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12 December, 2012

VCUQatar Hosts MFA Open House

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar invites prospective Master of Fine Arts students to an Open House reception on Wednesday, 12 December, 2012 at 6:00pm at Room 390 at VCUQatar.

The event is designed for students interested in learning about what it takes to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in Design Studies from VCUQatar.  The evening will begin with an introduction and presentation by the MFA faculty. This will be followed by a Q&A session with MFA faculty and graduate students in the program as well as informal discussions.

In addition to providing information about the program, faculty admissions staff will be available to discuss portfolio and other application details. Prospective students will also be taken on a tour of the state-of-the-art MFA design facilities that include a Media Lab, 3-D Fabrication Lab, General Library and the Materials Library.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to view current MFA student work on display as well as the MFA Thesis exhibition which showcases the work of the designers of VCUQatar’s Master of Fine Arts class of 2013.

The thesis projects investigate a specific issue or problem in design. They have been synthesized through the development of a design process, investigative research and an individual project of complex scale and scope. “They demonstrate the innovation, spirit and dedication of the designers, who engaged in numerous critiques by faculty, visiting artists, and their peers to develop compelling bodies of work,” says Pornprapha Phatanateacha, associate director of the MFA program. The MFA Thesis exhibition runs until 17 January, 2013 in Room 380 at VCUQatar.

The MFA in design studies is the first graduate design program in the Gulf region. Placed amidst a great transformation of the state of Qatar, the program gives students a unique chance to both learn from this historical process and to influence its future development.

The event is open to the public. To register, please visit  More information is available at the VCUQatar website For questions about the event please call +974 44020555 or email .The MFA Open House reception is on Wednesday, 12 December, 2012 at 6:00pm at Room 390 at VCUQatar.

File picture of a previous MFA Open House

MFA student Imad Fadel working on his thesis project

VCUQatar’s state-of-the-art Chroma Room used by both undergraduate and graduate students