The Liberal Arts Education Platform will not only impact the education sector in Pakistan but also reach out to the neighboring countries and contribute towards global scholarship. IAC highly values the traditional knowledge of our people and seeks to contemporize it with input from the latest technological knowledge. IAC believes in integration with community, building long term industrial linkages and National and International partnerships. By incorporating a tri-lingual approach, which includes English, Urdu and Punjabi, the students recognize culture and art education not as a foreign stimulus but the one they are inherently connected with.
The conferment of the distinction “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” upon Mrs. Sajida Vandal, Vice Chancellor Institute for Art and culture by the Ambassador of France to Pakistan and Mrs Marc Baréty.
IAC is pleased to announce the signing of The Letter Of Intent with PUM Netherlands Senior Experts committing to the sustainable development of small and medium-size enterprises in developing countries and emerging markets.
Vice Chancellor of IAC Prof. Sajida Haider Vandal and Dr. Frits Scheublin. Others present in the ceremony include Mr. Asim Qadri, Mr. Syed Fawad Hussain, Mr. Agha Reza, Miss Naintara.
As part of the Outreach Initiatives at IAC, the Institute announces its membership with the esteemed Asia - Pacific Higher Education Network for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage, APHEN - ICH.
The APHEN - ICH network was established after a meeting of UNESCO Bangkok and the International Information and Networking Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia - Pacific region, ICHCAP. Academic experts from Asia - Pacific region were invited to discuss the operational mechanism of the center. The host organization for this meeting was the Korean National University of Cultural Heritage.
The APHEN - ICH comprises of a network of higher education institutions in the Asia - Pacific region, and aims to contribute in the regional as well as global efforts of safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage in terms of pedagogical and research capacities. The network aims to foster and strengthen capacities for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in the Asia - Pacific region following the principles of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage through collaborative programs and activities.
History in the making
"An event happening now that will be remembered in the future because it is very important."
It is imperative to assign priority to arts education to keep up with the emerging new dynamics of our social and cultural environment. The Society for Cultural Education believes that the liberal arts education offers something substantial and profound to the life of the student. Keeping this in view, the Society supports IAC to equip students with the skills required to question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically. We are dedicated to promoting cutting-edge arts education, focusing on cultural and linguistic diversity, and research that helps people better understand human history and connections, society, art and culture.
The many years of effort have materialized into the establishment of the Institute for Art and Culture which has a state-of-the-art infrastructure, picturesque and inspiring setting and a devoted team of faculty members and administrators. The learning ambience at the Institute is perfectly suited for personal growth and academic excellence. As Chairman of the Society for Cultural Education, I believe that art is a fundamental force in national and international culture. In establishing IAC, we believe that everyone has the potential to be creative, and gain pleasure from the arts. Hence it is our fundamental belief that everyone needs an arts education.
I am confident that the Institute will play an increasingly important role in improving access to arts and cultural education in the country.
Syed Shahid Ali
Institute for Art and Culture
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Welcome to IAC!
The Institute for Art and Culture brings a fresh approach to education in Pakistan, one that focuses on culture and art, multiplicity and diversity, as well as development and creativity. Its philosophy is rooted in convergence of traditional and contemporary knowledge, incorporating an interdisciplinary approach and its core value is the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity. The Institute creates a strong learning environment for the students of today, enhancing academic achievement along with cultivating their passion for art and culture.
The IAC is deeply committed to enriching the academic experience of students as well as academia through its diverse collection of printed and digital resources. It consists of an audio/visual library, cultural database and archival collection for research facilitation. IAC is a purpose built campus spread over 15 acres of land encompassing four schools; School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism (SADU), School of Digital and Cinematic Art (SDCA), School of Art (SOA) and School of Culture and Language (SCL). The four schools at IAC are united in the common mission of bringing to our campus and community a vital and evolving diversity of excellence in arts production, performance, exhibition, scholarship, and education; and providing access to affordable, innovative, quality undergraduate and graduate programs leading to the successful completion of valuable degrees in the arts. We are also offering exciting new programs this year, including a Masters in Architecture and a Postgraduate Diploma is Landscape Architecture. IAC hosts a faculty of dedicated scholars and practitioners, both national and international, well versed and accomplished in their respective fields and committed to research and practice. IAC boasts its connectivity to the communities it serves, and the many research programs currently being carried out in Hund, Swabi District, Kasur and with the Kalasha community, evidence its involvement with research.
The Institute seeks to have a diverse student body from a variety of educational, ethnic, economic and social compositions from within the country and abroad, thereby meeting the challenges of maintaining the standard and quality of education and creating equal opportunities for national and social integration. The admissions to IAC are merit based and open to all Pakistani nationals and international students regardless of color, creed, gender or age. Candidates from remote areas, underprivileged backgrounds, minorities and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Merit cum need-based scholarships,student loans and work on campus opportunities are also available for deserving candidates.
We encourage you to put your best foot forward in order to secure a place in this exemplary Institution. Come well prepared and do your best in the admission tests and interviews. I am confident that you will make the most out of studying at our campus in Lahore. I invite all motivated and outstanding students to join this dynamic community of highly committed individuals trying to create a difference and be part of a well-linked global community of accomplished graduates and alumni of IAC.
The Institute for Art and Culture is established by Act XXXI, 2018, of the Government of Pakistan.
Best wishes for a successful academic year.
Prof. SajidaHaider Vandal
Vice-Chancellor, Institute for Art and Culture
Professor Pervaiz Vandal.
The founding philosophy and ethos of the IAC are drawn from the following realities:
• Culture is a set of beliefs and practices that animates, sustains and binds a people, thereby defining identity. Although the past is our bedrock, it must continuously evolve.
• The human mind is a conscious set of cognitive faculties that process, reason and perceive in a holistic framework. The integrative process of thinking, wanting and feeling, leads to the creation of objects of beauty, which might or might not be of any formal use. This experiential awareness is the basis of all artistic creations.
• Art provides multiplicity of views that enhance self-reflection, communication and visual literacy. This increased sense of empathy, in turn, develops a tolerance towards the 'other', the 'different' and the 'outsider'.
• Culture impacts the individuals and decision-making processes in a society. It has the potential to bridge our worlds, connect and inspire communities, provide skills for development and essentially advocate change.
Professor Pervaiz Vandal.
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