygone eras,” Dinesh says. “Their basic structural elements, especially the intricately carved gateways and towers, have completely informed my work.” Temples crafted under the distinctive south Indian style are chiefly characterized by its gopuram (tower) that consists of progressive, smaller stories of pavilions. They are square, pyramidal in shape, littered with porches (mandapams) and pillared halls, (chawadis) all of which Dinesh has painstakingly replicated through colourful paper and fabrics.
Equally important to structural intricacy is the technicolour feast that is served. “The psychedelic beauty of these temples is visually captivating. It commands attention.” Dinesh explains as a matter of fact. The rainbow interplay of colour displayed by Dinesh’s project casts a spell-binding effect on viewers. It holds sway over one’s gaze and imprints consciousness with recursive, hyperreal patterns inducing a state of visual trance.
“These temples are sacred places, home to ritual and divinity that defines Hindu spirituality. It physically represents transcendence.” Clearly, his art work merges these themes of divinity and transcendence with the site of the human body- literally ‘elevating’ the ordinary human form and transforming it into a site of sacrality.
“I have always been connected and in tune with Nature.” Dinesh says, touching upon his childhood and love for horticulture. “I was raised on farmlands and took great pleasure in planting seeds to see flowers, fruit and plants grow. Nature soothes my senses and is my muse. She shows me how to blend colours together and achieve effortless flow in form.” Things that appear seemingly insignificant or plain to others have the power to ignite Dinesh’s imagination in dramatic ways. “Broken glass. Tiny schools of fish. River stones. The shells of beetles. Nature offers me inspiration for visuals. I translate everything that impacts me into my design work.”
While speaking to Dinesh, it is quickly discovered that he perceives his environment with a mild synesthesia- not uncommon for those with artistic sensibilities. The world is a magical place, lavish with flowing lines, textures and fractals, interacting in infinite ways. It is bursting with life, never dull or monotonous. “I push myself to think in novel ways to design, cut and colour,” says Dinesh. “I like to adorn the body, create vivid, wildly innovative silhouettes. Pearl has allowed me to push the boundaries in thinking what it means to be a fashion designer. Fashion doesn’t always have to functional, we forget that fashion can be art, just for the sake of art. I am deeply thankful to be given the freedom and opportunity to explore the, dazzling and experimental facets of the Industry while keeping myself firmly grounded in proven technique and theory.”
Students like Dinesh Kumar form the lifeblood of Pearl Academy. We take pride in helping them focus their innate gifts and provide their passion with the structure, industry skills, guidance and resources necessary to make an impact in the world. They do so in real and practical ways without having to compromise their vision and authentic voice.
“Creative inspiration can strike me anywhere, anytime. I could be walking down local marketplaces or sitting in my bedroom listening to the radio. It can come through the sight of rain or trees, strangers and books, stashed away like a jewel waiting for me to grab it, hidden inside moments of silence. I can’t predict the next time I’m struck by a great idea or visual to expand on.” contemplates Mayank Singh, a first year student of Interior and Spatial Design at Pearl Academy. Though academically rooted in the art and practice of designing and constructing buildings, Mayank delights in exploring the wellspring of options his foundation year at the Academy offers him. “We don’t limit our study to one particular field. We’re encouraged to take an interdisciplinary route towards advancing our skills at Pearl,” he says, clearly excited. Mayank’s imagination, free from any bridle, travels in unusual directions and is informed by everyday life, his private world, his passions and scholarly interests: nature, humans, everyday objects and world cultures.
Young, talented and blessed with a voracious curiosity about the world, he refuses to stay complacent within the boundaries of his own culture. “I haven’t had the luxury to travel as much as I would like to. There are beautiful, fascinating places out there I wish to visit. France, Wales, Netherlands and Japan to start with.” He lingers on his love for France, notably the bold wave of modernity that swept over the French Riviera during the 20’s and 30’s. This brought simplicity and clean lines which lay in stark, yet refreshing contrast to traditional design aesthetic Mayank regards with equal reverence- such as baroque and art deco. “I respect complexity as it is usually born out of great planning and intelligence. There is nothing more awe inspiring than the monumental dimensions the gothic churches in Paris such as the Notre Dame have” He chuckles, asking if I had seen the recent adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast film. “I love regalia. Some people shy away from the ornate and decadent because they fear excess. I embrace it..”
