Q: I am interested in joining Pearl Academy. What are the main timelines for admission tests?

Admissions are open from November 2016 till June 2017 for the academic year commencing from July 2017.

Q: How do I apply?

Interested candidates may apply online / offline.

Online Application: Online application form is available at our website pearlacademy.com

There are 2 modes of online payment viz., Credit / Debit Card and Demand Draft.

Offline Application: The Prospectus and application kit is available at all Pearl Academy centres [Delhi NCR – East (Noida) & West (Naraina), Jaipur, Mumbai] upon payment of Rs. 11,00/-.

Q: What all courses are offered at Pearl Centres ?

A list of all courses offered is as follows:




Delhi NCR (West)

Delhi NCR (East)



Fashion Design [FD]


Fashion Styling & Image Design [FSID]


Communication Design (Graphics/Interaction & Digital) [CD-GID]


Interior & Spatial Design [ISD]


Fashion Media Communication [FMC]




Product & Lifestyle Design (Industrial / Accessories) [PLD]






Delhi NCR (West)

Delhi NCR (East)



Journalism & Mass Media [JMM]




Fashion & Lifestyle Business Management [FLBM]


Global Luxury Brand Management [GLBM]






Delhi NCR (West)

Delhi NCR (East)



Fashion Design [PGFD]


Interior Design & Styling [PGIDS]


Fashion Styling & Image Design [PGFSID]


Fashion Business (Marketing & Merchandising) [PGFBMM]


Luxury Brands [PGLB]




Communication Design [PGCD]




Fashion Communication [PGFC]




Journalism & Mass Media [PGJMM]






Delhi NCR (West)

Delhi NCR (East)



MA Design (Fashion & Textiles) [MAFT]




MA Fashion Marketing [MAFMG]







Delhi NCR (West)

Delhi NCR (East)



PR & Events [PRE]





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Delhi NCR (West)

Delhi NCR (East)



Fashion Media Make Up [FMM]



Fashion Women’s Wear [FWW]


Professional Photography [PP]




Interior Styling & Decoration [ISD]




Fashion Design [FD]


Personal Styling & Grooming[PSG]



Broadcast Journalism [BJ]



Q: What is the eligibility criteria / entry requirements for admission?

The eligibility criteria / entry requirements are as follows:

For 3-Year/4-Year Under Graduate Pathway: 10+2, or equivalent with minimum 50% marks

For 2 Year/ 1-Year Post Graduate Pathway: Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university

For 11 month certificate Programs: 10+2, or equivalent

For 2-Year Masters :

Course Eligibility
MAFT A graduate Degree in fashion design or textile design
A graduate diploma in fashion design or textile design with at least 2 years work experience in fashion/textiles industry
Any graduate with 3 years work experience in fashion/textiles industry
MAFMG Essential: Graduate Degree (or equivalent)
Desirable: Graduation in Fashion Management, Marketing, Retail, Merchandising, Manufacturing or Design
At least 3 years fashion business experience

Please also visit ‘Admissions’ section on our website pearlacademy.com/admissions for details

Q: Can I apply for all Admission Cycle?

Yes. Applicants may apply for any or all admission cycle simultaneously by applying separately for each cycle.


Q: How can I schedule a meet with an admission counselor?

Counseling benefits candidates in better understanding the various program options at Pearl Academy so as to make an informed choice. You are welcome to visit us and meet our trained counselors. Please get in touch with our Counseling team at Toll free No. 1800 103 3005.

Q: I need guidance to choose my course choice?

Our counseling team will be happy to guide you on your second choice. Please visit any of our Centres and contact our Counseling Team (Toll Free No. 1800 103 3005). They will help you in choosing a course.

Q: Where do we send the form?

Applicants using Offline Application are required to submit the completed form to the address below within the stipulated time-frame:


Applicants using Online Application (with Demand Draft as payment option) are required to send the print out of the online application form (duly signed) along with a valid DD in favour of ‘Creative Arts Education Society’ payable at New Delhi at the following address latest by the stipulated date & time stated:

Admissions Department

Pearl Academy
A-21/13, Naraina Industrial Area, Phase-II,
New Delhi 110028
Tel: 011 49807100 / 101

Candidates are advised to retain a copy of the application for future reference.

Applicants using Online Application (with Debit / Credit Card as payment option) are not required to send a print out of application.

Q: Do I get an acknowledgment of form submission?

On receipt of your completed application, an acknowledgement email will be sent to you. This acknowledgement email is not a confirmation that you are eligible for the further screening process. It mainly confirms that your application has been received. Application form submission status can be checked at www.pearlacademy.com also.

