PD04) Portfolio Development Class D

The admissions portfolio requirements for VCUarts Qatar emphasize creative thinking and development as being of equal importance to drawing skills.

This course will teach the necessary skills to build a competitive portfolio. Students will have time for practice and personal feedback, while developing an understanding of the vigor and value of an arts/design education at VCUarts Qatar.

Class Outline

Please note that this schedule is flexible and may be subject to change 

Week 1:          Introduction to course, teacher, and VCUarts Qatar; Introduction to composition; Introduction to sketch booking

Week 2:          Observational drawing/line

Week 3:          Introduction to color

Week 4:          Introduction to basic value drawing

Week 5:          Advanced value drawing

Week 6:          Creative thinking: sketchbook and communicating ideas

Week 7:          Using a camera to document ideas and your work

Week 8:          Final review - preparing your portfolio

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

To be bought and brought in for every class by course participants:

  • Scissors (x1)
  • Glue stick (x1)
  • Eraser (x1)
  • Pencil sharpener (x1)
  • Black Pilot pen (fine liner) (x1)
  • A set of colored pencils (at least 20 different colors) (x1)
  • Drawing paper A2 (x1 Pad/book)
  • Sketchbook A4  (x1)
  • 2B / 4B / 6B pencils (1 box) 
  • Charcoal (x1 box)
  • Kneadable eraser (x1)


Participants are also allowed to buy materials from their desired place, find below a few more suggestions. 

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Wed, 14 Sep, 2022
Wed, 2 Nov, 2022
5pm to 8pm


Othman Khunji

Othman Khunji is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist. His work ranges across the fields of product, and interactive installation design. The social behaviors, triangulating how the relationships between religion, culture, and society can be expressed through the language of design are his particular areas of interest. Whether educational or critical, evocative or reminiscent, his interactive creations invite a reawakening and exploration of social justice issues that will establish platforms for dialogue in the hope of generating new progressive schools of thought.

A graduate of Master in Fine Arts in Design Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, Othman’s studies include his latest publication, RITUALS, Our Past, Present & Future: Glimpses of Islamic Enrichment and its accompanying collection, The Five Pillars of Islam. Living between, Bahrain, Dubai, Colombia, and Qatar, Othman has gained knowledge of various international languages of design. As an extrovert chameleon, his commitment to and perseverance in this field of art and design have resulted in press recognition both locally and internationally, such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Brown Book, Scarab, and Domus to name a few. Additionally, his work has been showcased in Paris, Milan, London, Berlin, St.Petersburg, and all over the Middle East, in prominent venues such as The Grand Palais, The Triennale, Saatchi, Rabouan Moussion, The Manege, Kraftwerk, Bahrain National Museum, Qatar Museums, The National Gallery of Fine Art, The Shangri La, The W, Alon Zakaim, The Raffles Hotel, Jumeirah, Menier, Sullivan, and Sheikh Faisal Al Thani Museum. In addition to events such as Paris Design Week, The Fuorisalone, Milan Design Week, The New York Times Art for Tomorrow Conference, Design Days, Amman Design Week, Dubai Design Week, The Nuqat Conference, and Zayed University Middle East Film Festival.

Othman is a VCU 10 Under 10 Award-winning artist, and a certified member of Sapri Bridge Oriental Design Week, Fuorisalone co-founder of Asia Design Pavilion at Milan Design Week and an official member of the Milan Fuorisalone Commission. He has worked with local and international organizations such as Studio Banana, Virginia Commonwealth University, Brown University, Kings College of London, French House of Design, and Qatar Museums.

Biography by: Dr. Scott Andrew Walsh