Foundation Programme

The Foundation Year Programme, dealing with fundamental concepts of Art, Design and Architecture, aims to heighten perceptions and build awareness, sensitivity to the environment, and inculcates a sense of responsibility towards constructive and innovative change in the students’ respective chosen fields.

The curriculum encourages critical thinking, individual development and personal direction whilst assuring exposure to numerous approaches, media, methods, techniques and processes necessary for artistic growth. This is achieved through studio practice organized around projects that are integrated, sequential and gradually increase in complexity.

This thorough grounding of the students in the principles of Art and Design, before going into their chosen majors, not only equips them with a broad spectrum of concepts and techniques, but also encourages flexibility, adaptability and the capacity for wider creative growth and experimentation.

A multi-disciplined faculty of professionals guide the students in many aspects of learning; laying the foundations of knowledge and skills needed for further studies. The programme is structured to facilitate the best possible transitions and connections from one subject to another. Reading, research and time management are also given utmost importance. A portfolio review takes place twice a year where the students are also counselled on their overall progress.

Semester 1

Drawing 1

Drawing is the key skill needed for all art and design disciplines. It is a mode of communicating and generating ideas and thoughts related to art & design practice. This course enables students to develop the ability to identify and evaluate problems in systematic way through a process of observation, analysis and representation of variety of visual concepts. Students learn the fundamental skills as means to observe, analyze and interpret visual information through a combination of individual assignments and sketchbook using variety of mediums, techniques and tools.

Technical Drawing 1

Technical Drawing 1 is a fundamental drawing course that provides students with the basic knowledge of drawing tools, techniques and principles of design. Primary emphasis of this course in first semester is on development of basic drafting skills, understanding of line quality, visualization and solving graphical problems. Students develop and learn this skill through a number of individual assignments using various drafting tools, analysis and research.

Basic Design 1

The Design course essentially instils knowledge and experience of design fundamentals on a two-dimensional  picture plane. In spring semester, students get introduced to the basic elements of design through lectures slide presentations and demonstrations. The basic visual elements consist of: point and line; shape and form; texture; value: colour; and space. With hands on activities and assignments, the distinctive sense of aesthetics and an eye for strong design is developed.

Throughout the course, emphasis is laid on student’s individual skills of using various medium/s and its manipulation. Techniques, methods and projects presented in the course, aim to develop and enhance observation, thinking processes and analytical skills.

3D Design Studio 1

This course gives an introduction to the three dimensionality of form in relation to structure, scale and space. It also develops an understanding of the various ways  of interpreting  the  form with respect to visual elements, principles and material used in its construction. This course creates a transition from the understanding of forms as an abstract concept to its presence in the environment around them. This course enables students to approach problem solving in a systematic way through a process of observation, analysis and representation of variety of visual concepts.

City Orientation

This is a seminar-based course, employing cooperative learning strategies, which serves the purpose of encouraging students to explore themselves in the context of the ever-evolving city of Karachi. Its monthly activities are geared towards exposing students to facets of city life, ensuring interaction with various social and cultural issues. The activities promote development of positive interdependence, ensure face-to-face interaction, promote individual accountability and foster group processing and team work. Assessment is based on participation and attendance in all classes. The city orientation course is offered in both first and second semesters.

Student’s Week

The student’s week is an important part of the Foundation Year Programme and is held midway during the Spring Semester. The event is managed entirely by the students and includes debates, musical performances, sports, community services and trip to historic sights of Sindh and Baluchistan.

Semester 2

Drawing 2

After completing ‘Drawing I’, this course allows students to go further in practice of drawing in terms of image making, using of mediums and exploring different possibilities of representation. In this course the emphasis is on synthesis of elements of visual arts, understanding of principles, basic experimentation with the concept of representation and the appropriate use of the chosen medium. Students will learn to manipulate the elements of visual arts in order to tailor them according to a specific problem planned for their respective studio projects. Working with color is another key component of this course, students will get the chance to learn the skills for perceiving, analyzing, preparing and interpreting color according to the objectives of the project by using appropriate mediums.

Technical Drawing 2

The second semester focuses on enabling students to develop their thought process by instilling in them the ability to identity and evaluate problems in a systematic way through a process of observation, research, analysis and communication. This course is a mode of communication, a method of transmitting thoughts and ideas, either free hand drafted or with the help of tools. Students polish and enhanced their skill through a combination of assignments using various tools and techniques.

