PRINCIPAL'S
MESSAGE

The National College of Arts, since its establishment, has maintained a visionary approach to the arts. From an industrial polytechnic in 1875, to a contemporary arts college starting with three major departments in 1958, the college now boasts of an impressive number of undergraduate, graduate, MPhil and PhD programmes. There are nine undergraduate, four graduate level and two post-graduate level programmes currently offered by the college. The NCA alumni form the pool of Pakistan’s best artists, architects, designers, film makers, cultural researchers and musicologists.

The college has evolved at par with international standards engaging well with pedagogical requirements of the current times. As we step into this new academic year, filled with hopes and dreams of scaling new heights, I proudly affirm that with our experienced and dedicated teachers and excellent infrastructure, National College of Arts serves as a conduit to equip students with the ability to learn at an accelerated pace within a given timeframe, simultaneously instilling the capacity to balance creativity with criticism.

Following the prevalent situation of pandemic, NCA has taken relevant steps to promote the safety and welfare of college community; including our vaccine policies. COVID-19 Vaccine certification is mandatory for all undergraduate and graduate students on arrival, adherence to all SOPs while in the college vicinity and carrying out awareness about public health conditions including taking necessary precautions. We have also enabled an efficient system to regulate online classes and this year the students will also have the opportunity to be guided by teachers in person and on campus staff in ensuring the protocols in attending both online and in-person classes responsibly.

The NCA in both of its campuses, Lahore and Rawalpindi is making sure that students satiate their curiosity by various means, to explore creative avenues and critical thinking even in these uncertain times. It has also effectively maintained an inclusive approach, imparting progressive ideals and disseminating awareness of art to the public at large by participating in and initiating multiple community outreach programmes under the umbrella of skill development for the underprivileged.

I am grateful to the faculty, staff, and students who have ensured that NCA continues to engage in education, research, scholarship, preservation, and practice of art at the highest caliber despite the challenges of the pandemic. We will greet the new academic year with the prospect of being able to support one another, and a continued commitment to safeguarding our community’s health. With hope and positive thoughts I invite you all to be a part of an incredible learning experience at this one-of-a- kind institution in the country.

Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri
Principal
National College of Arts

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