We live in a world where the role of the artist/designer is being redefined. Todays artists and designers need to be equipped with knowledge and vision which go far beyond the traditionally required skills of draughtsmanship. The individual's need to be conversant with social, scientific and technological evolution that surrounds him or her, and the ability to incorporate this evolution into the creative process, brings the issue of a visual education that has a wider based spectrum than before. The interdisciplinary educational approach embraced by Sabancı University aims to provide an ideal breeding ground for the education of the "new" artist and designer.
The program offers two different tracks, namely Visual Arts where the aim is the education of visual arts and Visual Communication Design where the aim is the education of multimedia and web designers.
For further information about Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design Undergraduate Program, please contact Program Coordinator Onur Yazıcıgil  (oyazicigil@sabanciuniv.edu)


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The program offers two different tracks, namely Visual Arts where the aim is the education of visual arts and Visual Communication Design where the aim is the education of multimedia and web designers.

Program Requirements may vary according to the year of first enrollment. Please click below to see the program requirements for new students.

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Faculty Members (in alphabetical order)

Erdağ Aksel

ERDAĞ AKSEL received his degree in Fine Arts from West Virginia University’s Creative Arts Center. After working in Bilkent University for ten years, he joined as founding faculty member of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University. He has had many solo exhibitions in Turkey, U.S.A., Poland and UK. Aksel’s work has also been featured in the (2nd) Istanbul Biennial, (45th) Venice Biennale, and has contributed to numerous group exhibitions in Turkey, U.S.A, Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, Hungary and Japan.

Erdağ Aksel’s works are in various private collections as well as in museums such as Istanbul Modern and Tate Modern.
Website: http://www.nesneler.com/

Lanfranco Aceti

LANFRANCO ACETI works as an academic, artist and curator. He is also a Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, department of Art and Computing, London and the Editor in Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (the MIT Press, Leonardo journal and ISAST).

Lanfranco Aceti was the Artistic Director and Conference Chair for ISEA2011 Istanbul, and currently works as the gallery director at Kasa Gallery in Istanbul. He has a Ph.D. from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. His work has been published in journals such as Leonardo and Art Inquiry and his interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersection between digital arts, visual culture and new media technologies. He has worked as an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, Virtual Reality Environments at University College London, exhibited works at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London and done digital interventions at TATE Modern, The Venice Biennale, MoMA, Neue Nationalgalerie, the ICA and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Previously an Honorary Research Fellow at the Slade School of Fine Art, Dr. Aceti has also worked as an AHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, School of History of Art, Film & Visual Media and as Visiting Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and he supervises Ph.D. students at Goldsmiths College together with Professor Janis Jefferies.

Lanfranco Aceti’s theoretical work and artistic interests are in contemporary art, visual culture, inter-semiotic translations between classic media and new media, contemporary digital hybridization processes, avant-garde film and new media studies and their practice-based applications in the field of fine arts.
Website: http://www.lanfrancoaceti.com/

Selçuk Artut

SELÇUK ARTUT lives and works in İstanbul. He has received his BSc in Mathematics from Koç University, Istanbul and his MA in Sonic Arts from Middlesex University, London. He has received his PhD on Philosophy of Media Communications. Currently, he is teaching Sound, Interaction, Philosophy of Technology, Art, and Culture courses at Sabancı University as a full-time faculty member.

His artistic activities are mainly focused on contemporary media practices on human technology interactivity. Artut is artistically represented by Galllery Zilberman, Istanbul
Website: http://www.selcukartut.com/

Elif Ayiter

ELİF AYİTER is an artist, a designer and a researcher, working at Sabanci University FASS since 2001.

Her investigations for both creative work as well as research are focused upon 3D virtual worlds, creative identity, avatars and Play. In her virtual incarnation as Alpha Auer, she is a well known fashion designer for unisex avatar appearance in Second Life. She has transformed the creative activity and theoretical frameworks involved in her virtual fashion store ‘alpha.tribe’ into academic publications in journals such as the Journal of Consciousness Studies, IJACDT and Technoetic Arts, as well as book chapters which she has authored and that are mostly based upon the query of virtual identity and creativity within the context of avatars and virtual worlds.