Q: What is the pattern of admission test?

Stage 1: Written Admission Test GPT and DAT

General Proficiency Test (GPT) evaluates a candidate’s proficiency in the English language, Logical reasoning, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Basic Mathematics, etc.

Design Aptitude Test (DAT) evaluates a candidates’ aptitude for creativity, drawing, design ability, power of observation and imagination, sensitivity to environment and communication skills.

Stage 2: Personal Interview (including portfolio evaluation / material handling skill test for Design streams).

All candidates are required to undergo a Personal Interview after the Written Admission Test at their respective Entrance Examination centre /Personal Interview centres mentioned on their Admit Card.

For MAFT Pathway: Selection is based on personal interview & portfolio evaluation

Q: How can I prepare for the written examination?

A set of indicative questions is available on the Pearl Academy website www.pearlacademy.com for reference purposes.
One can also do an online course to learn how to crack interview, design portfolio or prepare for an interview. Enroll yourself at pearlacademy.com/design-prep

Q: Where all would we have the Test centres?

Below are the tentative exam cities

January Exam April Exam
New Delhi New Delhi
Jaipur Jaipur
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Lucknow Lucknow
Kolkata Kolkata
Mumbai Mumbai
Ahmedabad Ahmedabad
Noida Noida
Pune Pune
Patna Patna
Bangalore Bangalore
Bhopal Bhopal
Kochi Kochi

– The exam centre for MA applicants will be ‘NEW DELHI’ & ‘MUMBAI’ only.
– Other centres may also be added and such information, as well as the exact location of the centres, will be notified later.
– Pearl Academy reserves the right to cancel / add / change any entrance test center(s) due to administrative reasons.

Q: How will I get the Admit card?

The Admit Cards will be available Online with complete details of the date, time and venue of the Written Test and/or Personal Interview normally 4 days before the Entrance Examination for each admission cycle on pearlacademy.com

Q: Is there another criterion where I can qualify for admissions without giving entrance exams?

Yes, if you have qualified for following tests:-

Waiver of Written Test (GPT)

Applicants of PG Pathway are entitled for waiver of General Proficiency Test (GPT) provided they have registered a minimum score as mentioned below. Such applicants will be called for Personal Interview directly subject to submission of valid scores.

The minimum scores for MAT / CAT / GMAT for want of waiver of GPT only shall be as under:
1. Minimum MAT score of 500 or above
2. Minimum CAT score of 60 percentile or above
3. Minimum GMAT score of 450 or above

The applicant must have appeared in the MAT 2016 or 2017 / CAT in 2016 (prior to the date of written test). GMAT scores of last 5 years will be considered. For details, please refer the Application Form.

Waiver of Written Test (GPT) & Design Aptitude Test (DAT)

Applicants of PG Pathway (only Design streams) and UG Interior Design, Product Design Pathway are entitled for waiver of General Proficiency Test (GPT) & Design AptitudFor MAFT e Test (DAT) if they have appeared for CEED 2016 and NATA 2016 respectively. Such applicants will be called for a Personal Interview directly subject to submission of valid scores.

• CEED held in 2016 (applicable only for PG Design pathway)
• NATA held in 2016 (applicable only for UG Interior Design, and UG Product Design pathway )
Please enclose a copy of CEED / NATA score card (whichever applicable).

Q: What if I am staying abroad and can’t appear for Test/interviews?

Written test / Interviews are mandatory and Pearl Academy facilitates written exams at the candidate’s school / college (with prior agreement and approval), telephonic and online personal interviews via Skype / video conferencing for the international / overseas applicants.

Q: What is the admission criterion for international students?

A few seats are reserved for foreign nationals. Pearl Academy facilitates online personal interviews via Skype / video conferencing for the international / overseas applicants are conducted. Portfolio Evaluation if required may also be conducted.

For more information, please visit: pearlacademy.com

Q: What if I don’t get admission in any of the Admission Cycles?

You can get in touch with our Counseling team (Toll free No. 1800 103 3005). They would provide assistance and guidance on alternate pathways or options available.

Q: What if I don’t get my 1st choice of pathway / campus?

In the event you don’t get your 1st choice of pathway / campus, you will be offered your 2nd choice based on your rank / merit list. You may also apply afresh for the next Admission Cycle.

Q: Can I get admission with advanced standing / credit transfer for other studies I’ve done?

