Apply to the IVS Undergraduate Programme

Undergraduate admissions take place once every year. The entire application process happens online. Applicants are required to fill out the admission form and submit educational documents, before uploading their portfolios in the next stage of the process.

The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture seeks to enroll highly motivated and talented students from diverse backgrounds. Applications are considered regardless of age, gender, religion, race, color, creed, or national origin. Admission to the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) is granted strictly on merit. A candidate’s final selection is the result of a three-step process that begins with the submission of the application and the verification of eligibility, followed by completion of the IVS Admissions Portfolio, and then the final interview. 

IVS offers six Bachelor’s degree programmes across various disciplines. All undergraduate students begin their degrees with one year in the Foundation Programme before taking courses specific to their majors.

Admission to IVS undergraduate programmes is a process conducted over two stages. 

  • Stage 1 - Admissions Portfolio: The minimum cut-off marks to clear the portfolio stage are determined each year and will vary across programmes. Only applicants who attain a particular set of marks will qualify for the next stage.
  • Stage 2 - Interviews: A final merit list is determined based on interview marks scored by the applicants

Online applications for admissions can be submitted through IVS Online Admission Portal by clicking on the link below: 


 

Basic Eligibility Criteria for IVS Admissions 

  • Intermediate certificate with minimum C grade (50% marks).
  • Foreign qualifications such as Cambridge A-Level, International Baccalaureate Diploma and Career-related Programme, American High School Diploma, Ontario Secondary School Diploma (Canada), etc., must be equivalent to a minimum grade of C (50%) in Intermediate qualifications. Equivalency Certificate obtained from IBCC (Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen) must be submitted. For further details, please visit IBCC’s website at www.ibcc.edu.pk  
  • Students who have taken their Intermediate or Cambridge A2 level exam in the April to June 2022 session and are awaiting results can also apply. Such applicants need to submit their 1st year Intermediate result and Admit Card of second year (April/May 2022 Session), or AS Level results and statement of entry of A-Level exams (May/June 2022 session). Such applicants will only be given conditional admission and their admission shall be revoked if the above minimum requirements are not fulfilled.
  • Students appearing in only ONE subject of Cambridge O/A level in the Oct/Nov 2022 session can apply for admission. However, they will have to sign an undertaking stating that their admission will be revoked if they fail to meet IBCC equivalency certificate requirements in January 2023.

Interview

The Admission Interview is the final step towards securing admission to IVS. It is also a great opportunity for us to get to know candidates and find out more about them and why they want to study with us. Our interview panel assesses candidates in the following areas:

  • Ability to explain clearly your submission for the IVS Admissions Portfolio
  • Interest, commitment and passion to study and succeed in the programme of first choice
  • Awareness and knowledge of programmes of first and second choice
  • Reflective, genuine, and critical engagement in response to questions asked
  • Contributions, aspirations, and capacities as a prospective member of the IVS community
  • General disposition and poise, level of confidence, and ability to communicate

Merit List

Candidates eligible to apply for admission to IVS will have to clear two stages which include the Admissions Portfolio and Interview. Both stages will need to be cleared independently of each other.

Successful applicants will be given admission into the programme of their choice. Students who did not get entry into their first-choice programme will be redirected to their second preference if they qualify for that programme. Applicants on the waitlist will be informed if seats become available.

Admission to IVS is not a right, but an invitation extended after pooling assessment on various facets of an applicant’s potential and fit. The Admissions Committee bases its decision on a careful review of the performance on various aspects of the admission process, as well as the credentials submitted by the applicant and appropriateness for the requirements of the IVS programme to which an applicant seeks admission. IVS reserves the right to deny admission on the basis of these deliberations without needing to offer any explanation. Non-acceptance of an applicant is neither a negative reflection on the applicant’s chances for completion of similar studies at another institution, nor does it preclude the applicant’s eventual admission to IVS at a later date.

