Art Foundation

  • VCUQatar’s Art Foundation is an intensive one-year mandatory program intended for students who wish to pursue one of our Bachelor of Fine Art programs.

    The program aspires to teach creative thought through projects and lectures, alongside training of skill and craftsmanship.

  • The curriculum follows the philosophy “learning by doing” and is composed of four core classes that represent the basic tenets of art and design: drawing, surface, space and time, as well as short introductory courses in fashion, interior, graphics and painting & printmaking.

  • Students are not affiliated with a major department until they complete the Art Foundation program. Once successfully completed, students apply to the department of their choice during the annual spring portfolio review. Through this review, major departments make acceptance decisions based upon the evaluation of students’ academic records, creative work and performance within Art Foundation courses.

Courses & Curriculum

The Art Foundation curriculum offers four core courses representing the basic tenets of art and design: drawing, surface, space and time. These umbrella titles allow for a range of practice, technique and ideas and suggest the possibilities of the major disciplines offered at VCUQatar. In addition students enroll in two 'project' courses offered by each of the major departments.

Each semester, students take two of the non-sequential studio/research courses. Project courses are offered only during the spring semester.

Fall Term

Art History Survey I
Drawing Studio
Time Studio
Introduction to Contemporary Math
Introduction to University
Focused Inquiry I

16 Credits

Spring Term

Art History Survey II
Space Research
Surface Research
Project Course 1
Project Course 2
Focused Inquiry II
Social/Behavioral Science Elective

17 Credits

Faculty

  • Simone Muscolino

    Director of Foundation

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  • Jesse Payne

    Assistant Professor

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  • Maysaa Al-Mumin

    Assistant Professor

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  • Nathan Davis

    Assistant Professor

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  • Rachel Leah Cohn

    Assistant Professor

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  • Richard Blackwell

    Digital Fabrication Lab & Woodshop Coordinator

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  • Ryan Browning

    Assistant Professor

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  • Shankar Padmanabhan

    Digital Fabrication Lab & Woodshop Assistant

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Campus

Student opportunities

Visiting Artists

Each year VCUQatar welcomes visiting artists and designers to campus to share their expertise and experiences. Drawn from across the globe, these artists, designers, educators are highly accomplished and recognized within their respective design fields. They share their knowledge through lectures, conferences or specific workshops, broadening our students’ creative experiences and complementing our multi-cultural approach to design.

Here are just some of the visiting artists and designers who visited our Art Foundation program:

Matt King, Peter Lang, John Andrews, Stefano Mirti, Anab Jain, Elio Caccavale, Crispin Jones, Anthony Fontana.

Fieldtrips & Workshops