Yes. You may apply for lateral admission to Pearl Academy via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) entry. Pearl’s APL Admission Panel will carry out an assessment of your learning outcomes for lateral entry / admission and you will be required to appear for an interview.

Q: Can I block my seat through the Industry Sponsored category?

Yes, however, the Industry quota seats are limited. Please email us at admissions@pearlacademy.com for more details. Industry Sponsored candidates will be required to pay a higher fee.

Q: What is the process to get my fee refunded?

If a successful candidate does not join and applies for refund, the fees deposited by the student shall be refunded after deductions as per Academy’s Refund Policy.

No refund will be entertained for the amount paid for purchase of the application form / prospectus.

Q: What if I have changed my mind again and want to come back after I got the refund, do I have to appear for the Written Test and Personal interview again?

Candidates selected in either of the Admission Cycles are not required to appear again for Written Test and Personal interview. They have to request for re-admission and upon acceptance. They can deposit the full fee again to re-join. Such candidates may be offered admission to a pathway based on availability of seats at the sole discretion of the Academy.

On successful completion of PG level

Q: When does the academic year begin?

The Academic Year commences in July / August every year. Please refer to the latest updates on the website.

Q: What qualifications do I get after studying Undergraduate Courses from Pearl? What is the validation?

Pearl Academy enrolls students for pathways of Undergraduate Diplomas that culminates in a Professional Diploma at the end of 3rd/4th year as per the pathway chosen. On successful completion, a student gets Professional Diploma from Pearl Academy, which has been recognized and honored by the creative industry for the past 23 years.

All students are also registered at no extra cost for an IGNOU degree. The completion of this degree will be facilitated and will be a part of their timetable. This is a UGC recognized degree and is valid in India and internationally. Read more about IGNOU here pearlacademy.com/admissions

Pearl Academy is also affiliated with Sector Skills Councils under National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) an initiative of Ministry of Skills, Government of India for following certifications. Students will have the added option for availing these qualifications. More certifications will be added.

Course Level Sector Specific Certificate
Fashion Design UG & PG National Skill Council of Apparel
Made-ups & Home Furnishing
Fashion Business (Marketing & Merchandising) PG Made-ups & Home Furnishing
Communication Design UG Media & Entertainment Skill Council
Fashion Media Make-up UG Media & Entertainment Skill Council
Fashion Media & Communication UG Media & Entertainment Skill Council

Q: Is this model as per UGC guidelines?

Pearl Academy is not offering degrees and doesn’t fall under preview of UGC or AICTE.

Q: What qualifications do I get after studying Post Graduate Courses from Pearl? What is the validation for the same?

On successful completion of PG level pathway at Pearl, a student will be awarded Post Graduate diploma in the chosen field. All PG Diploma pathway offered by Pearl Academy are validated by Domus Academy, Milan, Italy.

Q: What is Pearl Academy’s association with IGNOU?

Pearl Academy has tied up with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the largest Open University in the world and a National Resource Centre for Open and Distance Learning in the Country with international recognition and presence.

The University is committed to quality in teaching, research and training and acts as a national resource centre for expertise and infrastructure in the Open and Distance Learning system.

Pearl Academy is an authorised IGNOU Study Centre (SC 38037) where in the students can study for a Bachelor’s degree in various streams. Courses offered by IGNOU at Pearl Academy are Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in English, Sociology, Political Science and History and other courses.

As a study centre, Pearl Academy will provide extensive and efficient student support services to its learners. Students enrolling in Pearl Academy will also be registered for IGNOU degree at no extra cost, the completion of which will be facilitated and will be a part of their timetable during the course study.

Q: What is the benefit of IGNOU degree along with Pearl Diploma?

It is a UGC recognized degree and makes students eligible for higher studies in India.

Q: I would like to know about International exchange program of Pearl Academy.

Pearl Academy has international tie-ups with the world’s leading fashion design universities and institutions for student exchange and study abroad programmes.

Types of International exposure :

  • 8-12 weeks reciprocal exchange
  • International Summer School programme scholarships to deserving students
  • Study Abroad Programmes
  • Participation in global events in international Universities & partner institutions
  • Opportunities for international internships

Student Exchange / Study Abroad arrangements

Name of University Country
Nottingham Trent University UK
Heriot Watt University UK
London College of Fashion UK
LDT Nagold Germany
University for the Creative Arts UK
University of the West of England UK
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising USA
NHL University of Applied Sciences Netherlands
Amsterdam Fashion Institute Netherlands
Arts University Bournemouth UK
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague Netherlands
Domus Academy Italy
Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) Italy
University of Winchester UK
Ecole Duperre Paris
BTK Berlin Germany
Manchester Metropolitan University UK

All students going abroad for semester exchange/ study abroad will get a certificate from the college they study at e.g. London College of Fashion, Media Design School, Domus Academy etc.

