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.
Graduates of the VAVCD program have a wide range of career opportunities. With the interdisciplinary education that they receive during the four years of study, our students are equipped with a great variety of skills and knowledge to work in different fields.
Our graduates have been employed as artists, designers, curators, art directors, film directors, communication advisors, fashion designers, journalists, brand managers, editors, social media experts, multimedia designers, technology consultants, academicians and more. They continue their careers at companies like Google, Fjord, Voden, TBWA, Alameti Farika etc.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Do you apply talent exam for the admissions?
VAVCD: No, We do not apply any talent exam.
Question: What is the difference between Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design Programme?
VAVCD: Visual Arts focuses extensively on the study of arts, whereas Visual Communication Design focuses on design issues mainly structured on computer-aided design systems.
Question: Is there a standard form of how should the portfolio be presented?
VAVCD: The portfolio needs to contain shortlisted work samples that reflect the applicant's talent in the field.
Question: Are we expected to have a degree in Visual Arts or Visual Communication Design to apply for the program?
VAVCD: You are not required to have a degree in Visual Arts or Visual Communication Design, however, it is preferred that you have a degree from a related field.
Question: May I learn about the Fees and Admission Procedures?
Answer: Please follow this link https://www.sabanciuniv.edu/en/prospective-students
Question: I am a Non-thesis Track Student, when should I register to VA 597 Term Project?
VAVCD: You should register in your last semester.
Question: What is the maximum duration of study if I am a Non-Thesis MA Student?
VAVCD: You are required to accomplish succeeding all the courses including your graduation project at the end of the third semester.
Question: What is the language of teaching?