Bachelor of Fine Art

The Department of Fine Art offers a studio based undergraduate programme that enables students to study both contemporary and traditional art practices through a variety of media. The programme is motivated towards both skill building and the development of critical and analytical skills. Experiencing a range of interdisciplinary fields through Major Studios and Elective Courses, students are able to broaden their scope towards an independent body of work in the final year.

A first year foundation programme common to all departments is offered to students before they commence courses in their respective departments. The Fine Art courses subsequently encourage the advancement of skills parallel to the development and processing of ideas. The programme is enriched by the diverse experience and contribution of its faculty members who are invested in education in addition to their artistic practice. This offers students the opportunity to work with their tutors on exhibitions, publications and other events outside the structure of their courses. Teaching is reinforced through seminars, presentations, critiques and tutorials conducted by a range of permanent and visiting faculty members who encourage an in- depth understanding of the various fields of practices within the contemporary arts. Gallery and studio visits are deemed an essential component of the programme and are supplemented by annual national study trips as a means to extend learning and discourse.


One of the core components of the Fine Art Programme, the Drawing course aims not only towards skill building and technical application, but also serves as a means towards imaginative expression. Subsequent to the Foundation year programme, the Drawing course in the Fine Art Programme reiterates the development of a visual language and introduces a broad range of materials and techniques. Students draw from the model and explore outdoor and studio drawing to investigate a range of drawing strategies. Within the Fine Art Programme, drawing is emphasised as an independent means of expression that motivates the growth of a personal vision. The courses are supported by lectures, visual presentations and periodic critical evaluations that facilitate an informed approach to the subject.


The Painting course investigates traditional and  modern  media and techniques through intensive studio sessions taught by practicing artists. Initial courses explore techniques applicable to a range of painting methods and initiate the student to a technical understanding of pigments, grounds, surfaces and preparation. These, supplemented with the exploration and understanding of colour through studio based exercises, form the basis of building a strong visual vocabulary. Students gain the opportunity to work with commissioned public projects in the city and work with faculty members on-site as part of their curriculum. Advanced courses emphasize inquiry and the development of conceptual approaches along with the broadening of traditional painting practice. Studio and gallery visits, artists’ talks, critical discussions and an intense research- based approach contribute towards the building of an independent body of work in the final year.


The Sculpture course in the Department of Fine Art initiates students to traditional skill building methods through the introduction of various materials and the challenges they present. Students learn fundamental methods of carving, modelling, welding and mould making. The Sculpture course engages with conceptual concerns that run simultaneously through the process based challenges of various materials. The Sculpture studios offer an amalgamation of technical and material concerns along with the demands of critical discourse. A series of seminars, studio visits, artist talks, critiques, along with a familiarisation of the city’s resources on materials forms the course and prepares the student to experience the range of approaches to Sculpture. As in other disciplines, students are encouraged to develop a personal vocabulary of expression towards an independent body of work in the final year.


Taught as any other medium of Fine Art, the Ceramics course offers the uniqueness of undertaking functional and sculptural approaches in art making. Students learn the established methods of working in clay, progressing towards experimentation and exploration of techniques to facilitate their work. As part of their studio course students are expected to read relevant essays on art and write about their work. The well-equipped ceramics studio at IVS allows the students to work with a range of materials and firing methods. An integral part of working in this medium is the understanding of materials, which is incorporated in the studio course as the Material Science segment. This entails a study of raw materials through theory as well as analyses, tests and experiments undertaken to create clay bodies, glazes and slips. A close interaction with studio instructors, demos, regular critiques and discussions facilitate the students to develop independent bodies of work.


The Printmaking course offers students a range of techniques and methods within the discipline as a means to develop a vocabulary for contemporary art practice. Intaglio printing, wood-cut, mono- printing, silk screen, papermaking, artists’ books and printing methods are introduced throughout the second and third years as a means to emphasize technical skills as well as develop a personal language. Highly qualified instructors conduct the programme through regular demonstrations and discussions. The printmaking studios have had the privilege of welcoming a host of Pakistani and international printmakers who have contributed their experiences through workshops, talks and demonstrations. The studio has also been involved in initiating print portfolio projects, which have been a valuable source of learning for the students. The printmaking studio is equipped with three intaglio presses, one lithography press and also houses facilities for silk screen.

Miniature Painting

The Miniature Painting course extends the vocabulary of painting by drawing from a very traditional genre that has been reinterpreted to become part of the contemporary art vocabulary.

