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Masters in Visual Arts and Visual Communications Design

Sabanci University
Program overview
Length: 2 years
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Master's degree
Start dates
October 2018  (English)
October 2019  (English)
October 2020  (English)

Program description

visual arts master program

Visual Arts & Communications Master Program in Istanbul

Earning a Master of Art degree at Sabancı University involves a 4 semester long period of rigorous study which combines studio work in art, design or theoretical study related to these fields, and which form the three main tracks of the program.

The MA Degree in Visual Arts and Communication will be completed with a studio project or a written theoretical dissertation which revolves around a cohesive query, concept or topic that can be applied to at least one of the three 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.

While students may choose to remain solely within any of the three main tracks indicated above, due to the increased nature of hybridization in the overall field of art, design and related theory, provisions are also made 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.

The visual arts and communication faculty is comprised of a small but 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 fields.

Admission requirements

Applicants may be invited for written exams and interviews. All written exams and interviews are held in English.
Deadlines for applications are announced in the Academic Calendar

Approval by the Turkish Higher Education Council (YÖK) regarding recognizing the institution and compatibility of the education received is required for applicants with a degree from an institution abroad.

Application Documents and Requirements:

  1. 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.
  2. Official Transcript: A sealed official transcript issued by the Student Affairs unit of the applicant's previous university should be submitted. This document should indicate the courses taken and grades received by the applicant
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation: These should be either submitted online or posted in a sealed envelope. Sample letter
  4. One Photograph
  5. Result for Graduate Program Entrance Exam : The applicant must submit the one of the following exams. Photocopies of the scores are accepted for application, but original copies should be submitted upon admission and enrollment.
  6. International candidates are required to present their latest GRE test scores. Required for international applicants Required for international applicants Required for international applicant
  7. English Proficiency Exam Result Certificate: As the language of instruction at Sabancı University is English, the applicant is required to submit the score of one of the English proficiency assessment exams. Recognized exams, the minimum score required and period of validity are given in the table below. Photocopies of the documents mentioned below are accepted for application; however originals will be requested upon registration in the case of admission.
  8. Statement of Purpose

Tuition & fees


  • $17500. The payments for tuition can be made in 2 installments in the beginning of each term.

*Many scholarship opportunities exist for international students. 


  • Fees In a room for four per person (Fall and Spring semesters) $2500 (per year)/ In a room for two per person (Fall and Spring semesters) $3600 (per year) / Deposit (once, during first entrance) $400 / Approximate living expenses per month: $300-500. 

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Sabanci University

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Sabanci University

Sabancı Üniversitesi, Orta Mahalle, Üniversite Caddesi No:27 Tuzla
34956 İstanbul

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