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Master of Fine Arts in Design at Virginia Commonwealth University

The Master of Fine Arts in Design course at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar teaches students multidisciplinary design knowledge in a studio equipped with a material library.

School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar
Course: Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Design
Location: Doha, Qatar
Course dates: August 2024 – June 2026
Application deadline: 15 January 2024

The MFA in Design program is interdisciplinary, facing complex problems that defy easy categorization.

Designers today need to navigate between blended disciplines, maximizing resources and working adaptively to create new environments, visuals and artefacts.

Our full-time, two-year graduate program trains students to understand clients, collaborators and design challenges in original and authentic ways.

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 pushes each student to confront the complex practice of meaningful design and empowers each student to develop a unique research focus and body of work.

In the program, we nurture a practice-based approach, using a variety of tools, materials and fabrication methods in pursuit of thoughtful, authentic outcomes.

The program combines aspects of fine art studio practice, digital craft, architecture, graphic design, fashion and product design, providing a hybrid learning environment.

Our students have access to a fully-equipped Fabrication Lab with 3D printers, laser cutters and vinyl cutters, a vacuum-forming machine, computer numerical control routers, a woodworking shop and a unique materials library that includes traditional and cutting-edge materials — the only facility of its kind in the Gulf region.

Find out more about the course and apply ›

Top image: artwork by Artist Abdulrahman Al Muftah, photograph by Raviv Cohen.

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