A vibrant community of artists, scholars, and students are brought together within VCUarts Qatar’s four-year BFA Painting & Printmaking program. The curriculum is informed by a practice of studio work and research with a strong emphasis on critical and creative thinking and is designed to impart technical skills and intelligence to build a student’s confidence in their discipline.
The size and diversity of the faculty guarantee our students' exposure to multiple ideas and stylistic approaches. In addition, the department’s visiting artist and publishing program brings to campus leading figures in the world of contemporary art for discussions of their work, critiques of student work and workshops.
To artists working in this century and the globalized world, engaging in our academic studio program in painting and printmaking is akin to entering a workman-like laboratory to investigate and re-define visual culture.
We welcome you to join us – to bring your intelligence, ambition, and can-do discipline – as we examine our historical precedents, and challenge the future of studio practice.
The curriculum enables students to adopt a specialized focus within the discipline from a wide range of studio offerings that include painting, drawing, color theory, screen-printing, etching, lithography, book-binding, digital print media and new media. Students also have the opportunity to use elective options to pursue other areas of interest that may include video, photography and sculpture as well as electives within the design disciplines of fashion, graphic and interior design. Students are therefore able to tailor a course of study suited to their professional and personal ambitions.
The program provides students with opportunities for concentrated experiences in both practice and theory as a foundation for independent exploration and artistic development. Classroom discussions invite students to examine a range of contemporary critical issues, which enable them to understand their own studio work in relation to a global historical context. As students develop their skills in critical analysis, they are challenged to articulate and justify their ideas both visually and verbally.
Qatar’s current investment in the visual arts rivals that of any other nation. Qatar is now the world's leading collector of contemporary art, and museums in Doha have recently hosted exhibits by international artists such as Takashi Murakami, Cai Guo Qiang, Louise Bourgeois and Richard Serra. New museums, including The Museum of Islamic Art, Mathaf-Arab Museum of Modern Art and numerous other cultural institutions scheduled to open in the near future, not only demonstrate the desire to showcase international contemporary art, but to develop collections with a focus on Arab, Muslim, and Middle Eastern culture. This unprecedented investment in the fine arts represent unrivalled opportunities for aspiring artists and those interested in working within the fine arts.
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
Concepts and Issues
Natural/Physical Science Elective
Basic Sculpture 1
Writing and Rhetoric Workshop II
29 - 30 Credits
Studio Elective outside PAPR
PAPR Elective x2
Art History Elective x2
Total minimum requirement = 121 credits
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Painting or Printmaking: Advanced
Senior Seminar (capstone)
Art History Elective
General Education Elective x2
Studio Elective outside PAPR
29 - 30 Credits
Our drawing and painting studios are equipped with specialist homasote walls to fill with your drawings and paintings.
Etching studios support intaglio techniques with ventilated acid room, rosin box, hotplates, and a Takach press.
The lithography studio offers analogue and photographic aluminum plate printing and even uses a solar system to generate distilled water for printing.
Make copies of your work using our well equipped screen or digital printing laboratories.
Turn your work into a book, by using our book binding facilities.
Our unique Materials Library offers a range of materials from across the World.
Our Library is full of books, magazines and DVDs to inspire you.
Internships are available for Painting & Printmaking students each semester, giving students the opportunity to work with professionals in the field, learning how galleries are run, experiencing museum work, and assisting artists in their studios and workshops.
The Internships provide hands-on learning for acquiring important skills and knowledge to help students succeed in the art world. PAPR elective credit and a grade will be assigned for the Internship period.
Run by The Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, the Mathaf Voices program encourages students to engage with the museum and make it their own. Students joining the Mathaf Voices program will be able to lead exhibition tours based on their own perspectives as well as assist with public programs and special events.
The VCUarts Qatar Fellowship Artist in Residence program brings in emerging artists to work within the Department of Painting & Printmaking as artists in residence. The department supports two fellowships, one open to recent BFA graduates from the Painting & Printmaking program of the VCU Richmond campus, the other open to recent MFA graduates from Painting and Printmaking programs across the world.
Current fellows: Maria Stabio, Emily Sokes.
Previous fellows: Lauren Pakradooni, Vreni Micheline-Castillo, Cosima Storz.
In addition to an active and ambitious program of visiting artists, lecturers and artists in residence, the department of Painting & Printmaking also operates a printmaking publishing program. The program collaborates with local, regional and international artists in the publishing of editions of prints, artists books and the realization of research projects within printmaking.