Once applicants have been invited to join the incoming class at IVS, enrollment is considered complete only once all academic and other requirements are fulfilled, and registration, tuition and other fees are paid by the due date. Students must show original documents at the time of registration and submit copies for IVS records

Undergraduate admissions take place once every year. The entire application process takes place online. Applicants are required to fill out the admission form and submit educational documents, before uploading their portfolios in the next stage of the process.

Following documents in softcopy (with a file size of less than 1 MB) are required to be uploaded on the IVS Admissions Portal. Please keep these documents ready before you begin the online application process:

  1. CNIC of both parents of the applicant
  2. Certificate / Marksheet / Transcript of Matriculation Qualification
    For O-Levels and other foreign qualifications, Matriculation equivalency certificate from IBCC is mandatory
  3. Certificate / Marksheet / Transcript of Intermediate Qualification
    For A-Levels and other foreign qualifications, Intermediate equivalency certificate from IBCC is mandatory

    For Applicants awaiting results, the following must be submitted in place of item 4:
     
  4.  HSSC Part 1 marksheet and Admit Card for HSSC Part 2
    For A-Levels and other foreign qualifications, statement of entry or proof of taking the relevant foreign qualification exam equivalent to Intermediate in the May/June session.

 

The IVS Admissions Portfolio consists of two parts

Part 1: Short descriptive answers

  • Commitment and motivation to study in the applied programme
  • Passion and drive to achieve their goals in the applied field of study
  • Awareness and reflection about events in the country and beyond
  • Involvement outside of school curriculum and the importance of these activities in their life
  • Ability to articulate ideas through writing skills
  • Opportunities to show a side of themselves that is not obvious otherwise

 

Part 2: Visualization and Creativity

  • Ability to visualize and explore a subject beyond its obvious meaning
  • Aptitude towards technical skills required in visualizing an idea, such as drawing, photography, digital media
  • Ability to work creatively with different materials and themes

The IVS Admissions Portfolio is designed to assess a candidate's potential in the fields of art and design. The IVS Admissions Portfolio requires candidates to express their creative and artistic abilities, values and individuality that could make their portfolio stand out and demonstrate originality.

 After completing and submitting the online application form and processing fee, candidates will receive a link to download the IVS Admissions Portfolio. The portfolio will need to be completed within 8 days of its receipt.

 

Admission Processing Fee Online

(non-refundable)

Rs. 6,000.00

 

Admission fee 

Payable on Registration (non-refundable)

Rs. 75,000.00

 

Fee per semester 

(refundable as per rules)

@ Rs 11,700 per credit hour (for 18 CH in 1st semester) payable on Registration (refundable as per rules)

Rs.210,600.00

 

Security Deposit 

Payable on registration (refundable)

Rs. 25,000.00

 

*IVS reserves the right to review its tuition and other fees annually to cover inflation and other costs.

 

Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture offers Undergraduate Degrees in Architecture, Interior Design, Communication Design, Textile Design, Fashion Design and Fine Art. Admission to the School is strictly based on merit, as determined by IVS Admission Portfolio and interview process.

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Monday, October 17, 2022

 

Last date for submission of request for Financial Assistance   

Monday, October 24, 2022

 

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Orientation for Foundation Year           

Friday, January 06, 2023 

 

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Monday, January 09, 2023 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — Undergraduate Admissions

Consider these answers your first source of information regarding admissions.

The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) is a 5 year (10 semesters) long programme whereas the remaining 5 programmes are of 4 years (8 semesters) duration.

  • Intermediate qualification with minimum C grade (50% marks).
  • Foreign qualifications such as Cambridge A-Level, International Baccalaureate, American High School Diploma, Ontario Secondary School Diploma (Canada), etc, must be equivalent to minimum C grade (50%) Intermediate qualifications. Equivalency Certificate from IBCC (Inter Board Committee of Chairmen) is mandatory.

