Design MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University

The Design MFA course at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar supplies students with cutting-edge design facilities.


School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar)
Course: Design MFA
Location: Doha, Qatar
Course dates: two-year program, starting August 2023
Application deadline:
1 March 2023

Our interdisciplinary program allows designers to face complex problems that defy easy categorisation.

We train students to understand audiences, collaborators and clients in original and authentic ways, combining aspects of fine art studio practice, graphics, interaction, architecture, fashion and product design, to form a hybridised education.

Designers increasingly need to navigate between disciplines, maximising resources and working adaptively to create new environments, visuals, messaging and products.

Our program's strength lies in its ability to support each student's unique interests, providing a custom education tailored to each individual.

The MFA program has high expectations, pushing each student to confront the complex practice of meaningful design, and to develop the discipline and rigour needed to emerge with an authentic voice.

The course encourages strategic approaches to applied design research and learning through hybridized making.

Our students are provided with training in, and access to, a fully-equipped fabrication lab with 3D printers, laser cutters and vinyl cutters, a vacuum-forming machine, computer numerical control routers, a woodshop and a unique materials library, which is stocked with traditional and cutting-edge materials – the only facility of its kind in the Gulf region.

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Top image: Student work in the Design MFA show, May 2021.

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