Visual Arts and Visual Communications Design, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Obtaining the Master of Art degree of the Visual Arts and Visual Communications Design program at Sabanci University involves a rigorous study which combines studio work in art and design study related to these fields, and which form the two main tracks of the program.


Thesis degree requirement is a fully articulated art or design project or with a written theoretical dissertation which revolves around a cohesive query, concept or topic that can be applied to at least one of the two areas of investigation of the program, and which as a finalized product is expected to be presented to a jury at the end of studies.

Non-Thesis degree requirement is a fully articulated art or design project which revolves around a cohesive query, concept or topic that can be applied to at least one of the two areas of investigation of the program, and which as a finalized product is expected to be presented to a project supervisor at the end of studies.

While students may choose to remain solely within any of the two main tracks indicated above, due to the increased nature of hybridization in the overall field of art, design and related theory we also make provisions for hybrid projects/written theses which spread themselves out over two or more of these fields, or combine the expertise and methodologies of them into novel outcomes which reside at their intersections.

Our faculty is comprised of a strongly committed group of individuals, whose output and recognition well extends into the international arena of art, design and theory; and a significant number of whom can profess to hybrid expertise and interest areas that lie at the convergence points of several related, but nonetheless distinct, fields. In the expandable/collapsible listings below you will find an overview of our individual areas of proficiency, our work media, and the creative/research topics as well as the theoretical areas which especially interest us or relate to us.

Program objectives

Visual Arts and Visual Communications Design Master's Program is designed on the basic philosophy of both Sabanci University and VACD Master's Program  that is to make out both fields of design in combination with theoretical research. In this regard program is strictly based on a multidisciplinary bases with students encouraged from different interest areas. Students are conveyed to work on three major fields ending up with either a theoretical thesis, an exhibition or computer based design project.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Renaissance Art  
  • Visual Arts in Turkey  
  • Acad. Practices & Development
  • Acad. Practices & Development2  
  • AcademicWriting forGR Students 
  • Advanced Module 
  • Acad. Practices & Development3 
  • Graduation Module 

                            Detailed Programme Facts

                            • Programme intensity Full-time
                              • Full-time duration 24 months
                            • Credits
                              120 ECTS
                            • Languages
                              • English
                            • Delivery mode
                              On Campus

                            English Language Requirements

                            You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

                            • Minimum required score:


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                            Academic Requirements

                            You need the following GPA score:

                            Required score: 3

                            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                            Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                            Application Documents and Requirements: 

                            • Online Application Form Candidates can apply to more than one program via the online system. A separate application form should be filled out for each program to which a candidate wishes to apply. 
                            • Official Transcript: An official transcript, preferably sealed, issued by the Student Affairs unit of the applicant's previous university should be submitted. This document should indicate all the courses taken and the grades received by the applicant
                            • Two Letters of Recommendation: These should be either submitted online or posted in a sealed envelope. 
                            • One Photograph
                            • Statement of Purpose
                            • Writing Sample
                            • Portfolio:
                            • Result for Graduate Program Entrance Exam

                            Tuition Fee

                            • International

                              18000 USD/year
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 18000 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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                            Living costs for Istanbul

                            • 2000 - 3240 TRY/month
                              Living Costs

                            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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