Department of Fine Arts started in early sixties by the
Prof. Aslam Minhas. Prof. Aslam Minhas taught at Government College
Lahore from 1960 to 1994. GCU is devoted to excellence and innovation in
Visual Arts, Media Arts and Design. Fine Art Department emphasis on both
technical instructions with latest equipped studios and creative
thoughts. The first batch of students at Government College Lahore
comprised of Dr. Ajaz Anwar and Sufi Waqar. Ever since Government
College Lahore have produced many prominent artists of National and
International level. In July 2000 Mr. Erfan Ullah Babar, a young and
energetic man joined Government College Lahore as a lecturer in Fine
Arts. In recognition of Erfan Ullah Babar’s qualifications and vision,
he was made the 1st Chairperson of the Fine Arts Department. Honoring
Mr. Minhas contribution in laying a strong foundation of the Fine Arts
Department at GC University Lahore, Former Vice Chancellor of GC
University approved the establishment of an Art Gallery at GCU in his
name. The Minhas Art Gallery was inaugurated by the Mrs. Azra Minhas,
the widow of Prof. Aslam Minhas on October 30, 2006. The first painting
exhibition at Minhas Art Gallery was of the paintings of Prof. Aslam
Minhas which were gathered, reframed and reproduced with great efforts.
Ever since Minhas Art Gallery houses the Art work of different artists
from time to time which is visited by 100’s of Art lovers from all over
The Department of Fine Arts
facilitates students in following manner:
There is an internal I
departmental library comprising of numbers of valuable books National
and International Authors.
The Drawing Studio is created in the
department for the students to facilitate them.
The department has an
art gallery named Minhas Art Gallery in which the work of renowned and
emerging artists is displayed.
a. Short Course in Drawing
b. Short course in Painting
Fine Arts Department has the following societies which
are playing effective part for the students:
Fine Arts Society
The fine arts society has more than 200 members and it
regularly arranges hobby classes, annual fine arts competitions and
exhibition of works by the students of GCU. This competition takes place
of intercollegiate level.
The photographic club arranges the classes, events,
photo-walks etc. for the students of GCU.
Minhas Art Gallery
A permanent venue for art activities.
Department of Fine Arts offered the subject of Fine Art sat Intermediate (FA) level
and BA level (as an allied subject) with History & Psychology major. BFA
(Graphic Design) 4 Years Professional Programmes.
a. History Combination
b. Psychology Combination
(Graphic Design) 4-YEARS PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM
Department of Fine Arts, GCU Lahore
offers BFA (Graphic Design) Four Years Professional Program after
Intermediate level consists of 8 semesters. BFA Graphic Design is a
rigorous, professional program stressing concept development and visual
communication skills necessary to prepare content and imagery for Print,
Multimedia and the Web. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of
the discipline and a portfolio of work to begin a career in the graphic
Some of our objectives include:
To promote a learner-centered
environment focused on the Arts and Design and to facilitate the
development of an environment of creative engagement, modernism and
professionalism; To produce professional designers for printing &
electronic industries as well as market.
To produce skilled and
professional creative teachers for educational institutions.
To generate the revenue for the
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION
Minimum requirement for admission will be
intermediate/ FA, FSC, A Levels with 45 % Marks and drawing test
Ext. No. 331)
Area of Interest
Mr. Erfan Ullah
M.A (Gold Medalist)
Chairperson / Associate Professor
Amna Anwaar Khan
Tahir Ali Sadiq
Ali Raza Peerzada
Yasir Javed Doger
News & Events
The thirteen gates of Walled City, the heritage of
ancient Lahore, have brought back to life by artist Munawar Mohiuddin.
The large-size landscape paintings of thirteen gates from Lahori Gate to
Roshni Gate were put on display at a painting exhibition at the Minhas
Art Gallery of Government College University Lahore.
