About SOA

The School of Art offers degree programs in Fine Art and Design modeled on an integrated approach to Art and Design learning. It bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary art making practices of the region by recognizing their shared histories, processes of making and the interdependence of their prospective global faces.


The School of Art believes that the highest standards of creative excellence are achieved when theoretical clarity is matched with expert practical knowledge. Therefore, rigorous studio practice is placed at the center of the School’s academic structure. The studio practice is complimented by a comprehensive History of Art and Theory of Art component that looks at local and global histories and theories of art making, as a way for our students to be able to situate and envision art-making vocabularies within social and cultural contexts.


In order to facilitate maximum academic freedom to meet personal goals, students are encouraged to construct personalized academic scheme of study that is made up of a combination of courses across all four schools of IAC. The academic staff, course advisors, and tutors guide the students in these matters in accordance to their academic and professional goals ensuring that the student acquires all the necessary sets of skills needed for future career paths.

Our goal is that at the end of the four years of undergraduate study, our student has a gainful experience and graduates with holistic knowledge of art education. With these aims, students are tutored accordingly and work towards their final degree show, which is comprised of their accumulated Art Portfolio and a Final Project or Degree Show exhibition. The School of Art envisions an artist who is not only equipped to pursue artistic practice, but also fulfills the demands of the creative industry. The School of Art graduate is an artist or designer who is an accomplished practitioner of the traditional and classical arts, equally proficient in using new media and technology for the production of contemporary works of art and design.

Philosophy and Objectives

The objective of the School of Art is to provide a holistic art education that equips students with knowledge and skills to negotiate the global and the local, with an understanding and awareness of art practices. Our program and curriculum is designed to encourage interdisciplinary academic routes that we hope will open up new knowledge and creative avenues.

The pervasive presence of the Arts is integral to any developed and progressive community. The School of Art believes in the significance of understanding this region’s cultural and artistic legacy, while also being sensitive to the wider global cultural movements at play. Visual Art in particular can serve as a vehicle to diffuse polarities, instill, or increase a greater sense of community and the diverse components it constitutes. Primarily as art, education teaches alternative ways of thinking and seeing along with its strong acknowledgment of the importance of diversity. Some key factors that art making and aesthetic sensibility build on are empathy, introspection, and observation. These qualities enable an awareness of a collective and overlapping present, past, future and further a sense of community.


The School of Art aims to address gaps within the fields of Fine Art, Design, Art History, and Theory, and imagines it to be a new dynamic space of learning and artistic encounter. Students enrolled in this program are encouraged to develop critical thinking and further their ability to express ideas in discussion, visual mediums and in writing. In keeping with the wider ethos of the University of Art and Culture, students are enabled to think cross-regionally, and to consider the movement of ideas in and between time: cultures and their localized manifestations.


The School of Art holds strong to the idea of integration, primarily to encourage students to explore the spectrum of Design in a Fine Art environment, and the Fine Art spectrum in a Design environment, both academically and in their practice. Such an interdisciplinary approach allows for a holistic and progressive learning experience, and enables the students’ capacity to work in, and gain a panoramic sense of the field(s) he or she wishes to enter professionally.

Another key component of our general ethos is to understand that the distinction made today between ‘Fine Art’ and ‘Craft’ is a modern construct, therefore classical arts practice are embedded within the curriculum, to break down the hierarchy and bridge the gap that exists between contemporary and classical art practice and theory. The School of Art aims to encourage an awareness amongst students that form, pattern and color as manifested in the various branches of the traditional arts, are not simply aesthetically pleasing or demonstrations of good design, but are created to embody wider ideas of beauty. In a traditional society; painting, pottery, carpentry, agriculture, and music were all expressions of art or making and the artist’s practical activity was integrated, not only into the wider community but also into a more profound order. Students, amongst other things learn that they are part of a whole. The focus of the classical arts studio practice, history and theory hold a South Asian focus; though will also engage with wider Pan-Asian and European links.


Finally, the School of Art supports an experimental and creative ethos within a clear studio structure, thus providing a supportive yet intellectually challenging environment. It is built on the idea that writing and criticism are creative practices in their own right, with their own techniques, ethics, and technologies. It is as important for us to teach the student ways of seeing and ways of thinking, as it is to teach ways of making.

Bachelor in

Fine Arts

Bachelors of Fine Art aims to meet the growing demand of creative people in the country by developing a new generation of artists who will be capable of interlacing the traditional repertoire of art with contemporary ways of expression.

Degree Requirements:


The Students are required to take up to 134 credit hrs with a minimum GPA of 2:0 for degree eleigibility for all the degrees offered at the School of Art.

Career paths:


Visual Artists, Curators, Art Consultants, Art Journalists, Art Historians, Art Critics & Theorists, Heritage Experts, Museum Managers, Support personnel in Art Therapy



Bachelor in

Graphic Design


Bachelor of Graphic Design is structured to prepare the student for the fast paced world of Design, by not only instilling in them the skills demanded by the industry but also those needed for personal creative growth. The program aims to develop visual and cognitive articulation skills of the student. Furthermore, by imparting cutting edge design technologies rooted within traditional design philosophies, the program aims to facilitate the needs of the contemporary creative world, whilst keeping the practice sensitive to the socio-cultural context of the region

Degree Requirements:


The Students are required to take up to 134 credit hrs with a minimum GPA of 2:0 for degree eleigibility for all the degrees offered at the School of Art.

Career paths:


Graphic designer, Advertising art director, Creative director, Illustrator, Print maker, Production designer, Visual Artist, Photographer.

