GRAPHIC DESIGN

Ayhan Altıntaş, Ph.D., Acting Chair

Academic Staff
Part-time Academic Staff
Courses

Turkey, in recent years, has witnessed an explosion in advertising and communication that has resulted in the emergence of an aesthetic awareness in both the public and the private domain. There is a growing demand for well-educated designers in all aspects of visual design and communication.

The Department of Graphic Design strives to promote visual literacy, and the production of visual language to communicate messages through illustration, typography, photography, advertising, computer graphics, packaging, and contemporary media. To this aim, students are encouraged to utilize and experiment with contemporary production technologies.

The educational philosophy of the Department of Graphic Design is to question well-worn graphic trends, emphasize critical and theoretical thinking, and contribute innovative and individual proposals to the field.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

A broad based curriculum during the first year exposes students to fundamental art and language education as well as courses in Art History, Art and Culture and foundation studio art classes. The second year is made up of intensive studio classes in Visual Communications, Illustration, Typography, Photography, and Computer Graphics. The third year consists of more advanced topics aiming to increase students' knowledge in design and awareness to contemporary design issues. A variety of elective courses are also offered beginning with the third year for students to improve themselves further in specific fields of visual design. In-depth theoretical courses such as Analysis of Artwork and Philosophy are offered in addition to a comprehensive array of electives which support and enhance the core curriculum. The fourth year aims to prepare students for professional practice. It encourages students to find their individual voice and approach in design which is finalized with a senior project and a graduation exhibition.

CURRICULUM

FIRST YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
ENG 101  English and Composition I  5    3  6
FA 103  Drawing I    6  3  4
FA 105  Foundation Studio I  2  8  6  10
FA 171  Introduction to Art and Culture I  3    3  5
GE 100  Orientation  1    1  1
GRA 131  Design Tools and Techniques    3  3  4
TURK 101  Turkish I      2  2

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
ENG 102  English and Composition II  5    3  6
FA 104  Drawing II    6  3  4
FA 106  Foundation Studio II  2  8  6  10
FA 172  Introduction to Art and Culture II  3    3  5
GRA 132  Lettering and Introduction to Typography    3  3  4
TURK 102  Turkish II      2  2

SECOND YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
FA 271  History of Art I  3    3  5
GE 250  Collegiate Activities Program I      -  1
GRA 201  Graphic Design I  2  8  6  8
GRA 211  Typography I    3  3  6
GRA 218  Essentials of Photography    3  3  6
GRA 225  Introduction to Visual Techniques I    3  3  6
HIST 200  History of Turkey  4    4  8

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
FA 272  History of Art II  3    3  5
GE 251  Collegiate Activities Program II      1  1
GRA 202  Graphic Design II  2  8  6  8
GRA 212  Typography II    3  3  6
GRA 219  Advanced Photography    3  3  6
GRA 226  Introduction to Visual Techniques II    3  3  6

THIRD YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
FA 361  Philosophy of Art I  3    3  6
GRA 290  Summer Practice I      -  6
GRA 301  Graphic Design III  2  8  6  8
GRA 341  History of Graphic Art  3    3  6
  Restricted Electives (2)      6  12

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
GRA 302  Graphic Design IV  2  8  6  8
GRA 344  Psychology of Advertisement  3    3  4
GRA 347  Design Issues  3    3  6
  Restricted Electives (2)      6  12

FOURTH YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
FA 421  Analysis of Art Work I  3    3  4
GRA 390  Summer Practice II      -  6
GRA 401  Graphic Design V  2  8  6  8
MAN 333  Marketing Principles  3    3  6
  Restricted Electives (2)      6  12

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
FA 422  Analysis of Art Work II  3    3  4
GRA 402  Graphic Design VI  2  10  8  14
GRA 423  Professional Practice  3    3  6
  Restricted Elective      3  6

RESTRICTED ELECTIVES

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
COMD 207  Film History  3    3  6
COMD 361  Sound Design I    3  3  6
COMD 362  Sound Design II    3  3  6
COMD 364  Video Production for Non-majors    3  3  6
COMD 437  Post-production Techniques    3  3  6
FA 213  Introduction to Printmaking I    3  3  6
FA 214  Introduction to Printmaking II    3  3  6
GE 401  Innovative Product Design and Development I  2  2  3  6
GE 402  Innovative Product Design and Development II  2  2  3  6
GRA 207  Conceptual Design    3  3  6
GRA 210  Web Design    3  3  6
GRA 215  Animation and Film/Television Graphics I    3  3  6
GRA 216  Animation and Film/Television Graphics II    3  3  6
GRA 217  Motion Graphics    3  3  6
GRA 313  Typographic Design and Theories    3  3  6
GRA 315  Information Design and Data Visualization    3  3  6
GRA 323  Logos, Symbols and Signs    3  3  6
GRA 333  Packaging I    3  3  6
GRA 334  Packaging II    3  3  6
GRA 351  Introduction to Video Production Techniques I    3  3  6
GRA 421  Illustration I    3  3  6
GRA 422  Illustration II    3  3  6

MINOR PROGRAM

Graphic design deals with the creation of effective solutions to visual communication problems. It explores how to use visual language in an innovative way to convey specific messages to a target audience. The products of graphic design include advertisements, flyers, posters, book and magazine covers, editorials, packaging, logos, typefaces, websites, illustrations, animated characters, film credits, and more. The Department of Graphic Design at Bilkent University provides students with a well-equipped and thorough education which will make them proficient in the use of visual language, able to think critically and creatively, and capable of contributing innovative and individual proposals to the field.

The Minor Program in Graphic Design aims to introduce the dynamics of visual design to Bilkent students from different backgrounds. The program aims to lay the foundations in all stages of visual design from research to concept formation, image making to execution, and to endow students with the necessary skills of visual communication. The principle idea behind the program is that, like a second language, competence in visual language will add an extra dimension to students' own field of practice and make them better equipped in a world where interdisciplinarity is a growing demand. The minor will also be of interest to those students intending to pursue a graduate degree in a design related field.

Students enrolled in any of the Bilkent faculties are eligible to apply, provided that they fulfill the application criteria set by the university. The minor program consists of six courses in total, of which five are mandatory. The mandatory courses are Drawing I, Graphic Design for Non-Majors, Typography I, Introduction to Visual Techniques I, and History of Graphic Art. Additionally, according to their fields of interest, students choose one additional course from the Graphic Design Minor Program electives list as shown below.

Prerequisite Courses: None

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
FA 103  Drawing I    6  3  4
GRA 209  Graphic Design for Non-Majors    3  3  6
GRA 211  Typography I    3  3  6
GRA 225  Introduction to Visual Techniques I    3  3  6
GRA 341  History of Graphic Art  3    3  6
  Elective      3  6

ELECTIVE COURSES

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
GRA 210  Web Design    3  3  6
GRA 212  Typography II    3  3  6
GRA 217  Motion Graphics    3  3  6
GRA 226  Introduction to Visual Techniques II    3  3  6
GRA 323  Logos, Symbols and Signs    3  3  6
GRA 324  Photographic Practice    3  3  6
GRA 333  Packaging I    3  3  6
GRA 421  Illustration I    3  3  6


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