09 January 2020

VCUarts Qatar Welcomes Prospective Students to Open Day Event

Open Day allowed prospective students who are interested in studying art and design to see what it is like to study at VCUarts Qatar

VCUarts Qatar held an Open Day for prospective students who are interested in the University’s highly regarded suite of art and design degree programs.

VCUarts Qatar is the international branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia, in the US, and it offers students the opportunity to earn a degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, painting and printmaking, art history, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design. 

The students and their families and friends had the opportunity to meet the University’s Dean, Amir Berbić, who welcomed them to VCUarts Qatar. Dean Berbić, who is the youngest Dean in Education City, and himself a graphic designer, explained that the University has over 300 students from 35 nationalities and almost 750 alumni, with professors who are graduates of prestigious universities such as the Royal College of Art, Cornell University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Rutgers University, to name but a few. 

The Dean’s presentation was followed by introductions from Associate Professor Ryan Browning from the Art Foundation department, who took attendees through the art and design portfolio requirements for the University’s application process, and by Dr. Sean Roberts, the Chair of the Art History department, who explained what was essential when applying to study Art History, such as the SAT or ACT scores, and essay samples.

The attendees also met with faculty members from the academic departments, and with current students, who were happy to answer their questions about life at VCUarts Qatar, and the many activities that take place, such as exhibition openings at the Fire Station, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, or the Museum of Modern Art, or field study trips to the UK, France, Japan, Korea, Iceland, and Morocco and many other locations of interest to art and design students. The University also offers its students a plethora of exhibition project spaces where they can curate and display their works to visitors.

They were then given a tour of the University’s facilities by members of VCUarts Qatar’s Student Government Association, who showed them spaces such as the Materials Library, the only one of its kind in the Gulf Region, which has more than 10,000 samples of specialist, sophisticated, and traditional materials; and the Fabrication Lab with its 3D and Laser printers, as well as visits to the classrooms and studios throughout the University where they could see students working on projects.

"The prospective students and their families especially enjoyed meeting faculty and current students while seeing the incredible facilities as well as viewing some of the student artwork on display,” said Katherine Mangum, the University’s Director of Recruitment and Admissions. “We hope that seeing art being created and learning what we really do at VCUarts Qatar will help prospective students with their decision-making and they will choose to join us.”

The deadline for submitting applications to VCUarts Qatar for entry into the academic year that begins in August 2020, is February 1, 2020.

Find out more about applying to be a student at VCUarts Qatar at https://www.qatar.vcu.edu/admissions

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