Making a bold statement isn’t something Mayank shies away from. His flamboyant, 6X6 canvas painting that caught everyone’s attention on campus with its girth and vibrant composition is an example of this tendency. It came as no surprise when it was featured on Pearl’s newest advertising campaign, hinged on student produced art.
The bold, nonchalant lines that bring this painting to life in a predominantly impressionist style bears comparison to the paintings of Le Corbusier, the visionary mastermind who inspires Mayank’s architecturally inclined mind. A portrait of a lady, left deliberately faceless against a sunny backdrop, flaunts an ornate up-do that is reminiscent of hairstyles worn in 18th century Europe- especially France and its court of Versailles. During this era, ornamentation of the hair was a reflection of affluence and flourishing times. Women weren’t afraid to project themselves vibrantly and did so with glamour and confidence. Men too, did not shy away from such vanity and decked themselves with equal pride.“This painting is a celebration and encouragement of feminine expression in a culture that is mostly oppressive towards women,” says Mayank, “The lady doesn’t have a face because she is archetypical. She represents qualities that are commonly only associated with the feminine spirit-” held paramount at Pearl Academy – creativity, beauty, vitality and colour.
Stepping into his role as an artist was not always on the cards for Mayank, who grew up aspiring to become a professional soccer player during his school days. Like the majority of his male peers, he was encouraged to fuel his athleticism and dedicate himself to the study of hard sciences- physics, chemistry and mathematics- all of which geared him towards a future career in engineering. However, Mayank decided to reject this conventionally “masculine” path, despite all its promises of security. Why? “Because you have only one life to live. I don’t want to be a slave to money and the tried and tested path. There are other parts of me that I want to explore, real interests I want to nurture.” And in deciding this, Mayank found himself enrolled as a proud student at Pearl, fearlessly committing himself to the path of an artist and coming face to face with his inner Creator.
Students like Mayank Singh form the lifeblood of Pearl Academy. We take pride in helping them focus their innate gifts and provide their passion with the structure, industry skills, guidance and resources necessary to make an impact in the world. They do so in real and practical ways without having to compromise their vision and authentic voice.
School of Creative Business students attended a conference on ‘Digital Marketing and Omni-channel Experience’ by the winner of Asia’s top 25 Marketing Professional for 2016 by Asia Retail Congress, Rahul Tripuraneni who heads Marketing @ Arvind Internet Ltd in Bengaluru. On one hand, these students who were on their study trip to Bengaluru got hands-on learning experience on the production process by visiting various factories, on the other hand, this session by Rahul helped them understand the final stage of Marketing & promotion through newer channels.
Two alumuni of Pearl Academy namely Mr Sudhanshu Jain, graphic designer at Alma Mater and Hiya Madhu, Assistant Marketing Manager at Arvind Fashion Brands Ltd. shared their own journeys from being college to now being thorough professionals. An interactive Q&A concluded the successful session.
Before the speakers could bid curious students a farewell, they were greeted with token of love and appreciation by Dr. Poonam Kumar, Ms. Ritu Jain and Mr. Bhaskar Das on behalf of Pearl Academy.
Knowledgable and helpful as it guided us through the future and current prospects of the digital world.
It was extremely insightful and helped in putting everything in perspective.
It gave us new insights in digital marketing.
Attending the conference was a great learning experience
It was an enlightening and knowledgable session. Mr Tripurnaneni’s session along with the Q&A round gave me a detailed understanding about how digital marketing works and the skills required to be a part of such teams.
Being a digital marketing enthusiast, I was able to gather a lot of information about the problems that creep in, the industry environment and the real world scenario while one works for digital market.
The session on digital marketing gave an insight into how digital marketing actually works with practical examples. The questions asked were rightfully answered and all doubts were cleared. It also made us realise the importance of DM and how it is the next big game of the industry and that we should make all attempts to learn to be digital marketers.
Talking to Hiya was really helpful and informative. It gave us an idea about the digital world and the career oppotunities in digital marketing.
Know more about School of Creative Business HERE
A step towards encouraging women inmates to learn life sustaining skills
Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution for design, fashion and creative business took a one of its kind initiative by setting up a fashion laboratory in collaboration with Tihar Jail. Offering a unique opportunity to the women prisoners of Tihar Jail to build an holistic and independent life after prison, Pearl Academy has set up a Fashion Laboratory equipped with all the essential facilities and tools necessary for learning basics of design & construction, in the prison premises.
