Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar


VCUQatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1998 through a partnership with Qatar Foundation, we offer students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting & printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design.

Located in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, VCUQatar is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The current student body represents a diverse range of nationalities with students coming from more than 40 different nationalities.

VCUQatar was the first campus established in Education City, and has since been joined by Weill Cornell Medical College, Texas A&M University, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Carnegie-Mellon University, Northwestern University, HEC Paris, and University College London.

In 2010, VCUQatar more than doubled its facilities through a major expansion project. The expansion has allowed for the integration of the university’s undergraduate and graduate programs under one roof, the connection of the research and entrepreneurship offices with curricular programs, and the expansion of technical spaces to support all forms of visualization and research with a media lab, digital fabrication lab, printmaking studios, photography studio, an expanded library and the first materials library in the region.

The University hosts the biennial international design conference Tasmeem Doha and the biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Islamic Art Symposium, attracting globally recognized designers, artists and academics while fostering sustainable, university-community partnerships that enhance the educational, economic and cultural vitality of Qatar.

VCUQatar has substantial involvement with the emerging design industries in Qatar and is a significant catalyst for that growth. We have established ourselves as a center of excellence for education and research in art and design.

VCUQatar graduates are pursuing successful careers within the government, nonprofit and private industries in Qatar and around the world. Many of our graduates have gone on to establish their own businesses, thereby contributing to the development of the small and medium enterprise culture in Qatar.

VCUQatar strives to contribute to the vitality of human, social, economic and environmental development in Qatar and the region through creative innovation, expression, and collaboration. VCUQatar cultivates a dynamic intercultural environment of diverse research, learning and community engagement that propels the holistic development of exemplary artists, designers and scholars to build vibrant communities and diversified economies.

VCUQatar values collaboration, experimentation, innovation, relevance, and diversity. VCUQatar is creative, critical, dynamic, curious and original. VCU Qatar Accreditation with

  • National Association of Schools of Art & Design
  • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation

VCUarts Qatar is committed to “your journey”, to developing you as an artist, designer or historian, and scholar, to cultivating a dynamic, and engaging you in an intercultural learning and research environment.

VCUarts Qatar offers you so much more than simply an education or preparation for a career. Students leave VCUarts Qatar with the practical, professional and personal skills needed to make a life in the arts. That’s why our programs emphasize both doing and knowing. It is why the majority of our faculty are working artists. It is why we encourage students to take advantage of many academic and intellectual opportunities.

VCU Arts is ranked the #1 public university arts & design program in the USA (US News and World Report.) – the highest ranking ever achieved by a public university school of arts and design.

VCUarts Qatar offers you a scholarly climate. It inspires creativity, the free and open exchange of ideas, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, freedom of expression, and intellectual integrity.

VCUarts Qatar is globally diverse. Our 66 faculty and administration staff represent 15 countries; our alumni (more than 500) and current students (more than 360) represent more than 40 countries/nationalities.

VCUarts Qatar values collaboration, experimentation, innovation, relevancy, and diversity. VCUarts Qatar is creative, critical, dynamic, curious and original. A VCUarts Qatar/VCUarts degree gives our alumni credibility in the world of galleries, graduate schools, artistic directors, and employers. Our graduates are known for professionalism, skill, and readiness to enter their desired field as artists or art historians.
With more than 500 alumni from 44 countries, VCUarts Qatar’s alumni body is growing and flourishing.

Since our first graduating class in 2002 until today, our graduates are working in Qatar, the region and around the world. They are working in the public and private sectors with some having joined family businesses or starting their own. Our alumni are employed at companies and organizations such as Ashghal, Anti Doping Lab Qatar, Aspire, Doha Film Institute, Enterprise Qatar, International Bank of Qatar, Ministry of Civil Defense, Ministry of Interior, Msheireb Property, Museum of Islamic Art, Museum Authority, Ooredoo, Qatar 2015 Handball Committee, Qatar Airways, Qatar Foundation, Qatar University, Qatari Diar Real Estate, RasGas, Woqood, Total Qatar, Salam Enterprise, Private Engineering Office, and many others.

Other alumni have gone on to graduate degree programs at prestigious institutions such as Royal College of Art (London, UK), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (USA), Hamad bin Khalifa University (Qatar), HEC Paris (France), University College London (UK), New York University (USA), Rhode Island School of Design (USA), Colorado State University (USA), University of Edinburgh’s College of the Arts (UK), University of Vermont (USA), University of Nottingham (UK), and Virginia Commonwealth University (USA) and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar.

VCUarts Qatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) School of the Arts, located in the historic city of Richmond, in the state of Virginia, USA. Established in 1838, VCU’s academic rigor, reputation and traditions have withstood the test of time! VCUarts Qatar was the first campus established in Education City Doha – established in 1998 through a partnership with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

We all look forward to welcoming newly admitted undergraduate and graduate students to VCUarts Qatar. Our objective is to help prepare you for success at VCUarts Qatar, so you may…confidently confirm your plans to enroll and understand the various “Steps and Formalities” associated with enrolling at VCUarts Qatar.

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Courses & Programs

Fashion Design

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design

Graphic Design

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Interior Design

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design