Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) welcomed 71 new full time Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts students to Qatar Foundation’s campus.
This fall semester, VCUQatar welcomes the third group of students into the new BA program in art history. This is the first non-studio degree offered by the branch campus and is intended to support the development of the cultural infrastructure in Qatar.
The incoming BFA and BA classes of 2018 represent a truly diverse student body with nearly 60 percent Qatari students and the remaining international students from Qatar, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Hungary, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the United States.
Admission to VCUQatar is competitive. A committee comprised of faculty and staff review the applications with no identifying information about the applicant. Decisions are based on a comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s academic achievements to date, their artistic creativity and experimentation as evidenced by the work they present in their individual portfolios (BFA and MFA), letters of recommendation, writing skills and English language proficiency. The incoming class represents highly qualified students who are poised to succeed in the fields of art and design.
The Incoming Class brings the student population at VCUQatar to 282: 270 undergraduate (Foundation, Fashion, Graphic and Interior Design, Painting & Printmaking and Art History) and 12 graduate students – representing 40 nationalities. VCUQatar is also hosting six students from our home campus in Richmond, Virginia for the semester.
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