Art History BA at Virginia Commonwealth University

The Art History BA course at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar focuses on Islamic art in a global context.

School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar)
Course: Art History BA
Location: Doha, Qatar
Course dates: four year program, starting August 2023
Application deadline:
15 January 2023

The Art History program at VCUarts Qatar offers a distinctive concentration in Islamic art within a global perspective.

The program is designed to focus on the interchange between the Islamic World, the Western World and the non-Islamic cultures of Asia.

Students are offered the opportunity to study the complexity of cultural interchange that has formed the basis of our increasingly globalised modern and contemporary world, shifting a Western-oriented curriculum prevalent in most university Art History programs to one that encompasses a multicultural approach.

Such an approach reflects the geographical location and historical involvement of Qatar, which since antiquity has been part of international trade routes linking both the Central Islamic lands, the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean – its location at this crossroads has created a rich and diverse culture in Qatar up to the present day.

This unique BA program in Art History that focuses on exchange and dialogue through visual culture is particularly suited for such an environment.

Examine past and present cultures, develop your visual literacy skills, prepare yourself for further study and a rewarding career, gain opportunities for research, internships and volunteering all with the help of an experienced faculty.

Find out more about the course and apply ›

Top image: Courtesy of Shah Tahmasp Shahnama.

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