Pearl Academy

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Pearl Academy
Logo of Pearl Academy, India.jpg
Former names
Pearl Academy of Fashion
Established 1993
Academic staff
Students approx. 2200
Location New Delhi, India
Campus Delhi, Jaipur, Noida, Mumbai

Pearl Academy (formerly Pearl Academy of Fashion) is a private higher education institute in India, offering undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma courses in design, fashion and business start

It had been ranked Best Design Institute in India 2016 by ASSOCHAM, ranked No. 2 by India Today-Nielsen survey in 2015 and 2nd Best Design School (National) 2015 and 2nd Best Fashion School (National) 2014 by Edutainment Awards.[1] For academics it has been ranked by Hindustan Times as Number 1 institute in India for 'Pedagogic Procedures and Processes' (2010) and Number 1 in 'Competence of Faculty' (2009).


Pearl Academy of Fashion was set up in 1993 by the Little People Education Society and registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860. The academy was initially promoted by House of Pearl Fashions Ltd, an Indian export house.

Starting with a campus in Okhla in South Delhi, the academy later moved to a larger campus in Naraina, in the West of the city.

Expansion saw new campuses being added in Jaipur (2005) and Mumbai (2014).[2] The Jaipur centre moved to a new custom design-and-build campus in 2008, after which a new campus in Noida opened in 2012.

In 2011 Pearl entered into a long term partnership with Laureate International Universities, and it is now part of the LIU global network which includes more than 80 institutions around the world.[3]

In 2012 the institute's name was changed to Pearl Academy, in recognition of the growing number of courses in design and business.

The academy now has over 3000 students, more than 200 full-time faculty, and around 70 part-time faculty.[4] A large number of guest faculty are also actively involved in teaching and serving on juries for assessment of projects.


As of February 2016 the institution has four centres in India: Delhi NCR West, the academy's oldest campus, located at Naraina; Delhi NCR East which is located in Noida sector 59;Pearl Academy Jaipur, located at Kukas; and the newest campus in Mumbai located in Andheri.

The Jaipur campus is designed by architects Morphogenesis and completed in 2008.[5] The design uses traditional cooling methods found in the desert environment of Rajasthan, such as a step-well in the centre and the use of Jali-inspired structures.[6] It won the award for 'Best Learning Building' at the World Architecture Festival awards held in Barcelona, Spain in 2009.[7] The Jaipur campus of Pearl Academy recently hosted the Jaipur Design Carnival. Jaipur Design Carnival was conceived as a designers’ festival to celebrate the power of design. Many creative practitioners from diverse fields design participated in the event. There were panel discussions, fashion show, live music, workshops and display of arte facts. The event was organized by the faculty and students of Pearl Academy Jaipur and the workshops were conducted by students of Pearl Jaipur.

The latest campus (Mumbai) was officially launched on 16 April 2014 by CEO Sharad Mehra with Sussanne Khan Roshan, noted Interior Designer and founder of design studio 'The Charcoal Project', who announced her support for students of the academy by way of Scholarships.[8]


The Academy has the following School - School of Fashion, Styling & Textiles, School of Design and School of Creative Business.

Qualifications offered include BA (Hons), MA, Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, and Professional Diploma.

Apart from the flagship BA (Hons) in Fashion Design, notable courses include Interior Product Design and Luxury Brand Management, both among the first in India for these subjects. Additionally, the institute has recently launched 5 new courses which are Sports Management, Journalism & Mass Communication, Fashion & Lifestyle E-commerce, Lifestyle Accessory Design, and Media & Entertainment Business.

BA (Honours) courses[edit]

-Fashion Design

-Fashion Styling & Image Design

-Fashion Media Communication -

Fashion & Lifestyle Business Management

-Global Luxury Brand Management

-Fashion & Lifestyle Ecommerce

-Journalism & Mass Communication

-Interior Architecture & Design

-Product Design

-Lifestyle Accessory Design

-Communication Design (Graphics / Interaction & Digital)

MA courses[edit]

-MA Design (Fashion & Textiles)

-MA Fashion Marketing

PG Diploma courses[edit]

-Fashion Design

-Fashion Styling & Image Design

-Fashion Communication

-Fashion Business (Marketing & Merchandising)

-Luxury Brands

-Interior Design & Styling

-Communication Design

Professional Diploma courses[edit]

  • PR and Events

Diploma courses[edit]

