Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar), a Qatar Foundation (QF) partner university, will launch the online exhibition of this year’s graduating cohort of artists and designers on Monday.
Members of the public, as well as artists, designers and industry professionals from across the globe will now be able to view the creative output of Qatar’s latest generation of creatives, by accessing the link https://qatar.vcu.edu/bfa-mfa-thesis-2021
The online show is a collective presentation of the skills and talents of VCUarts Qatar’s Class of 2021, made up of 85 graduates.
Design for the ageing, homelessness, cultural conservation in Qatar, gender stereotyping, third culture kids, mental well-being, nationality and identity, social hierarchies, and accessories, are some of the themes that have been examined by this year’s cohort of Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, MFA in Design, and Painting + Printmaking graduates.
Despite most of the academic year being held online, VCUarts Qatar ensured that students had access to resources that would allow them to incorporate techniques such as animation, textile design, silk printing, fabrication technology, visual languages, product, print and website design, typography, home fashion merchandising, building code requirements, interior graphics, printmaking, digital painting, screen-printing, lithography, computer programming, and photographic stencil techniques, in their final projects.
“Our first BFA + MFA online show last year resulted in even greater reach, allowing industry and media professionals to view and appreciate the talent and creativity at VCUarts Qatar,” said Amir Berbi?, dean of VCUarts Qatar. “This year, we’re continuing in the same vein, and we’re thrilled to present the work of our graduating Class of 2021 to you. The projects on display show how this graduating group – despite the circumstance they were in – have ventured off the beaten track to explore areas as diverse as issues that affect humanity across the globe, to those that offer a quirky, lighter twist on the ordinary and the everyday.”
The Class of 2021 follows in the footsteps of alumni who are making their mark in the four corners of the globe. Some of them have been recognized through international awards – such as the International Property Awards, and the Red Dot Award – while others have had their work displayed at prestigious exhibitions and events in places such as Doha, Dubai, London, Berlin, Moscow, Paris, and Hong Kong.