Bachelor in

Textile Design


Bachelor of Textile Design uniquely addresses the demands of textile and fashion industries by situating design within an art setting and keeping it abreast with the national and international market. Such a mechanism allows the school to fulfill the needs of the ever-evolving industry standards but also uncovers new venues for art and design application.

Degree Requirements:


The Students are required to take up to 134 credit hrs with a minimum GPA of 2:0 for degree eligibility for all the degrees offered at the School of Art.

Career paths:


Textile Designer, Fashion Designer, Fiber Artist, Clothing/Colour Technologist, Textile expert for Interior Designing firms, Conservationist.


There is no denial to the dignity of manual jobs and much of the world has accepted that. During the 19th century, theorists of the time tried to draw a line among arts. Many were declared crafts and some were labeled lesser arts. This division was very popular and Asian region was also caught up in it. Artisans were looked down and their creations were declared mere craftsmanship. This folly is being realized by a small segment of the society but the majority still belongs to the old school of thought. Institute of Culture & Art has taken up this shortcoming of our society as a mission to work towards the recognition of not only our traditional arts but all those professions in which body and mind are employed equally. For this purpose, the philosophy of Karkhana is initiated, which is to encourage the local artisans (Ustads) to share their skills with the youth. It is a concept to integrate the arts and crafts inclusive of both traditional and modern.




Karkhana provides an opportunity to the students to work under the guidance of Ustads and to learn in a conventional environment much favored in our legacy of oral transmission of knowledge.

Industry specialists, craftsmen and artists will be invited to teach at Karkhana.

In the process of art making technical aspects would be addressed at Karkhana while the theoretical aspects can be discussed through visual material, seminars and off campus visits.

Ustad, the master of his/her field will conduct classes in the time tested traditional method set in Ustad/Shagird relationship as living tradition bearers.

The students working at the Karkhana will build and explore traditional art practices from this region in order to develop a firm sense of belonging, widen their cultural references and experience ownership of this region’s artistic legacies.



Meet the Faculty

Dr.Kanwal Khalid
Associate Professor

Dr Kanwal Khalid, Masters Graphic Design, PhD. Expertise South Asian,Western, Islamic Art History. Training “Museum & Heritage” France, UNESCO“Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)”, Grant Recipient CAA2014 GettyFoundation. Conferences France, Italy, Turkey, India, Washington, New York,Chicago, Los Angeles. Adjunct faculty NEPA, NCA, BnU, FC College, QuettaUniversity. Twenty-eight publications. Designed stamps. Served CivilSecretariat, Lahore Museum, Punjab University.

Julius John Alam

Julius John Alam (b. 1990, Pakistan) is a Lahore based arst,writer and teacher. He receiveda BFA degree from the NaonalCollege of Arts, Lahore in 2013 and a MFA degree fromParsons the New School for Design where he studied on a Fulbright Scholarship. He hasexhibited his artwork in New York, Philadelphia, Zurich, Dubai, Karachi and Lahor


Sadqain graduated in Graphic Design from GC University, Faisalabad in 2012 and then graduated from National College of Arts with Distinction in 2016. Post-graduation, he started teaching at Beaconhouse University, Lahore. He worked as a graphic designer with WW textile, Dublin College and with the Commissioner’s Office on Dharampura Underpass Public Art Project. His art practice revolves around the human body and the limitation of its movements

Sadia Kamran

Sadia Kamran is an internationally recognised thinker. Since her graduation from National College of Arts in 1995 she has been teaching art history at various institutions in Lahore. Currently, she is pursuing for a doctorate degree at Punjab University, Lahore. Her research on contemporary art of Pakistan is well received at forums like CAA, AAS, NWSA and AAP. She is also the recipient of the Getty Research Award, 2014

Sabah Husain

Sabah Husain is a visual artist and curator. Her Postgraduate Research and Studio Practice over five years comprises the following: Artist-in-Residence School of Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. Awarded the Japan Foundation Fellowship. M.F.A Kyoto University of Fine Arts and Music Japan.Her works are in the collection of Victoria and Albert Museum.


Visual Artist. M.F.A, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2010. Post-Graduate Fellowship, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2010-12. Selected exhibitions; Tokyo, Beijing, Lahore, Chicago, New york, Milwaukee, Houston and Dallas. Teaching experience; National College of Arts, Lahore; City University, New York, NY; Rice University, Houston, TX; Glassell School of Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.

Niamat Ali
Assistant Professor

An international Textile designer and Styler. Since his graduation from National College of Arts, Lahore in Textile Design with Distinction 1998, he has been working for international Textile industries. Designed & stylized innovative hand Embroidery with digital & traditional prints in home textile and Apparel at Heimtextil - Messe Frankfurt Germany Exhibition continuously 18 years. Remarkable experience in Modern Prints, Weaving , Embroidery, Embellishments and Confections for different countries like UK

Tayyaba Sabir

Graduated in B.des Textiles form BNU with distinction. Post-graduated in MA’ADS, BNU. Her research concerns revolves around women art practices and their medium selection. Sabir’s art-practice based on tactile materials; video, sculpture, installations and fabrication. Taught as visiting faculty at BNU, UMT. Experienced textile industry as Sr.textile designer. Worked on UNESCO project with AKCSP to restore Fresco Murals of Shahi Hammam, Lahore practitioner exhibiting in Pakistan & abroad

Salman Afzal
Assistant Professor

Degree In charge Textile Design. A cross disciplinary design manager, thinker, academic and practitioner. His primary research is centered upon design; ethics and social impact. He has previously taught at NCA Lahore, NUST Islamabad and LGS. An alumnus of NCA and UNSW Australia, he has over ten years of experience in teaching and academic management. Salman is a COFA International scholar and holds certification in MT-FPDP (HEC). He has also served as Faculty Standing Committee member at UNSW Australia.

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