Concurrent Sessions

Teaching Fashion Design in Qatar and New Zealand-Bicultural and Cross-Cultural Experiences

  • Christina Lindholm (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Karen M. Gutherie (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Nancy M. Scott (Shaqab School of Design Arts)
  • Sue Thomas (Massey University)
  • Ross Hemera (Massey University)
  • Ngai Tahu (Massey University)


In the summer of 1997, the Qatar Foundation for Science, Education and Community Development, a private non-profit foundation, approached Virginia Common-wealth University in hope of establishing an art school for it's female population. Through numerous visits and negotiations and the approval of the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), VCU entered into an agreement to establish the Shaqab College of Design Arts in Doha, the capital of Qatar, beginning in Fall of 1998. An Associate Dean was appointed Founding Director, and six faculty were recruited. On one of his initial trips, Richard Toscan, Dean for the School of the Arts, procured space for the first year of classes as plans were drawn up and ground was broken for a new academic facility and faculty residence.

How to Cite:

Lindholm, C. & Gutherie, K. M. & Scott, N. M. & Thomas, S. & Hemera, R. & Tahu, N., (1998) “Teaching Fashion Design in Qatar and New Zealand-Bicultural and Cross-Cultural Experiences”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 1999(1).

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Published on
31 Dec 1998