The Department of Ceramic Design offers a four year course leading to a Bachelor of Design Degree. The curriculum aims at guiding students through a gradual, well directed path, right from concept to execution. Integrated courses, containing theoretical, historical and practical aspects of Ceramic Design are offered. International ceramists are frequently invited in order to share trends, techniques and philosophies.

The umbrella goal of this programme is to equip future Ceramic Designers with effective strategies needed to solve design problems within the discipline of Ceramic Design, with sympathetic consideration to economic, social and aesthetic needs of the end users.

Our graduates will be able to
1.  Apply their basic design knowledge and skills to problems and challenges encountered in their professional careers.
2.  Use digital and physical tools, techniques and methods to solve domain specific problems.
3. Engage in lifelong learning in their profession and practice professional and ethical responsibility.

A well-rounded design education requires a meaningful cluster of supportive subjects enabling the students to build up their theoretical and practical experience in a cumulative fashion. Keeping this in mind, the semesters are designed to progressively expose the students to the tested tools and systems of problem solving of varied natures, so that they take up self initiated probes /project themselves in last year of study.

The courses are designed to meet following curricular needs.

A. Understanding the nature and possibilities of material
The nature of material itself in many schools of thought is considered a significant source of conceptual knowledge. By exploring material to its limits students learn material’s behavior and discover how some physical property can be used in developing a personal language or can become part of a design solution. 

B. Gradual decision-making in the process of Design
Our programme of study uses PBL (Project Based  Learning) as a system to teach practical and real-life design process. Students are challenged with loosely structured PBL assignments. They answer the problems by brainstorming, drawings, models and/or field study to come up with a designed ceramic object as a fit response to the given problem. The evaluation of such assignments is based on all the material outcomes of each step of design as well as the final object, compiled as a portfolio uploaded on the student’s personal blog.

C. Concept building
A strong component of our curricula is the theory and  seminar courses which offer theoretical concepts, review of current practices and supporting tools required for a sound Design practice.



1st Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
FNDN-1101 Drawing I Foundation Studio 3
FNDN-1102 Drafting I Foundation Studio 3
FNDN-1103 Design Process I Foundation Studio 3
FNDN-1104 Sculpture I Foundation Studio 3
COMP-1101 Functional English Compulsory Theory 3
COMP-1102 Ideology and constitution of Pakistan Compulsory Theory 2
COMP-1103 History of Art ICompulsory Theory 1
COMP-1104 Introduction to the Arts I Compulsory Theory 1
COMP-1105 Civic and Community Engagement Compulsory Theory 2
Total 21

2nd Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
FNDN-1201 Drawing II Foundation Studio 3
FNDN-1202 Drafting II Foundation Studio 3
FNDN-1203 Design Process II Foundation Studio 3
FNDN-1204 Sculpture II Foundation Studio 3
COMP-1201 Expository Writing Compulsory Theory 3
COMP-1202 Islamic Studies Compulsory Theory 2
COMP-1203 History of Art II Compulsory Theory 1
COMP-1204 Introduction to the Arts II Compulsory Theory1
COMP-1205 Entrepreneurship Compulsory Theory 2
Total 21

3rd Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
CERD-2101 The Design Process in Ceramics Studio MajorStudio 2
CERD-2102 Drawing I MajorStudio 3
CERD-2103 Object As Idea In PlasterMajor Studio2
CERD-2105 The Design Process Major Theory-Studio 2
NCA-2101 History of Art I Major Theory 2
COMP-2101 A Science of Society Compulsory Theory 2
COMP-2102Information Communication technologies in EducationCompulsory Theory 3
COMP-2103 Exploring Quantitative Skills Compulsory Theory 3
Interdisciplinary Interdisciplinary 2
Total 21

4th Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
CERD-2201 Human Factor and The Vessel Major Studio 2
CERD-2202 Ceramic Surface Major Studio 2
CERD-2203 Moulding and Slip Casting Major Studio 2
CERD-2204 Ceramic Chemistry Major Theory-Studio 2
CERD-2206 Drawing II Major Studio 3
NCA-2201 History of Art II Major Theory 2
COMP-2201 What is Science/ The science of Global Challenges Compulsory Theory 3
COMP-2202 Tools for Quantitative Reasoning Compulsory Theory 3
Interdisciplinary Interdisciplinary 2
Total 21

