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GRAPHIC DESIGN DEPARTMENT

FA 101  BASIC ART AND DESIGN I
The course serves as the foundation of the students` design education, introducing the issues and problems of approaching and realizing a design problemBasic Art and Design I aims to introduce the topic of design and its associated issues and problems. Elements and principles of design are taught through application on two and three dimensional surfaces. Meaning and expressive qualities in form are explored through the variety of projects.
The course is based on "learning by doing". This means that the students carry out various projects/tasks in the studio, from which they learn about a particular topic of design. These topics are mainly color studies, texture and surface studies, three dimenslonal designs inspired from the nature and functional objects, analytical drawing and compositions.

FA 113  DRAWING AND PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES I
The course aims to help students learn the basic skills of drawing from observation while working from still-life arrangements. The principles of contour line, line weight, value, positive and negative shape and perspective are employed to create convincing illusion and unified compositions. Through these activities, students develop technical drawing skills, acquire new conceptual approaches to drawing, and strengthen the aesthetic and expressive qualities of their work.

FA 121  HISTORY OF ART AND DESIGN I
The course is an introduction to the history of art and architecture in Europe and the Middle East from the Paleolithic period to 1400 CE with an emphasis on the social aspects of art and cross-cultural influences in the pre-modern Western world. The aim of the course is to acquaint students with major works in the art historical canon, provide a vocabulary of art historical terminology in English, train students to analyze the formal aspects of works of art and architecture and teach a basic understanding of the intersections of art and culture.

TD 101  TURKISH LANGUAGE I
To provide students an historical perspective about Turkish Language, improving critical reading and writing in Turkish, analysing argumentative essays, joining a process of production of knowledge through communication, writing a book review, gaining knowledge about academic ethics.
Content of the course depends on argumentative essays and analysis of them. Reading material also includes articles about the history of Turkish Language, short paragraphs and argumentative essays as well as an essay-type book written by a Turkish writer.

AT 211  ATATÜRK PRINCIPLES AND REFORMS I
Informing the students about our recent history. Important events and developments between Tanzimat and the establishment of Turkish Republic is also a fundamental part of the course. Principles of Ataturk is another topic, which will be discussed in detail.

EL 101  ENGLISH I
To increase student’s efficiency in their academic work by teaching the necessary skills required for successful academic study.
To develop students proficiency in spoken English and equipping them with the specific terminology of their chosen field of study.
Contents:
Students to acquire and develop skills in the following areas.
Writing
Reading
Communication
Study Skills

FA 122  HISTORY OF ART AND DESIGN II
The course is an introduction to the history of art and architecture in the West from 1400 to 1960 CE, including elementary theories of early modern and modern art with an emphasis on the social aspects of art and cross-cultural influences. The aim of the course is to acquaint students with major works in the art historical canon, provide a vocabulary of art historical terminology in English, train students to analyze the formal aspects of works of art and architecture and teach a basic understanding of the intersections of art and culture.

TD 112  TURKISH LANGUAGE II
To give an idea about different literary genres such as novel, short story and poem and to concentrate on some Turkish examples. The course aims to provide knowledge about literary terms as well as historical perspective concerning these genres.
This course covers the following subjects: The rise of the Turkish novel, the relation of Turkish novel with traditional genres, some key terms in narratology such as narrator, narrative modes and characterization etc., close reading techniques, Turkish novel from 50’s to 2000’s, short story and poem in Turkish.

AT 212  ATATÜRK PRINCIPLES AND REFORMS II
Informing students about our recent history is one of the leading objectives of this course. Istiklal Savaşı and various reforms realized after the establishment of Turkish Republic will also be discussed.

EL 102  ENGLISH II
To increase student’s efficiency in their academic work by teaching the necessary skills required for successful academic study.
To develop students proficiency in spoken English and equipping them with the specific terminology of their chosen field of study.
Contents:
Students to acquire and develop skills in the following areas.
Writing
Reading
Communication
Study Skills

GD 201  GRAPHIC DESIGN I
This course introduces students to the field of “Graphic Design” through exercises on poster design, logo, logotype, brochure, bulletin, book cover and web design. The course aims to provide the basic information about these design processes and improve the ability to communicate ideas through a simple and effective visual language.

GD 211  TYPOGRAPHY I
The course is an introduction to the historical development of typography, anatomical and structural traits of the alphabet such as optic balance and font. Students develop the skills to apply the knowledge gained and familiarize themselves with general typography culture.

GD 231  COMPUTER AIDED GRAPHIC DESIGN
This course introduces basic image editing and design software. Adobe Photoshop software is taught at an intermediate level. The aim of the course is to teach basic design philosophy and principles, which will guide the students in using the software creatively.

GD 223  HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN
This course covers the phases that the visual communications passed through since the prehistoric era. The first symbols, writings and alphabets along with their adaptations to paper or print, the transformation of graphic design throughout the years, the contemporary development of graphic design since the 19th century and graphic design in Turkey are studied.

EL 201  ENGLISH III
To increase student’s efficiency in their academic work by teaching the necessary skills required for successful academic study.
To develop students proficiency in spoken English and equipping them with the specific terminology of their chosen field of study.
Contents:
Students to acquire and develop skills in the following areas.
Writing
Reading
Communication
Study Skills

GD 202  GRAPHIC DESIGN II
This course covers products that constitute the visual identity design of a brand or corporation as defining parts of a whole. Through assignments and theoretical lectures, the course aims at introducing the structures of marketing communications of a corporation/brand that is advertised via means of mass communication. Students are encouraged to improve their research skills and develop innovative approaches.

