Wed. Jan 29th, 2020

ACIAC – Arts Council Institute of Arts & Crafts


The Foremost art School of the city that has produced some leading artists and designers.

ACIAC is non-profit institution with a highly subsidized fees structure which making education accessible to a large section of society and prepares them or careers in Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Textile Design. In 51 years of its existence, the ACIAC Alumni has made a significant contribution to the cultural life of the city and country. Many of its graduates are prominent of artists of the country among them are Shaje Kazmi, Sania Kazmi, Imran Mir, Azra Fatmee, A.G. Khalid, Rouf Khalid, Nahid Raza, Shakil Siddiqui, Akram Spaul, Noorjehan Bilgrami, Tabinda Chinoy, Shakil Ismail, Omer Farid, Fasih Uddin Qureshi, Ahmer Ali Qazmi and Mansur Salim, Shehroz Wania, Sabah Naqvi, Masood Omar, Shaikh Rashid Siddiqui, Faizi Seema Tahir. Its faculty has included renowned artist like Ozzir Zebi, Afsar Madad Naqvi, Liaquat Hussain, Bashir Mirza, Maqsood Ali, Mansoor Aye, Masood Kohari, Rasheed Ahmed Arshad, Maqsood Ali, Qudsia Nisar, Mehr Afroz, Mrs. Matri, Saima Rouf, Rubina Ashraf, Shahrukh Baqi, Farhan Ihsan, Munir Shah, Sadiq, Kamran Hamid, among others. ACIAC was ream to bring at education of excellence to the talented young of all economic group of the city. The work and interest of students provethat there is no dearth of talent in the country. In his words the Pakistani youth are very talented and if guided and encouraged, they can do marvels in any field. Furthermore the institute was providing young artists with excellent opportunities against meager fees. Pakistani youth have the ability to bring the country to one of the most prominent positions in the art world. The need of the hour is to provide them with proper guidance and opportunities.


History of Arts
Oil/Water Painting
Still Life Drawing
Clay/Wood/Stone Modeling
Creative Studio Photography


Web Design
Digital Animation
Multimedia Advertising
Poster & Logo Designing


Stencil Screen
Painting on Fabric
Film & screen making & exposing


Shahid Rassam

Shahid is a renowned Pakistani Canadian painter and sculptor. He dabbles in writing and is a passionate rights activist and educationist. He is the Principal of Arts Council Central Institute of Arts and Craft, Pakistan. Shahid has exhibited his work around the world, including the UK, USA, Canada, France, Italy, UAE, India, and Pakistan. Famous writer and art critic Dr. Akbar Naqvi has done a critical analysis of his work in his book “Sense and Insanity.”Shahid plays the bridge between various genres of art and prominent writers like, Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi, Anwar Maqsood, Zehra Nigah, Iftikhar Arif, Kishwar Naheed, and Gulzar have praised his extraordinary contribution to the world of art. Over time, Shahid has practiced and experimented with various schools and style of painting. He has also done portraits of leaders like Nelson Mandela, Benazir Bhutto, Justin Trudeau, Hazel McCallion, Salman Taseer, Hilary Clinton, Shahbaz Bhatti, Pope Francis and many great writers and poets.

4 years Diploma & 2 years certificate affiliated with SBTE, a detailed learning will be developed in the above mentioned disciplines.
1 year certificate
 taught as an internal course at ACIAC
03-06 months short courses 
in any one specific subject, as specialized learning

For admission & queries, call on the numbers provided below:
For Theatre & Music: 03000802397, 03352171683
For Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Textile Designing: 03432184347

Admissions for the academy are open as of now, seats are limited.



Arts Council Music Academy


ACMA formed in the year 2010 by the President of the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi, Mohammad Ahmed Shah.
Ustad Zafar Ali Khan was the first singing tutor at the Music Academy who belongs to the Gwalior gharana of south Indian classical music. Arts Council Music Academy started with a group of 22 students where the number of students has increased each year. Our graduates have had the honors of performing at various T.V channels, reputable music festivals and conferences, coke studio and several music events.
Moreover, our students have performed on national & international stages and have had the privilege of recording music albums and launching their own music videos.
After the death of Ustad Zafar Ali Khan in January 2011, his younger brother Ustad Mehmood Ali Khan was given the responsibility of teaching vocals at the Arts Council Music Academy.
In 2016, Shahzaib Ali, a former graduate of the academy was also appointed to teach classical singing, and another graduate of ours Arman Rahim is serving as the coordinator of the music academy.
To meet the demands of our students, Arts Council Music Academy started with lessons in guitar and keyboard, but slowly & gradually progressed towards betterment of the academy.
By extreme hard work and determination, Arts Council of Pakistan has come a long way forward and has appointed the best and finest of the country faculty members in the department of music to aid in the development of students and make them the best professional in their related fields.
Arts Council Music Academy takes immense pride in fostering music and responsibly preparing a new generation of music artists. Our excellent reputation in the industry and the growing number of students is the evidence of our hard work and dedication.


Base Guitar

1 year certification course in various eastern and western instruments i.e.
1 year vocal training in classical singing discipline.

Head of Faculty


Admin Coordinator



Arts Council Theater Academy


The idea of opening the Arts Council Theatre Academy was first introduced by Mr. Muhammad Ahmed Shah in 2007 for which necessary planning, research, meetings and opinions were taken to perceive the pros and cons of the idea.
A 10-day workshop was held in December 2007 for experimenting the idea to observe the need of the Theatre academy.
Following the workshop a play was performed in Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi’s auditorium which garnered phenomenal success and was highly appreciated by the audience.
After the successful completion of the workshop it was decided to start a proper course of Theatre classes with a duration of 3 months where students will learn acting starting from its basics and till the advance level.
Advertisements were published in the leading newspapers and marketing of the academy was done to create awareness of the initiative.
The response from the people was above expectations and more than 100 applications were received only for Theatre course.
After a detailed screening process, 40 candidates were selected and the course was officially kick-start on 17th November, 2008 after an official orientation ceremony by the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi.
The Theatre course included subjects like Theatre History, Stage Placement & Body Movement, Team Confidence & Trust Building, Characterization, Diction Script Writing, Direction and Class Exercises to enhance imagination, body language and self-confidence.
Now in 2019, ACTA is running successfully and is now offering a 1 year certificate course.


  • Acting
  • Diction
  • History of Theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Lighting
  • Movement
  • Script Writing
  • Theatre Makeup/Lights/Set Design
  • Voice & Projection

1 year certificate course consisting of 4 trimesters.

Head of Faculty (Honorary)



Dance, the movement of the body in a rhythmic way, usually to music and within a given space, for the purpose of expressing an idea or emotion, releasing energy, or simply taking delight in the movement itself.

Dance is a powerful impulse, but the art of dance is that impulse channeled by skillful performers into something that becomes intensely expressive and that may delight spectators who feel no wish to dance themselves. These two concepts of the art of dance—dance as a powerful impulse and dance as a skillfully choreographed art practiced largely by a professional few—are the two most important connecting ideas running through any consideration of the subject. In dance, the connection between the two concepts is stronger than in some other arts, and neither can exist without the other.


  • Kathak
  • Bharatanatyam
  • Hip Hop
  • Bollywood
  • Folk

1 Year Certification Course

ACIAC Thesis Exhibition 2020