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ZICA Celebrates AESTHETICS, student conclave of Animation, VFX and Film Making professionals, students and corporates in the related fields. It gives a common platform to the students where the students participate from all corners of the country, exhibit their creative talent and win awards.

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Expert Lecture on Maya

Mr. Kirubakaran conducted in-depth seminar on the topic of '3D Generalist using Maya' at ZICA Chennai.

Graphic Design Workshop - Andheri

Mr. Mahan Pilankar conducted knowledgeable session on how to create Graphic Design creatives for various Social Media Platforms at ZICA Andheri. He showcased the production pipeline for the same from initial concept to final execution along with brand promotion.

Lens Infinity A Photography Exhibition - Indore

Masterclass on V-Ray

ZICA Surat's alumni Malay Soni is working at Essel Studio, Gandhinagar as VFX artist. He conducted 'Masterclass on V-Ray'at ZICA Surat. Students learned in-depth knowledge about lighting, texturing, enhancing effects and important keyboard short cuts.

Mobile Game Design - Bhubaneswar

Mr. Ankit Ansuman Mohanty (Pixalot Labs, Hyderabad) conducted Workshop on Mobile Game Design at ZICA Bubaneswar.

Motion Graphics using After Effects - T Nagar

Mr. Narendhar conducted seminar on Motion Graphics using Adobe After Effects at ZICA Chennai.

Puppet Animation using After Effects - Malleshwaram

Mr. Suraj conducted seminar on the topic of Puppet Animation using Adobe After Effects at ZICA Malleshwaram.

Seminar of Architecture

Senior Architect Mr. Santosh Shrivastava conducted an inspiring session for Interior designing students of ZICA Indore. It was an eye opening workshop to benefit the budding designers.

Storyboard for Animation - Andheri

Mr. Kailash Gavali conducted seminar on topic of Storyboard for Animation at ZICA Andheri.

Z Brush Seminar - Ranchi

Special class on ZBrush was conducted by Mr. Aditya at ZICA Ranchi.

3D Street Art - Baroda

Hats off to ZICA Baroda students for being supremely creative through '3D Street Art' at Fun Street, Baroda. This illusion art was appreciated by visitors and also got covered in local media - Divya Bhaskar Newspaper, Tnn Samachar Gujarati (TV news).

Acting workshop

Renowned Gujarati theater artist Mr. Marmik Jani conducted Acting workshop at ZICA Surat. Having practical experience of over a decade, Mr. Jani shared his deep knowledge regarding various important details such as body language, tone, voice modulation etc. He is very well known for plays including Tirade Futi Kupan, Vischakra, Minmekh, Ma and many others.

Concept Art Competition - Guwahati

Digital Painting - Ranchi

ZICA Ranchi students created various characters in 'Digital Painting' activity, within the duration of 4 hours.

Children's Day Drawing competition and free Dental camp

ZICA Jaipur took great initiative on Children's Day Drawing competition and free Dental camp organised by ‘Jay Jawan Society' with Dr. Sucheta Narwat & Team, sponsored by ZICA Jaipur.

“The best way to invest in a country is by educating its children”

Educational Seminar

ZICA Borivali conducted Educational Seminar at Viva College, Virar for Bachelors in Mass Media students. Around 250 students participated.

Emboss Art - Surat

ZICA Surat students created amazing Emboss art works.

Face Painting - Indore

Amazing creativity displayed by ZICA Indore students during face painting competition.

Face Painting - Malleshwaram

ZICA Malleshwaram students participated in Face Painting activity.

Film Competition

ZICA Indore won 1st prize in the film competition 'LENS KE PICHE'

Prestige Institute, Indore for the short film 'Sabak’.

Freshers Bash 2017

ZICA Indore welcomed its new students with Freshers Bash 2K17 on 12th September. The happening & memorable Freshers bash enjoyed various activities including One Minute Games, Talent Show, Ramp walk and Dance.

Ganesh Chaturthi Poster Competition

ZICA Indore organized Ganesh Chaturthi Poster Competition.

Independence Day Creatives

ZICA students from all centres came up with amazing artistic creatives of Independence Day.

