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QF-partner university VCUarts Qatar extends its 2020-21 deadline for fresh application

QF-partner university VCUarts 
Qatar extends its 2020-21 
deadline for fresh application

Tribune News Network
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar), a Qatar Foundation (QF) partner university at the Education City, has extended its application deadline for 2020-21 season to February 15, 2021.
“The final day for new students to submit an application for admission to VCUarts Qatar is Monday, February 15, for the Fall 2021 semester,” Katherine Mangum, director of Recruitment and Admissions at the university, said.
VCUarts Qatar, which is the overseas branch campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia, offers five undergraduate degree programmes: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Painting and Printmaking and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art History. There is also a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programme. It was established in 1998 through a partnership with QF and now has more than 330 students representing 21 nationalities.
Collaborations between Education City universities, such as the Art and Medicine exhibition, or the Battle of the Bands competition, for example, bring students from different countries and cultures together to share ideas, have fun, and explore new ways of studying and learning in QF’s unique multiversity environment.
VCUarts Qatar is located within easy reach of collaboration-friendly facilities including Education City’s Oxygen Park recreational complex and nearby Multaqa Student Center, the Qatar Science & Technology Park technology hub; the state-of-the-art Sidra Medicine women’s and children’s hospital, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art; and the Al Shaqab equestrian center, to name a few.
Works by students and alumni from VCUarts Qatar have featured in exhibitions everywhere from Doha and Dubai, and from Paris and Moscow to Hong Kong, and at its home campus in Richmond, Virginia.
The students’ creativity and inspiration is fuelled by participation in world class events, and field trips to study, work and network, as well visits by internationally acclaimed designers and artists such as Valentino, Hassan Hajjaj, Richard Serra, Shirin Neshat, Jeff Koons, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Diane von Furstenberg, Reza Abedini, Marina Abramović, Wissam Shawkat, Rami Al Ali, Naeem Khan and Hector Ayuso.
VCUarts Qatar’s Materials Library is the only one of its kind in the Arab Gulf region and houses a circulating collection of thousands of diverse material samples from around the world. The university’s state-of-the-art facilities include a Fabrication Lab, Woodshop, Print Lab, and Analogue Photography darkroom. It also hosts biennial international events such as the Tasmeem Doha art and design conference, and the Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, both of which attract visitors and speakers from around the world.
Mangum says that a substantial number of students have already submitted their applications and portfolios, and she encouraged other students follow suit and submit their applications before the February 15 deadline if they hope to begin their studies at VCUarts Qatar in August 2021.
According to Mangum, admissions counsellors are available daily for consultations, and the University’s website includes information on application requirements, portfolio requirements, cross registration, answers to frequently asked questions and programme information. The university’s Admissions Department is also providing coaching and support on portfolio development.
“Our graduates are pursuing successful careers in a variety of established and emerging industries and new opportunities are constantly opening up in Qatar’s economy that are in need of the superb art and design skillsets that our students acquire at VCUarts Qatar,” Mangum said, explaining that talented and imaginative artists and designers are in demand in many countries, and that the contributions of VCUarts Qatar’s alumni can be seen throughout Qatar and beyond.
“In addition to working as artists and creatives, they can apply their critical thinking and design skills to the growing cultural and museum sector as well as small business, interior design, retail and merchandising, tourism and consulting.”