FASHION SCHOOL BECKONS
Whistling Woods International has much to offer students. By Sonali Acharjee
Started by film maker Subhash Ghai and designer Neeta Lulla, the Whistling Woods International Neeta Lulla School of Fashion is rolling out admissions for its very first batch of students. Fashion enthusiasts can now not only choose between a one or two year diploma but can also apply for a 100 per cent scholarship at the institute. All they need to do is to prove their creativity and talent.
“We want to nurture the very best minds and skill sets. So for those who are exceptionally brilliant at design or fashion, we are offering a full scholarship to fund their studies at our school in Mumbai,” says Meghna Ghai- Puri, president of Whistling Woods International. The scholarship exam which took place last month in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai covers the entire tuition fee of a few lucky students looking to study at the school.
With an advisory board consisting of members from the fashion industry such as Wendell Rodricks, Alka Nishar, Meher Castellino, and Marc Robinson, a course at the school of fashion promises students the best of both practical and theoretical learning. “Courses are firstly tailor- made according to the length of the degree. Whether you are with us for one year or two, you will still receive adequate training and exposure through interactive lectures, tutorials and hands- on internship experiences,” says Neeta Lulla.
But fashion is not all that students can learn at Whistling Woods. Established in 2006, the institute was ranked as one of the ten best film schools in the world by Hollywood Reporter last year. Film enthusiasts can opt for courses in acting, animation, cinematography, direction, editing, producing, screenwriting, sound recording and design and media management studies. “All our programmes include a mix of both theoretical and practical learning. We often invite leading Indian and international filmmakers to interact with students. This not only widens their perspectives but also gives them an idea of industry expectations and requirements,” adds Ghai- Puri.
Last year saw the institute expand its campuses globally through branches in Nigeria and the UK. Whistling Woods also recently announced its foray into the online education space with the Whistling Woods Virtual Academy ( WWVA) in the presence of actor Hrithik Roshan, who formally launched the academy in December last year. This venture makes Whistling Woods the first institute in India to offer an online film- making course.
“Exposure to key players in the industry was my biggest criteria when I was short- listing film- making institutes to apply to. I have now decided to give first priority to Whistling Woods not only because the courses in direction are very well defined and suit my career interests but also because of the industry interaction opportunities available at the institute. For a student just starting out in their career such chances are critical,” says Amit Bawa, 18, a student from Delhi.
Be it fashion, direction or film, there is plenty of new things for aspiring students to learn and discover at Whistling Woods International.
Students at Whistling Woods International