Programmes / Under Graduate / Communication Design
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The purpose of the visual communication is to bridge the gap between ideas and the receiver. The aim is to produce an exciting and convincing visual communication through creative thinking with a flexible approach to design to meet the challenges of present times.

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

Students are introduced to the responsibilities and requirements of the design process. The research focuses on the user analysis, materials, techniques, industry and the consumer market. To broaden the student’s perspective, the curriculum is supported by courses on model making, CAD, sculpture, drawing and design theory. At the end of the term each student has to prepare detail drawing sets of a studio project, as design presentation of the design process. In addition to the major, one studio subject is opted each term from a wide range of studio electives offered jointly by the Design and Fine Art Departments.

First Term

Intro to Visual Communication Design-I
Drawing for Design-I
Calligraphy-I
Printing-I
Communication-I
History of Art and Architecture-I
History of South Asian Design-I
Studio Elective: See list of Studio Electives

Second Term

Visual Communication Design-I
Drawing for Design-II
Calligraphy
Printing-II
Communication-II
History of Art and Architecture-I
History of South Asian Design-I
Studio Elective: See list of Studio Electives

Third year is committed to bringing real market experience to the studio. Guest lecturers and art directors from leading design houses are invited for critique and project evaluation. The enormous possibilities of ‘word and image’ are explored, debated and adapted to suit a specific need, (whether a poster or a corporate identity). Support courses in professional photography, theory and digital tools are part of the curriculum. In addition to a major, one studio subject is opted each term from a range of Studio electives offered jointly by the Design and Fine Art Departments. Drawing and theoretical courses are compulsory components of this course.

First Term

Intermediate V.Communication Design-II
Drawing for Design-II
Typography/Calligraphy-II
Printing-II
Communication-II
History of Art and Architecture-II
History of South Asian Design-II
Studio Electives: See list of Studio Electives

Second Term

Intermediate V.Communication Design-I
Drawing for Design-II
Typography/Calligraphy-II
Printing-II
Communication-II
History of Art and Architecture-II
History of South Asian Design-II
Studio Elective: See list of Studio Electives

Professionalism is the goal set for the students in the fourth year. They are trained to answer questions about their design solution. Capacity to observe, collect and classify relevant information in writing is developed. This research information justifies the body of visual work produced, in the form of a report. Studio assignments are given for the first 12 weeks of first term followed by a mini-thesis. The form of this visual dialogue is dependent on many factors like printing and production industry, technological innovations, clients, manufacturers, suppliers and the public. Issues of ethics, professionalism, cost, viability and common appeal, are also important in decision making. It leads to the final thesis project which the students are required to submit at the end of the year. The final thesis project is examined for approval by a thesis committee. A panel of external jurors evaluates the final thesis project for the award of degree.

First Term

Advanced V.Communication Design-III
Drawing for Design-III
Marketing/Printing-III
Communication-III
History of Art and Architecture-III
History of South Asian Design-III
Printing/Marketing
Studio Elective: See list of Studio Electives

Second Term

Visual Communication Design
Thesis Project

  • Mehrbano Khattak
    Mehrbano Khattak

Mehrbano Khattak
Assistant Professor
Head of Department
B Des, National College of Arts, Lahore
M.A Education, Allama Iqbal University, Islamabad
MA Computational Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

  • Madeeha Ahmed Khan
    Madeeha Ahmed Khan

Madeeha Ahmed Khan
Assistant Professor
B Des, Textile, University of Karachi
MA International Relations, University of Karachi

  • Kausar Cheema
    Kausar Cheema

Kausar Cheema
Lecturer (Contract)
B Des, National College of Arts, Lahore

        Visiting Faculty

  • Daanish Qureshi
  • Afreen Siddiqui
  • Jibran Bin Daood
  • Maham Masood
  • Maham Imran
  • Komal Shahid
  • Saasha Farooq
  • Tawab Ahsan
  • Mustafa Raza
  • Sidra Ashraf



        Faculty Foundation Course

  • M. Zeeshan Younas (Coordinator)
  • Amira Ayaz
  • Muhammad Ibrahim
  • Ayub Wali
  • Irfan Hakim
  • Syed Saqalain Syed
  • Raza Ali Shah
  • Asma Javed
  • Huma Shuja
  • Zareen Gul
  • Usman Haider
  • Hamid Ali Khan
  • Ahmad Bilal
  • Mehmood Shaikh
  • Abdul Rehman