Posted on June 24, 2019

Part of a long established tradition, Doha College opened the doors of its Art and DT centre to unveil the creativity and skills of its students, who produced incredible works for their GCSE, AS and A Level examinations in fine art, photography, product design, textiles design and media.

The original pieces of art and design on display included both coursework and examination outcomes along with preparatory pieces, spanning across the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, printing, graphics, lens-based media, moving imagery, mixed media, three-dimensional design and textiles.

This year, the ribbon-cutting ceremony was carried out by Principal Dr Steffen Sommer and guest artist Sabah Arbilli, whose calligraphy-based art is widely and internationally displayed in the Middle East, Europe, Russia, Turkey, Australia and throughout the world. Sabah is a master in traditional calligraphy, an award winner for his works and has works showcased all around Qatar, including the calligraphy sculpture in stainless steel on the Corniche. He was impressed with the quality of the students’ work and delighted that many of the pieces on display featured Arabic calligraphy.

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Dr Steffen Sommers, Principal of Doha College, shared his impressions about the exhibition: “Once again, the Doha College Art Exhibition was a highlight of the academic year. The students’ artwork, be it GCSE or A Level, was of very high calibre indeed, and it showed one thing: that art is a very important feature in the Doha College academic schedule. Art and creativity can indeed be taught, learnt and improved. Our artists have shown how accomplished they already are, and some of the pieces could easily have been sent to exhibitions for which invitees pay. The exhibition also included Design and Technology pieces by our GCSE and A Level students, which showed how the knowledge of students and technology could be combined. Being a visual arts exhibition, there was also a variety of films that were shown by the Media Studies department. Here again, the visual art and film-making competence of our students was on display and  highlighted that Doha College students are well versed in combining and using skills learnt in one subject to another, and translating them creatively into pieces of art.”

During the opening of the exhibition, visitors enjoyed an exquisite musical background provided by young harpist Audrey Stigter, Year 7 student at Doha College. For a third consecutive year, the exhibition had the support of the InterContinental Doha the City Hotel, who provided delicious canapes and refreshments to guests. The hotel has displayed the art of DC students in the past, giving them a real idea of how artistic expression could be incorporated into business.

Doha College offers courses in art, photography, product design, product design textiles and media from (I)GCSE through to A-Level. In the past few years, Doha College students have attained “highest mark in Qatar”, “highest mark in the Middle East” and indeed “highest mark in the World” in their art and photography examinations. Previous students have been, over the years, accepted to top universities worldwide, including The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Yale University, USA and the University of British Columbia, Canada. To find more about these curriculums and other creative subjects offered by the school, visit