Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar

mission statement

VCUQatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1998 through a partnership with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, VCUQatar offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting & printmaking and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design studies. VCUQatar is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. VCUQatar has substantial involvement with the emerging design industries in Qatar and the region and is a significant catalyst for that growth. It has established itself as a center of excellence for education and research in art and design. Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar exists to foster a scholarly climate that inspires creativity, a free and open exchange of ideas, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, freedom of expression, and intellectual integrity. Vision Our vision is a Qatari society that innovates through art and design. Mission VCUQatar is a center of excellence for education and research in art and design. Through its programs, the university develops individual capacity to lead innovations in the creative and cultural professions in Qatar and the region.

international role

To be updated

national role

With the exponential growth in Qatar and the region, the participation of our students and graduates in all sectors of society is vital. Successful economic and cultural growth requires the conscientious design thinking and creative processes that are core to VCUQatar’s educational approach. Designers and artists amplify their cultural context though the creation of products, communications, fashions, systems, and many other forms of art and design. Designers help people understand and find comfort in environments as large as a city, a hospital, or a park, and as small as an office, a book or a mobile phone. VCUQatar is a center of excellence for education and research in art and design. Through its programs, the university develops individual capacity to lead innovations in the creative and cultural professions in Qatar and the region. Our alumni are spreading their creative vision through their work as entrepreneurs, and as designers in public and private organizations. Their expressions will have a lasting impact on a sustainable future both in Qatar and internationally. Our vision is a Qatari society that innovates through art and design.

main focus

VCUQatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1998 through a partnership with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, VCUQatar offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting & printmaking and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design studies. VCUQatar is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

faculties and departments

Art Foundation Fashion Design Graphic Design Interior Design Painting & Printmaking Liberal Arts and Sciences Art History MFA Program in Design 

bachelor level programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design 4 year full-time program Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design 4 year full-time program Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design 4 year full-time program Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting & Printmaking 4 year full-time program

master level programs

Master of Fine Arts degrees in Design  2 year full-time program

research activity and main areas

To be updated

doctorate level programs

N/A

subject areas for exchange students

Art Foundation Fashion Design Graphic Design Interior Design Painting & Printmaking Liberal Arts and Sciences MFA Program in Design 

teaching languages

English

semester dates

Fall: September -December Spring: January - April Summer: May - July

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Undergraduate tuition for year – QR 74,212 / $20,388 Undergraduate tuition per credit hour – QR 3,094 / $850 Graduate tuition for year – QR 68,348 / $18,777 Graduate tuition per credit hour – QR 3,796 / $1,043 Mandatory Book Fee per year – QR 2,985 / $820 Accomodation costs (Estimated *) On-campus Qatar Foundation Student Residences: Boarding Fees (annual charge) for shared accommodation - QR 14,000

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