The Department of Communication and Cultural Studies was initially established as the Academics Department in 1958. It aims to develop the conceptual and theoretical skills of students. Students from all departments are brought together to analyze and discuss histories of the arts, cultures, and human communication.
The courses do so by examining the arts and their institutions, mass media imagery, and folk culture within the complex contexts of cultural, social, political, and economic concerns. In this analytical approach, the aim is to have students develop their abilities to formulate new readings of visual culture in a critical and contextual light.
The coursework in the department is spread over a three-year period and offered to all students from the departments of Fine Art, Architecture, Design, Film and Television, and Musicology. Lectures and discussions are frequently supplemented by slide and film shows. Students are also given a fundamental grounding in research methods and report writing. In the foundation year, students are exposed to art and ideas aimed at developing their critical thinking and writing skills. The Survey of World Arts introduces the arts of societies from around the world in a chronological order. The Introduction to the Visual Arts class provides a solid foundation in the techniques and materials of various forms of art supplemented by field trips to historical, cultural places and exhibition. Enhancing communication skills improves the student’s abilities to discuss and write about their practices. Pakistan Studies and Islamiyat are taught in a thought provoking way.
In the second and third years, students continue to build a strong theoretical foundation for their studio practice. History of Art and Architecture explores modern and contemporary art in depth. History of South Asian Design considers major civilizations from the ancient times to the present in light of design concepts. The courses chronologically place both artefacts and architecture in socio-religious and political contexts. The Communication/Cultural Studies course entails the study of culture and human communication from an interdisciplinary perspective. These aim to develop the artistic vocabulary of students along with their writing skills by supplementing the lecture-based classes with in-class assignments, research papers, and oral presentations.
The Department as a whole provides the necessary tools to develop a well-rounded student body by supporting the practical study with theoretical courses.
This program was launched by the Department of Communication and Cultural Studies in September, 2000. The Program leads to the M. Phil. and PhD. degree by research in Communication and Cultural Studies. Communication and Cultural Studies are by now established disciplines in numerous universities, drawing their strength from many related areas, such as anthropology, literary criticism, sociology, history, philosophy and political traditions of thought. Communication studies apply itself to all those aspects of human activity involved in the production and exchange of ideas. Its theoretical and methodological perspectives draw on the interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of contemporary cultural life, its signs and meanings, for example in culture and mass media. Cultural studies focuses on the social construction of subjectivity and spans a diverse range of issues from analysis of power relations in everyday life to an engagement with global culture.
The graduate program aims at providing students with a broad and rigorous education for a world being shaped by technology and media. As such, issues of culture and identity are becoming increasingly important. The capacity to produce and assimilate new knowledge is a defining feature of an interdependent and competitive world.
The programme is informed by the ideas of democratic ethics and individual freedom as central concerns of civil society. The program aims to develop a critical awareness by sensitizing students to interpersonal communication and the nature of mass. The program’s focus is on the conceptual and analytic aspects of communication and culture.
The program is supervised by a core faculty at the NCA and an overseas faculty comprising of prominent scholars located at leading universities in Europe and North America.
Officiating Head of Department
B.F.A. National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
M.A. (Research) University of New South Wales, Australia
PhD candidate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London,
Dr. Atteqa Ali
BA Arts & Aesthetics, Bard College, Massachusetts, USA
M.A. Art History, SUNY Binghamton, New York, USA
PhD Art History, University of Texas at Austin, USA
(Assistant Professor Contract)
Masters in English Language and Literature, PU, Lahore