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Master of Fine Arts
ESKISEHIR OSMANGAZI UNIVERSITY
INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT OF ART AND DESIGN
 
MASTER OF FINE ARTS
GRADUATE PROGRAM
 
Update: December 15, 2018

Art and Design Graduate Programs are carried out under ESOGU Institute of Social Sciences Department of Art and Design. The programs offer two degree levels:  Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA) degrees. The purpose, goal and the scope of the MFA program is described below.
 
Purpose
 
The outline of the purposes of the program is as follows:
  1. To train academicians in the fields of Art and Design
  2. To provide opportunities to the people who want to improve their knowledge and skills in the fields of Art and Design
  3. To constitute cooperation opportunities between the university and the industry/market
  4. To make contributions to the cultural development of the city
  5. To make a contribution in enhancing the education level of the society.
 
The primary purpose of our graduate program is to train academicians in the fields of Art and Design. The undergraduate degree in the field of Art and Design is generally considered as a terminal degree; later on, it is expected for the artists and the designers to make progress with their own skills and become professionals in the field. Nevertheless, some artists go for the MFA degree while very few artists and designers pursue a graduate level education at the doctoral level. With the doctoral degree, they become faculty members in universities. Hence, there is some difficulty in finding faculty members in universities that are located in the cities other than the metropolitan cities like Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir. It is expected for the graduate programs in Art and Design fields that are opened in ESOGU to contribute in closing this gap.
 
 
The second purpose of our program is to provide opportunities to the people who want to improve their knowledge and skills in the fields of Art and Design. An MFA level education is helpful for people who completed their undergraduate education in the fields of art, design, and communication to have a say and implement professional productions in the national and the international arena. In this context, this MFA program in ESOGU provides a graduate education opportunity for proficiency in the fields of art, communication arts, and design. The program aims to give the required practical skills and knowledge of the field in which they want to specialize through interaction of the students from different fields by means of its interdisciplinary structure. The program is supported with theoretical courses, workshops, and project implementations; it is expected to be at a level that will meet the multiple structure of today’s world.
 
The third purpose of our program is to create cooperation opportunities between the university and the industry/market. Department of Art and Design program aims to go beyond the separation between the fields of fine arts, design, and communication and go beyond the limits between the artists, designers, and researchers. The students are expected to produce their own art works independently (painting, drawing, sculpture, video, installation, performance, digital or web-based art, documented art interventions, artist books, or photos, etc.). In the design field, the students are expected to form the works they produce with a specific question and concept, and bring forward new, esthetical, and different solution proposals in accordance with the principles of design. With the thesis studies that are conducted within the program, opportunities of cooperation between the University and the industry/market are created, solutions are presented.
 
Another purpose of the program is to contribute to the cultural development of the city. The program has an interdisciplinary structure in the fields of art, design, and communication that follows-up the modern art and design developments in the world, and can reflect these into its education programs. Therefore, the program provides an education opportunity that gives a universal point of view to the students through its studio and design courses along with the theoretical courses. Art, science, technology, and design are fields that are in interaction with each other. The program has a strong structure that encompasses these fields. With its faculty members who come from different disciplines and academic fields of specialty, it will add young, dynamic, universal, and interdisciplinary value to this field. This value will further develop the existing vision of Eskisehir and turn the city into an important center in the fields of art and design. In this context, with its strong academic staff and qualified courses, the program aims to train individuals who have universal ideas and values, who are modern, creative, free, versatile, and who produce unique works in the city in the fields of art and design.
 
Program Outcomes
  1. An advanced level of knowledge about aesthetics, practice and theories of art and design
  2. Ability to improve and deepen the skills and technical knowledge of art and design
  3. Ability to practice art and design with advanced usage of informatics and communication technologies through the acquired knowledge and skills, and to comment on them.
  4. Ability to use creativity at an advanced level to design, produce, and present a unique and innovative work of art/design individually
  5. Ability to comprehend the interdisciplinary interaction to describe, to analyze and to interpret an artwork and its design
  6. Ability to do research at an academic level and communicate the outcome at an academic level through written and spoken language
  7. Ability to communicate own knowledge and opinion in national and international conferences, symposiums, and panels
  8. Ability to conduct a national or international art or design activity individually or with a project team
  9. Ability to use a foreign language to follow developments in art and design field and ability to use informatics technology at an advanced level
  10. Ability to display leadership to initiate an art or design formation or project
  11. Awareness of social and cultural responsibilities and ability to take active part in the process of raising public awareness
 
Branches in The Master’s Program
 
The Art and Design Graduate Program has been initiated with the Visual Communication Design and Visual Arts branches.  These branches correspond to the undergraduate departments within the Faculty of Art and Design of Eskisehir Osmangazi University. New Branches will be activated after the corresponding undergraduate departments get faculty members. The current branches in the program are as follows:
 
Visual Arts
Visual Communication Design
Fashion and Textile Design (not active yet)
Industrial Products Design (not active yet)
 
Student admission requirements to the MFA graduate program
The announcement regarding the students who will be accepted to the program is made by the Institute of Social Sciences before each semester. The rules below are given for general information purposes.
  1. Undergraduate Degree
To be able to directly start the suggested Master of Fine Arts graduate program, the candidates need a 3- or 4-year undergraduate degree in the indicated fields given below:
 
 
Visual Arts Art Major:
Visual Arts, Visual Communication Design, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramic, Traditional Turkish Arts, Art Education, Cinema TV, Communication, Photography, Video Art, Video and Photography.
 
