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Visual Arts & Communication Design BA

Sabanci University
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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19,500 USD

Program description

Visual Arts & Communication Design BA

The interdisciplinary educational approach embraced by Sabancı University aims to provide an ideal breeding ground for the education of the "new" artist and designer. 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 interdisciplinary audio-visual communication designers.

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

Admission requirements

Program requirements may vary according to the year of first enrollment. For more information, please visit the website.

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Program content

Required courses

  • Project and Internship
  • Visual Language I
  • Language of Drawing I
  • Project Studio I
  • Project Studio III

Scholarships & funding

Every applicant is evaluated for a tuition waiver scholarship. 4-person dormitory scholarships are also available. Please visit the website for more information.


Qualification awarded

The Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts and Visual Communications Design ( first cycle in Visual Arts and Visual Communications Design) is awarded to the graduates who have successfully completed all courses in the curriculum.

Program-specific learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts
  • Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation
  • Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms.
  • Appreciate and express the cultural significance of art and understand its evolution and purposes.
  • Develop an awareness of compositional and organizational strategies for the effective deployment of formal elements of visual art.
  • Read visual texts with a deep knowledge of art history and theory and the ability of situating the content and form of the visual representation both in a historical and thematic context.
  • Employ necessary background knowledge regarding art administration in the body of museums and galleries.
  • Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts.

Career opportunities

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.

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With science, technology, and social structures advancing day by day, the world needs more qualified individuals who possess the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career anywhere in the world. Aware of this pressing issue, in 1994 the Sabancı...

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Sabanci University

Orta Mah. Universite Cad. No: 27
34956 İstanbul

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