Q: Is Attendance compulsory?

Students are encouraged to maintain a 100 percent attendance for each semester. However, a minimum of 70% attendance is mandatory to be eligible for assessments. Attendance may mean full presence in all scheduled contact hours between the tutors and the students and will consist of lectures/tutorials/seminars/ practical/workshops/mentoring sessions and any other contact between the tutor and the students.

Q: How much do the pathway cost?

For the fee structure, please follow the link pearlacademy.com/admissions/fee-structure

Q: Do I get Financial Aid/ education Loan? If Yes, from which banks?

Yes. Applicant is requested to contact the campus counselor for updates on the same.

Q: Are there any scholarships available?

Followings are the different scholarships categories for deserving candidates:

  • Merit Scholarship (New Entrants) –Top performers in the Admission process (Entrance Test + Interview).This is a new category being introduced this academic year to encourage deserving candidates with meritorious academic performance.
  • Merit-cum-Means Scholarship (New Entrants)- The Merit-cum-Means Scholarship (new entrants) are granted to qualified candidates with financial challenges as per Academy’s scholarship policy. The Merit-cum-Means Scholarship (new entrants) is applicable only to the new enrollees / students of regular UG / PG / Master Pathways at the time of admission for first year only.
  • Merit Scholarship (Existing Students)- will be awarded annually to students who have topped (1st rank) in their respective cohorts, subject to a minimum class size of 30 students and meeting eligibility criteria.
  • Merit-cum-Means Scholarship (Existing Students)- The Merit-cum-Means Scholarships are granted to qualified students with financial challenges subject to meeting minimum eligibility & academic performance criteria.
  • Please refer the link pearlacademy.com/scholarships

Q: Does Pearl provide hostel facilities?

Yes, Pearl Academy does provide hostel facilities for girls. For more information, please speak to our counselling team or refer our website www.pearlacademy.com.

Q: What are the other facilities provided on centres to the students?

Pearl Centres are fully equipped with facilities that provide the necessary infrastructure to deliver courses effectively
Resources for students :

  • Student Development & Support Services
  • Well stocked library & Resource Centres
  • Recreation Rooms
  • Sports/Games Facilities
  • Medical Rooms
  • Corporate Resource Department (Placement & Career Counselling Services)
  • Cafeterias

For hands-on experience students may work inside our state of the art Design Studios, Drawing Studios, Art Rooms, Patternmaking Studios, Sewing and Cutting Labs, Weaving, Knitting, Printing and Embroidery Labs, Computer Labs, a Visual Merchandising Lab, a Photography Lab, Testing Lab, a Make-up Lab.

In addition, all our centres are fully connected with high-speed internet wifi facility, cutting edge softwares that make learning more advanced and exciting.

Q: What about Placements and Internships?

Academy has maintained an excellent record of 97% placements for its graduates in the last batch. All industry placements, including industry internships, are handled through a centralized Corporate Relations Department (CRD). Various brands from industry participate regularly in the campus placement services of the Academy.

Canvas – an incubation center has been set up as an ecosystem, which fosters and supports innovation, creativity and knowledge based entrepreneurship amongst Alumni and students leading to the creation of wealth and social value through successful ventures.

Immersion Cell is another exciting initiative by Pearl Academy for promoting design, fashion and business excellence. It is a platform created for interaction of the new talent pool from academy with the corporate world of sustained development through design & innovation. The aim of Immersion Cell is to help students grow and identify the industry requirements by giving them the firsthand experience of working within the corporate environment via learnings led project.

Q: How about the fashion show / jewellery show and other graduating events?

Along with obtaining a world-class education, Pearl Academy students are provided with platforms to showcase their creativity through strategic events / activities held both on-campus and off-campus throughout their pathways.

Landmark collaboration with FDCI provides the opportunity to our School of Fashion, Styling & Textiles students to showcase their work at FDCI organized fashion weeks across India such as Amazon India Fashion Weeks, Lakme Fashion Weeks etc.

Our annual graduating event PORTFOLIO provides a grand platform to our Design, Business & Fashion students to showcase their work in the presence of noteworthy designers, academicians & industry mentors and guests from the corporate. This mega event is one of the most awaited event of the year for us.