National College of Arts

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National College of Arts
قومی کالج هنر
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 (as Mayo College of Arts)
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]

Founded as the Mayo School of Industrial Arts in 1875 by the British and Lala Lajpat Rai alongside the Lahore Museum. John Lockwood Kipling became the school's first principal and in 1958 the Mayo School was restructured as the National College of Arts.[3] It was granted degree-awarding institution status in 1985 and received a university charter in 2011.

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.[4][5] The college maintains three departments; fine art, design and architecture, combined teaching over 800 students.[6] 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.[7] It also hosts the UNESCO Chair in architecture.[8]


John Lockwood Kipling first principal of Mayo College of Arts with son Rudyard Kipling.

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 of India Lord Mayo in 1875. Its first principal was Lockwood Kipling, who was also appointed the first curator of the Lahore Museum, which opened the same year in an adjacent building. The school was renamed the National College of Arts in 1958. Designated the premier art institution in the country, it was transferred to the Education Department from the Department of Industries in the 1960s. It received degree-awarding status in 1985 and created its first graduate programs in 1999. In 2006, the school opened a second campus, at Rawalpindi. It became a university in June 2011.[9]


The school features the following departments:

  • 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


Mayo School of Arts[edit]

National College of Arts (1958 - present)[edit]



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