Contemporary Design Education

Since its establishment in 1986, we work with our students in a dynamic environment that facilitates keeping up with the rapid developments and transformations in the design world. We offer a contemporary education platform for our students to practice a wide range of skills including visual/corporate identity studies; typography and type design; illustrations, posters, brochures and book design; packages, advertisement and editorial design; web and mobile interface design; motion graphics, video production and animation design.

Theory/practice Unity

Uniting theory and practice is our departmental concern that defines our approach. Students explore their own critical thinking and research potentials in an independent, creative and unique intellectual environment. Our goal is educate students as not only following the developments in the field, but become pioneers in the design world. We are equally invested in processes as much as the outcomes. In addition to the studios, we offer many courses on culture including art&culture, history of art&design, analysis of art, philosophy and design issues.

How To Apply

Our Undergraduate Program accepts Turkish students by LYS (Undergrad Placement Exam carried by Evaluation, Selection and Plcm. Center of Turkey - ÖSYM) in the score type TM-2. By 2017, 3 full scholarships, 22 half-tuition scholarships and 5 fee-paying; a total of 30 spots are available. Applicants do not need drawing skills. At the end of 4 years, students graduate with BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree. For International students administration please see Office of International Students Website.

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BULLETINS / EVENTS / NEWS

Senior Graphic Design Exhibition ’18

Senior Graphic Design Exhibition ’18

We are happy to announce 2018 Graphic Design Senior Exhibition 2018. The exhibition will be held May 26 2018 at FADA Exhibition Hall. Projects are supervised by Marek BRZOZOWSKI throughout the 2018 Spring Semester.

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Senior Graphic Design Exhibition ’17

Senior Graphic Design Exhibition ’17

We are happy to announce 2017 Graphic Design Senior Exhibition 2017. The exhibition will be held May 26 2017 at FADA Exhibition Hall. Projects are supervised by Marek BRZOZOWSKI throughout the 2017 Spring Semester.

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PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

About Graphic Design

Graphic Design is defined as the process of visual communication and problem solving based on the art or skill of combining text, imagery and other content. It is to design and produce message oriented solutions for target audience by using printed and digital media. This dynamic in the field of visual culture have an important effect on many professions ranging from art to advertising; print media to tv broadcasting. Graphic designers play a key role in all aspects of the visual culture including (but not limited to) advertising and communications sectors.

Facilities

Bilkent University, Department of Graphic Design is an attractive art and design platform with many opportunities in a 3-storey separate building. Professional photography and video labs including 2 studios, analog equipments and a dark room; Advanced computer infrastructure and computer aided animation production facility; large ateliers for studio practices; conference rooms and many classrooms for various seminars. In addition, our students are allowed and encouraged to use other departments’ facilities, studios and equipments, such as Fine Arts screen-printing studio.

Exchange Programs

Our students have the opportunity to go to Europe with Erasmus program, and also to the United States with the Bilkent Student Exchange Program, as exchange students. They can complete some portion of their curricular requirements abroad. For more information about student exchange programs and procedures, please contact our Exchange Program Coordinator Fulya İnce, or visit Bilkent Exchange Programs Office website.

After Bilgra

Bilkent Graphic Design alumni continued their career in various fields such as design offices, advertising agencies, newspapers and periodicals, film production companies and TV channels. Some graduates also continued their postgraduate education to choose an academic career. Bilkent's tradition of strong English educational system allows our graduates to pursue careers abroad. Graduating with a wide range of skills, our graduates explore many different design-oriented neighbour activities such as exhibition curatorship, shoe and clothing design, product design, time-based and social media.

