Virginia Commonwealth University In Qatar


VCUQatar 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. Located in the heart of a region with an extraordinarily vibrant and diverse cultural heritage, VCUQatar plays a central role in modern cultural life. Whether in the studio, the library or the lecture halls, students expand their cultural perspectives and develop expertise for the workplace within an energetic and compassionate learning environment.

The presence of VCUQatar within an Arab/Islamic environment enables students to foster a critical outlook towards the globalization of visual culture and its impact on the practice of design and art. Studies at VCUQatar incorporate traditions that define design and art in past centuries and embrace emerging approaches that will create the future. Creativity and design, knowledge and innovation, culture and traditions are undeniably transformative forces in business and society.

The VCUQatar Center for Research in Design (CRID) brings faculty, graduates, students and design practitioners together to undertake applied design research. CRID develops creative design solutions and promotes the value of design through the intersection of design research, education, practice and technology. CRID actively supports collaborative research endeavors that contribute to Qatar’s innovative and enterprising future.

VCUQatar offers students the opportunity to earn a VCU Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design or Painting and Printmaking and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Design Studies. VCUQatar is a branch campus of the prestigious VCU School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the Ministry of Education in Qatar accredit VCUQatar. Through the combination of all these elements VCUQatar has established an enviable reputation as a university of excellence with a distinct identity.


Our vision is a Qatari society that innovates through art and design.


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.

Education City

Qatar is leading an educational renaissance by recognizing its most precious resource is its people and their ideas. Education City is the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, chairperson of the Qatar Foundation.

Education City strives to bring prestigious institutions of higher learning to Qatar and the Middle East to build human capacity in the country and region. VCUQatar was the first university in Education City, established in 1998, at the invitation of the Qatar Foundation.

Education City is now host to five other branch campuses of prestigious American universities – Texas A&M University at Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Qatar. Each university is invited to deliver some of their most renowned programs. Students enrolled at any Education City university have the opportunity to cross-register for courses at the other universities. The accessibility by all students to these world-class programs truly makes Education City incomparable.

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Master of Fine Arts in Design

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2016 Qatar Doha + 1 more

The program provides an educational environment where self directed students with diverse knowledge sets collaborate and challenge the definition and development [+]

Master of Fine Arts in Design


The Master of Fine Arts in Design Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar is the only graduate program in design in the Gulf region. The program provides an educational environment where self directed students with diverse knowledge sets collaborate and challenge the definition and development of design problems, processes, and solutions.Students will expand and deepen their abilities and increase their motivation to contribute directly to innovation, education and leadership in design thinking and making. Graduates will approach design on a strategic level to provide a high degree of constructive and sustainable value to the economic, social and cultural contexts of the global community.The program acknowledges that design is a professional discipline that is broadly based and highly collaborative, incorporating the transfer of knowledge across traditional domains to create products and processes of manufacture, environments, forms of communication and the organization of information.Placed amidst a great transformation of the state of Qatar, the MFA program gives students a unique chance to learn from the region’s historical process and to influence its future development. With a state-of- the-art media lab, facilities for 3-D digital fabrication, and a materials library with a dedicated curator, the program is well equipped to deliver on its aim to prepare future leaders capable of offering a high degree of sustainable value to the economic, social and cultural contexts of the global community.Only six students are accepted into the program each year. Students receive individual mentorship throughout their course of study. ... [-]