Mian Ijaz ul Hassan, a renowned painter, writer and art
critic inaugurated the Mohiuddin’s solo show at GCU on Thursday, saying
that “without its heritage, it would no more Lahore and we, the artist
community, wanted the government to understand this.” He said they
welcomed the development but it should not be at the cost of heritage. Mr Hassan, who is also Old Ravian, said that most of
these gates didn’t exist anymore, and the artist had recreated them on
the basis their description in the historical books and documents.
“These thirteen gates were brands of ancient Lahore and Munawar
Mohiuddin has made them eternal through his artwork,” he added. He also said the government should seek
inspiration from Mohiuddin’s work and should restore these old gates.
Speaking on the occasion, Javaid Iqbal, a renowned
cartoonist, said that these oil paintings were vibrant in impression and
they didn’t only reveal the beautiful architecture of these gates but
also the energetic life around these gates.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said every
single gate of Old Lahore had its own history and significance, adding
that this show was a contribution to promote and save the majestic
heritage of Lahore in form of paintings. He said unfortunately most of
their young generation didn’t know the names of all these 13 gates.
GCU Fine Arts Department Chairperson Erfan Ullah Babar
said that Mohiuddin was virtuoso on oil painting techniques and his
short, thick strokes of paint swiftly capture the soul of the subject,
rather than its details. “Colors are applied side-by-side with as little
mixing as possible, as used by the impressionist,” they said.
Talking about his artwork, Munawar Mohiuddin says that he
has been living in Lahore for the last 30 years and the walled city and
its architecture fascinate him more than anything else. He said that
heritage had a language of its own, and it communicates with the
observer. He said he had conducted research for many years to reach at
the conclusion about the real architecture of these gates.
PUCAT Principle Dr Shahida Manzoor also lauded the
artwork. A large number artists and art students attended the
inauguration of Mohiuddin’s solo show titled “playing with gems of the
old city”. The exhibition would remain open till May 12 at Minhas Art
Week celebrations at GCU
The Women's Week celebrations began at
the Government College University Lahore with a fine arts exhibition on
the theme of “unveiling her”. As many as 36 paintings, posters,
sketches and photographs were put on display by the students of National
College Arts, Becanhouse National University, Kinnaird College and GCU
at the exhibition organised by the University’s History Department. The
arts works were focused on women’s rights, women empowerment, workplace
harassment and violence against women. The event was followed by
theatrical and music performance at the University’s Amphie Theatre. A
one-day panel discussion on topic “Her Struggle Stays” is also part of
the week long celebrations at GCU which would be held tomorrow at the
University’s Bukhari Auditorium.
Fine Arts Exhibition
diverse range of artworks and creations by fine arts students of
Government College University Lahore were put on display for the art
lovers at the university’s Annual Fine Arts Exhibition 2017 opened at
the Abdus Salam Hall. Noted artist and Old Ravian Dr Ajaz Anwar
inaugurated the exhibition which housed a wide range of student’s art
work including drawing, paintings, designing, ceramics, photography,
sketching and calligraphy.
"Each year, this annual exhibition gives us an
opportunity to highlight the talents of our students," said GCU Fine
Arts Department Incharge Erfan Ullah Babar, adding that “their work
proves that how creative, hard-working and talented our students really
are." He told media that about 520 artworks were on display by the 53
intermediate and BFA (Hons), saying that their courses in fine arts gave
students opportunities to develop creative skills, technical knowledge
and values which were must to become a professional artists.
Speaking on occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir
Shah said GCU students possessed high creativity potential and would
enrich the nation’s art scene. He says that arts has a great role in
promoting world peace and understanding each other as it is a common
language that goes well beyond all the cultural and social divisions.
Dr Ajaz Anwar lauded the efforts of GCU Fine Arts
Department that has been regularly hosting arts exhibitions for the last
many years. “This support to the artist community by GCU undoubtedly
leads to the promotion of art in the country,” he said.
He stressed that fine arts education should be made
mandatory for all students without any discrimination up to Intermediate
level as it helped in expanding learning boundaries and gave
motivational tools to students to unlock a deeper understanding of their
education and life. Registrar Saboor Ahmad Khan also visited the
exhibition and appreciated the artwork of students.
