Creative courses online

Updated: Nov 11, 2014, 09:46 AM IST

Young fashion and design professionals who want to hone their creative skills can now sign up for online course modules exclusively designed for them. Gauri Rane finds out more.

The fashion and design industry is changing every day, thus making it difficult for fashion industry aspirants, as well as professionals to keep abreast with the new trends. Keeping this in mind, Pearl Academy, an institute that trains fashion industry aspirants has launched an online version of its courses. It focuses on industry trends and relevance to the learner. “We provide fashion and design professionals an opportunity to hone their skills in their field with a global perspective,” says Nandita Abraham, vice president, corporate relations, Pearl Academy.

To start with, the online platform www.pearllive.com, offers application based courses of six to nine months duration in interior design, design management, digital design and communication, social media marketing and digital commerce and entrepreneurship for creative professions. These courses are being offered in collaboration with international partners like Laureate Design Universities, SMARTON and New York Institute of Art and Design. “Expert guidance from Pearl Academy and its partner institutes along with help from individual mentors will help industry aspirants to learn by doing,” says Abraham.

Since the courses have been designed with a focus on young professionals and entrepreneurs who wish to enhance their knowledge in creative fields, any person with a creative profile can enroll from anywhere in the world. Every learner, will be appointed an academic mentor who will help him/ her steer their way through the course. “We will also host weekly lessons, supplemental content, discussions and projects. Learners can complete these lessons anytime within the week, paced at their own convenience,” informs Abraham. An estimated workload for each week is approximately five hours per week. During the programme, learners at Pearl Live will get an opportunity to build an electronic portfolio that will showcase what they have learnt in the certificate course.

At the end of Pearl Live course, all learners will have to undertake a four day programme called the Pearl Connect Programme. Under this, students will present their projects and portfolio to experts, faculty, industry professionals and potential investors and get a feedback on their work. “All learners who complete our courses successfully will receive a professional certificate in the subject of their course,” informs Abraham. The certification will be jointly offered by Pearl Live and its academic and industry partners with respect to each course.

As fashion and creative studies need more practical training, one might wonder how the online format facilitates this need. “We want to provide the similar training expertise to our online students as the one in our offline classrooms, hence the study modules are crafted in a way that will be easy to access and understand in a more practical sense,” illustrates Abraham.

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COURSE CONNECT

INTERIOR DESIGN

Who can apply? Interior designer, architects, contractors, business owners, business owners with an existing interior design practice, aspiring interior design practice owners, students in their graduation/ post graduation looking to start a career in interior design and hobby learners

Duration: 6 months

Fees: Rs 60000

DIGITAL COMMERCE

Who can apply? Operations, customer support, logistics professionals, marketing, technology and analytics professionals, professionals from BPOs, sales and marketing professionals, administrative professionals and ecommerce aspirants

Duration: 6 months

Fees: Rs 60000

DESIGN MANAGEMENT

Who can apply? Those involved in managing design and innovation processes, creative people willing to evolve towards management / production roles

Duration: 9 months

Fees: Rs 75000

DIGITAL DESIGN & COMMUNICATION

Who can apply? Professionals involved in communication processes, current and prospective UG students willing to acquire digital media related knowledge, high school graduates seeking knowledge in the field of digital media, from graphics and web design to motion graphics and film making

Duration: 9 months

Fees: Rs 75000

ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR CREATIVE PROFESSIONS

Who can apply? Artists, architects and designers, fashion and design consultants,

Duration: 9 months

Fees: Rs 75000