Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture is a not-for-profit degree awarding institution in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan The college was established in 1989, by a group of architects, designers and artists. It was granted an independent charter by the Government of Sindh in June 1994, thereby empowering it to award its own degrees, and was the fourth private institution of higher learning in Pakistan to be given a university status. As of 2008, IVS was the third highest ranking art and design university in Pakistan.
Its three faculties focus on undergraduate degrees in the fields of Architecture, Design and Fine Arts. The degrees offered include a 5 year degree program in Architecture, and 4 year degree programs in Interior Design, Ceramic, Textile and Communication Design, and Fine Arts. The core degree courses are supported throughout the curriculum with liberal arts courses as well.
All the degrees share a broad-based Foundation Studies course in the first year of studies, with slight variations for students of different faculties. The second year leads to more focused studies directly under each department.
It was founded by Arshad Abdulla, Haamid N. Jaffer, Imran Mir, Inayat Ismail, Nighat Mir, Noorjehan Bilgrami, Shahid Abdulla, Shahid Sajjad, Shehnaz Ismail, and Syed Akeel Bilgrami.