Over the past century, and acceleratedly so during recent decades, visuality has become pervasive in all aspects of life due to the proliferation of media based communication devices which can be observed to have a strong basis in visuality. Thus the mission of the VACD program is to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of visuality and its applications to the domains of Visual Art and Visual Communication Design. However, our efforts go beyond a sole understanding / application of the visual fields themselves in that we also seek to bring about their integration with other creative output such as sound design, new media output and temporally based works implemented through the diversified building blocks of our curriculum.
Obtaining the Master of Art degree of the VACD program at Sabancı University involves a four semester long period of rigorous study which combines studio work in art & design disciplines. The degree requirement is a fully articulated Non-Thesis Studio Project or a Thesis Studio Project which revolves around a cohesive query, concept or topic that can be applied to a field in art and design, and which as a finalised product is expected to be presented to a jury at the end of studies.
Our faculty is comprised of a strongly committed group of individuals, whose output and recognition well extends into the international arena of art, design and theory; and a significant number of whom can profess to hybrid expertise and interest areas that lie at the convergence points of several related, but nonetheless distinct, fields. In the graphical listings below you will find an overview of our individual areas of proficiency, our work media, and the creative/research topics as well as the theoretical areas which especially interest us or relate to us. Please navigate through them in order to find out more about us and the educational opportunities of our program.
Graduate admission deadline is April 29, 2016.
For further information about Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design Graduate Program, please contact Program Coordinator Onur Yazıcıgil.
We live in a world where the role of the artist/designer is being redefined. Todays artists and designers need to be equipped with knowledge and vision which go far beyond the traditionally required skills of draughtsmanship. The individual's need to be conversant with social, scientific and technological evolution that surrounds him or her, and the ability to incorporate this evolution into the creative process, brings the issue of a visual education that has a wider based spectrum than before. The interdisciplinary educational approach embraced by Sabancı University aims to provide an ideal breeding ground for the education of the "new" artist and designer.
For further information about Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design Undergraduate Program, please contact Program Coordinator Onur Yazıcıgil.
The program offers two different tracks, namely Visual Arts where the aim is the education of visual arts and Visual Communication Design where the aim is the education of multimedia and web designers.
Program Requirements may vary according to the year of first enrollment. Please click below to see the program requirements for new students.
Continuing students may track their program requirements on Student Resources web site based on the relevant level (undergraduate/graduate), year of first enrollment and program.
In an environment full of the opportunities presented by the influence of the European Union, our students are enjoying the possibility of attending exchange programs abroad. To enable our students which such opportunities, contracts have been signed between our university and various universities in Europe. To date, many of our students have participated in these programs, including different disciplines, different contents and duration. Consequently, foreign students are also welcome to study at Sabancı University and such programs are indeed in the progress of being further developed.
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Our program provides students with extensive use of spaces and technologies compliant with the updated approaches in art and design making.