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Interdisciplinary education can empower the designers of tomorrow

To meet the growing demands for design experts in the industry, it is essential that design institutions work towards developing the capacity for critical thinking and design curiosity in students.

brand stories Updated: Jul 31, 2017 16:18 IST
(Pearl Academy)

The demand for design professionals is constantly growing. As per industry estimates, it is set to grow from 7,000 in 2016 to 62,000 in 2020. Design experts are also becoming an integral part of core business teams in big corporate offices and retail chains.

The scope of a designer’s work has expanded as well. Today, design roles include collaborating, as well as managing work flow and processes that are critical in expressing design as a larger function. Design specialists, such as interior designers, are today working with corporate offices, hotels, and retail chains. Similarly, product designers are working in-house for large manufacturing or service companies. These experts need to ensure that they collaborate with a wide range of fellow professionals, such as retail experts, marketers, CRM experts, brand managers, researchers, and others to ensure timely delivery and apt quality.

To meet the growing demands of the industry, it is important that design institutions step up. There’s an urgent need for developing training processes and pedagogical capacity to incubate critical thinking and design curiosity. Pearl Academy has been working relentlessly to develop an interdisciplinary learning environment that emphasizes on lateral collaboration with other disciplines. International exposure in the form of exchange programmes and workshops by international faculty and design thinkers further completes the holistic, interdisciplinary, and international learning experience of the students.

Pearl Academy offers a unique and comprehensive academic model in which students are enrolled for diplomas. The curriculum offers interdisciplinary learning modules and the opportunity to study alongside students from other programmes for a more robust learning experience and diversified industry engagement. All students are also registered for B.A. / B.Com degrees with IGNOU at no additional cost, facilitated across various Pearl Academy campus locations. IGNOU qualifications are recognized across India and make one eligible to continue studies at both public and private institutions in the country.

“Design education is about realizing every student’s potential by nurturing their creativity. The success of a design institution is measured by the enriching opportunities it provides in the process, thereby enabling students to effectively adapt to the emerging challenges in the creative fields. I am sure that Pearl Academy is doing this quite well, judging by the high standard of their students’ portfolios and the confidence reposed in them by industry through myriad placement opportunities” said Prof Vikas Satwalekar, Ex-Director, NID.

Pearl Academy’s New Academic Offerings
  • Diplomas from Pearl Academy
  • UGC Recognized Degree from IGNOU
  • Option to transfer credits to Torrens University Australia for an international degree

In particular, Pearl Academy’s recent tie up with Torrens University Australia is a valuable addition to their list of over-40 prestigious partner institutions, which includes Domus Academy, Milan and London College of Fashion, to name a few. Through this tie-up, our students will have an additional option to transfer into an international Bachelor of Design degree at Torrens University Australia for their final year; either by taking a transfer to Torrens University and completing the final year in Australia with 40% scholarship, or taking a transfer to Torrens University and completing the final year online while paying the same fees as they did at Pearl Academy.

“Over our 24-year history, we have continuously delivered superior student outcomes through strong and groundbreaking industry partnerships as well as innovative academic solutions. The rapidly growing design industry is creating a strong demand for highly qualified talent and we are ensuring the best possible exposure for our students in design education. This model gives the best of Indian education and international exposure to our students and also allows them to play with possibilities on the completion of their studies”, said Prof Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy.

It is worthy to note that Pearl Academy is the only institution whose students got the opportunity to showcase their work at the prestigious Amazon India Fashion Week 2017. Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, “I was thoroughly impressed with the student’ collections showcased at AIFW and I think they are ready to join the industry already. It is important for the design industry to raise capable successors and I have full faith that these students will set new benchmarks in the industry. Their energy has been infectious and I am sure that Pearl Academy will continue to produce such fabulous professionals for our industry.”

To find out more about the exciting course opportunities lined up at Pearl Academy, check out their website for further details.

(This content was created in partnership with HT Brand Studio and not the editorial team)