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 03-semesters and it is recognized 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 of 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 three semesters study including design, interior fabrication, light colour & material, art history etc. are designed to aid in research and professional practice. The thesis project in the third semester is a culmination of the students’ research and design. 

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 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 is attributed to applications coming from all over the country with a wide range of creative disciplines including architecture, civil and architectural engineering, design and visual arts. This creates a healthy mix of skills and intellectual abilities helping to develop a holistic approach to design with a focus on peer learning.

The initial focus in the first semester is on developing sensitivity towards the built environment in the context of social environment, culture. This is achieved through visiting the city and connecting with its places and cultural importance. The unique location of NCA in the heart of Lahore which in close vicinity of the Walled City plays a key role in this regard.

In the second semester 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 for a well-researched and structured approach to design in the thesis project. Which provides opportunity for self-directed studies, allowing students to pursue a selected topic of their interest. 

• Applicants with a minimum 16 years of education or equivalent qualification in the relevant fields with minimum 60% marks from HEC recognized institutions are eligible to apply.
• Candidates must pass NCA’s aptitude and drawing test which is at par with GAT.

• Aptitude Test
• Drawing Test
• Interview

• Total Number of Credits   30
• Taught Subjects (Credits)   24
• Thesis (Research & Design Credits)  06
• Total Number of Semesters   03
• Semester Duration    18 Weeks
• Classwork     16 Weeks
• Examination    02 Weeks
• Course Load / Semester   9-12 Credits
• Studio Courses    60 %
• Theory / Seminar Courses   40 %


1st Semester

Course Code Courses Studio/Theory Contact Hours Credit Hours
ID-5101 Interior Design Studio I Studio 08 0+4
ID-5102 History of Interior Design Theory 02 2+0
ID-5103 Interior Fabrication Theory/Studio 03 1+1
ID-5105 Light, Colour and Materials Theory/Studio 03 1+1
ID-5106 Computer Aided Design Studio 04 0+2
Total 12
2nd Semester

Course Code Courses Studio/Theory Contact Hours Credit Hours
ID-5201 Interior Design Advanced Studio Studio 08 0+4
ID-5202 Theory of Interior Design Theory 02 2+0
ID-5206 Thesis Research & Report Writing Theory 02 2+0
ID-5204 Professional Practice Theory 02 2+0
ID-5205 Allied/Interdisciplinary Theory/Studio 03 1+1
Total 12
3rd Semester

Course Code Courses Studio/Theory Contact Hours Credit Hours
ID-6101 Interior Design Thesis 06
Total 6

List of Allied/Interdisciplinary
• Graphic Communication (Generative Design)
• Freehand Drawing

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. 

There are two design projects during the semester, both of eight weeks’ duration. The first one is based on modular design systems allowing students to explore all design possibilities within this system. The second project is based on environmental and sustainable design issues emerging from the recent environmental and climatic challenges.

This course is organized as a cross sectional understanding of space. It starts with the European age of Enlightenment and move to Baroque, Rococo, Mughals, Colonization and neo classism. The course focuses on an analytical study of interior design that takes into account major factors shaping societies, their art and design. 

In this course, students will learn the craft of transforming design concept into real spaces by exploring various fabrication techniques and materials. From woodworking to metal work, student will gain hands-on experience in crafting furniture, fixtures and various interior accessories. They will discover the basics of fabrication, including joinery, finishing, and installation. This course will equip them with the skills to fabricate their design in actual practice.

This course covers a comprehensive approach to lighting design aesthetic and its impact when it encounters materials, textures and colour. This course envelops the holistic behavior of light, materials and colours and their interdependence in space design.

This course is designed to teach drawings based on complex geometries. These geometrical drawings are used to explore new concepts of design. Sketch up, Auto Cad 3D, Fusion 360 and Lumion for rendering and 3D Modeling will be taught. 

The interior design studio 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 chosen for their historical and cultural significance.

This course takes a critical look at the history of art and interior design from 20th century onwards as well as social economic and political dynamisms. It focuses on various factors which inform interior space such as technology, materials, culture, social, economic and political. The course begins with the aftermath of the industrial revolution, discusses the modernization of global societies and explores the mutual exchange of ideas between different cultures from the 20th century to the 21st century.

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 develops 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.

The course starts with a debate about the role of interior design. Its role in the construction industry and responsibility 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.

The course is designed to make students improve their observation and imagination skill in order to dissect a space into its multiple components. The concept of human scale and proportions in a space is central to the course.

This course is designed to explore emerging field of generative design as an Allied/interdisciplinary course. It explores algorithms and computational tools used to create innovative and dynamic design solutions. Students will learn to use parametric modeling, data-driven design, and algorithmic thinking to generate unique and personalized interior spaces.

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 40% Internal and 60% External Assessment Examiners based on following criteria:
• Analytical Skills
• Creative Skills

Prof. Dr. Syed Faisal Sajjad

Dean, Faculty of Architecture
B.Arch, NCA
M.Arch. U.E.T., Lahore
Ph.D, Architecture
Sir Peter Cook Masterclass, Bartlett School of Architecture, London
Instructional Design, Curriculum Development and Course Management,
Boston Architectural College, Boston. M.A. U.S.A

Salman Gohar

Department Coordinator
B. Arch. NCA
Master of Interior Design, NCA
Materials Conservation Workshop, Boston Architectural College, Boston. M.A. U.S.A
Online Certification in Architectural Imagination, Harvard University 

Dr. Mazhar Abbas Rizvi

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

Khalid Ibrahim

B. Arch. NCA
M. Arch. U.E.T, Lahore
MDS- Historic Preservation BAC, USA

Sulman Lateef

B. Arch. NCA
CAD Expert

Hafsa Imtiaz

B. Arch. NCA
M. Arch, Urban Building, Glasgow School of Art, Mackintosh School of Architecture, UK
Ph.D. Candidate, Taylor’s University, Malaysia

Mulghalarra Khan

B. Arch. NCA
M.Sc. Urban Studies, Vrije University of Brussels
Master of Arts Urban Studies (MA), University of Vienna (Universitat Wien)

Umar Saeed

B. Arch. NCA
Master of Interior Design, Prett, U.S.A.

Mr. Khurshid Ahmed
Mr. Azhar Syed
Syed Aqeel Anwar Kazmi
Mr. Khalid Yar Khan
Ms. Mahrukh Butt
Ms. Fareena Ahsan Munawar
Ms. Rabia Qureshi
Ms. Attiya Malik
Mr. Muhammad Faran Saleem
Ms. Eman Fatima

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