Master Of Philosophy (M.Phil)

Art and Design Education

Today research is essential for better teaching, learning and practice in the field of Arts education as it carries great potential for social impact and data-informed educational policy development in the Arts and Culture. The mphill. in Art and Design Education at PIFD initiates a new aspect of the field of Art and Design in Pakistan by offering a rigorous, but manageable programme of study by research. It offers a research degree which addresses the learning requirements of both Art and Design professionals who are also interested in the field of Education. Offered in the evenings, this programme is geared towards working professionals living in the city of Lahore and adjoining areas. This includes experienced teachers of Art, Design and related subjects, as well as training and educational professionals from the Creative Industries who wish to pursue teaching and/or research in the field. The programme of study is conducted over two years in Spring and Fall and culminates with an extensive Thesis by research, with an option for international placement/field practicum relevant to the students’ research in one of PIFD’s global partner institutions, or in the local community. The vision of the programme emphasizes the integration of educational theory with studio practice and research, as well as industrial practice, where relevant. The programme coursework is designed to develop independent thinking, interdisciplinary practice, and scholarly research and writing skills. It includes a variety of theoretical courses in research, foundations of Art/Design Education, practical courses in Studio Art/Design, field research, and a practicum of flexible courses which can be customized to include practices such as international placements or residencies, exhibitions, curriculum development, arts advocacy and policy development, curatorial and community projects.

The Fall semester is devoted to exposing students to the fundamentals of visual understanding in fine art and design history while focusing on enhancing written expression and introducing them to the strategies of analysis and customizing design processes. The practical element of the Foundation in Art and Design involves experimentation in a range of creative practices, including Fashion, Graphics, Materials and Models and Digital Communication.

Career Path

Graduates of this programme will be able to contribute primary research, take leadership positions and pursue further studies at PhD Level in the following areas:

  • Art/Design Education (K-16 in formal education; teaching and learning across the lifespan in informal education settings)
  • Arts and Cultural Policy Development
  • Educational Policy Development
  • Art/Design Teacher Education
  • Educational Research
  • Media Education
  • Training Programs in Design Industries
  • Entrepreneurial Education for Design Industriestion
  • Arts Assessment
  • Musuem and Heritage Education
  • Curriculum Development (K16 in formal education; idustry; informal education strategies)

Master Of Philosophy (M.Phil)

Art an d Design Education

Semester I
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ADE 5303 Historical and Philosophical Foundations for Art and Design Education (Theory) 3
ADE 5304 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan for Art and Design Education (Theory) 3
ADE 5302 Introduction to Research Methods for Art and Design Education (Theory) 3
ADE 5100 Thinking Through Materials in Art and Design Education (Studio) 3
Semester II
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ADE 5305 Curriculum Design and Assessment for Art and Design Education (Theory) 3
ADE 5301 Critical Pedagogy for Art and Design Education (Theory) 3
ADE 5402 Advance Research Methods for Art and Design Education (Theory) 3
Technology, Documentary and Archival Processes in Art and Design Education (Studio) 3
Semester III/IV
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ADE 5300 Critical Investigations in Contemporary Art, Design and Media Practices (Theory) 3
ADE 6430 Thesis coursework, including Field Work & Advisement: Thesis 9
ADE 6440 Thesis coursework, including Field Work, Advisement and a project: Thesis (Project) 9

Ms. Mahrukh Malik

Assistant professor

Master in Art Education (Gold Medalist), Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.
BFA Visual Art, BNU, Lahore.

Dr. Nusra Inayat


Ph.D. Education, London South Bank University, London. UK.
Ph.D. Sociology, American University, London. UK, MSc.
Applied Arts, Punjab University, Lahore.
BSc. Applied Arts, Punjab University, Lahore.

Ms. Nadia Ghawas


Master in Art Education from Beaconhouse National University (BNU)

Bachelor in Fine Art From National College of Arts (NCA) (Distinction Holder in Sculpture)

IB Certified Art Educator for Middle Year Programme (MYP)

Diploma Programme of Visual Art (DP) from Singapore

Mr. Adnan Mairaj Malik


Charles Wallace Trust Pakistan (CWT) Scholar, Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts (PFSTA), London.
MA (hons) Visual Arts, National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore.
BFA in Fine Arts (philosophy as subsidiary), Department of Visual Studies (DOVS), University of Karachi (KU), Karachi.
Post Graduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage and tourism, The Boston Architectural College (BAC), in partnership with NCA.

Prof. Salima Hashmi

rtist, Curator, and Contemporary Art Historian
Dean at the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design (SVAD)
(Beaconhouse National University) & Professor Emeritus.
Art Educator and Former Principal of the National College of Arts (NCA)
Co-founder of Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad, and Rohtas-2 Lahore

Prof. Naazish Ata Ullah

Artist, Art Educator, Human Rights Activist

Former Principal of National College of Arts (NCA)

Senior Fellow SVAD/BNU

Dr. Shabnam Khan

Cornell University, New York, USA (Certificate, Wellness Counseling)
Harvard University, Cambridge, USA (Ed. D., (Doctorate) Teaching & Learning)
Masters, International Education, (Massachusetts College of Art & Design (Mass Art), Boston, USA)
Master of Science in Art Education (MSAE)
MA. History (Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan)
Post-Graduation Industrial Design (Pakistan Design Institute, Karachi)
Former Principal of National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore, Pakistan

Mr.Umar Hameed


MA (Innovation for Digital Futures), University of Huddersfield, UK.

Post Graduate Certificate Media Studies, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Bachelor in Design (Textile Design), National College of Arts, Lahore.

Dr. Farida Batool

Associates Professor and HOD, Cultural Studies, NCA.

Mr. Faseeh Saleem

Assistant Professor

PhD Candidate, Swedish School of Textile, University of Boras.

Ms. Vidmina Stasiulyte

PhD, University of Boras, Sweeden, Researcher, Educator, Artist, fashion Designer.

Ms. Holy Mcquillen

PhD, University of Boras, Sweeden, Design Researcher, Educator.

Mr. Jan Tepe

PhD Candidate, University of Boras, Sweeden, Design Researcher, Educator.

Ms. Madeeha Fasahat

Masters in Art Education with Honors from Beaconhouse National University Lahore Pakistan.
Bachelors of Graphic Design from National College of Arts Lahore, Pakistan.

Ms. Jannat Khalid

Master in Art Education, passed with distinction, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.
Masters of International Relations, University of Gujrat.
Bachelors of Textile and Fashion Design, Faisalabad.
Bachelor of Arts, The University of Punjab.

Mr. Azeem Hamid

Master of Philosophy in Art & Design Education, passed with distinction, Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore.
Bachelors of Design in Visual Communication, passed with distinction, Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design, BNU, Lahore.
Diploma in Social Innovation from Social Innovation Academy, Uganda. Diploma in Information Technology (IT Skills), University of Cambridge, UK.