Application Requirements

MFA program
Application Checklist

[ ] VCUarts Qatar MFA Online Application
[ ] Art Portfolio
[ ] University/College transcripts
[ ] Statement of Intent
[ ] Résumé (Curriculum Vitae)
[ ] English language proficiency scores
[ ] Three letters of recommendation
[ ] Copy of passport or QID

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Admission to the Master of Fine Art in Design Studies at VCUarts Qatar is very competitive. As a minimum, admitted students have the following profile:

  • Bachelor-level degree in design or a related discipline from an internationally accredited university.
  • 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) cumulative grade point average.
  • Strong portfolio, statement of intent, resume, and three letters of recommendations.
  • Acceptable English language proficiency scores.
  • Applicants with degrees in other disciplines may also be considered for admission at VCUarts Qatar, particularly if they have previously completed a broad range of design-related course work.

Application requirements

  • Art Portfolio
    • Must be a digital portfolio of visual or written work. 
    • Include samples of relevant work that show creative thinking, idea development, and visualization skills.
    • Works presented in your portfolio should support the ideas shared in your statement of intent.
    • The number of individual works in the portfolio should not exceed 20.
  • Official University/College transcripts, listing all courses completed and grades earned.
    • Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official English language translation.
    • Transcript(s) must be properly sealed and stamped by the issuing institution and must be delivered to VCUarts Qatar Admissions Office either by courier or personal delivery.
  • Statement of Intent, indicating the following:
    • What motivates your interest in undertaking graduate level design studies?
    • How have your prior academic studies and experiences prepared you for MFA in Design studies?
    • What are your career objectives, and how will an MFA in Design help you reach your goals?
  • Résumé / Curriculum Vitae
    • Highlight previous experiences and studies as they relate to graduate design study at VCUarts Qatar.
  • Official English Language Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL or IELTS)
    • Required of all applicants. Some exceptions may apply.
    • TOEFL: 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) 88 (internet-based), or higher.
    • IELTS:  6.5 overall band score, or higher.
    • Test scores must be sent electronically by the testing center. Additionally, students must submit a copy of their Student Test Score report.  
    • VCUarts Qatar’s TOEFL institutional code is 8753. (IELTS does not have institutional codes).
    • Applicants must make test-arrangements directly with ETS for TOEFL) or the British Council for IELTS).
    • Test scores may be no older than two years as of the date received at VCUQatar.
    • For those residing in Qatar: The TOEFL-ibt can be taken at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Make sure to pre-register in accordance with available test dates. Arrive on time for the test. Latecomers are not allowed entry.

  • Recommendation Letters
    • Three letters required.
    • Must be written by former professors, teachers, mentors, or supervisors.
    • Recommenders must be familiar with your academic and/or professional ability and aptitude towards graduate study.
    • You will be able to send an electronic request for a letter of recommendation to those you list as recommenders via the VCUarts Qatar Online MFA Application system
    • Alternatively, you can deliver a printed recommendation letter to the Admissions Office. Download a recommendation template.
  • Copy of Passport Identification Pages or QID
    • Upload a legible copy of your passport using the online application.

Office of Admissions

Al Luqta Street (P.O. Box 8095)
Doha - QATAR

T +974 4402 0530