15 August 2007
Doha (Qatar) - After completing a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design, Allyson began a sixteen year commitment to design and education.
Doha (Qatar) - After completing a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design, Allyson began a sixteen year commitment to design and education. She was design faculty for six years, creating and teaching studio, humanities and theory courses to students from freshman to senior year in bachelor programs at York University and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

Allyson then embarked on a five year term as dean for the School of Design at Emily Carr Institute. Following her tenure as dean, Allyson accepted a position in the UAE to lead the Communication Technology Program at Dubai's Woman's College.

During the past four years Allyson has been the Chair of Design at Cornish College of Arts in Seattle.

"I am delighted to become a member of the outstanding community at VCUQ. From the first moment I met my new colleagues, advisory board members and students, I knew VCUQ was an academic environment I would be proud to join. I am inspired by the high level of commitment to education and professional exploration of contemporary design issues. My aim is to guide and support the innovative and creative endeavors of all members of VCUQ and our many collaborators." said the new dean.

"I know that all of us at VCUQ look forward to working with Ms. Vanstone. She brings valuable experience in design and higher education administration to this institution." said Charles F. Bleick, VCUQ Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

"We are excited to have Ms. Allyson Vanstone join VCUQ and we look forward to working with her during this remarkable era in VCUQ's history. Allyson brings to us a wealth of experience and commitment to design education from Canada, the United States and the Middle East. She is a wonderful addition to a group of talented leaders that comprise Education City universities." added Moamer Qazafi, VCUQ Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

For further information please contact:

Mr. Moamer Qazafi
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
T: +974 492 7277
F: +974 481 7058
W: VCUQ website

About Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUQ)

The excellence and diversity of its design curriculum, academically rigorous general education studies, the scholarly and inspiring accomplishments of its faculty, small studio classes with one-to-one feedback from faculty members, a diversity of student activities and honor clubs and its commitment to the Qatari community have made VCUQ exclusive in the country and region.

VCUQ is a member of the Icograda Education Network (IEN). The Center of Research in Design at VCUQ, supported by the Qatar Foundation, is developing Qatar's contribution to the IDA World Design Report pilot project.