Talking to media, GCU Fine Arts Society President Hamza
Bin Faisal said that he could not explain in words how proud he feels as
he stands next to his seven artworks at the exhibition. He said he had
won the top prize in Still Life Competition at the exhibition. GCU
students Zubair Kohkar and Arooj Irfan also secured positions in
different competitions which were part of the two-day exhibition.
design advertisement campaigns
outgoing batch of Government College University Lahore Fine Arts
Department put on display the advertisement campaigns on social issues
and brands as their final projects. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir
Shah inaugurated the exhibition at the University’s Professor Abdus
Salam, where the management of different organizations were also invited
to witness the digital artwork of these students, and offer them work,
internships and jobs. As many as 21 final year students of Bachelor in
Fine Arts (Hons.) displayed their projects which comprised of complete
advertisement material, including billboards, posters, press and
electronic media advertisements, calendars, pamphlets and social media
pages for promotion of their brands and raising awareness about social
Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah Vice Chancellor GCU and
visitors take keen interest in the final projects of fine arts students
designed to launch of a social welfare organization named ‘Khoj’ for the
people who are imperfect or considered imperfect due to their
disabilities and sins i.e. physically and mentally challenged persons,
drug addicts, khawaja sira etc. Talking about her work, Iqra
Chaudhry said that the biggest truth was that there was nothing perfect
in the world, so must treat all humans equally despite their
imperfections and sins. The students also put only display advertisement
camping related different food, music and clothing brands.
the occasion, GCU Fine Arts Department Chaimran Mr Irfan Ullah Babar
said that there had been a major shift in the market from manual artwork
i.e. painting, calligraphy etc. to digital art work i.e. graphic
designing, photography etc. in the last one decade. However, he said
that creativity, imagination, technical knowledge and esthetic sense
were must for the both kind of artworks. He said students didn’t take
any sponsorship from these brands or NGOs for the work, because when
they pay, they start dictating them which kills the creativity of their
final project. However, they said now these brands were offering to
purchase their work.
member Amna Anwaar Khan said that the models, used in different
advertisement campaigns, were also the university students. Mostly
advertisement shoots of these projects were also done on the university
campus, for which students were provided maximum facilitation by the
Anwaar said this was the second outgoing batch of Bachelor in Fine Arts
progarmme, and there was not a single student in the previous batch who
didn’t get a job offer from a reputed company before the final
examinations. She said that some of their female students were earning
handsome amounts while staying at home through online jobs and
students, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said advertisement campaign was a
key behind the success of a product. He lauded that all the students had
adopted a comprehensive approach for the promotion of their products and
separately designed targeted campaigns for social campaign and general
campaigns for electronic and print media.
immortalised in pencil portraits
The pencil portraits of
eminent luminaries of Government College University Lahore are once
again put on display at the Minhas Art Gallery for Old Ravians and art
lovers. This is the second exhibition of these portraits made by the
university’s Fine Arts Department Chairman Erfan Ullah Babar.
Punjab University College
of Arts and Design Principal Prof Dr Shahida Manzoor and noted Old
Ravian artist Ejaz Anwar inaugurated the exhibition that would remain
open for three weeks. The 28 pencil sketches include of writer Muhammad
Husain Azad, poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, Sir Ganga
Ram, Dr. Abdus Salam, Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, Dharam Dev Anand,
Prof Aslam Minhas and Chaudhry Zafarullah Khan.
teachers take keen interest in pencil portraits of eminent Old Ravians
by noted artist Erfan Ullah Babar at the GCU
Speaking on the occasion,
Prof Shahida Manzoor said that pencil sketches was one of most difficult
medium of art, adding that the portraits made by Mr Erfan Ullah Babar
exhibits the strong character and personality of these eminent
luminaries of GCU.
Prof Dr Shaukat Mahmood
said pencil had been a very favourite and a forceful medium of
Neoclassical and Romantic draftsmen of the eighteenth century, and Mr
Erfan Ullah Babar was causing a renaissance of this technique and art.
“His portraits which are being showcased in this exhibition furnish the
finest lessons to our students of art and design,” he said.
