COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN

Ahmet Gürata, Ph.D., Chair

Academic Staff
Part-time Academic Staff
Courses

Modern media is a leading force in the contemporary process of globalization. The department of Communication and Design aims to educate media professionals, with a special emphasis on visual communication and visual technologies, specifically in the fields of advertising, journalism, visual design, video and TV production and new media. Students are provided with a wide range of courses in media studies, theories and practice, like interpersonal communication and individual presentation, forms and techniques of public and mass communication, visual design and visual studies, advertising, marketing and public relations, basic computer and Internet knowledge. The visual design and communication courses in practical fields such as photography, television, computer and video are conducted in computer labs with the most developed visual design programs, photography studios and a very well equipped digital video production studio. Since the department's philosophy is to educate both creative and responsible media professionals, it also includes several must and elective courses on the ethical, legal and social problems related with mass communication.

CURRICULUM

FIRST YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
COMD 101  Visual Communication Design I  2  8  6  10
CS 153  Introduction to Computer Graphics    3  3  6
ENG 101  English and Composition I  5    3  6
FA 171  Introduction to Art and Culture I  3    3  5
GE 100  Orientation  1    1  1
SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology  3    3  6
TURK 101  Turkish I      2  2

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
COMD 102  Visual Communication Design II  2  8  6  10
CS 154  Introduction to Web Design    3  3  6
ENG 102  English and Composition II  5    3  6
FA 172  Introduction to Art and Culture II  3    3  5
PSYC 102  Introduction to Social Psychology  3    3  6
TURK 102  Turkish II      2  2

SECOND YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
COMD 203  Introduction to Communication Studies I  3    3  6
COMD 205  Basic Photography    3  3  6
CS 155  Interactive Media Design and Development    3  3  6
GE 250  Collegiate Activities Program I      -  1
HIST 200  History of Turkey  4    4  8
HUM 111  Cultures Civilizations and Ideas I  3    3  6
MATH 264  Statistics for Social Sciences  3    3  6

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
COMD 204  Introduction to Communication Studies II  3    3  6
COMD 206  Introduction to Digital Cinematography    3  3  6
COMD 210  Introduction to Screenwriting    3  3  6
ECON 103  Principles of Economics  4    3  6
GE 251  Collegiate Activities Program II      1  1
HUM 112  Cultures Civilizations and Ideas II  3    3  6

THIRD YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
COMD 290  Summer Practice I      -  6
COMD 305  Digital Video Production I    3  3  6
COMD 321  Analysis of Moving Image  3    3  6
COMD 341  Media and Society  3    3  6
COMD 471  Media Ethics  3    3  6
  Restricted Elective      3  6

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
COMD 306  Digital Video Production II    3  3  6
COMD 342  Popular Culture  3    3  6
COMD 348  New Media  3    3  6
  Restricted Electives (2)      6  12

FOURTH YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
COMD 390  Summer Practice II      -  6
COMD 481  Visual Communication Project I    4  4  6
  Elective      3  6
  Restricted Electives (2)      6  12

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
COMD 482  Visual Communication Project II    4  4  6
  Elective      3  6
  Restricted Electives (2)      6  12

RESTRICTED ELECTIVES

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
AMER 303  Film Studies in American Culture to 1960  3  1  4  8
AMER 304  Film Studies in American Culture Since 1960  3  1  4  8
COMD 207  Film History  3    3  6
COMD 212  Principles of Visual Communication Design    3  3  6
COMD 308  Multi-Camera Production and Live-Recording  2  4  4  6
COMD 310  Screenwriting    3  3  6
COMD 322  Film Theory and Criticism  3    3  6
COMD 331  News Reporting and Writing  3    3  6
COMD 335  Science Writing and Journalism  3    3  6
COMD 346  Introduction to Advertising  3    3  6
COMD 350  Radio Programming and Production    3  3  6
COMD 354  Game Design and Research    3  3  6
COMD 355  Social Media Marketing  3    3  6
COMD 356  Digital Culture  3    3  6
COMD 357  Multimedia Journalism  3    3  6
COMD 361  Sound Design I    3  3  6
COMD 362  Sound Design II    3  3  6
COMD 409  Advanced Broadcast Studio  2  4  3  6
COMD 422  Advanced Issues in Communication Studies  3    3  6
COMD 424  Media Theory and Methods  3    3  6
COMD 433  Gender and Media  3    3  6
COMD 434  Special Topics in Journalism  3    3  6
COMD 435  Documentary  3    3  6
COMD 436  Television Genres  3    3  6
COMD 437  Post-production Techniques    3  3  6
COMD 438  Adaptation in Media  3    3  6
COMD 439  International Public Relations  3    3  6
COMD 442  Special Topics in Visual Studies  3    3  6
COMD 451  Creative Project Design and Development  3    3  6
COMD 461  Public Relations and Communication Campaigns  3    3  6
COMD 462  Special Topics in Advertising  3    3  6
GRA 207  Conceptual Design    3  3  6
GRA 217  Motion Graphics    3  3  6
MAN 333  Marketing Principles  3    3  6
MAN 432  Consumer Behavior  3    3  6
THR 333  On Camera Acting    4  3  6

MINOR PROGRAM

The Department of Communication and Design is a response to the growing need of our increasingly globalized and networked world in which mass communications and visual technologies of various kinds play a fundamental role. By providing a wide range of courses in media studies, theories and practice, the Department of Communication and Design aims to educate media professionals, with a special emphasis on visual communication and visual technologies, specifically in the fields of advertising, journalism, visual design, video and TV production and new media. Our rationale is to produce knowledgeable and responsible media professionals who are able to respond to the urgent needs of development and globalization in effective ways.

