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National College of Arts

National College of Arts
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Former name
Mayo College of Industrial Arts
Motto ? ? ?
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
TypePublic art school
PrincipalMurtaza Jafri
Academic staff
AffiliationsHigher Education Commission|HEC
NFC IET, Multan

The National College of Arts (Urdu: ? ?‎ or NCA) is a public art school located in Lahore Punjab, Pakistan.[1][2] NCA 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] NCA maintains five departments in fine art, design film and TV, musicology and architecture and consists of over 800 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]


John Lockwood Kipling, 1st principal of NCA with his son Rudyard Kipling.

NCA was originally founded in 1875 as the Mayo School of Industrial Arts and was one of two art colleges created by the British Crown in British India in reaction to the Arts & Crafts Movement. The Mayo School of Industrial Arts was named in honor of the recently assassinated British Viceroy Lord Mayo in 1875. John Lockwood Kipling becoming the school's first principal, who was also appointed the first curator of the Lahore Museum, which opened the same year in an adjacent building. In 1958, the school was renamed to the National College of Arts.[8] Designated the premier art institution in the country, it was transferred to the Department of Education from the Department of Industries in the 1960s. It received a degree-awarding status in 1985 and created its first graduate programs in 1999. In 2006, the school opened a second campus in Rawalpindi and received a university charter in June 2011.[9]


  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of Fine Arts
  • Department of Communication Design
  • Department of Ceramics Design
  • Department of Product Design
  • Department of Textile Design
  • Department of Musicology
  • Department of Film and Television
  • Department of Multimedia Arts
  • Department of Interior Design
  • Department of Multimedia Arts
  • Department of Cultural Studies



  • 1870-1890: Lockwood Kipling
  • 1890-1897: W.F.H. Andrews
  • 1897-1909: Percy Brown
  • 1903-1913: Bhai Ram Singh[10]
  • 1913-1939: Hugh Lionel Heath[11]
  • 1929-1942: S. N. Gupta
  • 1942-1947: Mian Muhammad Hussain[12]
  • 1947-1953: Ghulam Nabi Malik
  • 1954-1956: Sidney Spedding
  • 1958-1961: M.R. Sponenburgh
  • 1949-1965: Qazi Mohammad rafique
  • 1961-1974: Shakir Ali
  • 1975-1976: Khalid Iqbal
  • 1976-1983: Iqbal Hassan
  • 1984-1990: Abbasi Abidi
  • 1990-1994: Sajida Haider Vandal
  • 1995-1999: Salima Hashmi
  • 1999-2007: Sajida Haider Vandal
  • 2007-2010: Naazish Ata Ullah
  • 2010-2013: Fozia Qureshi (Acting), Ustad Bashir Ahmed (Acting), Sajjad Kousar (Acting), Dr. Shabnam Khan (Acting)
  • 2013-present: Murtaza Jafri



  1. ^ "Thesis display: NCA students showcase their creative work - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Saving the legacy of the National College of Arts". Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "5th Ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) 2015" (PDF).
  4. ^ "HEC University rankings: Why not Indus Valley, IBA or NCA?". Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "NCA Lahore-The Student". Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "NCA Lahore-Foreign Linkage". Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "UNESCO Chair in the Conservation and Management of Historic Towns and Urban Centers (839) | | UNESCO". Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "NCA Lahore-Introduction". Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Nadeem Omar Tarar, From Primitive Artisan to Modern Artists, Colonialism, Culture and Art Education in Punjab, South Asian Studies retrieved on September, 2011
  10. ^ Ali, S. Amjad Painters of Pakistan Islamabad: National book Foundation 1995 pg 34
  11. ^ "Hugh Heath Principle of Mayo School, Lahore. 1871-1938".
  12. ^ [1][dead link]

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