The course places emphasis on traditional skills and techniques of Miniature Painting by studying and practicing the styles and conventions of masters from different stylistic schools. To understand the traditional style in its pure form, students initially reproduce miniatures  particularly  from  the  Persian,  Mughal  and  Kangra traditions, which focus on understanding line, form, colour and rendering (Purdakht). As part of the traditional training methods, students are taught to prepare their own tools and materials under the guidance of their instructors. The preparation of pigments and surfaces (Vasli, the paper used for miniature painting) is integral to the course. Students learn traditional techniques such as Siyah Qalam and Gudrung as means to understand the full range of the genre and its vocabulary. The course also integrates the appreciation of contemporary art practices within Miniature Painting through gallery and studio visits, workshops and artists’ talks. Critical evaluations are conducted on a regular basis to help develop an independent body of work in the final year.

Film and Video: New Media Art

New Media Art is a genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, photography, video, Internet art, and interactive art. In new media programs, students are acquainted with the newest forms of creation and communication. Students determine what is or isn’t “new” about certain technologies. They learn how to sort through new emerging technological platforms and place them in a larger context of sensation, communication, production and consumption.

Computer Skills

Students are introduced to the essentials of information technology, computer skills, software, and website development that assist them in expanding their vocabulary as visual artists. Taught during the second and third years of study, this course is designed to meet the specific requirements of the Fine Art curriculum. The Computer Skills course aims towards a proficiency in handling different software that enables students to expedite their thought process and develop an independent approach towards original artwork.

Liberal Arts

Thevariedcoursestaught  in  the  Liberal  Arts  programme  are an important component of the Fine Art curriculum. These include Histories of Art, Design and Architecture III — 1855 to Modernism, Islamic and Pakistan Studies, History of  Art:  Culture  on  Display, Arts Politics, and the following as Electives: Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture, Philosophy of Islamic Art, Psychoanalysis Art, Tracing Contemporary Art, Sustainable Living, Art in the Time of the Raj, Politics and Power in Literature, and Critical Notions of Space and Place.

These courses broaden the students’ horizon, create a more informed approach towards their work and enhance their vocabulary as visual artists. As a requirement for the Degree, students in the seventh semester are required to submit a Final Research Paper on a subject of their own choice. Individual tutorials and seminar sessions on research methodology assist the process towards the final paper.





The Department of Fine Art has recently introduced an internship programme during the summer break for  students in semester five. Students are expected to work in national and international art organizations, galleries, NGOs, television, and artists’ studios. This experience with artists, curators and art managers is a means to enhance the students’ personal as well as professional developmental skills, and provide a platform from which they can make more informed and educated decisions about their future careers.

Study Visits

Students are offered the occasion to visit one provincial and national destination each in the course of three years spent in the Department. These visits provide the Fine Art students with the opportunity to encounter original works of art and architecture, engage with artists and gallery curators from diverse backgrounds, attend workshops and seminars, visit other art institutions and exchange ideas, approaches and discourse. These national study tours are integral towards creating platforms for dialogue beyond the IVS and Karachi. The trips are planned and organised by the faculty, keeping in mind the learning objectives of the student as a visual artist.

Community Services

The Fine Art Building Community (FAB) project is one of the important pillars of the department. The Department has in the past initiated and engaged in projects that are motivated towards a positive social change within the community. Some significant projects include a series of art training workshops for teachers and special needs students of KVTC (Karachi Vocational Training Centre), The Bus School Project, (a Citizen’s Education Development Foundation’s (CEDF) experiment in home schooling), and Art Therapy classes for patients in The Recovery House, a rehabilitation centre for patients with mental illnesses. In 2015-2016, the students and faculty of the department of Fine Art painted the walls in the Children’s Cancer Ward in the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) and the Children’s Burns Ward in the Civil Hospital.

IVS Gallery/ Talking Art Series

The Department of Fine Art supports the IVS Gallery which has in the past successfully organized reputable national and international art exhibitions. The department has also hosted artist residencies in collaboration with Vasl Artists’ Collective. As part of the Talking Art Series, eminent artists regularly visit as special guests for seminars, talks, tutorials and workshops. The department has had the privilege of hosting researchers and artists Dr. A Sean Pue, David Cotterrel, Annelys de Vet, Micheal Kempson, Rokeya Sultana, Sheherazade Alam, and Damon Kaworsky, Fari Bradley, Chris Weaver, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Bina Sarkar, Sabiana Paoli, Dr. S. Akbar Zaidi in the recent past.

Awards/ Scholarship/ Grants

The Department of Fine Art offers major awards to students who show excellence in their studio practice and academic research. The Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq Drawing Portfolio Award, instituted in the name of the celebrated artist, is presented to the student who has excelled in Drawing during the final year. The Abu Shamim Arif Award for Academic Research, set up by the Foundation of Museum of Modern Art (FOMMA), and instituted after the eminent bureaucrat and former member of the IVS Executive Committee, is awarded to the student who excels in academic research.

