Dedicated entirely to the discipline of Interior Design, Academy of Applied Arts is the brainchild of Avneet Alag and Ashmit Alag, director of Transform Designs, both season professionals with strong backgrounds in the field of retail, visual merchandising and luxury residential designing. Foreseeing the growing demand for retail design and visual merchandising which were gaining importance as India was scaling up to the international level of retailing, Alag took the plunge of conceptualizing Academy of Applied Arts in 2010. Since then, the institute has been flourishing exceptionally in the design education sphere and has bagged a number of laurels and appreciations including recognition by NISEBUD (an autonomous institute under the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship government of India), won the Pride of Indian Education Award as the Best Interior Designing Institute and so on.
Avneet Alag, Director, Academy of Applied Arts says, “We are on a humble journey of developing a breed of designers who in the coming years will be responsible for changing the landscape of India’s interior design by introducing new concepts and demonstrate their expertise through synchronizing with the evolving aesthetics of the customers.” Right from foundation diploma courses to professional diploma courses and graduate programs to post-graduate programs, the institute has put lots of heed in designing specialized fields of Interior Design, Luxury Residential Designing, Retail Design, Visual Merchandising and Furniture Design.The students are made accessible to an environment which is embraced with creativity where any student from other educational backgrounds as well can obtain the required skill set quite comfortably.
“We have made it a point that throughout the program, each student will be monitored individually and mentored at every step. Also, the duration of the classes has been kept optimum to give the students enough room to get time for work out, design and complete their assignments,” pinpoints Alag. Getting in hand ample amount of time besides attending the classes, the students of the institute often indulge into showcasing their ideas, implement their skills and think out-of-the-box by participating in various International Design Exhibitions like FOAID, India Design ID and various Industrial Projects. Students at the Academy of Applied Arts are always encouraged to grow and reach their full potential. The institute hosts several companies in its panel such as Seasons Furnishings, Lines Furniture, Livspace, HomeLane, to name a few, providing the student’s fair opportunities to work with them earn some real-time work experiences.
On that note, the institute also has signed an MOU with the prestigious Young Woman Christian Association (YWCA) and Mewar Institute for exclusive training of the interior design programs and partnered with Transform Design- one of the leading Interior Designing Firm in Luxury Residential Designs. Alag elaborates, “Our partnership with Transform Design helps us in bringing in better placement opportunities for our students. While they share with their vast knowledge and experience to improve the relevance and effectiveness of future designers, we ask our professionals at Transform- what they are looking for in a hire; crafting our programs and services around their answers.”
Education that stands up to the expectation
Where the design students always await for a chance to go for onsite showroom visits, for the students of the Academy of Applied Arts it is just a matter of few steps from their institute. Academy of Applied Arts’s corporate campus being located in one of the premium areas of New Delhi, nestled amidst the vibrant center of design within walking distance of showrooms of some of the best brands like Fab India,, Kohler flagship store, Seasons furnishing, Leela furnishings, Toto Flagship store and many more, the students gets access to often visits them and gain some valuable knowledge which cannot be pursued only through theoretical sessions. “We ardently believe that out of classroom experience is an integral part of the learning process and it considerably widens the students’ design skills.
The excellent infrastructure of the institute which has been designed keeping in mind the requirements of the Interior Design Industry also greatly adds up to heighten the student’s overall experience. “From time to time, considering keeping our students motivated, we arrange several fun workshops. For instance, recently a workshop was conducted by Ms. Raman Suri, a master spirit life coach, which was thoroughly enjoyed by our students. Additionally, we organize educational trips and students are taken to places where they can learn about the evolution of art and architecture in India,” shares Alag. Having witnessed success in terms of generating quality graduates and maintaining the standard of education, the institute has numerous goals which are lined up to be achieved in coming years including envisioning to footprints all over Asia and emerge as one of the leading global institutes for interior designing.