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Arena Animation is empowering students with job-ready skills for Media and Industry: Aashish Rathi

Updated: Jan 25, 2022

This article is officially shared by Mr Aashish Rathi, Director- Arena Animation Tilak Road Pune

It’s the age of creativity and imagination. The Media and Entertainment industry is perpetually expanding, thanks to the internet, which has almost become a mainstream media of entertainment. India’s media consumption has grown at a CAGR of 9 % during 2012-18. Such great consumption demands an enormous amount of content generation, which in turn, promises thousands of job opportunities. Arena Animation, the foremost name in Media and Entertainment education, is equipped to train individuals and turn them into job-ready professionals for this lucrative industry.

The rise of the Media and Entertainment industry has attracted students from all parts of the country. There is no dearth of talent in our country and with our experience in this industry over the last two decades; we have come to a conclusion that rural India has the most creative lot. They are very raw and want to achieve a lot but, they need the right direction, honest discussions, exposure to the latest technology and soft skills development. Keeping this in mind and to bridge the gap between the industry and the institute, we equip our students with job-ready, industry-relevant skills for the Media and Entertainment industry through the latest tools & technologies, skill enhancement, real-time exposure via formal and informal events, right platforms to showcase talent and pre-interview preparations.

All-round learning and having a winning spirit is something we always want to instil in all our students through enriching experiences, which includes competitions, a host of live forums, master classes, online varsity, creosols, job placements and industry visits.

Creative Minds

Creative Minds is Arena Animation’s flagship inter-centre student competition where students produce and showcase some of their mind-blowing works under various categories ranging from Magazine Cover Design to VFX Scene. This year’s event was executed online considering the pandemic situation. The jury had a tough job in selecting the winners as students shared amazing entries that showcased their excellent creative skills. Like every year, even this year our students bagged the trophies in various categories – which was a proud moment for Arena Animation Tilak Road Pune.

Take a look at the winners of #CreativeMindsPuneRegion here, chosen by the industry experts.

1.3D product packshop – Ankit Pabhalkar, Kaushik Singh & Kaustubh Sure– 1st Prize

2.3D Character Animation sequence –Muskan Parmar – 1st Prize

3.Minimalist movie poster design –Aishwariya bobe -2nd prize

4.Minimalist movie poster design – Rahul Kharade – 3rd prize

Congratulations to all the winners!

Online Master Classes

Empowering students with job-ready skills for Media and Entertainment industry with our online masterclasses. We conducted over 35+ online masterclasses in the pandemic period where over 10000 students participated. In the last 12 months, we have taken special efforts to upskill our students and preparing them for the industry with guidance from experts through these online sessions.

Few of the online sessions which we conducted:

1.Rohan Bhalerao – Vaibhav More Films – Session | Blender 3D Asset Modeling

2. Darshan Jain – Framestore Studio – Session | Creature FX

3. Prashant Shahane – Occult VFX – Session | Photogrammetry from Photos to 3D model

4. Vichar – Technicolor India – Session | Traditional to Digital Art

5. Ajay Kumar – Makuta VFX – Session | Making of a VFX showreel

6. Dr Sunanda Rathi – Chiranjeev Foundation | Yoga for creativity

7. Saurabh Nawle | Philm- CGI | VFX Production Pipeline

8. Ritik Rajgire | Portrait Flip | Video Editing

9. Khagesh Deshpande | Geoclid 3D Printing Solutions | Importance of 3D Printing

10. Vivek Reddy | Viga Studios | Future of Film making

Online Varsity

Online varsity is a unique learning platform that gives our student’s access to 24/7, anywhere, anytime learning. It also offers a host of facilities, like student’s offers, peer-to-peer chats, online guidance, knowledge tools and latest videos about the industry.


Creosols is one-stop online portfolio management & social networking platform for our students, where they can share their portfolio, exchange ideas, and get access to networking and job opportunities.

Industry Visits

At Arena Animation – Tilak Road, Pune center we take our students to different studios visits where they get an opportunity to interact with industry experts to understand the pipeline of film making. This is a good way to make students realize what they need to do to become professionals. Over the last few years we have visited studios like Cosmos MAYA, Anibrain, Philm CGI, Assemblage Entertainment, MPC, NY VFXwala to name a few from Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. We have received excellent feedback from students on this initiative and they can’t wait to go back for more learning.

Faculty Training Programs

At our centre, we believe in continuous learning and upskilling. Our faculties get periodic training to the latest tools and techniques. It is a core value at our centre to take the teaching techniques to the next level. In pursuit of this, we conducted 20+ industry expert sessions for our faculties in the last 1 year.

Job Placements in Pandemic

Arena Animation’s reputed placement assistance has helped students find their feet and establish great careers with job roles such as Graphic Designer, 2D Animator, 3D generalist, 3D modelling, 3D animator, Video Editing, VFX coordinator, Roto Artist, VFX compositor and many in leading Media and Entertainment companies like Amazon, Technicolor, MPC, Double Negative, Prime, Maya Digital Studios, Makuta Visual Effects, Xentrix Studios, Red Chillies, Green Gold Animation, DQ Entertainment, Philm CGI Studios, Trace VFX, L&T, Prismart Productions, Biorev Studios, Superdna, Transpixel Studio, Sparrow Interactive, Lakshya Digital, Assemblage Entertainment, 88 Pictures, Resonance Digital, Golden Robot, Exigent 3D , Innovative Animation, Rockstar Adnet Global HERE Technologies, Firefly Creative Studio, Cimpress Vista Print, Geoshot Technologies, Rockstar Games, Ubisoft, Paperboat Animations, Framestores.

Here is a list of our students who have made their mark in the Media and Entertainment industry by working in Hollywood and Bollywood movies as VFX Artist, Final QC Artist, Rigging Artist, Animator, VFX coordinator, etc.

1.Ashish Rokade – The one & only IVAN, Disney Maleficent, 1917, The Call of Wild.

2.Saurabh Navale – AK vs AK & Mismatched – Netflix Shows

3.Samadhan Andhare – Disney Maleficient & 1917

4.Aniket Bhagat – Wanda Vison – Marvel Studios – Web Series

5.Shubham Thakare – 1917 & The Lion King

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