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National College of Arts

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National College of Arts - A Federal Chartered Institute
Other name
Former name
Mayo School of Arts
Mottoکسب 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
Established1875; 149 years ago (1875)
Vice-ChancellorMurtaza Jafri

The National College of Arts (colloquially known as NCA) is a public university located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.[1][2]


The National College of Arts – Federally Chartered Institute, 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] It consists of over 700 students.[5] The college runs faculty and student exchange programs with the 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, first principal of the college with his son Rudyard Kipling.

The institute was originally founded in 1876 as the Mayo School of Industrial Arts and was one of the two art colleges created by the British crown in British India in reaction to the Arts & Crafts Movement. It was named in honor of the recently assassinated British Viceroy Lord Mayo in 1876. John Lockwood Kipling became the school's first principal and was also appointed as the first curator of the Lahore Museum which opened the same year in an adjacent building. In 1958, the school was renamed the National College of Arts and Mian Barkat Ali was appointed as principal.[8] Designated the premier art institution in the country, it was transferred to the Ministry of Education from the Ministry Industries in the 1960s. It received degree-awarding status in 1985 and created its first graduate programs in 1999. In 2011, the college received its own charter and became a degree awarding institute (DAI).[9]

Undergraduate programmes[edit]

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

Graduate programmes[edit]

  • Master of Visual Art
  • Master of Interior Design
  • Master of Multimedia Art
  • Mphil in Cultural Studies

Notable alumni[edit]


Rawalpindi and Gilgit sub campuses[edit]

The college established its second campus in Rawalpindi in 2005.

In 2024, NCA will open its third campus in Gilgit with an associate degree program.[10]


  1. ^ "Thesis display: NCA students showcase their creative work – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Saving the legacy of the National College of Arts". Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  3. ^ "5th Ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) 2015" (PDF).
  4. ^ "HEC University rankings: Why not Indus Valley, IBA or NCA?". Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  5. ^ "NCA Lahore-The Student". www.nca.edu.pk. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  6. ^ "NCA Lahore-Foreign Linkage". nca.edu.pk. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  7. ^ "UNESCO Chair in the Conservation and Management of Historic Towns and Urban Centers (839) | | UNESCO". unesco.org. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  8. ^ "NCA Lahore-Introduction". www.nca.edu.pk. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  9. ^ Nadeem Omar Tarar, From Primitive Artisan to Modern Artists, Colonialism, Culture and Art Education in Punjab, South Asian Studies. Archived 2 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved September 2011.
  10. ^ Lashari, Hussain (25 September 2023). "National College of Arts announces Associate Degree Program in Gilgit". Retrieved 27 November 2023.

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