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CURRICULUM

FIRST ACADEMIC YEAR

AUTUMN SEMESTER

FA 105 FOUNDATION STUDIO I
Introduction to the basic elements and the principles of two-dimensional design. Development of an understanding of the visual language while improving abilities in abstract thinking and problem solving. - (credit: 6 - ects: 8,5)
FA 103 DRAWING I
Exploration of the human figure, its parts and its form as far as structure and functions are concerned. Drawing fundamentals in figurative expression, proportions and compositional expressions by working directly from the model in various media. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
FA 171 INTRODUCTION TO ART & CULTURE I
Part of the two-semester course to develop a historical and critical sensibility about artistic and cultural production, focusing on themes like the correlation between Art and Culture, the terminology and institutions that define the arts, a historical background of the arts, paintings, sculpture, architecture, design, and popular culture. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 131 DESIGN TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
Foundations for visualization tools and technical skills in graphic design. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
ENG 101 ENGLISH AND COMPOSITION I
The central basis of ENG 101 is to introduce students to an academic approach to thinking, reading, speaking and writing in an integrated, meaningful manner such that they are able to apply the skills learnt to their departmental studies. In addition, the ENG 101 course aims to further develop the students' linguistic accuracy and range in English. - (credit: 5 - ects: 5)
TURK 101 TURKISH I
This course is the first of a sequence of two courses designed to develop creative writing skills of the students through their own writings in Turkish. It is an active learning course. Students write their own blogs and instructors comment and send feedback about the creativity, content, composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation of the writing regularly. - (credit: 2 - ects: 3)
GE 100 ORIENTATION
Introduction to university's academic and social environment by series of activities. Talks by university administrators and guest speakers, workshops, concerts and tours of departments. Sports centers, computing facilities and library also part of orientation program. Complete set of activities and required minimum in orientation book. Mandatory for first-year students. - (credit: 1 - ects: 2)

SPRING SEMESTER

FA 106 FOUNDATION STUDIO II
As a continuation of FA 105, new subjects such as color, value, texture, transparency and layers via basic 2D, 3D and 4D design problems. Prerequisite: FA 101 or FA 105. - (credit: 6 - ects: 8,5)
FA 104 DRAWING II
Exploration of visual form, character and gesture of movements of the human figure. Searching, evaluating and applying the basic elements of life drawing: line, form, color, value, module and composition. Prerequisite: FA 103. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
FA 172 INTRODUCTION TO ART & CULTURE II
Part of the two-semester course to develop a historical and critical sensibility about artistic and cultural production, focusing on the social function of art, Modernism, Art and the unconscious, Pop Art, Postmodernism, photography, film and television and digital media and multimedia. Development of a keen awareness of visual environment in a theoretical and practical way by applying the concepts given in the lectures and readings to visual and symbolic environment. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 133 LETTERING & INTRODUCTION TO TYPOGRAPHY
Evolution and principles of typography including anatomy of letterform and compositional hierarchy with typographic elements. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
ENG 102 ENGLISH AND COMPOSITION II
The central basis of ENG 102 is to consolidate students' academic approach to thinking, reading, speaking and writing and language usage, as initiated in ENG 101. In addition, the ENG 102 course aims to develop the students' abilities to synthesise and evaluate information and conduct basic, independent research. Prerequisite: ELS 101 or ENG 101 or ENG 103. - (credit: 5 - ects: 5)
TURK 102 TURKISH I
This course is the second of a sequence of two courses designed to develop creative writing skills of the students through their own writings in Turkish. It is an active learning course. Students write their own blogs and instructors comment and send feedback about the creativity, content, composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation of the writing regularly. - (credit: 2 - ects: 3)

SECOND ACADEMIC YEAR

AUTUMN SEMESTER

GRA 201 GRAPHIC DESIGN I
Visual thinking, concept development, color theory, gestalt principles, analogue and digital design techniques. Demonstrations, tutorials, extensive studio work and critiques. - (credit: 6 - ects: 8,5)
GRA 211 TYPOGRAPHY I
Typographic design systems, the aesthetic functional and conceptual use of lettering for printing, typographic uses of various visual media and technical methods. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 218 ESSENTIALS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Introduction to basic principles and techniques of photography covering darkroom techniques and processes. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 225 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL TECHNIQUES
An introductory course on vector and raster based graphic fundamentals and their applications to various 2-D graphic design items. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
FA 271 HISTORY OF ART I
A chronological survey of the history of art from the Stone Age to the Byzantine World. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
HIST 200 HISTORY OF TURKEY
This course focuses on aspects of Turkey's history with an emphasis on research. It is designed as an interactive course with the objective to investigate events, chronologically short historical periods, as well as historic representations. - (credit: 4 - ects: 6,5)
GE 250 COLLEGIATE ACTIVITIES PROGRAM I
Ground for students to engage in diversity, creativity and commitment outside coursework. Participation in various activities provided mainly by student clubs. Student activity in designing and shaping course as well as monitoring and grading performance. Grading based on points accumulated by participation to activities. Mandatory for four-year students and to be taken in third semester. Prerequisite of GE 251, non-credit, pass/fail course. - (credit: 0 - ects: 1)

