Pearl Academy, India’s premier institute for design, fashion and related business courses, with its strong commitment to excellence, innovation and employability now has a center in one of India’s most creative cities- Mumbai. At a recent press conference hosted at Bunglow 9, Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, along with Sussanne Roshan, Interior Designer & founder ‘The Charcoal Project’, announced the launch of new campus which will absorb talented students in six Under-Graduate and six Post-Graduate programmes across domains. The campus is centrally located in Andheri East, next to Marol metro station and will boast of a unique architecture and thoughtfully designed spaces for creative learning. The admissions have already begun for 2014 session and classes will begin from August, 2014, onwards.
Additionally, in an endeavor to explore fresh talent and hone creativity, the institute has collaborated with ‘The Charcoal Project’ to give away ‘The Charcoal Project National Scholarship’ to highly motivated students looking for an opportunity in creative careers. ‘The Charcoal Project National Scholarship’ will provide an opportunity to 3 deserving students (applicants as well as non-applicants to All-India entrance examination of the Academy) who want to study design at Pearl Academy. These students, who would be shortlisted after a series of screening tests, will receive a scholarship with all-paid tuition fees for their academic years at Pearl. These scholarships would be offered one each in Pearl’s campuses at Mumbai, Noida and Jaipur. Also, 3 runner-ups on joining Pearl Academy will receive a fully paid trip to ‘Artfest’ at Santa Fe College of Art & Design in Santa Fe, USA – a 3 weeks long festival where artists, designers and students from more than 40 countries participate.
Speaking about the launch of new campus, Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, “We are very excited to introduce our institute to a city which is home to some of the most creative minds in the country. We have set-up high benchmarks in the quality of education, employability, international exposure and have presented numerous successful alumni to the creative industries in the last 20 years. Pearl Academy is committed to replicate the same in Mumbai. We are also eager to ignite creativity among students through our association with Sussanne Roshan. We do believe that together we would be able to promote creativity and design for students across the country.”
Students wanting to apply for the scholarships need to send in a portfolio along with a write-up/presentation/short video/art work/installation etc. on the chosen theme. A jury consisting experts from Pearl Academy and Sussanne Roshan will review the entries and meet the shortlisted candidates for final selection. The finalized winners will be awarded ‘The Charcoal Project National Scholarship’ at Pearl Academy.
Talking about the association with Pearl Academy, Sussanne Roshan said, “It is really exciting for Mumbai that Pearl Academy is coming to the city. With its rich heritage of over two decades and excellent academic standards in the fields of design, fashion, business and retail industry, the Academy will fulfill the demands of creative industries. I strongly believe that our partnership will help us encourage design as a whole across the country. It’s a thrilling opportunity being offered to the young students by Pearl Academy and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”
The Pearl Academy has been welcomed wholeheartedly by the industry in Mumbai with prominent designers, brands and media houses reaching out to support students for internships, placements and expert inputs.
As a part of the Laureate International Universities (LIU) Network, Pearl students get international exposure and education. International faculty is a part of Pearl and every student at Pearl Academy gets an opportunity to study abroad in a partner institute. All PG Diploma courses are validated by Domus Academy, Milan. Our global alliances have around 30 international institutes including Nottingham Trent University, London College of Fashion, NABA Milan, Media Design School NZ, New school of Architecture, Santa Fe College of Art and Design, et al.