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Interior Design (BFA)

Overview

VCUarts Qatar’s BFA in Interior Design is a studio-based program where students engage in interdisciplinary, critical, and hands-on design approaches that explore the built environment. Using space, form, materials, color, and light, students in this program imagine and re-imagine human-centric living and working spaces.

The curriculum is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), in the US, and promotes diversity, research, innovation, sustainability, and collaboration.

Interior Design continues to evolve as a specialized profession where practitioners offer aesthetic and functional solutions that focus on users’ experience of space, functionality, health, safety, and welfare, promoting sustainability, human equity, and diversity, and triggering social change.

Why Study Interior Design?

Interior designers are essential to the architecture, engineering and construction sectors to design user-centric spaces. Their solid understanding of construction and building systems helps them create practical and appealing spaces where people can live, work, and play.

The program is multi-disciplinary, where art, architecture, design, psychology and technology intersect. Students on this pathway study the theoretical and practical elements of interior design alongside environmental and behavioral sciences, including sustainability, communication, codes and regulations, as well as business practices.

What skills will you gain in this program?

Students will learn to:

  • Adhere to best practices in ethical and sustainable interior design processes.
  • Develop a sound knowledge of environmental psychology, building codes and regulations, technical properties of materials, historic precedents, and the business and strategic marketing of design.
  • Research, conceptualize, and create two and three-dimensional design illustrations, both manually and using technology. 
  • Collaborate with clients from various cultural and professional backgrounds (including designers, architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers) and work with specialists in fields as varied as lighting, landscape, graphic, carpentry, and textiles, to name a few.
  • Gain the leadership skills necessary to lead design teams from the early stages of a design project through to its installation as a finished interior space. These skills are necessary when working in teams or opening your own design firm.
  • More learning outcomes can be found here.
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Curriculum

All new students who choose a BFA pathway first need to complete a one-year Art Foundation program. In addition to this, all our graduates complete a Liberal Arts and Sciences core curriculum. High-achieving students will also be invited to follow our Honors Program to supplement and enhance their education. 

The culmination of a student’s BFA journey is VCUarts Qatar’s annual BFA + MFA Exhibition where projects created by the graduating class are showcased and celebrated with the wider community.

For further information on the program’s structure, please visit the links below:

Degree Requirements

Plan of Study

Course Descriptions

Some of the program’s modules

IDES 422 – Building Systems

Make decisions that impact structural, electrical, and mechanical components based on a solid understanding of construction and building systems.

IDES 312 – Advanced Interior Graphics II

Use technology to effectively research, design, and fit out spaces.

IDES 330 – The Business of Design

Develop the communication skills needed to work effectively in multi-disciplinary environments and professional interior design offices.

Career Options

Upon graduation, most of our students enter the industry or pursue graduate programs in related fields.

Our students have been hired by:

Qatar Museums, Qatar Airways, Arab Engineering Bureau, Blueprint, Doha Film Institute, Film House, Katara Hospitality, Qatari Diar, ASHGHAL, Qatar Foundation, FROMM, Msheireb Properties, Doha Design District, and HOK (one of the largest architecture firms in the US), among others.

Our People

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Mohammad Suleiman
Chair of Interior Design, Assistant Professor

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Dana Abuhajleh
Teaching Assistant

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Dr. Johan Granberg
Associate Professor

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Dr. Marwa Abdelmonem
Adjunct Faculty

Dr.haithem A. El Hammali 250

Dr. Haithem
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Assistant Professor

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Li Han
Assistant Professor

Liam Colquhoun Associate Professor 250

Liam Colquhoun
Associate Professor

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Mariam M. Al Sarraj
Adjunct Faculty

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Sherin Karawia
Adjunct Faculty

Marynol Amat Administrative Business Coordinator 250

Marynol Amat
Administrative Business Coordinator

Matthew Holmes Dallimore Assistant Professor 250

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Assistant Professor

Simone Carena Associate Professor 250

Simone Carena
Associate Professor

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Dana Abuhajleh
Teaching Assistant

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Nour Turki Amin Alareed
Studio Teaching Assistant

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Martin Basalan Juras
Research Assistant

Student Experience

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Internship Opportunities

Internships are a great way for students to gain hands-on experience in a professional design environment. VCUarts Qatar’s internships form part of the core curriculum and all students are expected to undertake a 120-hour placement, often in their Senior Year. Internships are generally unpaid but may lead to sponsorship or employment after graduation. All placements are managed by the faculty internship.

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International Field Trips

International Field Trips

The travel study program focuses on providing international learning opportunities and professional growth experiences in interior design and architecture. The program includes a yearly field trip where students and faculty visit major centers of design outside of Qatar for one week.

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Visiting International And Regional Designers And Industry Experts

Abdullah Al-Emadi, Ahmad Najjar, Cynthia Batir, Dr. Abdellah Karroum, Laura Barlow, Giampiero Peia, Martha Nasazzi, Hamoda Youssef, Ibrahim Jaidah, Lejla Niksic, Mayes Al-Thani, Modesty St. John, Mohammed Nasser Al Baker, Paolo Cassina, Yausif Al-Baker, Sandra Sainz Shaikha Al-Mahmoud, Hanouf Mohammed Al-Mana, Shaikha Al-Sulaiti  Oliver Baxter, Esra Al-Kazem, Dorota Nazarewicz, Shraddha Aryal, Dr. Fodil Fadli.

Meet our Alumni

Milan Design Week

Alumna’s Collaboration with Newly Launched Design Company Earns Her a Spot at Milan Design Week

In this conversation, Maryam Faraj AlSuwaidi, who currently works as an interior designer at Qatar National Bank, talks about her collaboration with FROMM., her inspiration behind the furniture designs and what participating at an internationally renowned design fair means to her.

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A VCUarts Qatar Alumna Takes Sustainability to the Next Level

Three hundred and eighty-four egg crates – that’s what went into a piece of furniture by Interior Design alumna Nada Raafat Elkharashi, who created a unique public seating structure in response to Qatar Museum’s (QM) open call on the theme ‘Reuse, Recycle and Reduce’.

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