BFA Fashion Design

  • By enrolling in VCUarts Qatar’s four-year BFA program in Fashion Design students participate in a distinctive opportunity to blend the rich history of Arab culture, fashion and traditions with the fashion industry of the 21st century.

    Through the intensive curriculum, students learn that fashion design is far more than the crafting of beautiful clothing, learning how to develop a fashion collection, from concept to the finished product.

    Aspiring designers are encouraged to look beyond the traditional restrictions of fashion and to scrutinize clothing as it responds to lifestyle, sculptural practice, performance, movement, costume and art.

  • Students are exposed to a complete range of technical skills in model drawing, pattern drafting, draping, color illustration, jewelry and textile design. The curriculum also includes computer-assisted design, fashion aesthetics, the theory of composition and color, fashion history and a range of business-related courses. Internships offer our students a glimpse of real-life, whilst our fieldtrips open their imaginations and offer great cultural experiences.

    Guest designers from the fashion industry including Emanuel Ungaro, Carla Fendi, JJ Valaya, Manish Aurora and Reem Acra have lectured, critiqued and interacted with students to complement VCUarts Qatar’s highly dedicated fashion faculty.

Why study Fashion Design?

  • Fashion designers set the trends

  • Understanding the business of fashion

  • Preparing for the finale - the runway show

  • VCUarts Qatar - a rigorous, rewarding, multi-cultural experience


Year One - Foundation

Art History Survey I and II
Drawing Studio
Surface Research
Space Research
Time Studio
Project x2
Focused Inquiry I and II
Introduction to the University
Introduction to Contemporary Math
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 

33 Credits

Year Two - Sophomore

Construction Techniques
Fashion Drawing
Textiles for the Fashion Industry
Computers for Fashion
Writing and Rhetoric Workshop
General Education Elective
Fashion Workshop: Fashion Show Production
Focused Inquiry II
Social/Behavioral Science Elective

31 Credits

Year Three - Junior

Textual Analysis
Design Studio I and II
Contemporary Fashion
Fashion Promotion
Design Theory and Illustration I and II
Fashion Forecasting
The Business of Design
Writing in the Workplace
Fashion Workshop: Fashion Show Production

31 Credits


Total minimum requirement = 122 credits

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Year Four - Senior

Design II (Studio and Capstone)
Design Theory and Illustration I and II
Fashion Seminar (five weeks)
Fashion Internship
Natural/Physical Science Elective
Open Elective
General Education Elective
Fashion Workshop: Fashion Show Production

25 - 27 Credits


  • Sandra Wilkins

    Chair of Fashion Design

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  • Abdul Cader

    Technical Fashion Coordinator

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    Assistant Professor

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    Assistant Professor

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    Assistant Professor

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    Assistant Professor

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  • Roda Al Marzouqi

    Teaching Assistant & Academic Support Coordinator

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  • Selina Farooqui

    Fashion Designer, Selina Farooqui Fashion
    Class of 2011

    The couture bug has bitten the country. These past few years, Doha has seen a dramatic transformation of the fashion industry, with designer labels making a conspicuous and visible impact on the landscape. In this highly competitive milieu, VCUarts Qatar alumna Selina Farooqui is weaving her own success story.

  • Latifa Al Mudahki

    Owner & General Manager, Fashion Designer, Moda Key
    Class of 2008

    On a busy street in central Doha lies a boutique showcasing design labels from Qatar and around the world. Launched in spring of 2011, the swish new outlet Moda Key in Freej Bin Mahmoud is what owner, general manager and VCUarts Qatar alumna Latifa Al Mudahki calls a fresh, chic venue for women.

  • Ahmed El Sayed

    Fashion Designer, White Stain
    Class of 2011

    Being one of only six male students at VCUarts Qatar, Ahmed El Sayed admits he did stand out, and being the only male student in the Fashion department when he began his studies in 2007, he did get spoilt a bit.


  • All the facilities you need to create your designs from dress forms, industrial sewing machines and computers.

  • Our unique Materials Library offers a huge range of materials from across the world.

  • Get inspiration from our library whcih has so many fashion related books, magazines and source materials.

Fieldtrips & Workshops



Internships are a great way for students to gain hands-on experience in a professional design environment. VCUarts Qatar’s internships form part of the core curriculum and all students are expected to undertake a 120-hour placement often in their Senior Year. Internships are generally unpaid but may lead to sponsorship or employment after graduation. All placements are managed by the faculty internship coordinator with contracts, reporting documents and timesheets to ensure the highest professional standards are maintained.

Here are just some of the corporations that have offered valuable internships to our Fashion Design students:

Akademics, Cacherel, Easton Pearson, Feral Childe, Integral Services Uniform Department, Isabel Toledo, Manish Arora, Maria Bonita, Natalie Chanin, Qatar Museums Authority, Rami Al Ali Designers, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sara’s Secrets, (formerly Caroline’s), Social Development Center, Versace, Vivienne Westwood.

Visiting Artists

Each year VCUarts Qatar 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 and helped our Fashion Design graduates:

Anne Marie Paltsou, Bongiwe Walaza, Chunghie Lee, DeeDee Gordon, Donna Campbell, Eric Gaskins, Eric Raisina, Feral Childe, Hebah Al Hasan, Ike Rust, Isabel Toledo, Jill Dumain, Manish Arora, Maria Bonita, Melanie McClintock, Sheikh Majed Al Sabah.