Programmes / Under Graduate / Textile Design
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Textile is a craft, as old as the human civilization. It is a four year Bachelor Degree Program incorporating current and classical traditions in the profession. It is an interface between materials and making that creates a challenging and dynamic environment. Patterns, weaves, knits, embroidery, embellishment and value addition through motifs, colours, materials, fashion trends and visual merchandising are some of the areas of textile design. The young textile designers are trained to face challenges pertaining to industry and economics, individual and society, techniques and technologies. The department trains the students to weave new ideas into industry or industry into their ideas, by making them work around a rigorous routine of industry based internship programmes. The department maintains hand looms, block printing, manual screen printing, and dyeing of fabric and yarn facilities as well as a computer lab for technological solutions. Ecological and environmentally sustainable design issues are made an important concern of the course. Hence courses and workshops on naturally extracted dyes and their applicability are an important part of the curriculum. Fabric construction, surface treatments, colour, pattern and trend forecast are the basics for a textile designer. But an ethical and conscientious design practice is also a must for a textile designer.

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 Course



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

Theory Subjects:
Introduction to 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-II

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

The objective of this course is to encourage students to experiment, innovate and become ethical and conscientious aspirants of good design. The sub-text of the course focuses on giving the students hands-on experience regarding surface design, on paper and fabrication techniques. The second year course focuses on the development of simple and complex ideas. Analysis of modern and traditional techniques, patterns and colours in textile design is fundamental to all ideas. These ideas are then worked into motifs, patterns, compositions in basic and advanced repeats. Various sampling techniques, batik, tie-dye, block printing, open screen printing and silk painting are practiced. Computer generation of patterns is also initiated. Colour is an important part of textiles. Colour theory, its application in textiles, its forecast by fashion and print industry is inherent to students’ learning. In addition to the major subject, one studio subject is opted each term from a range of studio electives offered jointly by the Design and Fine Art Departments.

First Term

Introduction to Textile Design-I
Drawing for Design-I
Communication-I
History of Art and Architecture I
History of South Asian Design-I
Construction Textiles/Sculpture
Computer Textiles
Studio Elective: See List of Studio Electives

Second Term

Introduction to Textile Design-I
Drawing for Design-I
Communication-I
History of Art and Architecture I
History of South Asian Design-I
Construction Textiles/Sculpture
Computer Textiles
Studio Elective: See List of Studio Electives

Third year courses are about developing an ability to evaluate and analyze design issues critically and to propose well researched options in their design exercises. The exercises in third year are focused on specific areas of textiles. A module of six large and eight small projects is mandatory to take a student’s work from paper to a finished product. They are put through internships in industries, to work with real market strategies effecting design. Working in a professional environment, enhances their professional awareness. A four week mini thesis developed at the end of third year forms the structure for the final year thesis project. In addition to major, two studio subjects are opted each term from a range of studio electives offered jointly by the Design and Fine Arts Departments.

First Term

Intermediate Textile Design–II
Drawing for the Design–II
Communication–II
History of Art and Architecture-II
History of South Asian Design–II
Studio Elective: See List of Studio Electives

Second Term

Intermediate Textile Design–II
Drawing for the Design–II
Communication–II
History of Art and Architecture-II
History of South Asian Design–II
Studio Elective: See List of Studio Electives

A number of skill enhancement workshops, and lectures by professionals in textile design and industry are held during the first term. Weekly tutorials provide individual guidance in the final thesis project. Second term is dedicated to the final thesis project. Various mid juries and discussions are held till the final exhibition. The thesis is evaluated by external jurors who are experts of the field.

First Term

Advanced Textile Design–III
Drawing for the Design–III
History of South Asian Design–III
Studio Elective: See List of Studio Electives

Second Term

Visual Communication Design
Thesis Project

  • Associate Professor
    Iram Zia

Iram Zia
Associate Professor
Head of Department
B. Des. National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
M.A. Multimedia Arts, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
Doctoral candidate Punjab University, Pakistan

  • Assistant Professor
    Attiya Javed

Attiya Javed
Associate Professor
B. Des. National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
M.A. Interior Design, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan

  • Assistant Professor
    Tayyab Qaisrani

Tayyab Qaisrani
Assistant Professor
B. Des. National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan



  • Lecturer
    Mobeen Saeed Khan

Mobeen Saeed Khan
Lecturer
B. Des. National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
M.A. Multimedia Arts, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan

  • Lecturer
    Irfan Gull

Irfan Gull
Lecturer
B. Des. National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
M.A. Visual Arts, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan

        Adjunct Faculty

  • Waqas Pervaiz Qureishi
  • Zeb Bilal
  • Asad Ali

        Visiting Faculty

  • Zeb Bilal
  • Waqas Pervaiz Qureshi
  • Madeeha Mehmood
  • Asad Ali
  • Behrera Basit

        Faculty Foundation Course

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