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Miniature Painting
One Year Diploma in Miniature Painting


Miniature painting is an art that is indigenous to the subcontinent.

The origins of miniature painting are shrouded in mystery but can be traced to the Stone Age. Engraving and etching techniques that developed in the 4th millennium BC are important in understanding the historical development of miniature.

Mani, the Persian founder of Manicheanism is considered the father of miniature painting having illustrated the holy book of his religion. Therefore as an art form within the region, the origins of miniature painting can be traced back to what is now present day Iran. Starting from the Parthians and all the way to the Sassanids, we can see the stylistic antecedents of what eventually evolved into Persia miniature painting as we know it today.

The art of miniature painting after the arrival of Islam has been thoroughly documented and studied. The Sheraz, Tabrez and Herat schools of Persian miniature painting produced manuscripts illustrations of great quality and represent the zenith of Persian miniature painting.

In the Indian subcontinent,the development of miniature painting can be attributed to various sources. From the Gupta Dynasty to the arrival of Persian miniature painters in the subcontinent in the 14th century- Islamic miniature painting as we know it today owes its historical origin and development to a combination of historic influences but Persianate aesthetics and skill has continued to play an integral role.

A practical awareness of the history, aesthetics and diversity of techniques inherent in miniature painting is the principal aim of this course as this unique mode of expression is in a state of decline.

Aims And Objectives

National College of Arts is a pioneering institution in the formation and development of a formal training program in the art of miniature painting.

Ustad Haji Sharif, Ustad Shiekh Shujaullah and Ustad Bashir Ahmed have, through their efforts, promoted this art form nationally and internationally.

The continuation of this one-year professional diploma is an attempt to promote and revive this art form under the formal guidance of experienced practitioners who have remained faithful to the unique stylistic philosophy and aesthetics inherent within miniature painting.

The course also attempts to develop a meaningful relationship between theory and practice in order to emphasize its relevance and importance in the artistic history of this region. A critical awareness of this art form will help students reevaluate their sensibilities and knowledge with regards to miniature painting.

Course Structure

Duration:                       1 Academic Year
1-Academic Year:           2 Terms
Evening Programme:      2:30 PM- 6:30 PM
Days/Week:                   Monday-Friday

Entry Requirements

F.A/FSc. or any equivalent Certificate with minimum 45% marks.

Admission Criteria

Applicants are advised to bring any related work for the interview.

Course Outline

Theory: 25%
  • History of Miniature Painting
  • Articles /Reading about masters in Miniature Painting
  • Pioneers of Miniature Painting
  • Contemporary / Traditional Miniature Painters
  • Visits to Historical Places

Practical: 75%

  • Seminars and Tutorials
  • Introduction of Miniature Painting
  • Tools and Materials
  • Brushmaking
  • Pigments and Preparation "Wasli" making (special sheet for Miniature Painting)
  • Drawing (Biomorphic, Figure Drawing)
  • Techniques and Process

  • Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri

Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri
Principal/ Programme Director
BFA National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
M.A. Chelsea College of Arts, London
Ph.D. (Fine Arts) University of East London, London
Post Doctoral Research Fellow AVA, London
Advanced Drawing, Concordia University, Montreal

  • Muhammad Shahzad Tanveer

Muhammad Shahzad Tanveer
B.A, LLB, LLM (Candidate)

  • Ustad Khurshid Alam Gohar Qalam

Ustad Khurshid Alam Gohar Qalam
(Pride of Performance)

  • Ustad Saif-ur-Rehman

Ustad Saif-ur-Rehman
(Pride of Performance)

  • Nausheen Iftikhar

Nausheen Iftikhar

  • Hafiz Saeed Ahmed

Hafiz Saeed Ahmed