BFA Interior Design Old

  • VCUQatar’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.

Why study Interior Design Old?

  • Interior designers create functional spaces

  • Interior designers are skillful and knowledgeable

  • Interior designers are collaborators

  • Interior designers are leaders

  • VCUQatar - 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 - 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 19th Century
Interior Materials and Textiles
Writing and Rhetoric Workshop
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
Design History: 20th and 21st Centuries
Construction Documents
Writing in the Workplace
Literature Elective
General Education Elective

32 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
Interior Design Internship
Business of Design
Open Elective
Natural /Physcial Science Elective

25 Credits


  • Cherif Amor

    Chair of Interior Design

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    Assistant Professor

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    Associate Professor

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    Assistant Professor

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    Assistant Professor

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    Assistant Professor

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    Administrative Business Coordinator

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    Assistant Professor

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    Assistant Professor

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  • Shaikha Al-Sulaiti

    Interior Design Manager, Msheireb Properties
    Class of 2009

    Shaikha Al-Sulaiti is an interior design manager at Msheireb Properties where she has been skillfully gaining experience in the hospitality field. She is currently managing the hotels in the Msheireb Downtown development, where she has been working for over eight years, since her graduation from VCUarts Qatar in 2009.

  • Esra Al-Kazem

    Design Director, AEA Designs

    Esra Al-Kazem is the Design Director and Co-founder of AEA Designs. Her academic background includes an MFA in Design studies, a BFA in Interior Design, and a BFA in Fashion Design. Esra is a designer and a researcher who believes in improving life through 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.


  • See your designs come to life using our fabrication laboratory which offers 3-D rapid prototyper and scanner, vacuum former, fabric printer and laser cutter.

  • Work in wood and use the table saws, band saws, drill presses, chop saws, sanders, a thickness planer, and an assortment of hand tools, clamps and work benches available in our woodshop.

  • We offer open studios with dedicated work spaces equipped with drafting areas, computers, printers and scanners.

  • Our unique Materials Library will help you choose the materials to use within your designs.

  • Our library provides a large number of magazines, books, periodicals and DVDs on design and architecture.

Fieldtrips & Workshops



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 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 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 have visited and helped our Interior Design graduates:

Andrew Dent, Beau McClellan, Dan Bucsescu, John Andrews, Jonas Runberger, Joy Malnar, Kirsti F Vandrass, Rodney Fitch, Sara Shafiei, Sonia Ashour, Thomas Pheasant.

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