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Department of Ceramic Design offers a four year course leading to the Bachelor of Design Degree. The curriculum aims at guiding students through a gradual, well directed path, right from concept to execution. Integrated courses, containing theoretical, historical and practical aspects of ceramic design are offered. International ceramists are frequently invited in order to share trends, techniques and philosophies.

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An integrated programme of study has been formulated that combines both theoretical and practical modules for the students of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design. The programme considers all creative disciplines in the visual arts as having similar perceptual, theoretical and historical underpinnings. Beginning a course of study in any creative field through an inter-disciplinary approach provides a strong base for a wider understanding of the subject. This is what we offer to our students in the foundation year, the ability to think, understand, connect and analyse in the context of personal and wider human experience.

History and theory courses are compulsory in the foundation year. Project based studio courses include Sculpture, Drawing, Drafting and Design. The aim is to develop technical and critical skills by the introduction to essential media, basic techniques, creative expression and the use of tools and equipment. Personal understanding and insight is developed through tutorials, seminars, and critiques. Musicology and Film & Television have their own foundation year courses that are specific to their disciplines.

The foundation year also serves as an introduction to the city of Lahore, where students are required to study past and present practices first hand and develop an understanding of the connection between culture, visual language and creative practice.

The foundation year is demanding, rigorous, and challenging. Aside from the compulsory theory and practice components, the course also includes extended visits to historical monuments, contemporary buildings of architectural value, galleries, museums, industrial and commercial units and various other sites where art and music are practiced as part of a living tradition. The foundation year faculty is drawn both from the College and prominent names as visiting faculty. Students are required to pass all the subjects to be promoted to the second year.

First Term



Studio Subjects:
Foundation Drawing-I
Foundation Design-I
Foundation Drafting-I
Foundation Sculpture-I

Theory Subjects:
Visual Arts-I
History & Heritage-I
Enhancing communication skills-I
Pakistan Studies

Second Term



Studio Subjects:
Foundation Drawing-II
Foundation Design-II
Foundation Drafting-II
Foundation Sculpture-I

Theory Subjects:
Visual Arts-II
History & Heritage-II
Enhancing Communication Skills-II
Islamic Studies

Second year courses aim at creativity, skill development, and various fabrication techniques and are systematically directed towards solving aesthetic and functional problems. Assignments are designed to make the students learn to operate within the given constraints, without sacrificing basic design principles. During this year they are introduced to small and large scale hand construction, alternate firing techniques, ceramic-sculpture, moulding and casting, kilns and firing and traditional and contemporary practice. Students can choose two minor subjects from the departments of Design or Fine Arts during this academic year.

First Term

Introduction to Ceramics-I
Drawing for Design-I
Calligraphy/Fabrication
Communication-I
History of Art and Architecture-I
History of South Asian Design-I
Sculpture
Studio Elective: See the list of Studio Electives.

Second Term

Introduction to Ceramics-I
Drawing for Design-I
Calligraphy/Fabrication
Communication-I
History of Art and Architecture-I
History of South Asian Design-I
Sculpture
Studio Elective: See the list of Studio Electives.

Students promoted to third year further their learning into advanced courses like wheel as a tool, materials and chemistry, ceramic surface, ceramic design, utilitarian ceramics and architectural ceramics. All these topics require intense studio practice with clear emphasis on well presented design solutions and finding solutions relevant to standard design practice. Frequent juries are held to make sure that students develop effective communication skills. All courses comprise at least 20 percent theory and up to 40 percent research component. Two minor subjects from the departments of Design or Fine Arts are offered during this academic year.

First Term

Intermediate Ceramics-II
Drawing for Design-II
Communication-II
History of Art and Architecture-II
History of South Asian Design-II
Studio Elective: See the list of Studio Electives.

Second Term

Intermediate Ceramics-II
Drawing for Design-II
Communication-II
History of Art and Architecture-II
History of South Asian Design-II
Studio Elective: See the list of Studio Electives.

Skilled in most areas of clay fabrication and applied process of design, fourth year students are encouraged to discover personal areas of interest. During the first term, individual studio and research problems are given to students to help them explore specific topics in detail. As the term approaches its end, students are required to identify their thesis topics. They are also allowed to choose one minor from the departments of Design or Fine Arts. During the thesis term, students work independently, under the supervision of at least two advisors of their choice. To monitor progress, internal juries are arranged by the thesis in-charge on a monthly basis. Thesis project is assessed at the end of the term by external jurors.

First Term

Advanced Ceramics-III
Drawing for Design-III
History of South Asian Design-III
Studio Elective: See the list of Studio Electives.

Second Term

Ceramic Design
Thesis Project

  • Shazia Umbreen Mirza

Shazia Umbreen Mirza
(Assistant Professor)
Officiating Head of Department
B. Des. National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
M.F.A. State University of New York USA

  • Mohammad Naveed

Mohammad Naveed
(Lecturer Contract)
B. Des. National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan

         Visiting Faculty

  • Ayesha Bashir
  • Ejaz Bashir
  • Faisal Asghar
  • Aakif Suri
  • Faran Faisal



        Faculty Foundation Course

  • Mr.Fakhar Ullah Tahir(Coordinator)
    (Assistant Professor VCD)
  • Shehnaz Malhi
  • M.H. Jaffri
  • Mohsin Iqbal
  • Tariq Gill
  • Rifqa Ejaz
  • Khalid Chishti
  • Anees Ikram
  • Saad Rasool
  • Maryam Rehman
  • Faran Faisal
  • Isma Hussain
  • Kiran Saleem
  • Hina Afzal
  • Kareem Ahmad
  • Uzma Siddique