Furnished with pattern making tools and sewing kits backed by the latest lighting and ventilation facilities, the Lab will provide specialized sewing machines, overlock machines, ironing machines and dress forms pattern tables with cork top. Furthermore, Pearl Academy will hold certification programs with an aim to build self-confidence within the inmates. The details of the training are given below:
• Capsules of forty-five 45 days, divided into three 3 core modules, will be used in the certificate program
• There will be three 3 such capsules in a single academic year
• Two or more trainees will be assisted for placements
Mr Sudhir Yadav, Director General of Tihar Jail and Professor Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy jointly launched the fashion laboratory. Extending their support to this unique initiative aimed at skilling and hence empowering the women inmates, Mrs Punya Salila Srivastava, Secretary, Directorate of Training and Technical Education, Government of India and Mr Abhishek Singh, District Magistrate, New Delhi were also present at the occasion.
Commenting on this initiative, Mr Sudhir Yadav, DG Prisons, Tihar Jail, said “It’s a unique initiative which shows the commitment of Tihar Jail to promote skill development among inmates. It will help the women inmates to learn life sustaining skills and will provide them with great opportunities to earn a livelihood in their ‘life-after-prison. I thank Pearl Academy for their continuous cooperation and efforts in establishing this fashion laboratory and setting up well thought out certification programs.”
Professor Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy excited about the initiative, said “Pearl Academy is committed to skill development, and this is one of a kind initiative which will help the women inmates of Tihar jail to build a new life after prison. The fashion laboratory is equipped with all the facilities and machinery needed for learning basics of design & construction skills. We are happy to be a part of Skill India Mission and also in our small way, trying our best to contribute to the society by empowering these women to help them rebuild their lives.”
The event was covered by top publications and news channels like TOI, India Today, Business Standard, Delhi Aaj Tak et al. Catch some of it here:-
Know More about Pearl Academy: http://pearlacademy.com/
Creativity is boundless and that is why we often ask our students to push themselves and thrust to explore and learn the new. The first year students at our Mumbai campus get a taste of that right from their first year. Below are couple of visits recently made by the students guided by the faculty to give them an open learning environment.
Guided Tour of NCPA, Mumbai
Warm and Welcoming NCPA personnel guided our students in an exclusive tour of all their theaters, telling us about its rich heritage, outstanding features and memorable performances that have been held there over the years. Fun and inspirational, we are sure such sessions widen their horizons and give them a new perspective on things around them.
Opera Appreciation Session, conducted by Mr. Jimmy Bilimoria –
Our Foundation Design students of Mumbai Campus were in for a treat at NCPA when their resident Opera expert and supervisor of NCPA’s exclusive Stuart-Liff Library, Mr. Jimmy Bilimoria took them through the nuances of Opera in a step by step video screening of the famous Opera Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi.
Offsite Class at Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Making Learning fun was just what our students had in mind during their visit to Bhau Daji Lad Museum, where they were exposed to history, nature and materials in a hands–on way.
It was 10th anniversary of the most awaited event of the year i.e. Jaipur Literature Festival 2017. This was my 5th year at JLF & I was very much excited, I was literally preparing for it for a week to be precise. The Lit fest plays a silent role in staging street fashion of people from around the globe & a great platform to exchange ideas with people from all walks of life. This year as I was shooting photo stories for various publications, that allowed me to meet like minded folks & to know a bit about them.
So here are my top 10 picks of best of street style at Zee Jlf. Please comment below & let me know your thoughts about this photo story.
Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.
Ariel Dandelion, Artist from New Delhi.
Gita Vishwanath, Writer.
Suman Bajaj, Fashion designer at Suman Bajaj. This is a beautiful print melange of polka dots & alphabets, now you are ready to rock in a sari.
Anushka Seth. Who said black & tan can’t go together?
Inna Modja, Malian-French singer, find more about the singer here. The singer was seen rocking a red jumpsuit paired up with kitschy Jaipuri bag.
Nimisha Verma, founder of Home for Artists. From hair color to fringes to gypsy jewels, this jogan was talk of the town.
Pallavi Chaturvedi. Fashion Blogger at That Desi Girl
Priyasha Khandelwal, Style Blogger at Pout Out Proud. Well, I can’t stop clicking this beauty, completely picture perfect beautiful.
Protima Tiwary, Food & Fitness blogger at Dumbbells & Drama
Check out other work of Abhimanyu Singh Rathore on his blog ISHTAILISTA
It is a proud moment for all of us at Pearl Academy as our students participated at the prestigious Republic Day Parade at Rajpath, New Delhi.