Talking about his work,
Erfan Ullah Babr said that understanding about art in our society was
lesser than any other subject related to human abilities and knowledge
and it was because of the lack of fundamental knowledge delivered to
young generation, especially at the level of primary education. The
artist said that he had used the pencil tool to draw the portraits and
thoroughly enjoyed the exploration of the personalities’ trait as
reflected in their appearance. “I tried to meld the lines to create a
blend of tones which finally highlighted the contours of a certain
personality. I use the elasticity, stretchiness and thickness of lines
in accordance with the anatomy and features of the face which bring the
whole drawing into a pure from and volume. Adding up extra lines in to a
portrait brings more interest and energy into it,” he said.
GCU celebrates 154th
The Government College University Lahore (GCU), to celebrate its 154th
Founders’ Day, unveiled the handmade pencil portraits of some of its
eminent luminaries who had studied at the oldest seat of higher learning
in Pakistan since its foundation on Jan 01, 1864.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated the exhibition
titled Founders’ Day Exhibition at the University’s Minhas Art Gallery,
saying that “we owe a deep debt of gratitude to a long list of
illustrious luminaries of GCU who toiled ceaselessly to bring this great
institution to its present position of eminence.”
The pencil portraits of
as many 29 luminaries of GCU from different fields of life, including
literature, art, music and science, were put on display at the
exhibition that would remain open till January 31, 2017 for Old Ravians
and art-lovers. The portraits were pencil sketched by Fine Arts
Department in-charge Erfan Ullah Babr in a period of six months.
Vice Chancellor GCU take keen interest in
pencil sketches of illustrious Old Ravians
GCU VC accompanied by Teaching and
Heads is cutting the cake.
Speaking on occasion,
Prof Shah also said that social progress was inconceivable without
progressive and liberal institutions like Government College University
Lahore, so they must be protected, strengthened and upgraded to match
with the demands of new age.
He lauded the skills and hard work of Mr Erfan Ullah Babr in making
these pencil sketches. He also remembered that the Mr Erfan had last
year put on display the pencil portraits of the 25 Principals of
Government College Lahore. “These portraits reflect the love and
affection of the artist with GCU,” he said.
Mr Erfan said that GCU
was a witness to three centuries and had served as a nourishing stream
to hundreds of generations of talented men and women. “So, there is long
list of illustrious Ravians even impossible to count. “So I tried to
pick at least one from different fields of life for my first exhibition
on the topic,”. He said that he had a plan to compile a book of pencil
sketches portraits of almost of all eminent Old Ravians from 1864 to
The 29 pencil sketches include of writer Muhammad Husain Azad, poet
Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Urdu dramatist Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, music
composer Khwaja Khurshid Anwar, philanthropist Sir Ganga Ram, Nobel
Laureates Dr. Abdus Salam and Dr. Har Gobind Khorana, jurist Muhammad
Nishan-e-Haider and Sitara-e-Jurat
Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, actor Dharam Dev Anand, historian Prof H.
L. O. Garret, fine arts teacher Prof. Aslam Minhas and first foreign
minister of Pakistan
Sir Chaudhry Muhammad Zafarullah
Earlier, a cake-cutting ceremony in connection with GCU Founders Day was
held, which was attended by all academic and administrative heads.
Certificate in Drawing
GCU students design
The first outgoing batch of Government College University Lahore Fine
Arts Department Tuesday put on display advertisement campaigns on social
issues and eminent brands as their final projects. Vice Chancellor Prof
Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated the exhibition at the Coopera Art
Gallery, while eminent artist and Old Ravian Dr Ajaz Anwar and Fine Arts
Department Incharge Erfan Ullah Babar were also present.
As many as 25 final year students of Bachelor in Fine Arts (Hons.)
displayed their projects which comprised of complete advertisement
material, including billboards, posters, press and electronic media
advertisements, calendars, pamphlets and social media pages for
promotion of their brands and raising awareness about social issues.
Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah takes keen interest in the final
projects of fine arts
students of Government College University Lahore
at the Coopera Arts Gallery.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Shah said advertisement campaign was a
key behind the success of a product or social welfare campaign. He
lauded that all the students had adopted a comprehensive approach for
the promotion of their products and separately designed targeted
campaigns for social campaign and general campaigns for electronic and
He appreciated that models used in this advertisement campaign were
their juniors or class-fellows but their work looked highly
professionals. He said mostly advertisement shoots of these projects
were done on the university campus, for which students were provided
maximum facilitation by the university administration. The Vice
Chancellor also appreciated the efforts of Erfan Ullah Babar and other
faculty members for the exceptional training of their students.
Talking to media, students said that they didn’t take any sponsorship
from these brands for the work, because when they pay, they start
dictating which kills the creativity of their final project. However,
they said now these brands were offering to purchase their work but were
not ready to pay much.
Speaking on the occasion, Erfan Ullah Babar said most of their fine arts
students had got jobs in reputed companies even before the completion of
their degrees which showed the success of their BFA (Hons) programme.
GCU unveils pencil portraits of its principals
The Government College University, Lahore Fine Arts Department,
celebrating its 152nd Founders Day, unveiled the handmade pencil
portraits of all its twenty five principals who had headed this
prestigious and oldest seat of higher learning from January 1, 1864 to
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated the exhibition
titled “Founders’ Day Exhibition” at the Minhas Art Gallery, saying that
these legendary academicians made GCU a citadel of academic excellence
where ideals of tolerance and co-existence had also flourished with
commitment. He said that traditions set up by these academic leaders
were like lampposts which guided them in their journey to peaceful and
prosperous future. He lauded the skills and hard work of Fine Arts
Department Incharge Erfan Ullah Babr in making these pencil sketches,
saying “these portraits also reflect love and affection the artist with
Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah take keen
pencil portraits of GCU Principals
GCU VC accompanied by Teaching and
Heads is cutting the cake.
The pencil portraits of GC’s founding Prof Dr G.W Litener, first Indian
principal Prof G.D Sondhi, first Muslim principal Prof A.S Bukhari and
last principal Prof Dr Khalid Aftab remained center of attraction at the
exhibition. Speaking on the occasion, Erfan Ullah Babr said pencil
portraits from references of old and small pictures was a difficult task
and it took him several months to complete this project. The exhibition
would remain open till January 20, 2016. Earlier, a cake-cutting
ceremony in connection with the GCU Founders’ Day was held at the
university’s New Meeting Rooms which was attended by all academic and
administrative heads. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof
Shah said the biggest challenge to the university today was dearth of
space. He hoped that GCU KSK Campus would be built soon with the
GCU pays tribute
to the sacrifices and bravery APS Peshawar martyrs
young artists of Government College University Lahore (GCU) Fine Arts
Department relived the painful and heartrending memories of terrorist
attack on Army Public School (APS), Peshawar through their artwork at
the poster exhibition opened at the university’s Minhas Art Gallery.
About 50 artworks of young fine arts students are put on display at the
exhibition that is dedicated to the sacrifices and bravery of to 151
schoolchildren and teachers who lost their lives in terrorist attack on
APS Peshawar in December last year.
“It’s almost a year but the wounds
of APS carnage are still fresh, and I strongly believe that education
for all will ultimately be the real revenge, said Vice Chancellor Prof
Dr Hassan Amir Shah while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the
“It’s education that will wipe out
the terrorism; you can fight it and stop it for a period of time but
ultimately education will end it, said Prof Shah who was pleased to see
that many students have themed their posters on importance of education
for fighting terrorism. He also paid glowing tributes to the soldiers of
the country’s armed forces, who are sacrificing their lives in war
against terrorism, so that “our children can safely continue the mission
of APS martyrs i.e. education.”
Addressing the ceremony, GCU Fine
Arts Department Incharge Erfan Ullah Babar said Dec 16 was a Black Day
in the history of humanity which could never be forgot. He appreciated
the enthusiasm and patriotism of the young artists, saying that “you art
clearly depicts that terrorists have failed and the great sacrifice of
APS schoolchildren have united us as nation to promote their mission of
education. He said a student had beautifully depicted terrorism in his
artwork as “ignorant against the innocents.”
