Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) welcomed the Class of 2022 during their new student orientation which ran for three days, from 28 to 30 August.
The Class of 2022 has 83 students from 22 countries, with 77 joining as undergraduates and six joining the Masters of Fine Arts in Design programme.
VCUarts Qatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1998 through partnership with Qatar Foundation, VCUarts Qatar offer students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting and printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design.
Executive Dean Donald R Baker greeted the Class of 2022, noting that students would have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members, learn to think critically and creatively, and solve problems on their own.
The new students were introduced to team leaders who organised the orientation and who guided them through a wide range of activities created to acquaint them with the university.
Faheem Khan, the Head Orientation Coordinator (HOC) explained that they’ve decided to change the whole atmosphere of the New Student Orientation Programme (NSOP) last year with a theme that majority of the students could relate to and enjoy. It was a huge success and has set a standard for future NSOP to follow.
Steffi Braganza, the SGA Secretary and HOC for two years, said that being part of the orientation during summer is something that she’s looked forward to.
It’s always a plus to be included in activities and events besides the usual university-related course works.’
Sarah Faheem, the Student Development Senior Specialist at VCUarts Qatar said her responsibilities in the Student Affairs department pushed her to create opportunities where inclusion of student leadership articulates an expectation of excellence.
Providing students with a role in this year’s NSOP creative exercise is the most visible way in which my office seeks to engender student voice, participation and leadership.’
VCUarts Qatar welcomed 13 new faculty and staff to the university this year. They include the 2018/19 Artists in Residence Abdul Azim Al Ghussein and Asmaa Al Issa. The Artists in Residence will have the opportunity to work at dedicated studios at VCUarts Qatar, while also teaching and mentoring students from within the Painting and Printmaking programme. Their nine-month period of research and practice in Qatar will culminate with an exhibition in April.
Of the new faculty and staff, Dr Baker said they welcome them and the fresh ideas they will bring to the school’s programmes and operations.
For updates and more information about VCUarts Qatar, visit qatar.vcu.edu.