The Master of Interior Design programme at NCA was initiated in the year 1999 and is a pioneering venture in training professional interior designers. The duration of this program is 2 years and it is recognised by the HEC and international institutions. NCA has played a crucial role in spreading awareness about the discipline of Interior Design by training professionals who have played a significant role in the development of the design discipline in the country. Graduates of the programme are also teaching at various institutions and have played a key role in setting up new interior design programmes in HEC recognized public and private sector universities of the country. In recent years, this programme is proving to be a base for teacher training for the young faculty members. A dedicated faculty and well-equipped studios create a stimulating learning environment for the students. A combination of courses offered during the 2 year study including design, materials, colour theory, lighting, drawing, art history, etc, are designed to aid in research and professional practice. The thesis project at the end of the programme is a culmination of the students’ learning and research.


To create professionals who can impact the market by instilling creative, critical, and ethical qualities in the practice. The graduates are seen as leaders for designing a sustainable and inspiring environment for the future.

• To train professionals seeking innovative and socially responsible design solutions.
• To provide an academic platform for research in the field of interior design.
• To explore the profession and its application in the areas of furniture design, interior textiles, adaptive reuse of historic buildings, etc.
• To train leaders who pave the way for a healthy and stimulating environment for the future, with design that is rooted in the cultural and social sensibilities of the region.


The student diversity in the programme can be attributed to applications coming from all over the country with a wide range of creative disciplines including architecture, civil and architectural engineering, design and the arts. This creates the perfect mix of skills and intellectual abilities helping to develop a holistic approach to design with a focus on peer learning.
The initial focus is on developing sensitivity towards the built environment in the context of social environment, culture and life. This is achieved through visiting and connecting with the city and its places of cultural importance.The unique location of NCA in the heart of Lahore and in close vicinity of the Walled City plays a key role in this regard. In the later part of the programme, students are introduced to the tools of critical thinking and analysis for a design that is rooted in the socio-cultural realities of the region. Research methods and report writing are skills taught to the students to encourage a well-researched and structured approach to design in the final thesis project. This thesis project provides opportunity for self-directed studies, allowing students to pursue a selected topic of their choice. Internal advisors and external examiners are the key to comprehensive thesis projects.

Total Number of Credits 42
Taught Subjects (Credits) 34
Thesis (Research & Design Credits) 06
Total Number of Semesters 04
Semester Duration 18 Weeks
Classwork 16 Weeks
Testing and Evaluation 02 Weeks
Course Load /Semester 9-12 Credits
Studio Courses 70 %
Theory / Seminar Courses 30 %

Semester 1

Course Code Courses Contact Hours Studio / Theory Credit Hours
ID-5101 Interior Design Studio I 8 Studio 4
ID-5102 History of Interior Design I 2 Theory 2
ID-5103 Construction Technology & Materials I 2 Theory 2
ID-5104 Drawing 1 4 Studio 2
ID-5105 Color 2 Theory 2
ID-5106 Drawing Presentation-I 4 Studio 00
Total 12

Semester 2

Course Code Courses Contact Hours Studio / Theory Credit Hours
ID-5201 Interior Design studio II 8 Studio 4
ID-5202 History of Interior Design II 2 Theory 2
ID-5203 Construction Technology & Materials II 2 Theory 2
ID-5204 Drawing II 4 Studio 2
ID-5205 Furniture Design 2 Theory 2
ID-5206 Drawing Presentation-II 4 Studio 0
Total 12

Semester 3

Course Code Courses Contact Hours Studio / Theory Credit Hours
ID-6101 Interior Design Studio III 8 Studio 4
ID-6102 Thesis Research & Report Writing 2 Theory 2
ID-6103 Lighting Design 2 Theory 2
ID-6104 Professional Practice 2 Theory 2
ID-6105 3D Studio Max 4 Studio 2
Total 12

Semester 4

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
1 Interior Design Thesis 6
Total 6
Interior Design Studio I

This course deals with our relation to space, form, and the environment with an emphasis on human factors, scale, materials, and structures. The course familiarizes the students with the fundamentals of planning an interior space through critical thinking and problem solving measures. Small to mid-scale design projects are pivotal in understanding the dynamics of a space.

Construction Technology & Materials I

This course develops the fundamental understanding of structural units through a study of various materials, their properties, behaviours and aesthetic qualities. Lectures are followed by field visits in order to explain the process and usage of these materials.

History of Interior Design I

This course is organized as a chronology of ideas that has shaped the discipline of interior design. It starts with the beginning of human expression through cave art, focusing on major changes throughout history in the Middle East, Europe, India, China and concludes at the European Age of Enlightenment. The course is structured in modules based upon thematic grouping that takes into account major factors shaping societies and their art and design.The students are taken through the historical process with a focus on the evolution of ideas and its impacts on society, art and architecture.

Drawing Presentation I

This course is designed to teach architectural and interior drawings from a basic line to different complex geometries. It starts with the 2 planar drafting technique, simultaneously addressing the proportions of form into different planar settings. Geometrical drawings are used to explore new concepts of design.

Drawing I

The course is designed to teach the development of design elements, from basic volumes to different compositions. Besides that colour balancing is also taught in this term to respond to different interior finishes.


This course aims to develop an understanding of colour, the different hues and its importance in interior design. The course focuses on colour and its implications in a space with the principles of colour theory. Critical understanding of tonal variations and colour theory are the main focus of this course.

Interior Design Studio II

In this course, students learn the application of design fundamentals in large-scale spaces. The course includes an exploration of complete solutions to environmental, interior, and architectural problems based on space analysis and planning. Coordination of furnishings, materials, user needs, and equipment is emphasized.

