Pearl Academy Inks MoU with World-Renowned Media Design School of New Zealand

The two institutes to collaborate in the fields of 3D Animation, Visual Effects, and in emerging technologies such as Virtual and Augmented Reality.


New Delhi, 05th November 2016: Pearl Academy, India’s leading private institution in design, fashion and creative businesses has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Media Design School, New Zealand’s most awarded tertiary institution for digital design qualifications, to share expertise in their respective design domains. The Auckland based institution was ranked among the top three schools in the world providing VFX/Animation and Game Art qualifications by the Autodesk sponsored CG Student Awards 2015. The MoU was signed by Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy and Darryn Melrose, CEO Media Design School in the presence of Mr John Key, Prime Minister, New Zealand.

With the objective of producing a series of innovative ideas within the field of creative technologies, the collaboration will see each institution sharing best practices. The collaboration will offer opportunities for activities and programs, such as faculty & students exchange and staff development. Media Design School is highly regarded for the calibre of its graduates and renowned for its strong industry links and student outcomes. The collaboration will also provide opportunities for development of new programmes and curriculum to provide more insight and innovative ideas in the field of Creative Technology and will cover various subjects for industry research and collaboration opportunities in the fields of virtual & augmented reality, films, 3D animation, gaming etc. Additionally, students from Pearl Academy will have the opportunity to be trained at an institution which has strong links with some of the top Hollywood studios, Drom Fragrances International Studio- New York, Parasol Island- Düsseldorf, Germany and many more.

Speaking at the signing, Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy said “With its wide spectrum of applications in different verticals and industries globally, Creative Technology is fast emerging as an exciting new sector for design professionals. The demand for professionals in this field is growing and with its phenomenal growth prospects, creative technology offers great opportunity for young professionals. We look forward to this collaboration with Asia Pacific’s number one digital design school and carry forward the learnings to benefit both our students and the faculty”. Darryn Melrose, CEO, Media Design School, said “This MOU will provide a number of opportunities for the two tertiary providers to collaborate on projects in the fields of 3D Animation, Visual Effects, and in emerging technologies such as Virtual and Augmented Reality.”

“With both India and New Zealand’s animation industries thriving, the MOU between Media Design School and Pearl Academy offers both faculty and students a unique opportunity to collaborate on projects and to connect with academics and industry they would not otherwise have exposure to.” Mr Melrose added.

India’s animation is currently experiencing unprecedented growth, with a recent FICCI-KPMG report recording a growth rate of 13.8 percent in 2015. Meanwhile, a 2015 PWC report indicates that New Zealand’s film and television industry continues to contribute positively to both the country’s national GDP and employment opportunities. This collaboration therefore, will throw open an array of opportunities for students looking at enhancing their skills in these fields.

About Pearl Academy:

Pearl Academy is India’s leading private institution in design, fashion and creative businesses, and has been a catalyst to success for students across these creative industries over the past two decades. Founded in 1993, Pearl Academy is today widely acknowledged by the industry for preparing students with relevant practical and theoretical knowledge in various creative domains.

Pearl Academy delivers over 30 uniquely designed under-graduates, post-graduate and professional programs through its campuses in Delhi NCR (East & West), Jaipur and Mumbai. Pearl Academy’s reputation of preparing ‘job ready’ students has been recognized by leading fashion, retail and design brands which has helped in ensuring a steady track record of securing almost 100 per cent placements for its students.

The institution is backed by the resources and expertise of Laureate International Universities network, a global network of renowned institutions such as London College of Fashion, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Domus Academy (Italy), and NABA (Milan) among many others. Laureate International Universities network has a presence in 28 countries, serving more than one million students. Pearl Academy was ranked as the best private fashion college by leading surveys such as India Today, Outlook and The Week. The institution was also felicitated by industry body ASSOCHAM as the ‘Best Design Institute in India 2016’. For more information.

About Media Design School:

Media Design School (MDS) is New Zealand’s most awarded tertiary institute for digital and creative technology qualifications. The school is currently ranked amongst the top 3 schools in the world to provide VFX/Animation and Game Development qualifications by the Autodesk sponsored CG Student Awards. Additionally, in 2016, MDS was recognised as the world’s top tertiary provider for both Graphic Design and Photography by The Rookies’ panel of internationally renowned judges , making it one of the best digital design tertiary providers globally.

Distinguished by its close alignment to the industry, both domestically and internationally, the Auckland-based school offers specialist degrees for emerging creative industries including the Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects); the Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art); the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming); and the Bachelor of Media Design. A range of foundation diplomas and postgraduate qualifications are also available.