-Fashion Media Make Up

-Fashion Women's Wear

-Professional Photography

-Styling for Interiors

-Fashion Design

-Personal Styling & Grooming

-Applied Photography

-Journalism Interior Decoration

-Graphic Design & Advertising


Under Graduate & Masters Courses

The BA (Hons.) and Masters Degrees are awarded by the Nottingham Trent University, UK. Nottingham Trent University was founded as a new university in 1992 from Trent polytechnic (later Nottingham Polytechnic). Pearl Academy does not award any degrees of its own. Its roots go back to 1843 with the establishment of the Nottingham Government School of Design which still exists within the university today. It is the 16th largest university in the UK (out of 165) with approx. 27,000 students. Read more about NTU –

The Batch of 2016 will be the last cohort of students to graduate with NTU degrees upon completion of their program. This will not impact new enrollees of 2016 and existing students as they will be under the existing validation agreement which extends until 2020. There will be a gradual phasing out of the NTU validated courses, and students will be required to work to the following final completion dates:

• MAs – to complete by July 2018

• BA courses already in run-out – to complete by Dec 2018

• 3 yr BAs – to complete by Dec 2019

• 4 yr BAs – to complete by Dec 2020

Post Graduate Courses

The Post Graduate Diploma are awarded by Domus Academy, Milan, Italy.

Domus Academy, Milan is an internationally renowned innovative arts and design academy based in the heart of Milan’s design scene. DA is one of the largest private educational academies in Italy. Domus Academy was set up in Milan in 1982, with the aim to become a reference centre for Italian Design and Fashion. It is one of the innovation driven institutions where students are encouraged for interdisciplinary adventures.

Domus Academy is ranked by Businessweek as one of the 30 Best Schools of Design in the World. Read More about Domus Academy –

Courses offered by Pearl Academy do not fall under the ambit of AICTE as clarified vide their letter Ref. F. No. QA/FU/Pearl Academy/2005, dated October 17, 2005.

Pearl Academy programmes do not come under the purview of UGC or AIU as UGC: governs and regulates universities in India. According to the UGC Act, the right of conferring or granting degrees shall be exercised only by a University.

Our courses are widely accepted around the globe for higher studies. Institutions like NIFT, NID have accepted our students for Masters / Post Graduate programmes time and again. Most of our students have secured admissions with business colleges such as IIT, SP Jain and IMT Ghaziabad. Pearl graduates have pursued higher education at reputed international colleges and universities.

International Partners[edit]

Pearl Academy has partnered with over 20 international institutes[9] for exchanges of students and faculty, including Domus and NABA in Milan, Italy; BTK in Berlin, Germany; Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Northumbria University, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, and Ravensbourne College in the UK; Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, USA; Bunka University, Tokyo, Japan; and Donghua University, China.

As part of the Laureate International Universities network, Pearl Academy is one of Laureate’s Centers of Excellence in Art, Architecture and Design,[10] a network which also includes Media Design School, New Zealand; Santa Fe University of Art and Design in New Mexico, USA; NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, USA; Universidade Anhembi Morumbi in Brazil; Universidad del Valle de México; as well as Domus Academy and NABA in Milan, Italy.

Pearl Academy has been admitted as a full member[11] of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. It is only the fourth Indian college to be given Cumulus membership.

International collaborations take the form of student and faculty exchanges, guest workshops, and joint research projects.[9]

Student life[edit]

Plan Clan

Student activities are managed by a student body called Plan Clan, which consists of student volunteers and nominees, who are guided by faculty members. The students enroll themselves in any of the following: • Cultural Club • Dramatics and Literary Club • Music and Performing arts Club • Movie Club • Adventure and Sports Club


Each year, the graduating students showcase their final project at the Academy arranged event called “Portfolio”. This event is counted proudly among all the prestigious fashion events. Dignitaries from government and business and families of students form the audience of this showcasing event. Industry and media spot budding talent. Television Channels interview the achievers who are conferred the academic awards. Few of the awards are tited - : • Most innovative collection • Most wearable collection • Most Avant-garde collection • Best design collection • Special jury award

At this forum, students pursuing business courses are given a platform to present their final research projects to the business community in a professional setting. Recipients of “Innovative Research Award”, “Outstanding Research Award”, and “Practical Research Award” make formal presentations and address queries raised by industry members. All students have a chance to exhibit their work as posters and to interact with industry visitors.

Pearl Utsav

“Pearl Utsav” is a fest organized annually by students to serve as a platform for demonstrating talent in music, drama, dance and other performing arts.


External links[edit]

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