Construction Technology & Materials II

This course deals with the understanding of different materials that are used in an interior space.The focus in this course is on the materials and systems that physically create an interior space. The course explores different ways in which different materials can be modeled and modified to translate a creative and imaginative concept into reality.

Drawing Presentation II

This course is designed to teach students ways in which they can imagine and make their presentations more interesting. They learn different softwares for the enhancement of their presentation drawings. It advances to different tools available in Photoshop to create realistic and nonrealistic presentation drawings that are aesthetically appealing.

Drawing II

The course is designed to make students improve their observation skill in order to dissect a space into its multiple components. It progresses from basic geometries to the teaching of the drawing of space in the form of one point and two point perspective. The concept of human scale and proportions in a space is central to the course.

Furniture Design

The course begins with the introduction to the concepts, function, materials, and techniques of furniture design. The course is structured as design problems involving full scale drawings and scale models in order to take students through the process involved in furniture design. Furthermore, the course will also teach various kinds of finishes available in furniture.

History of Interior Design II

This course takes a critical look at the history of art and space design from the 19th Century onwards. It focuses on the impact of technological advancement and changing power structures on culture and the arts. The course begins in the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution, discusses the ‘modernization’ of Western societies and its impact on the globe through imperialism and colonization and explores the mutual exchange of ideas between cultures throughout the 20th century. It concludes the 21st century with a discussion on postmodernism.

Interior Design Studio III

The interior design studio III shall explore design issues of added complexity in terms of the range of design concerns addressed in the studio projects. These issues range from adaptive reuse of historic buildings to sustainable interiors to exploring the interface of interior design with other creative disciplines like music, fashion, cinema and literature. There are two projects during the semester, both of eight weeks duration.The first one is based on the interrelationship of design with other creative disciplines like literature and art. The second project is based on adaptive reuse of historic buildings in which the chosen building has a historical and cultural significance.

3D Studio Max

This course is organized as a constructive tool towards an idea to imagine and develop a 3d space. This course is structured into different categories, beginning with the basic introductory settings of the software to developing an architectural space.

Lighting Design

This course focuses on building an understanding of the electrical supply system. It then narrows down to the design of the electrical system in a building. It explores the importance of lighting design with respect to the intensity of lights and the selection of appropriate light fixtures.The course will also teach the fundamentals of safety while designing electrical layout of a set up.

Professional Practice

The course starts with a debate about the profession of interior designer, its role in the construction industry and the responsibility of an interior designer in any given project. The course then proceeds to discuss the professional codes and regulations that affect the practice of interior design. The students would be introduced to the different stages and phases of the project, from the initial concept to the on- site supervision and the relationship between the client and the contractor.

Thesis Research and Report writing

It is a lecture/seminar based course that is focused on applied research methods for thesis research. It covers all the pre-design research culminating in an 8000-10000 word report. The course starts with the students writing a statement of intent which developes into a synopsis. A research methodology with identified research tools and techniques is devised to conduct the research. This finally leads to the thesis report covering the research aspects, case studies, design considerations and design concept.
Entry Requirements

• Applicants with minimum 16 years of education or equivalent qualification in the relevant fields with minimum 60% marks from an HEC recognized institute are eligible to apply.
• Candidates must pass NCA's own aptitude test at par with GAT.

Admission Criteria

Aptitude Test
1. In theory courses, a semester report (3000 words) will carry 40% of the total marks while the final exam will be given 60% weightage. The assessment will be carried according to following criteria:

• Knowledge of the Subject
• Analytical Skills
• Report Writing Skills (Referencing and Citations)

2. In practical courses, students are required to work on individual projects, which will consist of practical work and a written component (500 words), which will be progressively marked.

3. By the end of the programme, the students will be required to produce a body of work on the basis of applied research. The students will initially produce a written Research Report (8000-10000 words). The findings of the research will be tried and tested in the thesis project. The assessment will be carried out by External Examiners based on following criteria:

• Analytical Skills
• Creative Skills

Prof. Dr. Syed Faisal Sajjad

Programme Director
B.Arch. NCA
M.Arch. U.E.T., Lahore
PhD, Architecture

Dr. Mazhar Abbas Rizvi

B Des. Industrial Design, KU- Pakistan
MA Car Design, DA, Italy
PhD Ergonomics,
PGD, Industrial Design, NABA Italy

Umar Saeed

B. Arch. NCA
Master of Interior Design, (Pratt, USA)

Hafsa Imtiaz

B. Arch. NCA,Lahore
M. Arch, Glasgow School of Art, UK

Sulman Lateef

B. Arch. NCA

Sara Cheema

B. Arch. NCA
M. Arch. University of London

Fareena Munawar

BSc (HE) University of Punjab
Master of Interior Design, NCA

Salman Gohar

B. Arch. NCA
Master of Interior Design, NCA

Mahina Reki

B. Arch. NCA
M, Arch, Turkey

Khurshid Ahmed

National Diploma of Architecture, NCA

Azhar Syed

National Diploma of Architecture, NCA

Syed Aqeel Anwar Kazmi

National Diploma of Architecture, NCA

Khalid Yar Khan

B. Arch. NCA

Mahrukh Butt

B. Design. NCA

Rabia Qureshi

B. Arch, Al-Khair University, LHR
Master of Interior Design, NCA

Attiya Malik

Master of Interior Design, NCA
Master of Education, Leadership & Management, USA

Faran Saleem

BSc. Industrial Design, UET
Master of Interior Design, NCA

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