National College of Arts

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National College of Arts - A Federal Chartered Institute
Motto Template:Nastaliq
Kasb-e-kamal kun ke Aziz-e-Jahan shavi
Motto in English Seek excellence in your work, so you can be admired by the world
Established 1875; Template:Years or months ago (1875)
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor Murtaza Jafri
Location Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

The National College of Arts (colloquially known as NCA) is a public university located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.[1][2]


National College of Arts - A Federal Chartered Institute is the oldest art school in Pakistan and the second oldest in South Asia. As of 2016, the college is ranked as Pakistan's top art school.[3][4] It consists of over 700 students.[5] The college runs faculty and student exchange programs with School of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the Instituto Superior de Arte.[6] It also hosts the UNESCO Chair in architecture.[7]


The institute was originally founded in 1876 as Mayo School of Industrial Arts and was one of the two art colleges created by the British crown in British India in reaction to the Arts & Crafts Movement. It was named in honor of the recently assassinated British Viceroy Lord Mayo in 1876. John Lockwood Kipling became the school's first principal who was also appointed as the first curator of the Lahore Museum which opened the same year in an adjacent building. In 1958, the school was renamed as the National College of Arts.[8] Designated the premier art institution in the country, it was transferred to the Ministry of Education from the Ministry Industries in the 1960s. It received a degree-awarding status in 1985 and created its first graduate programs in 1999. In 2011, the college received its own charter and became a degree awarding institute (DAI).[9]


  • Department of Fine Arts
  • Department of Design
    • Visual Communication Design
    • Ceramics Design
    • Industrial Design
    • Textile Design
  • Department of Film and Television
  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of Musicology
  • Department of Cultural Studies


  • Master of Visual Art
  • Master of Interior Design
  • Master of Multimedia Art
  • Mphil in Cultural Studies

Notable alumni

Rawalpindi sub campus

The college established its second campus in Rawalpindi in 2005.


  1. "Thesis display: NCA students showcase their creative work - The Express Tribune" (in en-US). The Express Tribune. 2016-12-27. 
  2. "Saving the legacy of the National College of Arts". 
  3. "5th Ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) 2015". 
  4. "HEC University rankings: Why not Indus Valley, IBA or NCA?". 
  5. "NCA Lahore-The Student". 
  6. "NCA Lahore-Foreign Linkage". 
  7. "UNESCO Chair in the Conservation and Management of Historic Towns and Urban Centers (839) | | UNESCO". 
  8. "NCA Lahore-Introduction". 
  9. Nadeem Omar Tarar, From Primitive Artisan to Modern Artists, Colonialism, Culture and Art Education in Punjab, South Asian Studies December 2013/ Archived December 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. retrieved on September, 2011

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