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VCUarts offers portfolio creation classes for students seeking varsity admissions

VCUarts offers portfolio creation classes for students seeking varsity admissions

tribune news network
doha
THE Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar), a Qatar Foundation partner university, will be conducting its popular portfolio development classes for high school students, during the first semester of the new academic year 2020, online.
The classes, conducted by VCUarts Qatar for more than a decade now, are a series of in-depth, non-credit sessions for high school students who would like to gain the skills necessary to develop a competitive portfolio of their art and design work, for university admissions.
The seven-week programme is offered across four different time schedules, providing students the option of choosing a timetable that best suits their individual routines. This year, applicants can choose from classes that run during the following periods: October 4 to November 22; October 19 to December 7; November 3 to December 22; and November 18 to January 6. During the course, participants will be exposed to a series of sessions that will teach them the nuances of basic, advanced and observational drawing, the process and application of creative thinking, methods to effectively communicate ideas to an audience, and how to use a camera to document the progressive stages of their work.
The classes will be taught by experienced VCUarts Qatar alumni Asma Al Hosna, Yeon Geong Hwang, Yang Soon Ju and Majdulin Nasralla, who will provide personal feedback across various stages of the programme. Additionally, students will also have enough time to practice and apply the skills they pick up as they progress along the course.
Aysha Alkooheji, VCUarts Qatar’s Community and Continuing Education Program manager, noted how the relevance of the programme stems from an art or design portfolio being valued as a globally-accepted statement of an artist or designer.
“An art portfolio is an edited compilation of an artist’s or designer’s best works”, Alkooheji said. “With the submission of a portfolio being a global requisite to gain acceptance into art and design universities, and later, for professional purposes, the process of portfolio development has become increasingly technical, complex and competitive.
“We noticed that most high school students lack the skills to develop a comprehensive portfolio, and that’s why VCUarts Qatar’s Community and Continuing Education programme has been offering the course for more than ten years.
“Our seven-week course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to build their portfolio in order to join an art school, and is taught by VCUarts Qatar faculty and alumni, who have been working to ensure that the online classes are just as effective as our previous on-campus ones. In the past, participants benefitted from the course by being able to apply the knowledge they acquired for academic as well as other purposes.”

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