VCUarts Qatar offers four undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree programs: three Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), and one Bachelor of Arts (BA).
Students applying for a BFA must first undertake the one-year Art Foundation program. After the first year, students move into their intended area of study. VCUarts Qatar’s Art Foundation is an intensive one-year mandatory program intended for students who wish to pursue one of our Bachelor of Fine Arts programs, which last three years. The program aspires to instill creativity and innovation through a variety of projects and lectures, alongside the training of skill and craftsmanship. BA in Art History students do not take the Art Foundation program.
Students who graduate from VCUarts Qatar will earn a degree issued directly by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) located in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
BFA in Interior Design
The BFA in Interior Design is a studio-based program where students engage in hands-on, interdisciplinary design projects that explore the built environment. Using space, form, materials, color, and light, students in this program actively imagine and re-imagine human-centric living and working spaces.
This is a forward-looking curriculum designed with a philosophy grounded in research, making, collaboration, and cultural literacy. The program provides professional skills to help cultivate young creatives who are able to design relevant processes and functions of visual languages and interactions. The program produces well-rounded and resourceful designers engaged in reflexive, responsible, and sustainable practices.
The Department of Painting and Printmaking is an enthusiastic community centered on Fine Arts in both research and practice. Students develop a working knowledge of painting, drawing, and printmaking, and are regularly exposed to opportunities to participate in an expanded field that includes socially engaged practices, creative coding, video, animation, and performance.
This program examines visual and material culture, past and present. It explores how images, objects, spaces, and other physical aspects shape and embody the beliefs and concerns of a society or community. While the program covers global developments in art, its core focus is on the interchange between the Islamic world and the non-Islamic cultures of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.