International Animation Day

ZICA Indore celebrated International Animation Day 2017. Key speakers were:

Pete Draper: Co-Founder of Makuta VFX which worked extensively for Bahubali series.

Apart from technical notes, Pete also showcased making of Bahulai 2.

Dileep Varma: Founder of The Cirqus. Dileep took session on creating Photorealistic character & 3D environment.

International Drug Abuse Creatives

ZICA students celebrated 'International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking' on 26th June by conveying their message through art work.

Kargil Vijay Diwas Creatives

On 26th July, ZICA celebrated Kargil Vijay Diwas to remember and salute our martys who never backed down.

Kite Flying - Malleshwaram

ZICA Malleshwaram students and staff celebrated Kite Flying festival.

Life in the Moment - Malleshwaram

"LIFE IN THE MOMENT" seminar conducted by Ms. Pallavi Bharadwaj (An IISC scientist and a soft skill trainer) at ZICA Malleshwaram. It was regarding being aware of your inner potential and become confident. Some stress relief exercises and meditation were conducted for the students by Pallavi.

Live Sketching

ZICA Baroda students have gone for Live Sketching at Baroda Central Depo to make live Sketching and to get more clear ideas for human gesture.

Media Partner

ZICA as Media partner at Polaris, annual event of Wilson College BMM, Mumbai

Neon Body Painting - Surat

ZICA Surat executed Face and Body Painting through UV colors. Such neon painting takes 1 to 2 hours per person. This activity got covered on the front page of 'Divya Bhaskar' newspaper city edition.

Photography Exhibition

ZICA Inodre celebrated World Photography Day by arranging studnents' Photography exhibition, titled as 'Lens Infinity' on 19th and 20th August. Two day event was organized at Pritam Lal Dua Sabhagraph, Indore.

Silhouette Painting - Surat

ZICA Surat arranged Silhouette Painting activity. In the art form, background color can be any, but the main subject has to be highlighted by black color.

Stop Motion Animation

ZICA Bhubaneswar organized workshop on ‘Stop Motion Animation'. Students were made aware of the entire production pipeline, essential techniques and current market requirements.

Tattoo Session - Malleshwaram

Tattoo making session was conducted by Mr. Ritwik Sengupta at ZICA Malleshwaram.

Thermocol Doremon - Baroda

Thermocol Doremon was created by ZICA Baroda student Kaushik Suryavanshi in one day.

Wall Art

ZICA Malleshwaram students executed Wall Art at the center

Zica Premier League - Indore

ZICA Indore celebrated ZPL (Zica Premier League) 2017. Staff and students participated in the game with four teams - Blue warriors, Red Devils, Black Panthers and White Hunters.
Winner: Blue Warriors
Runner-up: Red Devils
Man of the Match: Shubham Pandey
The winners were awarded prizes and medals by ZICA Indore Director Mr. Anuj Singh.

Zica Premier League - Malleshwaram

ZICA Malleshwaram conducted ZPL cricket tournament. 4 teams participate in the game on 6th Dec 2017.
Winning Team Name: DC - Dark Cricketers
Man of The Match: Girish kumar
Medals were given to all the members of the winning team.

Best out of Waste

'Best out of waste' event of ZICA Indore was featured in Dainik Bhaskar.

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Career Mantra

ZICA Bhubaneswar featured in ZEE KALINGA News Channel's education series titled 'Career Mantra'. Faculty and students were interviewed by ZEE Kalinga at the ZICA centre.

Student work in 'Divya Bhaskar' newspaper

ZICA Surat student Yash Trivedi's poster of Gandhi Jayanti got featured in the leading newspaper 'Divya Bhaskar'.


ZICA Baroda student, Bhavesh Raval, had clicked a slow shutter photograph was published in Divya Bhaskar newspaper.It received huge likes and shares on social media.

Oscar Short Film

ZICA Surat alumni Aman Sukhadia (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm8508763/) has made a mark in the Film fraternity. He has worked on the short film 'The Stranger on the Bus' as an actor which has been nominated in Oscar Short Film category in 2015.