Basic Design 2

The Design course is more advanced in fall semester and builds upon the basic understanding acquired in spring semester. Focus is more on concepts and principles using elements of design. It comprises specific exercises, including brainstorming steps, to develop mental and manual skills to cope with design problems and to establish visual values for structuring and articulating two-dimensional spatial compositions in different media. Students will be expected to apply the concepts and laws learned from the lectures and demonstrations to create two-dimensional visual compositions.

Classroom lecture will expand upon visual elements, principles of design and laws to include gestalts grouping laws, gestalts perceptual principles, illusions of depth etc. Students are expected to transfer them into different steps by adding their identical idiosyncrasies. By this way, students can perceive their responsibilities in designing with the problems in a sequence to gain a consciousness about the subject matters.

3D Design Studio 2

After completing ‘3D Design – III’, this course allows students to build upon their understanding of form gained in the previous semester and tackle relatively more complex formal concepts. The application of these concepts is in relation to human scale and spatial placement using different mediums and exploring various possibilities of making form. It also develops an understanding of the various ways of interpreting the form with respect to visual elements and principles and material used in its construction. This course creates a transition from the understanding of form as an abstract concept to its presence and application in the environment around them. This course enables students to approach problem solving in a systematic way through a process of observation, analysis and representation of variety of visual concepts.

Portfolio Review

Students’ portfolios are reviewed once in both Spring and Fall semesters and teachers counsel the students about their progress.


1st Semester
Course Code  Course Title Credit Hours
LA154 Histories of Art, Design and Architecture I

— Pre-history & Ancient Civilizations, up till Roman

LA151 Academic Reading and Writing 1.5
FP105 City Orientation 1
FP112 Drawing  1 3
FP110 Technical Drawing 1 3
FP109 Basic Design  1 3
FP111 3D Design Studio1 3
Spring semester credits for Foundation Year Students 17.5
2nd Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
LA254 Histories of Art, Design and Architecture II

— Gothic up till Salon de Refuses

LA251 Academic Reading and Writing 1.5
FP205 City Orientation 1
FP212 Drawing 2 3
FP210 Technical Drawing 2  3
 FP209 Basic Design  2  3
FP211 3D Design Studio2  3
 Fall semester credits for Foundation Year Students 17.5

Total Credits for FP Students 1-2:   35

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

Syed Danish Ahmed

MFA, (Painting), College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia


Roohi Ahmed

MFA, (Research), College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia Course in Advanced Drawing, SVA, NY, USA

Associate Professor

Syed Munawar Ali

MA, Art and Design Education BNU, PK, BFA, NCA, Pak

Assistant Professor

Aliya Yousuf

PGD Photography, IVS BFA, IVS, Pak BA, KU, Pak

Assistant Professor

Sana Burney

PGD Photography, IVS, Pak BFA, KU, Pak

Assistant Professor


BFA, NCA, Lahore


Faiqa Jalal

B. Des, NCA, Pak


Javaria Rafiq

B. Des, KU, Pak


Kamran Haider

B.Tech, Civil, Indus University, Pak MBA, WCIMT, Pak Diploma Civil, GCT, Pak


Natasha Mukarram

B. Des, (ID), IVS, Pak

Assistant Lecturer

Rakhshaan Qazi

MA, History and Critical Thinking, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK B.Arch and BFA, Rhode Island School of Design



Sarfraz Uddin

B. Des, NCA, Pak

Academic Programme Assistant

Hassaan Naushad

B.Com, KU, Pak

Farah Rizwan

B. Arch, IVS, Pak


Iqbal Ahmed

B. Des, NCA, Pak


Khalid Anwar

Diploma, Fine Art, KSA, Pak


Khalil Ahmed

Diploma in Graphic Design, NCA, Pak


Khurram Khan



Maliha Shehzad

B. Arch, IVS, Pak


Rushna Irfan

B. Arch, Mehran UEIT, Jamshoro, Pak


Shazia Qureshi

MA, Philosophy, KU, Pak Diploma in Fine Art, KSA, Pak


Yasmeen Salman

MA, Art and Design Education, BNU, PK BFA, IVS, Pak


Wilbur E. Judd

Aziz Ahmed

Mohammed Younus