Guided by our knowledgeable faculty, VCUQatar’s four-year BFA Graphic Design program empowers students in design practice and research and prepares them for today’s information-rich society.
Students take courses which include typography, photography, video, interactive design, bookbinding and screen printing and together with excellent studio facilities students also have full access to the shared VCUQatar specialist facilities.
Graphic Design is a creative and analytical field that integrates art, technology and strategic thinking to create and communicate ideas and information. The curriculum uses a broad range of mediums, focusing on experimentation, application and integration of new technologies, traditional skills, and interdisciplinary approaches to develop graphic design practices and the design culture within Qatar and globally.
Students are advised on the business of design and entrepreneurship to prepare them, if they wish, to set up their own graphic design business. All students also complete an internship placement working with an approved firm to receive commercial design experience.
Graphic designers are excellent critical thinkers and creative problem solvers, their role is to understand, create and disseminate information. Trained to understand the client’s needs, graphic designers will ask questions to bring to light the attributes of the audience, then build a process to explore options for the design of the communication.
They manage, structure and embed information in the most engaging manner while delivering the appropriate information to elicit the desirable response from the audience.
Graphic designers will work with numerous mediums including print, web, interactive design, video and various forms of three-dimensional experiential design to deliver a precise and targeted communication. All mediums have some factors in common - typography, time, color and form are just a few common elements in a graphic designer’s toolbox.
Because they work across so many mediums graphic designers are talented print, web and multimedia specialists who can apply their strategic thinking skills to a number of professional careers where visually communicating to an audience is required. Our alumni are proof of this as they work across a number of design related fields, why not read their stories below.
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.
Art History Survey I and II
Focused Inquiry I and II
Introduction to the University
Introduction to Contemporary Math
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
Design Technology I
Design Methods and Processes
Design Form and Communication
Typography I and II
Imaging I and II
Theory and Philosophy
History of Visual Communication
Writing and Rhetoric Workshop
Systems in Design
Print I and II
Visual Narrative I
Interaction I and II
Graphic Design Internship
Natural Physical Science
Total minimum requirement = 120 credits
Access the full list of courses here.
Graphic Design Electives x3
Business of Design
Writing in the Workplace
Open Electives x2
General Education Elective
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Maryam Al-Homaid’s career as an artist began with her father, renowned Qatari artist Yousef Ahmed. She grew up surrounded by paintbrushes and colored markers and knew back then that she would be painting and drawing for the rest of her life.
In the midst of the Arab Spring and at a dynamic crossroads for current events in the region, VCUQatar alumna Nada Al Saadi has found herself a place in the center of the story. Working in the Creative Department at Al Jazeera Arabic as a graphic designer, this native Qatari is one of the architects of change, helping the station to discover its new identity in this country, the region, and the world at large.
Our studios are equipped with printers, scanners, digital projectors, sound systems and media players.
Turn your designs into a book using the book-binding equipment.
Capture your work by using our photography and video studios equipped with green screen room.
Our unique Materials Library offers a huge range of materials from across the world.
Our library is full of books, magazines and DVDs on all aspects of design.
Produce your own designs using our Fabrication Laboratory with 3-D rapid prototyper and scanner, vacuum former, fabric printer and laser cutter.
Internships are a great way for students to gain hands-on experience in a professional design environment. VCUQatar’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 Graphic Design students:
Adabisc, Al-Jameela Magazine, Al Jazeera, Alotch Beauty and Cosmetic Center, Al Raya Newspaper, Assouline Gulf, Barwa, Fitch, Grey Advertising, Islamic Heritage Library, JWA Group, Ministry of Interior, Offspring A Very Small Office, Qatar Foundation, Q-Tel, Saatchi and Saatchi, Shell Qatar, Techno Kids, Vivid, Waqif Art Center.
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 Graphic Design program:
Aly Khalifa, Bruce Mau, Chris Jordan, David Gibson, Dawn Hancock, Ida Vesterland, Irma Boom, John Kortbaoui, John McMillan, Jonathan Barnbrook, Mario Gagliardi, Mikon Van Gastell, Mohammed Harib, Nicholas Blechman, Reza Abedini, Robert Bringhurst, Sadik Karamustafa, Saki Mufundikwa, Stefan Sagmeister, Stephen Banham, Suna Kjems, Thomas Milo.