5th Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
CERD-3101 Designed Object and Its Appeal to the Senses Major Theory 2
CERD-3102 Sculpture FundamentalsMajor Theory-Studio 2
CERD-3103 Fingerprints in ClayMajor Theory-Studio 2
CERD-3104 Special Topics: Colour Major Theory 2
CERD-3106 Drawing III Major Studio 3
NCA-3101 History of Art III Major Theory 2
Interdisciplinary Interdisciplinary 2
Total 15

6th Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
CERD-3201 Improving Design Of Existing Objects Major Studio 2
CERD-3202 Writing for Design Major Studio 2
CERD-3203 Professional Practice Major Theory-Studio 2
CERD-3204 Special Topics: Ornament and Us Major Theory/Studio 2
CERD-3205 Drawing IV Major Studio 3
NCA-3201 History of Art IV Major Theory 2
Interdisciplinary Interdisciplinary 2
Total 15

7th Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
CERD-4101 Personal Inquiry Major Studio 3
CERD-4102 Contemporary Issues in Clay Major Theory-Studio 3
CERD-4103 Special Topics: Ethics for Art Major Theory 1
CERD-3205 Special Topics: Focusing on Waste Major Theory-Studio 2
CERD-4105 Special Topics: Negotiating Mutual Benefits Major Theory-Studio 2
CERD-4106 Special Topics: Chronicling NCA Major Theory 1
CERD-4107 Drawing V Major Studio 3
Total 15

8th Semester

Thesis 15 credits


From 3rd semester onwards, a student will be able to choose an allied/interdisciplinary course from his/her department and from other departments with the help of assigned advisor. 
Each Interdisciplinary Crouse will be of 2 credit hours.

Code Courses Type
CERD-2101The Design Process in Ceramics Studio Studio
CERD-2102 Freehand Technical Drawing Studio
CERD-2104 Fabrication in Clay Studio
CERD-2105 The Design Process Theory-Studio
CERD-2203 Moulding and Slip Casting Studio
CERD-3101Designed Object and Its Appeal to the Senses Theory
CERD-3103 Fingerprints in ClayTheory- Studio
CERD-3104 Special Topics: Colour Theory
CERD-3201Improving Design Of Existing ObjectsStudio
CERD-3204 Special Topics: Ornament and UsTheory/ Studio
CERD-4101 Personal InquiryStudio
CERD-4102 Contemporary Issues in ClayTheory- Studio
CERD-4103 Special Topics: Ethics for ArtTheory
CERD-3205Special Topics: Focusing on WasteTheory-Studio
CERD-4105Special Topics: Negotiating Mutual BenefitsTheory-Studio
CERD-4106 Special Topics: Chronicling NCATheory
CERD-2106 Understanding Creativity Theory
CERD-3205 Sculptural Ceramic Studio
Shazia Umbreen Mirza

Officiating Head of Department
Assistant Professor

B.Des. NCA
MFA State University of New York, USA

Muhammad Navid

Assistant Professor
B.Des. NCA


B.Des. NCA
MA Arts and Design, BNU, Lahore
MA Ceramic Design, Alfred University, USA  

Aqsa Akbar Khan

B.Des. NCA


Faran Faisal
Incharge Foundation Studies
Assistant Professor

Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri
Prof. Dr. Syeda Farida Batool
Ms. Shehnaz Malhi
Tausif  Zain Ul Abedin
Muhammad Arshad Saeed
Sadia Amin Raja
Wasim Akhtar
Ali Baba
Ammara Khalid
Ali Zafar
Syed Muhammad Hassan Zaidi
Rizwana Irfan
Sumaira Ameen
Naveen Zehra
Mujeed Butt
Nariman Aziz
Ateeq ur Rehman
Zohreen Murtaza
Ghazala Raees


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