Projection Videos

ZICA Baroda Alumni Dipev Patel is owner of 'Akshar Chalchitram Studio'. They had made 5 videos on the occassion of 'Akshardham' completing successful 25 years. The vidoes were projected on the screen size of 12 ft x 90 ft.

Our honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi was present at the event.

Renowned Director

ZICA Surat alumni Aman Sukhadia has made a mark in the Film fraternity. He has worked on the short film 'The Stranger on the Bus' as an actor which has been nominated in Oscar Short Film category in 2015.

Other notable credentials:

  • Associate Director: Je Pan Kahish E Sachuj Kahish (Gujarati film)
  • Associate Director: Wass...up! Zindag (Gujarati film)
  • Actor: Keh Diya (Video album song)
  • Writer, Director: Life matters what you do (Short film)

Star Alumni

ZICA INDORE's Animation & VFX student ROHIT SARAWAT has credentials in blockbuster Hollywood movies including:

  • Avengers
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Batman v Superman
  • Tarzan

...and many more

Aesthetics Conclave 2014-15

Aesthetics 2014, ZICA’s first ever National Student’s Meet was conducted on 27th & 28th February 2015. The event brought together all its students from across the nation under one roof and on a common platform for the very first time in ZICA’s history. It was a hugely successful event with nearly 100 students who participated from all across India. There were 24 entries from 13 ZICA franchise centers.

Aesthetics 2014-2015 gave students an opportunity to showcase their creativity via their independent films and awarding them on the same in various categories by the jury members. It was a hugely successful event with nearly 100 students who participated from all across India.

Set amidst the calm and peaceful greeneries of Karjat, the venue for this prestigious event was Mohili Meadows Resort . All the students reached the event by bus from Mumbai to Karjat. The 1st day was scheduled for various adventure activities. In the evening, students enjoyed activities such as a Rain Dance and then a Bonfire Huddle. The second day started with the showcasing of student films. The venue of the gala Award’s Night which was supposed to be held in an open space in a huge set that was erected. This underwent a change as the rain came down heavily, so it had to be arranged in the hall. Mr. Subhajit Sarkar shared his experience and also guided the students on how to build a good portfolio / showreel. Students from Andheri and Banshankari performed cultural programs. The award night made the winners exhilarated.

On the day one the students had a whale of time as they explored the adventures at the resort and also engaged themselves with their fellow ZICAites from the other centres. The various adventure activities available for them were Zip line, Mud Fight, Sumo Wrestling, Rocket Ejection, Rifle shooting. In the evening, students enjoyed activities such as a Rain Dance and then a Bonfire Huddle which was filled with music and team engaging games like treasure hunt.

The second day started with the showcasing of student films. It was an exclusive opportunity for students to share their concept and vision on the basis of which they had prepared their short films. They also got to learn few things or more from the mentors of the various centres present during the screening.

The showstopper of the event was the Gala Awards night as the awards and cultural performances had the students exhilarated. The guest of honor was Mr. Subhajit Sarkar who has been one of the key persons in the Hollywood VFX & Animation industry since the last 12 years, having worked with major studios like Rhythm & Hues & Prime Focus. He has worked on some of the outstanding academy award winning films like Golden Compas, Alwin and the chipmunks, Life of Pi and many more. Students got an exclusive opportunity to interact with Mr. Subhajit as he shared his experience and guided them how to build a good portfolio /showreel.

Apart from the buzz & excitement of winning the coveted Awards, the Awards night featured cultural performances by Students from Andheri and Banshankari. A tribute was paid to the Late Legendary Cartoonist, R.K Laxman. Mr. Chetal Gazdar, Head of VFX Dept. left the audience in splits by his hilarious stand-up comedy routine.

In all, Aesthetics 2014-15 was about creativity, power-packed talent, magnificent performances, entertaining acts- a complete package. At the end of the two days of fun, learning and creativity, students let their hair down and shook a leg to the tunes of the DJ; a fitting end to the event.

