VCUQatar’s four-year BFA Interior Design program combines both interior design and interior architecture. The curriculum, which is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Acreditation (CIDA), focuses on design excellence, critical thinking, collaboration, research and the professional expectations of entry-level interior architects and designers.
Students study interior spaces and their functions, finish materials and furnishings, color and lighting, furniture design and cabinetry, building systems and life and safety codes.
Students learn to think critically about design and develop their skills in technical graphic communication, both manual and digital. Students are also exposed to the business of design and entrepreneurship, and all complete an internship placement working with an approved firm.
Our experienced faculty encourage students to develop their creativity and passion for design as they imagine and create aesthetically engaging interior spaces that are functional and protect the health, safety and welfare of those who occupy them.
Interior design is perfect for those who love to be creative and work with others. Interior designers create amazing designs for places where people live and work. Every type of building requires interior design including ministry and government offices, corporate offices, museums, airport terminals, theaters, retail spaces, health clubs, restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals and private residences – both free-standing villas and congregate living environments such as university residence halls and towers with shared spaces. Interior designers are responsible for the look, function and safety of interior spaces.
Professional interior designers have a solid understanding of construction and building systems because they make decisions that impact structural components as well as mechanical and electrical systems. They also have knowledge of environmental psychology, building codes and regulations, technical properties of materials, historic precedents and the business of design. Upon graduation, our students are able to skillfully apply the design process and illustrate their design concepts with computer- and manually-generated two- and three-dimensional architectural drawings and models.
To realize the designs they envision for clients, professional interior designers often collaborate with architects, engineers, other designers (lighting, graphic, landscape), contractors, manufacturers of interior products (furniture, lighting, fabrics), artists and craftsmen (cabinet makers, upholsterers). For that reason, our interior design students are encouraged to develop good collaboration and communication skills that will enable them to work effectively in the multi-disciplinary environment of a professional interior design office.
Professional interior designers lead design teams from the early stages of a design project through to its installation as a finished interior space, and many students, after gaining work experience, will open their own design firms. Our interior design majors are given opportunities to develop leadership abilities, as well as entrepreneurial, communication and organizational skills before they graduate; and our support systems continue for them as alumni.
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.
Art History Survey I and II
Focused Inquiry I and II
Introduction to the University
Introduction to Contemporary Math
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
Introductory Interior Design Studio I
Introductory Interior Design Studio II
Interior Graphics I
Interior Graphics II
Advanced Interior Graphics I
Fundamentals of Interior Design
Historic Environments: Ancient 19th Century
Interior Materials and Textiles
Writing and Rhetoric Workshop
General Education Elective
Interior Design Studio I
Interior Design Studio II
Advanced Interior Graphics II
Light and Color in Interior Environments
Design History: 20th and 21st Centuries
Writing in the Workplace
General Education Elective
Total minimum requirement = 121 credits
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Senior Interior Design Studio I
Senior Interior Design Studio II
Senior Seminar I
Senior Seminar II
Interior Design Internship
Business of Design
Natural /Physcial Science Elective
Shaikha Al-Sulaiti is an interior design manager at Msheireb Properties where she has been skillfully gaining experience in the hospitality field. She is currently managing the hotels in the Msheireb Downtown development, where she has been working for over eight years, since her graduation from VCUarts Qatar in 2009.
Esra Al-Kazem is the Design Director and Co-founder of AEA Designs. Her academic background includes an MFA in Design studies, a BFA in Interior Design, and a BFA in Fashion Design. Esra is a designer and a researcher who believes in improving life through design.
Local designers Mariam Siraj and Yasmine Suleiman are helping create some of Doha’s major commercial projects. When it came down to making the choice of which university to attend, Mariam and Yasmeen knew that VCU was the choice for them.
Interior designer and art historian Aisha Al Muftah feels fortunate to be teaching at VCUarts Qatar, a job she cares deeply about. Having such a diverse educational background has set the course for all of her subsequent projects to be interdisciplinary, which the cultural environment in Qatar certainly encourages.
When Hessa Al Muhannadi started working as a math and science teacher with the Ministry of Education’s elementary and secondary schools, little did she know that in 10 years she would be switching careers and designing the interiors for the Qatar Amiri Flight.
See your designs come to life using our fabrication laboratory which offers 3-D rapid prototyper and scanner, vacuum former, fabric printer and laser cutter.
Work in wood and use the table saws, band saws, drill presses, chop saws, sanders, a thickness planer, and an assortment of hand tools, clamps and work benches available in our woodshop.
We offer open studios with dedicated work spaces equipped with drafting areas, computers, printers and scanners.
Our unique Materials Library will help you choose the materials to use within your designs.
Our library provides a large number of magazines, books, periodicals and DVDs on design and architecture.
Internships are a great way for students to gain hands-on experience in a professional design environment. VCUQatar’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 Interior Design students:
Al Fardan, Al Mana Maples, Arab Engineering Bureau, Arteligno Interior Designers, AvonTure Interiors, Barwa, Bin Ghanim Consulting Architects, Town Planners, Engineers, Bluu Qatar LLC, Cinmar Design, Dreams Decoration, Geomim Interior Design, House & Garden, Jean Nouvel Design, KEO International Consultants, Khatib & Alami Consolidated Engineering Company, Le Parfait, Living In Interiors, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, MZ & Partners Architect & Engineering Consultancy, National Marble & Stones, Odell Associates, Omrania & Associates, Prime Lands Real Estate Development LLC, Prisma, Qatar Foundation Capital Projects, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Museums Authority, Qatari Diar, RasGas, Romancia Design/Interior & Exterior Decorations, Salem Al Marzook/Abi Hanna, Shelter Qatar, Sketch Engineering & Consulting,Talati & Panthaky – Associated Pvt. Ltd, The Classical Palace, The Land.
Each year VCUQatar 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 have visited and helped our Interior Design graduates:
Andrew Dent, Beau McClellan, Dan Bucsescu, John Andrews, Jonas Runberger, Joy Malnar, Kirsti F Vandrass, Rodney Fitch, Sara Shafiei, Sonia Ashour, Thomas Pheasant.