Equivalency certificate can be obtained from IBCC (Inter Board Committee of Chairmen).
For further details, please visit IBCC’s website at www.ibcc.edu.pk

In case of Cambridge qualifications, minimum 8 O level subjects (including Pakistan Studies, Islamiyat and Urdu) and three A Level subjects (excluding general paper) are required to get equivalence from IBCC. However, for Pakistani students who have done their O levels and A level from abroad are exempted from Pakistan Studies, Islamiyat and Urdu.

A student’s final selection is based on the following two components:

  • IVS Admissions Portfolio

The IVS Admissions Portfolio is the main criterion based on which students are shortlisted for interview. All students scoring a minimum cut-off marks in each discipline qualify for the interview.

  • Interview

The candidates in each discipline who qualify for interview are given admission purely on merit in the order of the final merit list

The final merit list for each department is determined based on 60% Admissions Portfolio marks and 40% Interview marks.

No, the same admission criteria and Admissions Portfolio is applicable to all programmes.

No, there are no subject requirements or former education in art education is required in any of IVS undergraduate programmes. Students with any subjects / background in intermediate / A-Level qualifications can apply.

No, there is no such requirement. Students with any subjects / background in intermediate / A-Level qualification can apply.

Yes, you can, however, you will be given provisional admission based on the condition of clearing Intermediate / A-Level qualifications with minimum 50% marks. Equivalency certificate from IBCC for A-Level qualifications would also be required.

Yes, you can, however, you will be given provisional admission based on the condition of clearing Intermediate / A-Level qualifications with minimum 50% marks. Equivalency certificate from IBCC for A-Level qualifications would also be required.

In case you fail or your result does not meet the eligibility criteria, your provisional admission will be cancelled.

Yes, you are eligible to apply provided you submit an equivalency certificate from the Board of your area stating that your diploma is equivalent to Intermediate qualification. 

Yes, you apply for an early admission for the next academic year. If you fulfil the criteria of admission, you will be given provisional admission for the year 2024 starting from January 2024.

All candidates at the time of admission are required to give two preferences of the undergraduate programme they wish to pursue at IVS.

The admission to IVS undergraduate programmes is announced in end June / early July every year.

The new academic year starts from Spring Semester beginning from January (proceeding year). 

All undergraduate programmes offered at IVS have a common Foundation Year. Therefore, students can apply to change their discipline at the end of Foundation Year (1st year).  “Interdepartmental Transfer Policy for Students” will be applied. 

Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture is not only recognised by HEC but has been placed in very high ranking of W3 category. For further details visit HEC’s website at

http://hec.gov.pk/english/universities/pages/recognised.aspx

The 5-year professional undergraduate programme in Architecture is accredited by Pakistan Council for Architects and Town Planners (PCATP).

Yes, all IVS undergraduate programmes are recognised internationally. Many IVS alumni have pursued further education from world’s leading art, design and architecture institutions and universities.

Yes! Similar courses already taken at an undergraduate level at any institute recognized by HEC are transferable. To apply for credit transfer, detailed course outlines along with the official transcripts must be provided. A faculty committee reviews individual cases and decides whether transfer is possible or not.  

Yes! Similar courses already taken at an undergraduate level at any institute recognized by HEC are transferable. To apply for credit transfer, detailed course outlines along with the official transcripts must be provided. A faculty committee reviews individual cases and decides whether transfer is possible or not.  

The IVS Admissions Portfolio consists of two parts

Part 1:
Short descriptive answers

  • Commitment and motivation to study in the applied programme
  • Passion and drive to achieve their goals in the applied field of study
  • Awareness and reflection about events in the country and beyond
  • Candidates’ involvement outside of school curriculum. Importance of these activities in their life
  • Ability to articulate ideas through writing skills
  • Opportunities to show a side of themselves that is not obvious otherwise

Part 2:
Visualization and Creativity
 

  • Ability to visualize and explore a subject beyond it obvious meaning
  • Aptitude towards technical skills required in visualizing an idea, such as drawing, photography, digital media
  • Ability to work with different materials and themes

The IVS Admissions Interviews are a great opportunity to get to know candidates and find out more about them and why they want to study with us. Our Interview panel will be assessing the following in candidates:

  • Interest, commitment and passion to study and succeed in programme of first choice.
  • Awareness and knowledge of programme of first choice.
  • Reflective, genuine, and critical engagement in response to questions asked
  • Contributions, aspirations, and capacities as a prospective member of the IVS community
  • General disposition and poise, level of confidence, and ability to communicate
  • Ability to explain components of IVS Admissions Portfolio

Yes, outstanding performance in sports and other co-curricular activities, record of community participation and involvement in activities, related to the applicant’s chosen profession gives student an extra edge in interview ratings. 