SPRING SEMESTER

GRA 202 GRAPHIC DESIGN II
Development of creativity, imagination, visual sensitivity and technical skills through solving a series design problems with variety of media and materials. Prerequisite: GRA 201. - (credit: 6 - ects: 8,5)
GRA 212 TYPOGRAPHY II
The artistic and technical problems of typographic design, typographic layout techniques, letterform design, portfolio studies on logos and signs. Prerequisite: GRA 211. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 316 INTERFACE DESIGN STUDIO
The course aims for a multi-layered understanding of what an interface means by bridging the gap between its' physical and virtual properties. Sign theory is central to the course; it is introduced as a framework to implement functional web interfaces. Prerequisite: GRA 218. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 317 MOTION DESIGN STUDIO
This course focuses on the concepts of motion design, effective use of motion graphics through; storyboarding, sequential aspects of composition, kinetic images and type and animation basics with today's software usage techniques on time based media principles. Prerequisite: GRA 225. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
FA 272 HISTORY OF ART II
A chronological survey of the history of art from the Renaissance period to the 21st century. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GE 250 COLLEGIATE ACTIVITIES PROGRAM I
Ground for students to engage in diversity, creativity and commitment outside coursework. Participation in various activities provided mainly by student clubs. Student activity in designing and shaping course as well as monitoring and grading performance. Grading based on points accumulated by participation to activities. Mandatory for four-year students and to be taken in third semester. Prerequisite of GE 251, non-credit, pass/fail course. - (credit: 0 - ects: 1)

THIRD ACADEMIC YEAR

AUTUMN SEMESTER

GRA 301 GRAPHIC DESIGN III
Studio course aiming to improve students' skills and knowledge in visual communication and graphic design so that students become more fluent in the use of visual language and be better acquainted with the dynamics of contemporary graphic design. Prerequisite: GRA 202. - (credit: 6 - ects: 8,5)
GRA 290 SUMMER PRACTICE I
Four weeks practice of offset and/or digital printing. - (credit: 0 - ects: 6)
GRA 341 HISTORY OF GRAPHIC ART
Introduction to the twentieth century graphic design by exploring various movements, philosophies and pioneering figures using a collaborative, thought-provoking format. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
FA 361 PHILOSOPHY OF ART I
Philosophical issues that arise concerning the creation, interpretation and viewing of art, since Plato. What is "mimesis"; who is the best judge of art; is art beautiful and good; should art be viewed dis-interestedly. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
Please see the list of restricted electives below.

SPRING SEMESTER

GRA 302 GRAPHIC DESIGN IV
Studio course and continuation of GRA 301 aiming to improve students' abilities to design and refine use of visual language to a more sophisticated level. Subject dealing with complex design issues and helping students to find ways to develop their own personal voice. Prerequisite: GRA 301. - (credit: 6 - ects: 8,5)
GRA 344 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADVERTISEMENT
An introduction to the psychological aspects of the current consumer market. Its relation to cultural and sociological phenomena as an aid in determining an effective policy in advertising. Prerequisite: GRA 301. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 347 DESIGN ISSUES
A hybrid lecture/participation studio that introduces students to the contemporary issues they will encounter throughout their careers. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
Please see the list of restricted electives below.

FOURTH ACADEMIC YEAR

AUTUMN SEMESTER

GRA 401 GRAPHIC DESIGN V
Studio course enabling students to apply their knowledge and skills to advanced graphic design projects. Explored through: studio work, lectures, critiques and with knowledge of the design skills. Prerequisite: GRA 302. - (credit: 6 - ects: 8,5)
GRA 390 SUMMER PRACTICE II
Four weeks practice of experiencing and working at an advertising agency/graphic design and photographic studios. - (credit: 0 - ects: 6)
FA 420 ANALYSIS OF ART WORK I
Introduction to critical analysis of works of art by concentrating on the theoretical debates developed around various issues on art theory since the 19th century. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
MAN 333 MARKETING PRINCIPLES
An analytical study of marketing as a major business function. Topics include an overview of the marketing system, the marketing concept, market research, market analysis, marketing strategies (segmentation, targeting, positioning), and marketing programs. An examination of how effective marketing strategy and program decisions is based on an analysis of buyer behavior, market structure and competition. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
Please see the list of restricted electives below.

