This year, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) is offering free ‘taster’ sessions in graphic design, interior design, fashion design and painting and printmaking for members of the public interested to explore the university’s art and design community classes. VCUarts Qatar is a partner university of Qatar Foundation

The community classes, held under the VCUarts Qatar Community Education Program twice a year, are for those keen to pick up skills in art and design as a hobby, or who would like to enhance their creative practice for career purposes. The programme covers courses in different disciplines, to fit various interests, levels of skill and age groups.

VCUarts Qatar community classes fall 2021 - 3The free taster sessions will be held online this September, following which participants can choose from an array of individual courses that will be held in person at VCUarts Qatar from 12 October until 7 December. All classes are scheduled for the evenings after 5:30 pm, making it ideal for individuals working during the day. However, based on evolving government rules and regulations, all classes may be shifted online. The taster sessions and courses are led by professional artists and designers, including VCUarts Qatar alumni.

Community and Continuing Education Program Manager Aysha Al Khooheji said they are delighted to offer free taster sessions to members of the public. She said this means that participants now have the luxury of gaining an overview of graphic design, interior design, fashion design, and painting and printmaking, a few weeks before choosing specialised individual programmes.

Our instructors, who include our own alumni, have considerable experience in leading such community classes, and they’re excited at the prospect of being able to introduce members of the public to various art and design pathways.

Participants are requested to adhere to the MoPH guidelines. These include movement inside the building as indicated by signage and adhering to a 1.5-metre distance between people, wearing masks at all times and displaying their green Ehteraz status on request.

All instructors are fully vaccinated. Participants are also required to be vaccinated or will need to provide proof of a weekly rapid antigen test for building entry and in-person instruction.

More details on registration can be found at

Check out Marhaba’s FREE e-Guides for everything you need to know about Qatar.