Talking to media, the young artists
said that it is difficult to draw or create something on APS carnage,
because it multiplies their pain and grief over the massacre of innocent
schoolchildren. “I have a younger brother and I see the faces of
innocent APS martyrs in him,” said Mehwish Saleem, a fine arts student.
The Chinese delegates participating in an international conference at
GCU visited the exhibition paid tributes to the sacrifices of APS
martyrs. “Chinese and Pakistanis are brothers and they were our children
too,” they said.
The exhibition will remain open till
Dec 15, 2015 and many school delegations are scheduled to attend it.
click here to view the posters.
GCU exhibition highlights chronology
of fine arts
An exhibition of art works by eminent and emerging Old Ravian artists
Thursday opened at the Minhas Art Gallery of the Government College
University Lahore. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and eminent
Old Ravian artist Dr Ajaz Anwar inaugurated the art show that ideally
exhibits chronology of changing trends, techniques, philosophy and use
of technology in the field of fine arts, especially painting. “GCU
Minhas Art Gallery has brought the history of fine arts in Pakistan
under one roof as this exhibition houses the classical paintings from
1960s to latest modern digital paintings of 2015. Besides, art-lovers,
this show is really significant for the academic learning of the
students of fine arts,” said Ms Amna Anwar, a faculty member of GCU Fine
Arts Department while talking to the media. However, Old Ravian artist
Haseeb Ullah Waqar believed that the latest technologies were killing
invention and innovation in young artists who rather rely more on
software applications than their personal abilities and imagination. He
said computer could be fast but it could never compete with the mind of
GCU Quality Enhancement Cell Director Ms Iram Sohail termed the
exhibition “a mini art world”, saying that it housed many kinds of art
works including calligraphy, ceramics, oil painting, digital painting,
graphic designing and photography. She said that every painting depicted
a complete story. She admired the water colour paintings of GCU main
building by distinguished painter Dr Ajaz Anwar. Speaking on the
occasion, Dr Ajaz Anwar said that the education of fine arts should be
made compulsory as it gave the students motivational tools to unlock a
deeper understanding of their education and of their life and also
it would result in
positive social outcomes. He
lauded that the young artists were working on variety of subjects and
mediums from oil paintings to ceramics. He proudly said he was the first
student of fine arts at the Government College Lahore back in 1961 and
Prof Aslam Minhas was his teacher.
Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah also appreciated the artwork of
Old Ravians and hoped that it would motivate and inspire the young
students. Giving details of the exhibition, Erfan Ullah Babar, the
Incharge of the GCU Fine Arts Department, said that they had this time
proudly presented artworks of their 22 alumni which included the work of
fine arts legends; Prof Ghazanfar Ali, Dr Shaukat Mahmood, Dr Ajaz Anwar
and Prof Abid Hussian Qureshi besides of young Old Ravians including
Jamil Hussain, Khalid Mahmood and Haseeb Ullah. He also said that the
four-week exhibition was also part of the academic learning GCU current
fine arts students, as critical discussions were held among students and
faculty members on themes, colours, styles and methods of each painting
and artwork during the exhibition.
Later, talking to media, GCU fine arts student Rida Butt that every
painting had a feeling and expression and it took months to completely
understand the philosophy of an art work. She said they got ideas and
inspirations from the work of the seniors and also tried to put their
innovation to it, as after all new knowledge was created out of the
existing knowledge; one idea gave birth to another idea.
The exhibition also includes artworks by emerging artists; Zahir-u-Din
babr, Tahir Ali Sadiq, Imran Mudassar, Muhammad Sulaman, Bilal Jilani,
Masood Khalid, Abdullah, Haroon Mughal, Jameel Hussain, Bilal Khalid,
Moiz Ahmad, Naveed Amjad and Bilal Jaffary. The exhibition will remain
open till October 16, 2015.