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The Department of Fine Art offers a four year course leading to bachelor degree in Fine Arts. Many graduates of the Fine Art Department at NCA have found fame and recognition in Pakistan and abroad. The fine arts studios are located in the oldest section of the College, facing the main quadrangle and extend into a new wing overlooking the Town Hall. There are four Major areas of specialization: Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Miniature Painting. In the second year students take introductory courses in all four areas of fine arts. One Major area of specialization is selected at the end of the second term. Students work on their chosen area of specialization in the third year. In the fourth year the student’s work culminates in a thesis project. All teaching is studio-based with particular emphasis on drawing and developing an individual style. The will to experiment and critical self-analysis, is facilitated through group critiques and individual tutorials. All projects are critiqued and evaluated by a panel of external jurors comprising of visiting artists/educators and teachers from the Fine Arts and other departments. One of the aims of the department is to train the students in the creative process. Apart from the techniques students are provided guidance regarding the basics of the materials pertaining to their respective disciplines. The department of fine art also facilitates the teaching of drawing and material and processes in the first year foundation course.

This department was started in 1982 and a new programme was constituted regarding the Bachelor’s in Miniature Painting. In this discipline, students are taught the skills and traditional techniques of miniature painting. They are encouraged to develop an awareness and sensibility of contemporary practices of this medium. They learn the preparation of wasli (traditional paper), handmade brushes (squirrel hair and bamboo stick), and preparation of colours. The use of tradition along with contemporary brings about a fusion that essentially becomes the essence of the ‘spirit of the times’.

The Painting course introduces students to work with a variety of media, including oils, acrylics, water colours, mix-media and tempera. Students are encouraged to articulate their visual and verbal ideas. They experiment with Materials to formulate an individual approach to image making. Three well lit studios provide sufficient room for the painting projects.

The Cowasjee Printmaking Studio is one of the best equipped workshops in Pakistan. The course imparts training regarding all intaglio techniques such as dry point, etching, engraving, photo-etching and aquatint on copper and zinc plates. An extensive course in the planographic processes, such as offset and direct method lithography; relief printing processes such as woodcut and lino-cut are taught along with silkscreen printing and digital printmaking. An introduction to qualities of paper, printing inks and materials is an integral part of this programme.

Sculpture as a medium has a lot in common with the disciplines of architecture,design and new media. The multidimensionality of this process links it with technology and materials, both new and old. It allows the students to explore experiment and define new frontiers in material, form and expression. The students are encouraged to experiment in a range of mediums and materials; produce relief and round sculptures, installations and site specific sculptures.

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 Second year in Fine Art provides an introduction to the fields of specialization within the Department: Printmaking, Painting, Miniature Painting and Sculpture. Students are divided into four groups. Each group in rotation attends introductory courses in the four disciplines, eight weeks per discipline. This familiarizes students with basic principles and techniques and enables them to choose the areas of specialization at the end of the first term. Drawing classes are compulsory in second year. In addition to studio courses, students are required to study history of design, history of art, a fine art seminar combining history and theory and communication and cultural studies.

First Term

Introduction to Miniature Painting
Introduction to Painting
Introduction to Printmaking
Introduction to Sculpture
Drawing Studio-I
Communication-I
History of Art and Architecture-I
History of South Asian Design-I
Fine Art Seminar-I
Studio Elective:
See List of Studio Electives

Second Term

Miniature Painting-I
Painting -I
Printmaking
Sculpture-I
Drawing Studio-I
Communication-I
History of Art and Architecture-I
History of South Asian Design-I
Fine Art Seminar I
Studio Elective: See List of Studio Electives


Students who successfully complete the second year continue to work in their areas of specialization in the third year. In addition to the major subjects students also choose one studio elective in each term for which other departments run specific projects. Students are encouraged to develop their understanding of various traditions to further explore different media using basic skills acquired in the 2nd year.