The Hanif Adamjee Scholarship Fund is awarded to a student deserving financial  assistance  in  the  Department  of  Fine  Art,  contributing towards the four year academic fee (subject to terms and conditions). The Sher Asfandyar Khan Scholarship Fund consists of four awards presented to students demonstrating academic excellence and/or deserving financial assistance in the final semester. A scholarship award initiated by the eminent curator Sameera Raja, assists one student towards the thesis in the final semester. The Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Award assists one student working in New Media Art towards the thesis in the semester.


The Department of Fine Art works in close collaboration with the Vasl Artists’ Association, The Goethe Institute, the Italian Consulate, the American Consulate and the German Consulate.

3rd Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
LA354 Histories of Art, Design & Architecture III

— 1855 up till Modernism

LA308 Islamic and Pakistan Studies 3
FA307 Art & Society 1 3
FA334 Life Drawing 1 3
FA356 Studio 1 (Sculpture/Miniature/New Media Art/
Computer Graphics)
Total Credit 18
4th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours






Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture

Islamic Art, Design and Architecture

Tracing Contemporary Art

Psychoanalysis and Art

FA435 Life Drawing 2 3
FA407 Art and Society 2 3
FA460 Studio 2 (Ceramic / Printmaking /Painting /
Computer Graphics)
Total Credit 15
5th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours






General Electives:

Critical Notions of Space and Place

Politics and Power in Literature

Urdu Adab

Philosophical Inquiry

Sustainable Cities and Communities







Art in the Time of the Raj

Introduction to Performance Art

Culture on Display

Sonic Force in Contemporary Art

Screening the Body: Gender, Race and Nation in
Visual Culture


FA536 Experinmental Drawing 1 3
DE578 Computer Graphics 3



Major Studio 1 (Sculpture)

Major Studio 1 (Painting)

Major Studio 1 (Ceramics)




Major Studio 2 (New Media Art)

Major Studio 2 (Miniature Painting)

Major Studio 2 (Printmaking)

Total Credits 18
6th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
LA612 Research Methodologies
(Pre-Req for Final Research Paper)  Electives





Dialogues in Philosophies of Photography

Past is Prologue: Theories in Historiography

Introductory  Psychology

Music and Ideas

FA637 Experimental Drawing 2 3
FA607 Art and Society 3 3



Major Studio 1 (Sculpture)

Major Studio 1 (Painting)

Major Studio 1 (Ceramics)




Major Studio 2 (New Media Art)

Major Studio 2 (Miniature Painting)

Major Studio 2 (Printmaking)

Total Credit 18
7th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
LA768 Final Research Paper 3
FA738 Conceptual Drawing 1 3
FA741 Major Studio 3 9
 Total Credit 15
8th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
FA877 Major Studio 4 – Final Thesis 12
FA829 Internship 3
Total Credit 15

Total Credits Semesters 1-2: 35
Total Credits Semesters 3-8: 99
Total Credits required for a Bachelor in Fine Art degree: 134

Disclaimer: Curricula are continuously under review and Indus Valley School reserves the right to alter, substitute, eliminate from or add to the list of courses and details at any time without any notice.

Head, Associate Professor

Adeela Suleman

MA, IR, KU, Pak BFA, IVS, Pak



Dr. Asma Mundrawala

D. Phil, University of Sussex, UK MA, Wimbledon School of Art, UK BFA, IVS, Pak


Associate Professor

Seema Nusrat

MFA, in Fine Art and Media Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), Canada BFA, IVS, Pak


Assistant Professor

Nauman Humayun

MFA Studio Art, Pennsylvania State University, USA BFA Studio Art/Painting, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, USA


Assistant Professor

Seher Naveed

MA, Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design University of the Arts, London, UK BFA, IVS, Pak


Haider Ali Naqvi

Bachelors in fine arts from National College of Arts Lahore


Sara Mahmood

B. Design, Ceramic Design 2010, IVS

Academic Programme Assistant

Saad Iqbal

BBA (Hons.), Iqra University, Pak

Fazal Rizvi



Prof. Michael Esson

Director (Australia), International Drawing Research Institute MA, Royal College Art London, UK


Muhammad Muzzamil Khan



Muhammad Zeeshan



Nurayah Sheikh Nabi



Raheela Abro

BFA, KU, Pak


Sikander Ali

BA, KU, Pak


Somayeh Bardai

BFA, Visual Communication – Photography American University in Dubai, UAE


Yasser Vayani


Zeerak Ahmed

MFA in Creative Practice, Plymouth University, UK BA, Political Science, Hiram College, Ohio, USA


Zoya Currimbhoy

BFA, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), USA


Abdul Mohammad

Printmaking Studio

Babu Krishhan

Ceramic Studio

Imraan Sheraz

Studio and Production Assistant

Javed Ali

Painting Studio

Mohammad Raees

Sculpture Studio

Mohammad Afaq

Gallery Assistant