By enrolling in VCUarts Qatar’s four-year BFA program in Fashion Design students participate in a distinctive opportunity to blend the rich history of Arab culture, fashion and traditions with the fashion industry of the 21st century.
Through the intensive curriculum, students learn that fashion design is far more than the crafting of beautiful clothing, learning how to develop a fashion collection, from concept to the finished product.
Aspiring designers are encouraged to look beyond the traditional restrictions of fashion and to scrutinize clothing as it responds to lifestyle, sculptural practice, performance, movement, costume and art.
Students are exposed to a complete range of technical skills in model drawing, pattern drafting, draping, color illustration, jewelry and textile design. The curriculum also includes computer-assisted design, fashion aesthetics, the theory of composition and color, fashion history and a range of business-related courses. Internships offer our students a glimpse of real-life, whilst our fieldtrips open their imaginations and offer great cultural experiences.
Guest designers from the fashion industry including Emanuel Ungaro, Carla Fendi, JJ Valaya, Manish Aurora and Reem Acra have lectured, critiqued and interacted with students to complement VCUarts Qatar’s highly dedicated fashion faculty.
In reality, few other professions depend as much on keeping on top of the ever-changing popular opinion and watching what competitors produce. The life of a designer is intimately linked to tastes and sensibilities that change at a moment’s notice, and he or she must be able to capitalize on, or even better, influence those opinions. Fashion embodies the ideas and the attitudes of the time we live in and every generation of designers gets to remake the world through their designs.
Our fashion curriculum has a strong focus on the marketing, merchandising and business management of clothing and accessories. Students are taught how to interpret theoretical knowledge to predict various trends that affect the global industry. They learn to employ visual and theoretical research and analysis skills to identify the supply and demand trends, and to explore strategies for merchandising and marketing of apparel. Our internships help students to appreciate firsthand how the fashion industry works.
A professional runway show highlights the designs created by senior fashion students during VCUarts Qatar's annual fashion show. Students plan and produce all aspects of the event, from inspiration to final execution, including model selection, fashion design, choreography, stage and set design and backstage management. Each year, the fashion show receives rave reviews from professional designers, the fashion press, guests and the Qatar community.
All graduates complete a liberal arts and science core curriculum in addition to their major program; these courses enrich a student’s understanding of the world and help them frame their art and design studies into a broad intellectual context. High achieving students will also be invited to follow our Honors program to enhance their education.
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The couture bug has bitten the country. These past few years, Doha has seen a dramatic transformation of the fashion industry, with designer labels making a conspicuous and visible impact on the landscape. In this highly competitive milieu, VCUarts Qatar alumna Selina Farooqui is weaving her own success story.
On a busy street in central Doha lies a boutique showcasing design labels from Qatar and around the world. Launched in spring of 2011, the swish new outlet Moda Key in Freej Bin Mahmoud is what owner, general manager and VCUarts Qatar alumna Latifa Al Mudahki calls a fresh, chic venue for women.
Being one of only six male students at VCUarts Qatar, Ahmed El Sayed admits he did stand out, and being the only male student in the Fashion department when he began his studies in 2007, he did get spoilt a bit.
All the facilities you need to create your designs from dress forms, industrial sewing machines and computers.
Our unique Materials Library offers a huge range of materials from across the world.
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 coordinator with contracts, reporting documents and timesheets to ensure the highest professional standards are maintained.
Here are just some of the corporations that have offered valuable internships to our Fashion Design students:
Akademics, Cacherel, Easton Pearson, Feral Childe, Integral Services Uniform Department, Isabel Toledo, Manish Arora, Maria Bonita, Natalie Chanin, Qatar Museums Authority, Rami Al Ali Designers, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sara’s Secrets, (formerly Caroline’s), Social Development Center, Versace, Vivienne Westwood.
Each year VCUarts Qatar welcomes visiting artists and designers to campus to share their expertise and experiences. Drawn from across the globe, these artists, designers, educators are highly accomplished and recognized within their respective design fields. They share their knowledge through lectures, conferences or specific workshops, broadening our students’ creative experiences and complementing our multi-cultural approach to design.
Here are just some of the visiting artists and designers who visited and helped our Fashion Design graduates:
Anne Marie Paltsou, Bongiwe Walaza, Chunghie Lee, DeeDee Gordon, Donna Campbell, Eric Gaskins, Eric Raisina, Feral Childe, Hebah Al Hasan, Ike Rust, Isabel Toledo, Jill Dumain, Manish Arora, Maria Bonita, Melanie McClintock, Sheikh Majed Al Sabah.