“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and next”, says ‘The God of Small Things’ author Arundhati Roy. COVID-19 has clearly compelled governments, businesses, services and institutions across the globe to change and consider the ‘three Rs’ that have emerged in the new normal- Reimagine, Reconsider and Reinvent. Especially in the education sector, a report by United Nations suggests that the pandemic has impacted nearly 94% of world’s student population. But on the flip side, like every other crisis, this too has accelerated innovation across the education sphere.
Be it virtual classrooms, utilization of social media channels or experiential learning/teaching methodologies, the pandemic has necessitated classrooms to move from a “chalk-talk” method to a more immersive ecosystem. Our President, Prof. Nandita Abraham says “Education through digital tools is opening up a treasure trove for our students and will play a significant role in their learning needs…” We along with our team of academic experts have therefore tailored certain changes in our Post-Graduate curriculum, formulating a pedagogy that is more relevant, future-forward and is of the same professional standard as before.
Masterclasses and Industry Projects – Our masterclasses often conducted by industry stalwarts are highly interactive, providing our students with sought after industry insights. Apart from these classes, they also get the chance to work with the finest names in the industry, as part of their internships/live industry projects. The list of our mentors includes Bobbi Brown (International makeup artist & Entrepreneur), Rajeev Masand (Journalist & Film Critic), Anant Mahadevan (Screenwriter, Actor & Director), Nikhil Mehra (Co-Founder, Shantanu & Nikhil), Gaurav Gupta (Luxury Couturier Designer), Miss Malini (Digital Influencer), Industry Experts from Snapchat, Fashion Revolution and many more.
Holistic Learning – To integrate online and offline modes of learning, we’ve carefully curated a comprehensive learning approach. To ensure practical learning, we’ve delivered Home Studio Kits equipped with all relevant tools to every student. E-learning resources have been made available so students can continue to learn and harness their creative skills, despite limitations imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also the only creative institute in the country to be awarded with the QS I-Gauge E-learning Certificate of Excellence for providing holistic online learning.
International Exposure- Our partnership with IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) – Europe’s premier creative institution allows our students to progress to IED for their PG programs. This cross-border learning experience gives our future professionals an exclusive opportunity to learn from global experts and develop advanced skills. Our students also get the chance to showcase their talent on international marquee platforms like New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, World Economic Forum, World Skills and more.
Extensive Lab Hours – Hands-on learning is very crucial and can make all the difference in a student’s life. Therefore to make sure that the future of our students’ is secured, we’ve come up with Extensive Lab Hours. Once our campuses reopen, we aim to keep our doors open all seven days of the week in two-day shifts.
Safety and Security – Our students’ safety is our priority, especially in the light of COVID-19. Therefore we’ve formulated a stringent health and safety policy. This includes thermal screening, deep cleaning and sanitization, physical distancing protocols and many more. Our safety efforts have also been awarded the prestigious Safeguard Certification by Bureau Veritas – the world leader in testing, inspection, and certification (TIC) services.
Placement Opportunities and Scholarships – With 99% record placements with top recruiters, our students get to work with the hot shots of the industry from Accenture, Walt Disney, IBM, Vogue, Louis Vuitton, Anju Modi, Amazon, Myntra, Future Group, ScoopWhoop and many more. By kick-starting their creative journey with just the right kind of industry exposure, our students get to maximize their creative potential and make a name for themselves. And our scholarships help them to take a step closer to their dreams. ‘Who’s Next’ – Our merit scholarship offers up to 100% scholarship to the Top 100 creative minds in the country.
With digital being the default mode of learning and not just an option, institutions across the globe are steadily evolving to make the most of this opportunity. So does that imply that classroom teaching will become obsolete in the future? Well, what certainly will exist is the blend of online and offline. And higher educational institutions that have already mastered the perfect mix will definitely find them in a better position. Our PG Programs are modeled keeping this in mind. Through a robust combination of research, mentoring, international exposure and holistic learning, our students are groomed to become the luminaries of tomorrow.