This is a major course for the Summer Art and Design Program 2020. This course cannot be taken separately. (Students get to select from four majors: Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design and Painting, and Printmaking) 

This program will introduce students to different methods of visual communication through graphic design. The course will cover how graphic design can be used as a manner of expression through image-making, typography, and illustrations. We will introduce students to basic tools on Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop to incorporate this skill set in the class project. Students will be provided with a phrase/word to translate it visually using graphic design as a tool. They will explore the fundamental concepts associated with graphic design by combining analog and digital mediums through scans, drawings, sketches, collages, photographs, and typography.

In this program, students will learn to incorporate research, illustrations, and other graphics to complete the project. They will gain a basic understanding of layout, composition, color theories, and develop simple concepts on the assigned project. Students will gain experience in developing skills with tools, materials, and methods for creating visuals. This course will help students in developing visuals, building technical skills, and enhancing creative thinking. Lastly, the program will conclude with a critique, for the students to present the concept and outcome of their projects individually to the class for a discussion.

Class Outline

DAY 1: Introduction

DAY 2: Design Basics

DAY 3: Basic introduction to typography, color, images, and layouts.

DAY 4: Introduce photoshop

DAY 5: Continue practicing Adobe Photoshop and illustrator

DAY 6: Student presentation of research (mood board)

DAY 7: Understanding the creative process

DAY 8: Students will share their progress

DAY 9: Presentation on how to demonstrate work professionally

DAY 10: 5min presentation of the final project

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

Foundation class materials will be used for Graphic Design Major. 

The instructor will email regarding the software prior to the class start date. 

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

Sun, 12 Jul, 2020
Thu, 23 Jul, 2020
Sunday through Thursday
10 am to 1 pm


Rabeya Khatoon

Rabeya Khatoon is an interdisciplinary and graphic designer. Her practice is focused on narration through storytelling, using different methods of communication such as typography, image-making, and product design. Rabeya graduated with a Master’s (MFA) in Interdisciplinary Design Studies and a Bachelor’s (BFA) in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. As a resident of Qatar for over two decades, she has developed a unique culture through her experience growing up in multiple cultures.

Rabeya’s research and creative work encompass photographs, prints, and artifacts that celebrate diversity in different contexts. Her design process merges the digital and analog processes of making, through different mediums. Her work has been exhibited in Qatar and other regions. As a graphic designer, she has experience working with several clients and is currently working at a government organization. She has collaborated with artisans and designers in the Netherlands, UK, India, and USA to produce interdisciplinary design projects.