Visual Communication Design Art Major:
Visual Communication Design, Graphic, Animation, Cinema TV, Communication, Photography, Video Art, Video and Photography, Visual Arts, Visual Communication Design, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramic, Traditional Turkish Arts, Art Education.
 
In other words, an undergraduate degree is required from the art or design departments in Faculty of Art and Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Faculty of Motion Pictures Arts, Faculty of Art and Social Sciences, Faculty of Communication, or Faculty of Education Fine Arts Education Department.
 
Applicants whith an undergraduate degree in fields other than the ones that are given above, may be accepted with a condition that they take a year-long preparatory coursework.
 
  1. National Exam Scores
Generally, ALES and Foreign Language Exam scores are required for applying to the graduate programs as indicated in the ESOGU Graduate Regulations. (As per the existing rules the lowest ALES score is determined as 55, and the lowest Foreign Language score is determined as 0). Because ALES score is not required in the departments that are in the Fine Arts or Conservatory fields as per the YOK Graduate frame regulations state, an Entrance Exam that will take the place of ALES is given for all candidates. The Entrance Exam score is evaluated like the ALES scores. Some part of the Entrance Exam consists of theoretical knowledge, some part of it consists of practical skills, and some part of consists of portfolio evaluation.  This exam is carried out by the Directorate of Art and Design Art Department. For the Foreign Language Exam, there is no minimum score; however, the foreign language score is added to the rating score calculation with a 25% weight.
 
  1. Undergraduate grade point average
 
The lowest undergraduate grade point average (GPA) for applying to the program from the undergraduate program is as it is indicated in the ESOGU Graduate Regulations. (As per existing rules there is no limit on the GPA). The GPA has 25% weight in the rating score calculation.
 
  1. Score Rating
 
Rating scores are determined for the candidates who applied for each of the departments. The weights and contributors are indicated in the ESOGU Graduate Regulations. (As per existing rules, 50% of the Entrance Exam score, 25% of the undergraduate GPA, and 25% of the Foreign Language score are taken and the rating score is determined.) PRINCIPAL candidates as many as the announced quota are determined; the other candidates are listed as STAND-INs.
 
International Student Admission
The number of international students to be admitted to the program is also announced by the Institute of Social Sciences before each semester. The applications must be done by the applicant in person to the Institute of Social Sciences.  These applicants are exempted from the Entrance Examination and Foreign Language exams. The applications are evaluated by the respective departments.
 
Total number of credits and the compulsory and elective courses required for getting a MFA graduate degree
 
For a Masters of Fine Arts graduate degree, (excluding the preparatory courses) 7 courses with 3 credits each, one seminar course and a thesis study (along with a specialized field course) are required. Two compulsory courses (Scientific Research Techniques and Publication Ethics and Twentieth Century Art courses) are included in these 7 courses.
 
All the courses that will be offered in the program—except for the abovementioned courses—are elective. The courses to be taken are determined with the approval of the advisor. Another elective course can be taken in place of the failed elective course.  It is also possible to take two courses from another university. The Graduate Courses that are opened under the Department of Art and Design are listed below. All the courses have the equivalent 7,5 ECTS credits and 3 local credits.
 
Code Course Title Local
Credits
ECTS
Credits
Courses Offered
514301012 NEW TENDENCIES IN PAINTING STUDIO 3 7,5
514301013 MODERN THOUGHT FORMS AND ART 3 7,5
514301014 CONTEMPORARY ART STUDIO 3 7,5
514301015 ART OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (compulsory) 3 7,5
514301016 VIDEO ART 3 7,5
514301017 PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE STUDIO 3 7,5
514301018 ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHICS DESIGN 3 7,5
514301019 SUSTAINABLE DESIGN PROJECT 3 7,5
514301020 DIGITALIZATION AND NEW MEDIA 3 7,5
514302017 EXPERIMENTAL APPLICATIONS IN ILLUSTRATION 3 7,5
514302018 POSTMODERNITY AND BEYOND 3 7,5
514302019 RESEARCH METHODS & PUBLICATION ETHICS IN SOC SCI (compulsory) 3 7,5
514302020 TEXT AND IMAGE 3 7,5
514302021 EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN PROJECT 3 7,5
514302022 INTERDISCIPLINARY PRODUCTION ATELIER 3 7,5
514302023 NEW TRENDS IN PAINTING STUDIO 3 7,5
514302024 ART AND SPACE STUDIO 3 7,5
514302026 ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSBILITY IN DESIGN 3 7,5
514302027 VISUAL SOCIOLOGY 3 7,5
514302028 EXPERIMENTAL FORMALIZATION ATELIER 3 7,5
       
514302025 SEMINAR 0 7,5
514301900 SPECIALIZATION FIELD COURSE 0 5
514302701 MASTER OF FINE ARTS THESIS                                      0 25
 
 
The faculty members participating in the graduate program
 
Prof. Duriye KOZLU ISMAILOGLU (Painting, Art History)
Assoc. Prof. F. Deniz Korkmaz (Painting, Art History)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Şirin ŞENGEL (Typography, Graphic, Social Responsibility Design)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gulbin OZDAMAR AKARCAY (Photography, communication) (Director of the Art and Design Graduate Program)
Asst. Prof. Emel YURTKULU  (Illustration, Graphics)
Asst. Prof. Serenay SAHIN (Sculpture, Installation)
Asst. Prof. N. Muge SELCUK (Painting, video)
Asst. Prof. Bilge KINAM (Graphics, Social Responsibility Design, Sustainable Design)
Asst. Prof. Elif AVCI (Digital Art)