A vibrant community of artists, scholars, and students are brought together within VCUarts Qatar’s four-year BFA Painting + Printmaking program. The curriculum is informed by a practice of studio work and research with a strong emphasis on critical and creative thinking and is designed to impart technical skills and intelligence to build a student’s confidence in their discipline.
The size and diversity of the faculty guarantee our students' exposure to multiple ideas and stylistic approaches. In addition, the department’s visiting artist and publishing program brings to campus leading figures in the world of contemporary art for discussions of their work, critiques of student work and workshops.
To artists working in this century and the globalized world, engaging in our academic studio program in painting and printmaking is akin to entering a workman-like laboratory to investigate and re-define visual culture.
We welcome you to join us – to bring your intelligence, ambition, and can-do discipline – as we examine our historical precedents, and challenge the future of studio practice.
Qatar is now emerging as cultural leader in both the region and beyond. Our students and alumni are part of exciting new developments in Qatar that are creating countless opportunities for young artists. New institutions such as the National Museum of Qatar are joining established cultural centers such as Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Islamic Art, and Katara - Valley of Culture. These institutions provide exciting careers for students who see themselves working in the museums sector and exhibition opportunities for those who wish to pursue careers as independent practitioners.
The recently opened Fire Station residency program provides alumni with studio spaces and offers exhibition opportunities that have seen alumni and their work travel to Berlin, St Petersburg, New York, London and Washington, to name but a few. There are also international residency opportunities through Qatar Museums in New York and Paris that enable alumni to build international careers.
Whilst the program is called Painting + Printmaking, the curriculum offers so much more. Studio offerings include painting, drawing, color theory, screen-printing, etching, lithography, book-binding, digital print media and new media. Students also have the opportunity to use elective options to pursue other areas of interest that may include video, photography, and sculpture as well as electives within the design disciplines of fashion, graphic and interior design. Previous special topics courses have included Eco Arts, Arts and Medicine and DIY printmaking. Students are therefore able to tailor a course of study suited to their professional and personal ambitions.
Working as an artist means that you are not working with a client, as you may do in a design discipline, and instead you have the opportunity to develop an independent practice. This allows you to pursue interests you think are relevant, be they cultural issues, aesthetic considerations, narratives, or social concerns. The program encourages you to pursue the issues that matter to you and in doing so enable you to offer a unique perspective on what it means to see the world in a particular time and from a particular perspective.
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.
Painting + Printmaking at VCUarts Qatar follows the curriculum of Painting + Printmaking on the Richmond campus, albeit with added regional relevance. We also offer special topics classes that change regularly. Some recent special topics include Color Theory and Digital Painting, Photolithography, Installations, Ephemeral Printed Matter, and The Graphic Memoir, the Artist Book, Exhibition Design, the Physical Digital 3-D Scaling. In addition, our department houses the photography classes, which offers electives such as Digital Imaging 1, Darkroom, and a Special Topics course on Alternative Photography, such as anthotypes, cyanotypes, and gum bichromate printing.
Degree requirements can be found at this link: http://bulletin.vcu.edu/undergraduate/arts/school-arts-qatar/painting-printmaking-bfa/#degreerequirementstext
Course descriptions can be found at this link: http://bulletin.vcu.edu/undergraduate/arts/school-arts-qatar/painting-printmaking-bfa/#coursestext
Our drawing and painting studios are equipped with specialist homasote walls to fill with your drawings and paintings.
Etching studios support intaglio techniques with ventilated acid room, rosin box, hotplates, and a Takach press.
The lithography studio offers analogue and photographic aluminum plate printing and even uses a solar system to generate distilled water for printing.
Make copies of your work using our well equipped screen or digital printing laboratories.
Turn your work into a book, by using our book binding facilities.
Internships are available for Painting and Printmaking students each semester, giving students the opportunity to work with professionals in the field, learning how galleries are run, experiencing museum work, and assisting artists in their studios and workshops.
The Internships provide hands-on learning for acquiring important skills and knowledge to help students succeed in the art world. PAPR elective credit and a grade can be assigned for the internships period.
Mathaf Voices Program
Qatar Museums Public Education Department
Fire Station Residency
Katara Art Center
The post-MFA Artist-in-Residence Program at VCUarts Qatar brings emerging artists to work within the PAPR Department as resident artists, mentors, and teachers. The department supports up to two 10-month fellowships every academic year. Recent MFA graduates from international art masters programs may apply in an international open call during the Spring preceding the fellowship period.
Current Artists-in-Residence: asmaa al-issa and Azim al Ghussein
Previous Artists-in-Residence: Leekyung Kang, Austin Aviles*, Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez, David Withers*, Gina Hunt, Nastassja Swift*, Sage Lewis, James McPherson*, Christine Wang, Kelley Lowe*, Maria Stabio, Emily Stokes*, Vreni Micheline-Castilo, Lauren Prakadooni, Cosima Storz.
*Former post-BFA Artists-in-Residence
In addition to an active and ambitious program of visiting artists, lecturers and artists in residence, the department of Painting and Printmaking also operates a printmaking publishing program. The program collaborates with local, regional and international artists in the publishing of editions of prints, artists books and the realization of research projects within printmaking.