It was long awaiting demand of the people of Sindh to have an institution of art, design and architecture to educate the people in these professional fields. In response to the timely demand, the Federal College of Art and Design (FCAD) was established in the year 1990-91 by the Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Education. The building of FCAD started to construct at Jamshoro, looking downwards to the Indus River reminding the past history. The project was initially handed-over to the University of Sindh with the status of an affiliated college. The first batch was admitted to the College in the year 1999.
With the passage of time, the Federal College of Art and Design (FCAD) was converted into the Centre of Excellence in Art & Design (CEAD) vide Notification No. F. 5-7 /2002-NI—1(.) Dated 19-08-2004, by the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan Islamabad and the project was handed-over to the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro as its academic part.
The changing structure of the CEAD allowed proper focus to Fine Art, Design and Architecture, education with emphasis to initiate postgraduate students & research programs leading to PhD degree