Faculty of Fine Arts

Dear Students of Arts,

Istanbul Arel University's Faculty of Fine Arts, added to the education network of the Kemal Gözükara Education and Culture Foundation in the 2008-2009 academic year, has adopted a student-centred education that aims to raise creative, intellectual and enthusiastic professionals who can meet the requirements of both graphic design and fashion and textile sectors, create an applicable or consumable product and combine modernism, novelty and originality with their education. In accordance with this aim, students are equipped with the skills and knowledge required to improve their individual dispositions, uncover their hidden potentials such as creativity, innovativeness and constructiveness and produce creative and authentic designs.

Since the art, which is an important means of establishing the lost unity between the finite humanity and infinite universe, possesses a core and quality that extends to our inner values, the identification and teaching of the boundaries of its features is directly related to the development of an ideal educational programme that can meet the requirements of current era. The art and design education is fundamentally concerned with raising individuals who research, ask questions and seek answers, examine each problem and find solutions, possess critical thinking skills, contribute to the cultural and artistic development of Turkey and who are aware that active learning is not only limited to the formal education.

As the Faculty of Fine Arts, we aim to create an exceptional learning environment suitable for a contemporary arts and design education, equip students with knowledge regarding the main principles of arts and skills required to acquire experience throughout their careers and enjoy arts and design studies in a total freedom of thought and expression. We are aspiring to improve our understanding of contemporary education in accordance with national and international dynamics.

The Faculty of Fine Arts offers contemporary education with 2 undergraduate programmes within the Faculty, the Department of Graphic Design and the Department of Fashion and Textile Design. The Faculty currently offers master's and proficiency in arts programmes in Graphic Design and master's programme in Fashion and Textile Design. The Faculty also offers students the opportunity to obtain a certificate or diploma in a different field by completing a double major or minor programme.

We are aspiring to extend to a broader range by adding more undergraduate and graduate programmes and turn Istanbul Arel University’s Kemal Gözükara and Sefaköy campuses into centres of culture and arts.

In the departments within the Faculty of Fine Arts, the medium of instruction is Turkish. This does not necessarily mean that education in foreign language should be ignored as part of arts and design. In line with this fact, education in our departments is supported with foreign language courses. 

You are invited to visit us here at Istanbul Arel University to see what our Faculty has to offer.

“With an education in arts, one can acquire great honour and freedom, and realize that we were not born to be slaves.”

Prof. Ahmet Öner Cengiz
Dean Faculty of Fine Arts