Responding to the increasing popular demand for quality education in creative arts and design in Pakistan, the Board of Governors of the NCA proposed the formation of a second campus in Rawalpindi city in 2005. Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Ministry of Education provided the funds and Federal Ministry of Information and Broadcasting provided logistic support for acquiring land for the development of the NCA Rawalpindi Campus. The College made a modest beginning with forty students each in departments of Fine Arts and Architecture in January, 2006. The faculty and staff of the NCA Lahore helped their counterparts in Rawalpindi to lay the foundation of the new Campus by providing support in infrastructure and curriculum development. In a short span of 6 years, the faculty and staff of the NCA Rawalpindi Campus, which comprises of the NCA graduates from the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, have worked exceedingly hard to turn a nascent institution into a competitive college in entire Pakistan.
As a federally autonomous institution under the Cabinet Division, the NCA Rawalpindi Campus admits students from all provinces and regions of Pakistan. It builds on the same principles of eligibility and competence as already established at Lahore more than half a century ago.
The NCA Rawalpindi Campus offers introductory and advanced classes in Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Drafting, Digital Art, Ceramics, Photography, Glass Blowing, Printmaking and Architecture, among many other areas of specialization. To complement studio practice, students are given a solid base in Art History, Cultural Studies and Liberal Arts. The faculty comprises of permanent members, visiting, contract and guest faculty members, drawn from within and without Pakistan. Students graduate from the NCA with a variety of skills necessary for a career as a creative artist in today's dynamic and constantly shifting art world.
The NCA, Rawalpindi Campus, is a multi-level building comprising of more than 50 rooms and the historic Liaquat Memorial Hall with a seating capacity of 850, which furnishes a long history of thriving performing arts. There are 30 offices for the faculty and staff, 17 studios, 6 lecture theaters and 3 workshops.
The College offers residential facilities for students, a hostel for the visiting faculty, studios and computer laboratories equipped with latest facilities, and an expanding library of more than ten thousand books.