National College of Arts

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National College of Arts
قومی کالج هنر
Former name
Mayo College of Industrial Arts
Motto کسب کمال کُن کہ عزیز جہان شوی
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
Type Public art school
Established 1875
Principal Murtaza Jafri
Academic staff
Students 1200
Location Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Campus Urban
Affiliations HEC

The National College of Arts (Urdu: قومی کالج هنر‎ 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 YKI
  • Department of Interior Designing
  • Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery



  • 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
  • 1974-1983: 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



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