SPRING SEMESTER

GRA 402 GRAPHIC DESIGN VI
Development and execution of final professional long-term graphic design project that includes various different items and media. Prerequisite: GRA 401. - (credit: 8 - ects: 10)
GRA 423 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Preparation of fourth-year students to professional graphic design career. Working fields of graphic design, the design firm, design market in Turkey, design ethics, copyright and licensing, presentation of the design work, and preparing a resume and portfolio. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
FA 422 ANALYSIS OF ART WORK II
Having dealt with the nature of painting, photography and cinema in the first part of this course, study of various postmodern approaches to art-such as semiotic, psychoanalytic, social and political approaches in order to foreground the impact of the postmodern theory on arts. Prerequisite: FA 421. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
Please see the list of restricted electives below.

RESTRICTED ELECTIVES

GRA 207 CONCEPTUAL DESIGN
An investigation of the application of abstract concepts to concrete design products, i.e., packaging, advertising and printed material, as a vehicle to create specific moods and associations in design. Prerequisite: GRA 202. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 210 WEB DESIGN
Introduction to the world wide web and the stages of web design process through image editor, html editor and browser. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 215 ANIMATION & FILM/TV GRAPHICS I
Main principles of visual images and movement. Making images move. Continuity, lighting, filming and linking. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 216 ANIMATION & FILM/TV GRAPHICS II
Methods of animation, preparation of sketch board and storyboard. Studies with application of various graphic elements in motion. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 217 MOTION GRAPHICS
Introduction to motion graphics, including history, categories, techniques and applications of motion graphics and animation basics as well as design and composition, storyboarding, sound and music adjustment on time based media. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 219 ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY
Introduction to advanced photography techniques such as advertisement, still-life and architecture photography and teaching image processing tools. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5, Prerequisite: GRA 218 or GRA 324. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 313 TYPOGRAPHIC DESIGN AND THEORIES
Focus on using type to effectively communicate ideas by instilling an awareness in the dynamics and the creative potential of the Typography discipline. Exploration of new forms of visual expressions by using typographical syntax and semantics. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 315 INFORMATION DESIGN & DATA VISUALIZATION
Studio course focusing on expanding students' understanding of how graphic design can become an effective tool for organizing and presenting complex data and information. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 323 LOGOS, SYMBOLS AND SIGNS
Exploration of the languages and functions of logos, symbols and sign systems in visual communication. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 333 PACKAGING
Package design plays an important role in brand identity, it is a stylized form of functionalism. This course focuses on carrying, protecting, and presenting the product. Outcome of the work delivers the brand promise, and enriches the user experience at every interaction. As a result typography, illustration, color, material, 2D and 3D structures are questioned and studied. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 351 INTRO. TO VIDEO PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES
Development of basic video production skills such as pre-production planning, lighting for video, shooting with a video camera and sound recording. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 421 ILLUSTRATION I
Ways of interpreting a subject through pictures. Black and white and color illustrations. Interpretation of graphic subjects through pictures. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GRA 422 ILLUSTRATION II
Realization and printing either a technical book, children's book, story book, poetry book or illustration of a book written in another field. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
COMD 207 HISTORY OF FILM AND MEDIA
History of cinema from its invention to the digital era. Major breakthroughs, significant movements and genres in cinema, as well as style and meaning, elements of film narrative, and filmmaking techniques. Historical, political and cultural context of the movies. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
COMD 361 SOUND DESIGN I
Audio in relation to visual media through basic audio production and post-production techniques for video and film. Skill development in sound recording both in-studio and on location, covering signal processing, digital audio editing, and mixing. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
COMD 362 SOUND DESIGN I
Continuation of Sound Design I. Advanced audio post-production techniques for video and film. Components and creative potential of sound design in order to enhance communication through artistic and expressive uses of sound. Prerequisite: COMD 361. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
COMD 364 VIDEO PRODUCTION FOR NON-MAJORS
Fundamental technical skills for digital moving image production including lighting, sound, cinematography, and basic editing. Production of several video projects during the semester. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
COMD 437 POST PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES
A variety of film and media post-production techniques, including 3D integrations, animation, and green-box installations. Completion of a group project that puts these techniques into practice. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
FA 213 INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING I
Introduction to the fundamental techniques of water-based silkscreen printmaking. Manual and digital processes. Independent work and application of processes in creative ways while mastering the applied techniques. All projects in small editions while the final project involving a multi-process, multi-layer edition. Individual and group critiques throughout the semester. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
FA 214 INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING II
Introduction to the fundamental techniques of oil-based intaglio printmaking. Traditional and contemporary applications and experimentation. Working independently on monoprints, small editions, and a multi-layer, multi-plate final project. Individual and group critiques throughout the semester. - (credit: 3 - ects: 5)
GE 401 INNOVATIVE DESIGN & ENTREPRENEURSHIP I
The first one of a sequence of two courses - namely GE 401 and GE 402. Fundamentals of design - from the conception of an idea to a marketable end product within the framework of a simulated start-up company. Inception of a start-up company. Business plan preparation; fundamentals of project management; product design stages; incorporation of standards, quality directives, social and environmental factors. Seminars by experts in the field. Concept demonstration of the end-product. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 6.5, Prerequisite: (EEE 212 and EEE 313 and EEE 321) or (CS 202 and CS 319) or (IE 271 and IE 375) or MAN 321 or ECON 301 or GRA 301 or COMD 305. - (credit: 3 - ects: 6,5)
GE 402 INNOVATIVE DESIGN & ENTREPRENEURSHIP II
The second one of a sequence of two courses - namely GE 401 and GE 402. Presentation of the simulated companies to potential investors of a virtual stock market at a "Traders' Conference". The simulated start-up companies listed in a virtual stock market immediately after the "Traders' Conference". Simulation of marketing of products; simulation of investor relations and company publicity to investors; modification and finalization of initial business plans; simulation of quality certification processes. Completion and presentation of working prototypes of the end products. Planning and design of the associated production plant. Seminars from experts related to start-up company management issues. Prerequisite: GE 401. - (credit: 3 - ects: 6,5)
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SUMMER PRACTICES GRA290 & GRA390