GD 212  TYPOGRAPHY II
As a continuation of the first term lectures, spacing in writing, perceptibility and legibility in typography will be discussed. The aim of the course is to introduce how typography is used in graphic design through theory and practice.

GD 242  PHOTOGRAPHY
This course aims to give students ability to read and understand a photograph by thinking and discussing on it in terms of art and visual culture. Emphasis on critique in class and doing photography assignments are major components of the course. Analyzing works of essential photographers, discussions on how to critique a photograph, going to exhibitions, watching documentaries will be performed. Students will learn how to effectively produce photography visually interesting and intellectually profound while considering both form and content.

GD 351  ILLUSTRATION
This course introduces the theory and history of illustration with an emphasis on digital illustration. Through projects, students are guided to produce digital illustrations for contemporary media and mass communication.

EL 202  ENGLISH IV
To increase student’s efficiency in their academic work by teaching the necessary skills required for successful academic study.
To develop students proficiency in spoken English and equipping them with the specific terminology of their chosen field of study.
Contents:
Students to acquire and develop skills in the following areas.
Writing
Reading
Communication
Study Skills

GD 301  GRAPHIC DESIGN III
This course covers products that constitute the visual identity design of a brand or corporation, as defining parts of a whole. Through assignments and theoretical lectures, the course aims at advancing the understanding of marketing communications of a corporation/brand that is advertised via means of mass communication. Students are encouraged to develop their own styles and further their visual thinking ability.

GD 323  PACKAGING TECHNICS AND DESIGN
The course introduces the basic principles of packaging techniques, three-dimensional drawing and a variety of materials used in packaging. Through assignments, students learn to design suitable packaging for the product, choose the right materials and calculate the efficiency of the designed sample for multiple assembly production.

GD 302  GRAPHIC DESIGN IV
The course is a study of design, advertising and the promotion of a product line with an emphasis on product and consumer relations. With theoretical approaches and practical assignments, the course is a study of the structures of marketing communications of a corporation/brand that is advertised via means of mass communication.

GD 401  GRAPHIC DESIGN V
The course focuses on advertising and promotion of a product line with an emphasis on product and consumer relations. The aim of the course is to teach technical and theoretical information through assignments and to study the marketing communications of a corporation/brand that is advertised via mass communication.

GD 402  FINAL PROJECT
The course aims at advancing the subjective relationship that the student has developed with design processes. The project topic should be approved both by the student and Graphic Design Department Thesis Jury. The project consists of solutions to the design problem at hand, a written report and a presentation to the jury.


ELECTIVE COURSES

GD 343  ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY
This course aims to give students ability to read and understand a photograph by thinking and discussing on it in terms of art and visual culture. Emphasis on critique in class and doing photography assignments are major components of the course. Analyzing works of essential photographers, discussions on how to critique a photograph, going to exhibitions, watching documentaries will be performed. Students will learn how to effectively produce photography visually interesting and intellectually profound while considering both form and content.

GD 363  EDITORIAL DESIGN
Students explore the underlying principles of grid theory, text and typography, sequence, page layout, type and image integration as they relate to a range of publication design applications such as newsletters, flyers, annual reports, brochures, magazines, books, advertising materials, promotional materials, and other publications are emphasized. This course aims at developing skills in producing and editing publications electronically. Students will design, format, illustrate, edit/revise, and print publications.

GD 379  INFORMATION VISUALIZATION
Course is a practical studio course which aims to present approaches and methods for the practice of gathering, organizing, and presenting information in order to communicate the meaning to the others. Course aims to develop the skills to create clear, informative and visually attractive solutions to achieve well defined design tasks. For the presentation of design solutions, students will be free to apply their conceptual ideas on any media like printed media, interactive media or environmental / spatial applications (information, signage, way finding systems for spaces etc.) as long as the solution achieves its task under the theme of project.

GD 413  ADVANCED TYPOGRAPHY
Since students are already familiar with basic elements of typographic design – the font - and supportive elements such as line, form, pattern and pictograms, the course aims to introduce contemporary aesthetics and design practices to guide students in developing creative approaches to typography.

GD 434  ANIMATION STUDIO
The course is desined to allow the students to develop a proficiency in fundamental animation skills, such as character generation, communicating conceptual ideas through storyboards and using software to create animations.

GD 453  DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION
This course focuses on creating digital illustrations for contemporary media and encourages students to learn how to incorporate their fine art and design skills with illustration.

FA 371  ART APPRECIATION
Art Appreciation is an online course and no previous training or experience in the art is required. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, the student will be able to: Reach a heightened awareness of the importance of art in the past and its implications for the future through a variety of lessons and activities. Develop a greater understanding of and an appreciation for many styles and forms of expression through exposure to many and varied works of art, ideas, and artists.

FA 440  EXPERIMENTAL ATALIER OF ART
The main aims of this atelier for students coming from various disciplines are opening up to new creative overlappings of different fields by removing the boundaries and providing discussions on the interaction of art as a provider of knowledge and the other disciplines. By doing so, the eventual outcome would also target to widen the horizons of artistic production by implementing experimental practices.
The course of ‘Experimental Atelier of Art’ does provide a workshop environment where different disciplines interact with each other, creative thoughts are experienced through artistic practices and the boundaries between theory and practice are demolished. The main motivation would be to compare and discuss the artistic works which have been created in public spaces with the help of theoretical approaches in social sciences and the perception of art and their interplay. The individual or group works would be realized in the form of projects within the context of the atelier. The performative, literary productions along with different methods of presentations combining all sorts of visuality-video, painting, plastic tools- are going to be the outcomes of this atelier where imagination meets the rich source of material language of art expanding the limitations of theory and leads us to dynamic flow of new expressive possibilities.