She has presented creative as well as research output at conferences including Siggraph, Creativity and Cognition, Computational Aesthetics, ISEA, ArtsIT, Consciousness Reframed, Towards a Science of Consciousness, SPIE, and Cyberworlds. More recently her art work has been shown at Tomorrow City, Korea (2010); [SPACE] Gallery, London (2011), ‘ISEA2011 Uncontainable/Hyperstrata’ at Kasa Gallery in Istanbul (2011) and the French National Museum of Costume (2011).

Elif Ayiter is the chief editor of the journal Metaverse Creativity with Intellect Journals, UK. She is currently studying for a doctoral degree at the Planetary Collegium, CAiiA hub, at the University of Plymouth with Roy Ascott.

Elif Ayiter’s areas of creative activity and theoretical writing are in 3D virtual worlds, avatars, blogging, creative writing, cybernetics, art educational theories, multiple creative identities/selves (pseudonyms and heteronyms), ‘play,’ ‘produsage’ (collaborative virtual creativity), and virtual appearance and fashion.
Websites: http://www.citrinitas.com/ , http://www.alphauer.com/

Selim Birsel

SELİM BİRSEL has obtained a Certificate in Graduate Study at the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques, Paris and B.F.A., M.A. from Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble/ France. A professional visual artist working with diverse media such as drawing, painting, installation, photography, video, performance, he has been exhibiting his works in national and international shows since 1990. Selim Birsel also involved in curatorial activities: He has been responsible for organizing and curating Sabanci University’s KASA GALLERY between 1999-2010, and he is a directing member of BJCEM since 1999. He currently teaches art studio visual arts (undergraduate and master degree) classes.

Selim Birsel's latest shows include "The Jester, Flaneur, The Gardener and The Cook” (solo),  “A Conceptual Heritage”, İstanbul 2011, “Abbara Kadabra”, Mardin Bienali 2010, “Backyard” 2009 İstanbul (solo), “Section” 2009 Diyarbakır (solo), “In and Out of Istanbul” 2008 Philadelphia, “Time Present Time Past, highlights from 20 years of the International Istanbul biennial" 2007 Istanbul, "Modern and Beyond" 2007 Istanbul,
"Curetting: Open City (Yoko Ono)" 2007, "Empty Speech (3 Artists from Beirut)" 2008 Istanbul, “Şebeke” (Video Exhibition of Turkish Artist) 2010 Maison des Arts Geoges Pompidou, Cajarc, France.

Selim Birsel’s areas of creative interest are drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, music, making exhibition, contemporary art history and modernity.
Website: http://www.selimbirsel.com/

Murat Germen

MURAT GERMEN is an artist using photography as tool of expression. He holds an MArch from M.I.T. and received the AIA Henry Adams Gold Medal. His articles and photo series are published in various journals, magazines and books, presented in conferences such as SIGGRAPH, ISEA, Mutamorphosis, TSC, CAe, CAC2, EVA-London, eCAADe, ASCAAD. Murat Germen participated at nearly fifty inter/national solo/group exhibitions and his work is displayed at venues such as C.A.M. Gallery (Turkey), ARTITLED! Contemporary Art (Netherlands-Belgium), Rosier Gallery (USA). About fifty editions of his artworks are in personal/institutional collections inter/nationally, and some are sold at Sotheby’s, Christie’s auctions.(http://www.artnet.com/artists/murat-germen/past-auction-results).

Murat Germen’s areas of creative interest are art, photography, computational art, digital art, art & technology, interfaces, visual culture and theory, visual representation, architecture, urban planning, blogging, creative writing, and concept development.
Website: http://www.muratgermen.com/

Stephanie Paine

STEPHANIE PAINE teaches photography history, experimental video and studio classes at FASS. A photography and video artist, she holds an MFA degree from Purdue University where she researched the use of video as a perceptual device. Her work has been shown at the annual Digital Graffiti Festival in Florida, Tütün Deposu in Istanbul, and File Magazine Online. She specializes in pinhole photography and camera building techniques. Her latest photographic work focuses on the physical effects of the degradation of a small town, and she is currently exploring the phenomenological relationships between human and animal experience.