No, IVS admissions are only conducted at IVS campus in Karachi. 

IVS only has one campus situated at ST-33, Block 2, Scheme 5, Clifton, Karachi.

The admission process at IVS is only conducted once every year. Refer to detailed Admission Timeline for further details.

No, IVS does not offer any preparatory classes for the prospective students. Students with aptitude towards art and design and reasonable drawings skills do not need preparatory classes.

The Admission Processing fee for the online application is Rs. 6,000/- (Rupees six thousand only). 

The fee structure for the prospective students is given below:

Admission Fee (payable on registration, one time – non-refundable)  Rs. 75,000
Tuition Fee (per semester)* (refundable as per rules)
Rs 11,700 per credit hour (for 18 CH in 1st semester)
  Rs. 210,600
Security Deposit (payable on registration, one time – refundable)  Rs. 25,000
Workshop and Studio Tools Charges (per semester)  Rs. 500
Total Payable on Registration  RS. 311,100

*The above fee structure is current but subject to review after every academic year. IVS reserves the right to review its tuition and other fees annually to cover inflation and other costs.

Yes, payment of fees in instalment is possible but with prior approval by the Executive Director’s / Registrar’s office. However, all fees must be cleared before the start of the 1st semester in January every year. 

IVS does not offer self-financing option or quota seat for any particular province. Applications are considered regardless of age, gender, religion, race, colour, creed and national origin; applicants are accepted on pure merit. 

Yes, IVS believes in providing equal opportunity to economically challenged students for pursuing their studies at School. The School offers need based Scholarship and Financial Assistance towards 25% to 75% tuition fees. 

Once the student has secured admission at IVS, they can apply for financial assistance by submitting a prescribed application form. The financial requirement of each student is carefully evaluated through an established procedure and financial assistance is awarded accordingly.

The continuity of the financial assistance is tied with the student’s academic performance each semester. GPA of 2.30 in the foundation year (semester 1 and 2) and a GPA of 2.50 in the remaining semesters must be maintained to receive financial assistance for the next semester.

The admission at IVS is strictly given on merit. There is no bearing on admission to the School if the candidate is unable to pay the fee. The School is committed to provide financial assistance to the students who has secured admission based on their financial need as established through a prescribed procedure. 

Fee refunds are processed according to the following timeline:

  • Full (100%) Fee Refund Up to the First week of commencement of Semester
  • Half (50%) Fee Refund Up to the Second week of commencement of Semester
  • No (0%) Fee Refund after the second week of commencement of semester

Important Points

  1. A student must give a fee refund application in writing.
  2. Fee refund claim is not linked with the class attendance and shall be considered from the date of receipt of the application.
  3. Please note that Admission Fee of Rs. 50,000/- is non-refundable under any circumstance.

The term ‘Credit Hour’ refers to the instructional or teaching time given to students every week for the entire semester. A 3-credit hour theory course involves 3 hours of instructional time per week, whereas a 3-credit hour studio course involves 6 hours of instructional time per week throughout the semester. 

5 years (10 semesters) duration undergraduate programme in Architecture has 170 credit hours, whereas all remaining 4 years (8 semesters) duration programmes approximately have 134-140 credit hours.

IVS does not have a formal transport arrangement for its students. However, the administration can facilitate students to connect with private transporters operating from various areas of the city to IVS campus.

IVS does not have any hostel facility of its own. However, the School can facilitate suitable accommodation arrangement for female students with known individuals.