Admission RequirementsApplication Process

Freshman Application Requirements and Processes

October-November: Prepare your application

  • BA applicants: Prepare your essay.
  • BFA applicantsPrepare your application and art portfolio; consider participating in a VCUarts Qatar Art Portfolio Development Course offered by the Office of Community Education; attend Admissions Workshops on "Preparing your Art Portfolio"; participate in the "Art Portfolio Review"-session!


By January 15:

  • Admission to VCUarts Qatar is highly competitiveand all application materials must be submitted on-time.
  • Submit each of the application items listed below.
  • Art Portfolio (for BFA/Art Foundation applicants only)
  • Essay (for BA applicants only).

Essay Question: 'Education and Life:’ Share with the admissions committee your academic and intellectual goals, including why you wish to study Art History.

  • Official High School transcripts, including transcripts of Grade 10, 11, and 12 (to date), showing evidence of the following:
    • University preparatory curriculum
    • Strong results/grades:
      • Qatari Thaniwiya: Recommended: 80% or higher.
      • U.S. system: Recommended: 3.00/4.00 cumulative grade point average (gpa) or higher.
      • U.K. system: 5-6 IGCSE and 3-4 AS subject tests. Recommended: A or B grades.
      • Other school system/country’s grade requirements.
    • Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official English language translation.
    • All students must submit a Certificate Equivelnacy from the Ministry of Education in Qatar.
  • Passport identification pages and Qatar ID 
  • Recommendation
    • One recommendation is required. Must be completed by a teacher, advisor, or counselor who knows you and your work. 
  • Official English Language Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL or IELTS). The language of instruction is English and you must demonstrates your proficiency.
    • Required of all applicants. Some exceptions may apply (See FAQs for details).
    • TOEFL: Recommneded: 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) 80 (internet-based), or higher.
    • IELTS: Recommended:  6.0 overall band score, or higher.
    • Official test scores should be sent by the testing center directly to VCUarts Qatar. Additionally, students are asked to also submit a copy of their Student Test Score report with their application.
    • 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 must be within 2 years of your application date. 

Please note: 

  • If VCUarts Qatar concludes, based on reasonable grounds, that an applicant has misrepresented his/her academic or artistic background or falsified any information presented to the University as part of his/her application for admission, VCUarts Qatar reserves the right to disqualify his/her application, revoke an offer of admission, or terminate the student’s registration.  

Office of Admissions

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

T +974 4402 0530