National College of Arts

The National College of Arts (Urdu: قومی کالج هنر‎ or NCA) is a public art school located in Lahore Punjab, Pakistan. 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. NCA maintains five departments in fine art, design film and TV, musicology and architecture and consists of over 800 students. 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. It also hosts the UNESCO Chair in architecture.

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. 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.

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