With the objective of providing a systematic education in Art and Architecture catering to the present needs of society Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University was established by an Act of Andhra Pradesh State Legislature in 2008. India is very rich in its culture and heritage and has a great mythological background. Its culture and philosophy are highly regarded and valued by the rest of the world. Art and Architecture play an important role the cultural context. JNAFA University is the first of its kind in the entire country and was established in Andhra Pradesh/Telangana with headquarters at Mahavir Marg, Masab Tank, Hyderabad. It is highly specialised and focuses on the fine arts and the built environment. The traditional disciplines in these fields like architecture, painting, sculpture, applied art and photography have been offered for several decades now. In addition, new departments in the creative fields have been added, in response to development in technology and changes in society. These are urban and regional Planning, facilities and services planning, digital techniques, interior design and animation.
Situated in the busy urban area of the city, the college has its own sprawling campus, buildings, workshops, library, computer labs and required amenities. It also has a boys hostel located at Abids in Hyderabad.
The broad scope of creative faculties under its umbrella makes the position of the University unique. In addition, the University has collaboration with other institutions which are based on industry needs and seek to inculcate skills to make students employment-ready. These are VFX, Film and Media, Fashion Design etc., The University has developed a strong regional position and offer courses at postgraduate level in almost all its departments. It has also emerged as an important centre for research with several registered scholars. The alumni of the College who have occupied prestigious and responsible positions in various organisations stand as unique testimony to the college.
The Main Campus of the University is centrally located in the city. It accommodates the Administration as well as the two Constituent Colleges viz. College of Fine Arts and School of Planning & Architecture. The Departments with the studios, drawing halls, laboratories and well-equipped library. The Directorate of Admissions, JNAFA University undertakes admissions into Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Ph.D. courses.