First Term

Miniature Painting-II
Painting-II
Printmaking-II
Sculpture-II
Drawing Studio-II
Communication-II
History of Art and Architecture-II
History of South Asian Design-I
Fine Art Seminar II
Studio Elective: See List of Studio Electives

Second Term

Miniature Painting-II
Painting-II
Printmaking-II
Sculpture-II
Drawing Studio-II
Communication-II
History of Art and Architecture-II
Contemporary Fine Art Seminar-II
Studio Elective: See List of Studio Electives

Students continue in the first term of their final year with their choice of major and elective subjects under the supervision of group tutors, articulating their ideas in their specific disciplines. A survey course on contemporary Pakistani art is also conducted. The second term is devoted to thesis work (independent study). Although fourth year students are supervised by a class teacher, they are also required to choose a thesis advisor. Thesis is meant to test a student’s ability to work independently on a project of his/her own choice incorporating his/her experience and vision of the discipline.

The thesis along with major and minor selective assignments from previous three years is evaluated by external examiners in the degree show.

First Term

Miniature Painting-III
Painting-III
Printmaking-III
Sculpture-III
Drawing Studio-III
Contemporary Art Seminar-III

Second Term

Miniature Painting Thesis Project
Painting Thesis Project
Printmaking Thesis Project
Sculpture Thesis Project

  • Principal NCA
    Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri

Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri
Principal NCA
Director MA (Hons.) Visual Arts
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
M.A. Chelsea College of Arts, London
Ph.D. (Fine Arts) University of East London, London
Post Doctoral Research Fellow AVA, London
Advanced Drawing, Concordia University, Montreal

  • Officiating Head
    Quddus Mirza

Prof. Quddus Mirza
Head of Department
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
MA (Painting) Royal College of Arts, London, UK
Doctoral Candidate, Punjab University, Pakistan

  • Associate
    Nausheen Saeed

Nausheen Saeed
Associate Professor
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
MA(Site Specific Sculpture), Wimbledon School of Art, London


  • Associate Professor
    Muhammad Ali Talpur

Muhammad Ali Talpur
Associate Professor
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
MA (Hons.) Visual Arts National College of Arts, Lahore


  • Associate Professor
    Laila Mehreen Rehman

Laila Mehreen Rehman
Associate Professor
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
MA Slade School of Art,University College London



  • Shireen Bano Rizvi
    Shireen Bano Rizvi

Shireen Bano Rizvi
Associate Professor
BFA, NCA Lahore, Pakistan
MA (Hons.) Visual Art,NCA Lahore, Pakistan

  • Assistant Professor
    R.M. Naeem

R.M. Naeem
Assistant Professor
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore
Pakistan



  • Assistant Professor
    Muhammad Imran Qureshi

Muhammad Imran Qureshi
Assistant Professor
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore
Pakistan



  • Assistant Professor
    Jamil Baloch

Jamil Baloch
Assistant Professor
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore
Pakistan



  • Lecturer
    Muhammad Atif Khan

Muhammad Atif Khan
Assistant Professor
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore
Pakistan

  • Assistant Professor
    Mr. Ali Kazim

Mr. Ali Kazim
Assistant Professor
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore
MFA Slade School of Art, University College London

  • Assistant Professor
    Saba Khan

Saba Khan
Assistant Professor
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore
MFA Boston University Boston

  • Assistant Professor
    Imran Channa

Imran Channa
Assistant Professor
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore
MA (Hons.) Visual Art,National College of Arts, Lahore

  • Assistant Professor
    Masood Hameed

Masood Hameed
Assistant Professor (Contract)
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore
Pakistan

  • Lecturer
    Hasnat Mehmood

Hasnat Mehmood
Lecturer
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore
Pakistan

        Visiting Faculty

  • Khurshid Gohar Kalam
  • Naheed Fakhar
  • Tariq Gill
  • Isma Hussain
  • Ayesha Zulfiqar
  • Sobia Ahmed
  • Sarwat Rana
  • Irfan Hassan
  • Ahsan Jamal
  • Mehreen Murtaza
  • Dua Abbas Rizvi
  • Natasha Malik
  • Sahyr Sayed
  • Kiran Saleem
  • Julies John
  • Zahrah Ehsan
  • Saad Ahmed
  • Mahbub Jokhio
  • Safdar Ali
  • Nyra Mushtaq
  • Umer Nawaz
  • Sadia Amin
  • Karim Ahmed
  • Hina Afzal



        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