Strengthening our partnership with KHADI INDIA, New Delhi, Govt. of India, Pearl Academy students decked in khadi, performed on the Khadi India tableaux and showcased the collection of renowned designer Sharee Basu, a part of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) tableau, at India’s 68th Republic Day.
Our students also got a golden opportunity to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi who appreciated them for their efforts.
Appreciation also poured in from Mr Kalraj Mishra, Minister, MSME who acknowledged the effort of our students on Twitter.
The students who made us proud are:
1. Himani Satwal
3. Karanveer Dureja
4. Jatin Narang
5. Sahil Minhas
6. Tanisha Mansera
7. Saumya Sharma
8. Tejasvi Khatri
9. Pranshu Behl
While the students won us laurels at the parade, our staff and students also made the pre – Republic Day celebrations a huge hit!
Adorned in Indian wear in shades and hues of saffron, white, blue and green, Pearlites literally wore their patriotism on their sleeve!
Our students spent the day with the children from Manthan NGO; spreading smiles and warmth throughout, a huge thank you to our super society, Plan Clan for coming up with such a thoughtful idea and executing it beautifully.
There is fashion that exists everywhere. Extending our horizons, this time we entered the hospitality industry. We are proud to associate with Pullman Hotel to present to you Stylish Sunday Brunches. So get ready to be blown away by the hottest place in town serving the best ever Sunday Brunch with a side of fashion presented by Pearl Academy. Every month there will be selected alumni and students who will be showcasing their collection at the venue. This is an initiative to provide a platform to Pearlites to connect and collaborate with and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in them. This was the second edition that took place on 15th January 2017. Here are the alumni who presented their collection at the event.
To know more visit www.pearlacademy.com
There is no particular reason why Mumbai has been given the sobriquet of ‘the city of dreams.’ Whether it is trade and commerce, Bollywood, fashion – the city is an enabler for all. There is an endless list of people who have come to Mumbai without a penny in their pockets and eventually became successful. Everyone from Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan to Manish Malhotra achieved their dreams here.
A city for all to make a living
Mumbai is a melting pot of diverse cultures – it houses people from different parts of the world with varying ethnicities, cultures and race. Despite the odd conflicts they all coexist peacefully.
A city with India’s largest film industry
Bollywood is not only India’s largest film industry but also one of the largest in the world. In the recent past, a spate of foreign production houses have set up shop in Mumbai – think Fox, Warner Bros, Sony, Walt Disney and many more. Budding actors, photographers, directors, makeup artists etc. dream of making it big in Mumbai and working with and learning from the stalwarts of the industry.
India’s fashion city
With its glitz and glamour, Mumbai paves the way for the latest fashion trends that the entire country follows. Young, emerging fashion designers find in the city avenues to growth, fame, money and reputation.
Below are a few of the reasons that make Mumbai a spectacular city to live in:
1. Unmatched Monsoon
2. You don’t need to spend a bomb to get a bite to eat
3. The smell of sea
4. The night life is unbeatable
5. The Mumbai local trains teach you to be patient and punctual
Pearl Academy at Mumbai
In addition to having a wide range of courses for students, Pearl Academy’s Mumbai campus has much to offer by way of having a reputed, experienced, faculty; international exposure through exchange programmes, summer courses, global faculty exchange; and a world-class campus.
– Pearl Academy encourages its students and faculty to get global exposure by collaborating with renowned higher education institutions across the world. Our extensive international tie-ups facilitate over 200 students each year to participate in reciprocal exchanges, international conferences, study tours and summer school programmes.
Global Faculty Exchange
– International teachers visit Pearl Academy on a regular basis , bringing with them immense cultural and professional knowledge, for students to learn from. In the past faculty from prominent institutions such as Domus Academy (Italy), Harvard Graduate School of Education (USA) and University of Plymouth (England) have conducted lectures / workshops at Pearl centres in India.
Global Summer Courses
– In collaboration with NABA and Domus Academy, Pearl Academy offers summer courses to its students, where over a period of 2 weeks students and faculty immerse themselves in an enriched design education.
Student Exchange Programmes
– Pearl Academy has collaborated with eminent international institutions for student / faculty exchange, training and consultancy services, international conferences etc. across the globe.
To know more on our Mumbai Centre, please visit on wwww.pearlacademy.com/mumbai-campus