VCUarts Qatar Launches Art Therapy Program


Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) in Education City is launching a new program called, "Foundation in Art Therapy."

The course is the only one of its kind in the region and is designed to appeal to anyone who is considering Art Therapy as a career. It will offer participants an opportunity to learn about the essence of Art Therapy and its implementation with different client groups and populations. The course will take place from March 29-April 9 at VCUarts Qatar.

The tutors, who are experienced local and international art psychotherapists, will be presenting clinical work from their own Art Therapy practices. The course will be a combination of theory and practice, and will incorporate an experiential component with group discussions.

The program instructor is VCUarts Qatar alumna Sara Powell, the founder of ATIC, a psychological and counselling center. She has an MA specializing in Art Psychotherapy from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. She is a registered member of the professional association for Creative Arts therapists in Australia, New Zealand and Asia (ANZACATA). Sara has over nine years of clinical experience and has provided art therapy to children, adolescents, adults, families, and has facilitated a variety of groups.

"Foundation in Art Therapy" is a British Association of Art Therapy (BAAT) accredited course.

Find out more about VCUarts Qatar at qatar.vcu.edu

About Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar

Established in 1998 through a partnership with Qatar Foundation, VCUarts Qatar is the international branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, a top-ranked art and design program in the U.S. VCUarts Qatar is celebrating a fruitful 20-year alliance between VCU and the Qatar Foundation that underscores the commitment of each institution to excellence, inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global setting.

VCUarts Qatar offers 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. A vibrant community with global reach, VCUarts promises to instill in students a lifelong passion for education and the arts.

VCUarts Qatar offers valuable opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and connects VCUarts to the influential art and design world of the Middle East and beyond. The campus attracts renowned contributors to contemporary visual culture for speaking and teaching engagements, and hosts two major international events: Tasmeem, a biennial art and design conference; and the Hamad bin Khalifa Islamic Art Symposium.

Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential

‪Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF) is a private, non-profit organization that is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential, for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

QF’s work encompasses education, research and community development. World-class universities are brought to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. At the same time, QF builds Qatar's innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences. The Foundation also works to foster a progressive society while enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.



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