BFA Interior Design

  • VCUarts Qatar's four-year BFA Interior Design program combines both interior design and interior architecture. The curriculum, which is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Acreditation (CIDA), focuses on design excellence, critical thinking, collaboration, research and the professional expectations of entry-level interior architects and designers.

    Students study interior spaces and their functions, finish materials and furnishings, color and lighting, furniture design and cabinetry, building systems and life and safety codes.

  • Students learn to think critically about design and develop their skills in technical graphic communication, both manual and digital. Students are also exposed to the business of design and entrepreneurship, and all complete an internship placement working with an approved firm.

    Our experienced faculty encourage students to develop their creativity and passion for design as they imagine and create aesthetically engaging interior spaces that are functional and protect the health, safety and welfare of those who occupy them.

  • Vision - by 2022 the department of interior design will be distinguished for quality education that promotes diversity, collaboration, sustainability, innovation, and that caters for the needs of a global society.

    Mission - the mission of the interior design department is to nurture a culturally diverse learning and teaching experience. While imparting evidence-based design, the department underscores innovation, collaboration, and sustainability principles that address the needs of the ‘glocal’ contexts.

Why study Interior Design?

  • Interior designers create functional spaces

  • Interior designers are skillful and knowledgeable

  • Interior designers are collaborators

  • Interior designers are leaders

  • 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
Focused Inquiry I
Focused Inquiry II
Introduction to the University
Introduction to Contemporary Math (University core - Quantum literacy)
Approved Natural/Physical Science (University Core)

32 - 33 Credits           

Year Two - Sophmore

Introductory Interior Design Studio I
Introductory Interior Design Studio II
Interior Graphics I
Interior Graphics II
Advanced Interior Graphics I
Fundamentals of Interior Design
Historic Environments: Ancient thru 19th Century
Interior Materials and Textiles
Writing and Rhetoric or Equivalent (University Core- Reaserch and Academic Writing)
General Education Elective

32 Credits

Year Three - Junior

Interior Design Studio I
Interior Design Studio II
Advanced Interior Graphics II
Light and Color in Interior Environments
Building Systems
Interior Design Internship
Historic Environments 20 thru 21st Centuries
Interior Design Elective
Writing in the Workplace
Textual Analysis (Univeristy Core - Humanities/Fine Arts)
General Education Elective

35 Credits


Total minimum requirement = 121 credits

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Year Four - Senior

Senior Interior Design Studio I
Senior Interior Design Studio II
Senior Seminar I
Senior Seminar II
Approved Social/Behavioral Science (Univeristy Core)
The Business of Design
Art/Design Open Elective (any Art History, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Painting & Printmaking Course)

21 Credits


  • Cherif Amor

    Chair of Interior Design

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  • Johan Granberg

    Associate Professor

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    Administration Business Coordinator

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    Assistant Professor

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    Assistant Professor

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  • Alexandra Windrum

    Interior Architect, Origins International
    Class of 2011

    Alexandra was born and raised in Southport, UK and moved to Qatar in 2005 with her family to join her father, who was already here. While completing her A-Levels at Doha College, she found her true passion—design!

  • Mariam Siraj & Yasmine Suleiman

    Interior Designers, Halcrow (CH2M Hill) & HOK Doha
    Class of 2011

    Local designers Mariam Siraj and Yasmine Suleiman are helping create some of Doha’s major commercial projects. When it came down to making the choice of which university to attend, Mariam and Yasmeen knew that VCU was the choice for them.

  • Aisha Al Muftah

    Art Historian & Interior Designer, VCUarts Qatar
    Class of 2005

    Interior designer and art historian Aisha Al Muftah feels fortunate to be teaching at VCUarts Qatar, a job she cares deeply about. Having such a diverse educational background has set the course for all of her subsequent projects to be interdisciplinary, which the cultural environment in Qatar certainly encourages.

  • Hessa Al Muhannadi

    Interior Designer, Qatar Amiri Flight
    Class of 2011

    When Hessa Al Muhannadi started working as a math and science teacher with the Ministry of Education’s elementary and secondary schools, little did she know that in 10 years she would be switching careers and designing the interiors for the Qatar Amiri Flight.

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 Interior Design students:

Al Fardan, Al Mana Maples, Arab Engineering Bureau, Arteligno Interior Designers, AvonTure Interiors, Barwa, Bin Ghanim Consulting Architects, Town Planners, Engineers, Bluu Qatar LLC, Cinmar Design, Dreams Decoration, Geomim Interior Design, House & Garden, Jean Nouvel Design, KEO International Consultants, Khatib & Alami Consolidated Engineering Company, Le Parfait, Living In Interiors, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, MZ & Partners Architect & Engineering Consultancy, National Marble & Stones, Odell Associates, Omrania & Associates, Prime Lands Real Estate Development LLC, Prisma, Qatar Foundation Capital Projects, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Museums Authority, Qatari Diar, RasGas, Romancia Design/Interior & Exterior Decorations, Salem Al Marzook/Abi Hanna, Shelter Qatar, Sketch Engineering & Consulting,Talati & Panthaky – Associated Pvt. Ltd, The Classical Palace, The Land.

Visiting Designers/Advisory Board

Abdullah Al-Emadi, Cynthia Batir, Giampiero Peia, Martha Nasazzi, Hamoda Youssef, Ibrahim Jaidah and Dorota Nazarewicz, Mayes Al-Thani ,Modesty St. John, Mohammed Nasser Al Baker, Paolo Cassina, Yausif Al-Baker and  Alexandra Danciulescu, Philip Gillard, Shaikha Al-Mahmoud, Shaikha Al-Sulaiti, Jason Brian Horton, Chris Morley.