HUNERKADA College of Visual and Performing Art is a registered, not for profit, non governmental, art and cultural educational Institution dedicated to the promotion of art and culture as an agent of change. HUNERKADA has no political or religious leanings but believe in imparting an art education that is mindful of the socio political context and becomes a means for social change, therefore is also an initiative by a group of concerned professionals aiming to bridge this seemingly infinite divide between our misdirected potential and the damage that has been done so far.
Hunerkada is a project of the Artist Association of Pakistan registered under Registration of Societies Act XXI of 1860 registration No.RS/ICT/167 of 1992.
HUNERKADA was founded in 1992 in Islamabad as a non-government and not-for-profit College with a committed program of propagating and promoting Visual and Performing Arts. It offers a four-year Degree program in Fine Arts and Design in affiliation with the University of Baluchistan. Hunerkada also has a masters program in process with the said university. HUNERKADA has a branch in Lahore as part of its policy of establishing campuses in all major cities including Quetta, Peshawar and Swat.
Hunerkada has a board of Governors comprising leading, professionals and intellectuals from different walks of life including visual and performing Arts; it has a highly qualified faculty and a capable administration. The college plans to build its main campus on a beautiful location in Islamabad which will have the capacity to accommodate, a sizable student body along with a hostel, faculty quarters and accommodation for foreign scholars/students wishing to study or conducting research in oriental/ Asian Arts, crafts and Music of this region.
The college is committed to the goal of not for profit promotion of Art in a region that desperately needs a revival and continuity of its rich Art traditions and have recently been involved in designing culture curriculum, training modules, lesson plans and training of art teachers and community coordinators for a land mark project of the revival of local art and culture of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with BKTEF. The pioneering pilot project, initially in process in 13 schools of BKTEF, is funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and will be handed over to the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after its successful completion for replication throughout the province.
Since revival of the Indigenous Cultural narrative of the land (with particular reference to Pakhtun belt), is of prime importance for Hunerkada which is why its board of governors have decided to extend its operation to Pakhtunkhwa by establishing its Swat campus and offer graduate and post graduate courses in all disciplines of Art and Culture. The institution, in this reference, formally seek grant of a degree awarding charter from the provincial assembly as an autonomous institution of excellence for Art and Culture studies.
Hunerkada, through sheer hard work and commitment to its lofty ideals, have already become a place where the quality time spent at by a seeker of knowledge has precedence over the conventional desire of procuring a degree. It aims to encouraging a potent and progressive out look towards the discipline of Art education as well as Art making. In short, HUNERKADA wants to establish a dialogue, which will enable it to explore the hidden treasures within our environment, and ourselves by creating beauty, prosperity and peace.
Hunerkada has undertaken many projects with, World Bank, UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, Cold Water, BRSP, BKTEF and many other NGOs as consultants. The college has a capable team of highly qualified and motivated individuals from different areas of interest to contribute to such projects. Currently Hunerkada is working with UNICEF and ministry of education to develop an interactive Arts program for the community based schools in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. HUNERKADA is also developing a resource base for teaching Quranic Calligraphy and traditional Islamic Arts. List of projects executed is attached.
Integrated Arts Program
The goal of the Integrated Arts Program is to provide qualified graduate students with the opportunity to study and create works of art from an informed conceptual point of view. A graduate studio program, the IAP invites artists to apply to the program whose interests cross boundaries between media and disciplines. It provides the student with the facilities, including studios and labs, required for such interdisciplinary work. While emphasizing critical discourse and visual literacy in the production and study of art, the program encourages students to work with faculty of all departments and schools such as visual arts, performing arts, folk lore, oriental arts, theatre, music, art management, social sciences, computer graphics, film studies , film making and Tv production to name only a few options.
The program emphasizes critical discourse and visual literacy in the production and study of art. An integral part of the IAPCI is direct interaction with distinguished visiting filmmakers, artists and scholars each year, as well as opportunities to see films, documentaries and exhibitions in the Public Facilities for Art and Culture, which are committed to presenting the work of cutting edge national and international artists.
Fine Arts Painting, Sculpture , Ceramics , Print making, Miniature Painting, Calligraphy
Textile/Surface Design Communication Design, Textile and Fashion Design, Couture Methods, Accessory Design, Product Design,Ceramics, 3 D Design Animation, Photography Interior Design, Computer Graphics Environmental Design.
Oriental Arts, Ornamentation, Jewelry making Restoration, Leather Crafts, Stone Crafts, Fabric Crafts etc.
Theatre, Music, Dance, Set Design, Lighting Design Costume Design.
Film and Digital Media, Media, Writing & Production, Event Management
Folk lore, Art History, Criticism, Social Sciences, Literature.