Stephanie Paine’s artistic interest include pinhole photography, video, and photographing interior spaces; and her theoretical work focuses on the phenomena of the body and the use of technology as a perceptual device.
Website: http://stephaniepaine.com/

Bratislav Pantelic

BRATISLAV PANTELIC is an art historian and theorist. He received his MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (1994). He was awarded prestigious fellowships such as CASVA, Mellon, Dumbarton Oaks and Kolb. At FASS he teaches courses in the history and theory of visual arts and architecture. Bratislav Pantelic has published on diverse subjects ranging from the interaction of architectural style and political ideology in the Middle Ages and the role of the visual arts, design and architecture in nationalism, identity formation and cultural policies in Central and Southeastern Europe. Recent publications include articles in Journal of Design History and Nations and Nationalism.

Bratislav Pantelic's areas of interest include: visual arts, design, architecture, religion, politics, ideologies, nationalism, identity.
Website: http://people.sabanciuniv.edu/~pantelic/

Maryse Posenaer

MARYSE POSENAER is teaching several art history classes that focus on 19th and 20th centuries. Before Sabancı University, she worked at several institutions such as METU (Ankara), EMU (Famagousta Cyprus) and İTU (Istanbul). Maryse Posenaer has a BA in sociology from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Brussels) and a MA & PHD Candidate in History of Art from the University of California at Berkeley. Her primary focus is art education, but she is also very much interested in museum work, in particular with students’ various practical use of art history knowledge at Sabancı University’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum.

Maryse Posenaer’s interests are 19th and 20th century Western art; 19th century Ottoman art, art and women; art and museums; socio-cultural conditions of art practice. 

Yoong Wah Alex Wong

YOONG WAH ALEX WONG is a media artist and designer. He obtained his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, USA. His courses are in digital modeling, computer animation, digital video, motion graphics and arts. Alex Wong was the Animation and Academic Event director for ISEA2011 and received numerous honors such as the International Photography Award (IPA), PX3 Award, The Spider Award, Worlds Photographic Award and the Worldwide Photography Gala Award. He gave practical photography, video and computer animation seminars and workshops at academic institutions such as University of Bremen, Germany, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. His artworks have been showcased internationally, at venues in Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, Turkey and USA.

Yoong Wah Alex Wong’s areas of creative interest are computer animation, video, motion graphics and arts, and Photography.
Website: http://myweb.sabanciuniv.edu/alexw/

Onur Yazıcıgil

ONUR YAZICIGİL is a visual communication designer with an emphasis on typography and type design. He received his MFA in visual communications design from Purdue University where he researched the evolution of humanist and grotesque types. He won the first prize in typographic excellence in 2007 from the Society of Typographic Arts in Chicago, and his posters were exhibited in the United States, Italy, South Korea and Turkey. He gave talks at TypeCon and ATypI and lectured on various topics in typography. His latest humanist sanserif typeface, Duru Sans was bought by Google to be used in the Google Webfonts directory. Onur Yazıcıgil is teaching visual communication studio classes, typography, and advanced illustration. He is the co-creator of ISType™ (Istanbul Type Seminars) as well as a board member of ATypI™ (Association Typographique Internationale).
Website: http://onuryazicigil.com/

Wieslaw Zaremba

WIESLAW ZAREMBA received his MFA and PhD from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland, where he continued his career as lecturer until 1997. Following employment at Bilkent University for two years he joined Sabancı University in 2000. He developed student and faculty exchange programs between Sabanci University and the Lodz Film School, the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Gdansk and Rome.

Wieslaw Zaremba is a professional artist working with media such as drawing, painting, photography, lithography. In over 35 years, his work received national and international distinctions including a first price in painting in Gdansk Art Biennale in 1986, a Bene Merito distinction from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland for promoting Polish art abroad in 2010, with exhibitions in Germany, Holland. France. Italy, Belgium, Turkey, Norway, Finland, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, USA and Poland. Zaremba’s works are in various private collections mostly in Germany, Norway as well as in the Bremen Graphotek, and the National Museum in Gdansk. His curatorial activities are mostly in the academic world, including the student art gallery `Baszta` and the professional Drawing Gallery `Nowa Oficyna` in Gdansk. He also serves in the committee of Sabanci University’s FASS Art Gallery, since 2001.

Wieslaw Zaremba’s interests lie in teaching, documentary photography, drawing on paper glued on canvas, mixed media and oil painting.
Website: http://myweb.sabanciuniv.edu/zaremba/

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