Below mentioned are the links to view these Award-wining short films :-

Following links are the AnimationXpress news articles of Aesthetics

Aesthetics Conclave 2018-19

We had concluded this years edition of AESTHETICS 2019 - Youth Conclave. We have received an overwhelming response from the students and faculties who have attended the event. Please find attached the glimpses of the event.

On 1st day the seminar by the eminent personalities from industry such as Adobe (Guru Vaidya, Sr Solutions Consultant, Adobe Systems), Jainareesh, Education Account Manager, Unity Technologies, MSI (Abhay Prabhu, Marketing Dept,) Shrinivas Rao, Online editor and Colorist, MSI Global), Zee5 (Aparna Achrekar, Programming Head, Zee5), were well appreciated by our students. In the evening there were a showcase of nominated films from 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Stopmotion, VFX & Live Action Films. This event was eye-opening for our students where they cheered for good films and learned where they have made mistakes so that they can correct it in the next session of Aesthetics. Students took the learning very positively as there was no criticism from the viewers.

The 2nd day started with students visiting Essel World and had maximum fun. They had enjoyed the latest crazy rides, Thunder Wheel. Rides with VR Gear, Ice skating etc.

Now, the stage was set for students to perform in the cultural program which consists of individual & group dance performances, singing and poetry uplift their mood. The award night was graced by Mr Debshankar Mukhopadhyay CEO, Zee Learn Ltd. and Mr Vikas Kar, HR Head, Zee Learn Ltd. The awards were judged by eminent industry personalities.

The DJ night after the award ceremony for the students and staff was the cherry on the cake.

On the Last day, students visited sets of “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” finals (rehearsals) the finals event will be telecasted on ZEE TV.

Top Award winners are from the following centers:
ZICA Indore,
ZICA & ZIMA Andheri,
ZICA Bhubaneswar
ZICA Surat

Congratulations to all the winners and best wishes to all the participants !!

Aesthetics Conclave 2019-20

Aesthetics is Zee Group & Zee Learn’s Animation, VFX and Film Making conclave of professionals, students and corporates in the related fields. It gives a common platform to the students where the students participate from all corners of the country, exhibit their creative talent and win awards.

  • To create a common platform and forum for the students to showcase their work and creative talent, which is a National Level Competition.
  • To bring the students of ZICA & ZIMA centers to a common venue for industry insight through seminars, mentorship, master classes by eminent personalities from the Animation industry.
  • A rejuvenating experience for the students in terms of having a change from the center and the city, which will help a great deal in creating a very strong positive W.O.M

We have conducted ‘AESTHETICS FILM AWARD’ – A short film competition for all its students. It gives phenomenal weightage to the student’s academic credentials, thereby increasing student’s chances of getting a great head start in his/her career.

  • 2D Animation
  • 3D Animation
  • Stopmotion
  • Visual Effects

Juries to evaluate the movies

Name Company Designation
Vipul Bhalala Zee Entertainment Head, Broadcast Design
Rajiv Deka Zee Entertainment Lead – Broadcast design – English cluster
Nilotpal Modak ENSO Immersive Co-Founder
Suhas Kadav Maya entertainment Production head
Pravin Pillai Zee Entertainment Creative Supervisor

We had renowned industry professionals as speakers, following are the details

Genre Center Movie Name Status
3D Animation Film: Indore The Last Hope Gold
Ranchi Birth Bronze (joint winners)
Indore The Last Hope Gold
Bhubaneswar The Soul Bronze (joint winners)
2D Animation Film Bhubaneswar Mera Parivaar Gold
Bangalore Faraway Friends Silver
Mumbai (Andheri) SBA Bronze
Visual Effects Indore Oxygen Gold
Jaipur The Quest Silver
Mumbai (Andheri) Anguish Bronze
Stop Motion Mumbai (Andheri) Deserted Island Gold
Indore Art of Silence Silver
Bhubaneswar Reve Bronze

XP Pen conducted on-sight competition among students and the winners were awarded with Pen Tablet. The DJ night after the award ceremony for the students and staff was the cherry on the cake. On the Last day, students visited to IMAGICA amusement park for fun filled rides. Congratulations to all the winners and best wishes to all the participants!!!