The Minor Program in Communication and Design aims to introduce dynamics of media theory and practice to Bilkent students from different backgrounds. As a complement to their major area of study, the minor program give the students a deep insight into the fields of communication, media and design, and prepare them for a career that requires them to anticipate the impact of communication in our day.

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 three are mandatory. The mandatory courses are COMD 203 Introduction to Communication Studies I, COMD 204 Introduction to Communication Studies II, and COMD 321 Analysis of Moving Image. Additionally, according to their fields of interest, students choose three 300 or 400 level Communication and Design courses.

Prerequisite Courses: None

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
COMD 203  Introduction to Communication Studies I  3    3  6
COMD 204  Introduction to Communication Studies II  3    3  6
COMD 321  Analysis of Moving Image  3    3  6
  Elective-300 or 400 level COMD courses (3)      9  18

GRADUATE PROGRAM

Master of Arts in Media and Visual Studies

The Department of Communication and Design offers Master of Arts program in Media and Visual Studies. The M.A. program aims to prepare students for careers in the media and communications sector as well as academic careers. It provides students with a sophisticated conceptual framework and analytical skills to enable them to make original contributions to media, visual and cultural studies by specializing in a particular aspect of Turkish or international media such as film, television, Internet or printed medium. The program encourages free and creative thinking, emphasizing research, analysis, interpretation, and criticism. Aiming at improving the standards of Turkish media, visual and cultural studies, the program encourages theoretical, interdisciplinary, and comparative approaches.

Admission: Applicants are required to have a Bachelor's degree. In addition to the general requirements set forth by the university, admittance to the graduate program is determined by the results of an entrance examination. The date and place of the examination are announced each year by the University.

Degree Requirements: After the completion of at least 24 units of course work in two successive terms, the candidates must take two seminars in their area of interest and prepare and submit a thesis. The duration of program is four semesters.

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
COMD 511  Research Methods  3    3  7.5
COMD 590  Seminar in Research Topics      -  1
COMD 599  Master's Thesis      -  56
GE 500  Research Methods and Academic Publication Ethics      -  1
GE 590  Academic Practices      -  12
  Electives (7)      21  42

Master of Fine Arts in Media and Design

The Master of Fine Arts program in Media and Design is a joint program offered by the Department of Graphic Design and the Department of Communication and Design . The M.F.A. program aims to prepare students primarily for careers in the media and graphic design sectors and secondarily in the academia. Integrating practical, theoretical, interdisciplinary, and comparative approaches, the program provides students with a sophisticated theoretical and practical framework to enable them to make original contributions to both Turkish and international media and design production. The program encourages free and creative thinking, emphasizing research, analysis, interpretation, practice and constructive criticism.

Admission: Applicants are required to have a four-year undergraduate degree. In addition to the general requirements set forth by the university, admittance to the program is determined by the results of an interview and the evaluation of the portfolios consisting of media and design works that have been done before (fiction writing, drawings, illustrations, graphic designs, scripts, storyboards, slides, photographs, web designs, animation projects, and/or videos). The date and place of the interview are announced each year by the University.

Degree Requirements: After the completion of at least 24 units of course work in two successive terms, the candidates must take two research seminars in their area of interest and prepare and submit a thesis project of media and design that also contains a written component. The duration of the program is four semesters.

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
COMD 511  Research Methods  3    3  7.5
GE 590  Academic Practices      -  12
GRA 501  Graduate Studio I    3  3  7.5
GRA 502  Graduate Studio II    3  3  7.5
GRA 590  Seminar in Research Topics      -  1
GRA 599  Master's Thesis      -  56
  Restricted Electives (5)      15  30

GRADUATE ELECTIVES

The elective list contains all graduate courses with at least 3 credits.

Dual Master of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences with Tilburg University

The Dual M.A. program allows a student to complete coursework and research while affiliated with both Bilkent COMD and Tilburg University in the Netherlands. The dual M.A. gives students the opportunity to further expand their horizons to an international scale, connecting expertise in the field of communication studies with real experience abroad. Graduates of the program receive an M.A. degree from Bilkent plus an M.A. degree from Tilburg in one of six areas of specialization: Human Aspects of Information Technology, Business Communication and Digital Media Intercultural Communication, Communication Design, Data Journalism, Management of Cultural Diversity.

Admission: An undergraduate degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA (or equivalent) A minimum score of 55 in ALES OR GRE scores with a combined verbal and quantitative total of 950 (minimum) and a score of 3.5 in analytical writing. Proficiency in English as determined by TOEFL, IELTS, FCE, KPDS, or ÜDS scores. Applicant interview at Bilkent conducted by faculty from Bilkent and Tilburg. To continue with the Tilburg-based portion of the program requires a minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 at the end of the second semester of study at Bilkent. Students proceeding to Tilburg after completing their courses at Bilkent may also be required to enroll in a Statistics and Research Methodology course specifically designed for Communication and Information Sciences students. Depending on the student's previous background in statistical research, he/she might be required to complete this module and/or pass a qualifying exam in order to be admitted to the program.

Degree Requirements: Students enrolled in the dual M.A. spend two semesters at Bilkent (60 ECTS) before traveling to Tilburg to complete one year of further coursework (60 ECTS) that also includes a master's thesis. While the program is designed to be completed in two years - four semesters plus a summer in Tilburg - extensions are allowable as long as the entire dual degree program is completed within three years.


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