GRA 290 Summer Practice I

At the end of the second academic year, graphic design majors must complete a summer internship in a printing house or a digital printing center. The aim of this summer practice is to give students on-site experience in production techniques for third year studio courses.

You can access the detailed procedural information & required paperwork along with formatting guidelines in PDF format below.

GRA 390 Summer Practice II

At the end of the third academic year, students are expected to complete another summer internship in an advertising, design or in-house agency. The aim of this summer practice is to give students knowledge about professional working dynamics to help them with their fourth year studies.

You can access the detailed procedural information & the required paperwork along with formatting guidelines in PDF format below.

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ACADEMIC STAFF


Fulya İnce Gürer
Acting Chair
fince [at] bilkent.edu.tr


Cengiz Gürer
FB-Z07, 290 1741
cgurer [at] bilkent.edu.tr


Erhan Tunalı
FB-305, 290 1746
erhan.tunali [at] bilkent.edu.tr  


Çağatay Alpay
FB-206, 290 1758
cagatayalpay [at] bilkent.edu.tr


Murad Gürzumar
FB-208, 290 1661
gmurat [at] bilkent.edu.tr


Birsu Çeltek
FB-119, 290 1448
birsu [at] bilkent.edu.tr


Can İzzet Birand
FB-306, 290 1740
canbirand [at] bilkent.edu.tr


Ekin Kılıç
FBZ-05, 290 2743
ekinklch [at] bilkent.edu.tr


Marek Brzozowski
FB-205, 290 1739
marek [at] bilkent.edu.tr


Atıl Kurttekin
FB-307, 290 1745
atilk [at] bilkent.edu.tr

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STAFF


Nukhet Büyükoktay
Administrative Assistant
bnukhet [at] bilkent.edu.tr


Aydın Ramazanoğlu
Photo Lab. Technician
aydinr [at] bilkent.edu.tr


Ufuk Kaplan
Support Staff

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Bilkent University
FADA,
Graphic Design Department
TR-06800 Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey

Phone: +90 (312) 290 1629
+ 90 (312) 290 1423
Fax: +90 (312) 266 4136
E-mail: gra [at] bilkent.edu.tr

Nükhet Büyükoktay, FB-108
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 290 1629 – 290 1423
E-mail: bnukhet [at] bilkent.edu.tr

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DEPARTMENTAL VISITS

You can visit our department for a Department/Profession Presentation with your family. To see the studios, have a face to face meeting please make an appointment with our Administrative Assistant Office (+90-312-290 1629). Also, we will be glad if you participate our events. Please look up to Bulletin Section or Blog Page for exhibition, seminar, workshop and other events.

You can visit Bilkent Graphic together with your school or your class. To do so, your current school administration should make an appointment with Bilkent University Prospective Students Information Office (+90-312- 290 3412) or Faculty of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture (+90-312-290 1486) for a presentation and a tour.