BFA Graphic Design

  • Guided by our knowledgeable faculty, VCUarts Qatar’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 VCUarts Qatar 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.

Why study Graphic Design?

  • Graphic designers seek to understand the communication problem

  • Graphic designers like working with multiple mediums

  • Graphic designers are skillful and knowledgeable

  • 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

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

30 Credits

Year Three - Junior

Systems in Design
Print I and II
Visual Narrative I
Interaction I and II
Graphic Design Internship
Literature Elective
Open Elective
Natural Physical Science

31 Credits


Total minimum requirement = 120 credits

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Year Four - Senior

Senior Seminar
Senior Studio
Graphic Design Electives x3
Business of Design
Writing in the Workplace
Open Electives x2
General Education Elective

30 Credits


  • Peter Martin

    Interim Chair of Graphic Design

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  • Basma Hamdy

    Associate Professor

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    Assistant Professor

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    Assistant Professor

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    Assistant Professor

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    Associate Professor

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    Junior Faculty

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    Assistant Professor

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    Associate Professor

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  • Maryam Yousef Al-Homaid

    MFA Student, VCUarts Qatar
    Class of 2010

    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.

  • Nada Al Saadi

    Graphic Designer, Al Jazeera English
    Class of 2009

    In the midst of the Arab Spring and at a dynamic crossroads for current events in the region, VCUarts Qatar 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.

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 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.

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 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.