Faculty of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture

Graphic Design

Duration 4 Years
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About the Department

Graphic design education is at the intersection of communication, art, and design. Graphic design improves the aesthetic qualities with its artistic approach, and the need to establish proper communication as well. Our students first gain the ability to see and perceive through this artistic point of view. Then, throughout their education, they learn various methods and techniques in order to bring words, symbols, and images together to represent the visual expressions of thoughts and ideas, and form new formats. The department trains designers who are in harmony with the dynamic nature of our age. They are also aesthetically and technically equipped with the ability to produce creative thinking and be confident and prepared for the contemporary requirements in areas such as product logos, envelopes, business cards, files, packaging designs, box designs, posters, interior designs, open air adverts, flyers, catalogs, corporate identities, brand positioning, web design, photos, print pictures and illustrations.

Education Opportunities

The curriculum is refreshed and modified according to the changes and developments in the current design sector. In the project courses, multidirectional preparation and multidisciplinary studies are provided for the design process of the students. There is also a jury system that contributes to the development of students through which the students express themselves and present their work to the members of the department and guest jury members. Throughout their education, students of Graphic Design have plenty of opportunities to attend various design events which are arranged by the department such as design talks, workshops, seminars, and exhibitions. Students are also encouraged to study the local design and visual communication issues with an international-based design awareness.

Academic activities are held in studios, classrooms, field-specific laboratories, workshops, and even the technical trips where courses are conducted. In addition to PC Laboratories where graphic design programs can be used, there is a Macintosh Laboratory and digital drawing pads for the use of students of the Graphic Design Department. Students can use the design programs in this laboratory and make digital drawings and illustrations. In addition, they can apply woodcut, linocut, and intaglio printing methods in the Graphic Printing Workshop and do detailed studies in the field of printing.

In the Graphic Design program, students have the opportunity to study a second bachelor's degree (double major) or a certain field (minor) as a student in a different program.
 

CIU Progression Programs Students

Career Areas

The Department of Graphic Design aims to educate professionals with the skills of designing, implementing, sharing and managing, with a learner and learning focus as well as visual, cultural and aesthetic point of view; are based on benefit-value creation and questioning; are sensitive, creative, social, cultural and environmentally-sensitive and responsible. There is a large preference scale for the designers who graduate from our department. Businesses working online or that exist in any market sector require the services of graphic designers. Individuals graduating from the Department of Graphic Design can work in the design departments of advertising agencies, magazines and newspapers, design firms, and in the design teams of corporate firms. In addition, our graduates can work in the field of contemporary media taking on responsibility in different fields of art.

Contact

Faculty of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture
Education and Humanities Center, EH323
Tel: +90 392 671 1111 Extension: 2101
Faculty E-mail: secretary-ffa@ciu.edu.tr
Head of Department: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elif Songür Dağ
Head of Department E-mail: cedag@ciu.edu.tr

Compulsory modules

First Semester
READING AND WRITING SKILLS-I

Course code

ENGL141

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
This course aims to develop students' listening, speaking, reading - writing and study skills. The course provides students with the opportunity to develop their communication skills through controlled activities and to equip students with the basic study skills necessary to follow the curriculum of English. This course also provides students with the opportunity to process the newly acquired knowledge and to develop their ability to ask questions about how to apply the new knowledge to new situations and ask them to think critically. In addition, this course will enable students to learn about the different strategies required to review the various reading pieces, such as finding the main idea and distinguishing the details from the main idea.
FREEHAND DRAWING

Course code

FADA103

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

3
Freehand Drawing course is based on perception of objects in indoor or outdoor space, and representation of them by freehand drawing. It is emphasized to understand the nature of natural and man-made objects under the factors such as volume, proportion, light, shadow; and to be able to visualize artistic and figurative expressions of their patterns and textures. The course focuses on the structural properties of objects, geometric forms of different sizes, progressively, with emphasis on strengthening the relationship between eye-brain-hand. It shows students how to use the basic drawing principles such as drawing line, composition and perspective. Besides basic information, students will become familiar with a variety of tools and materials. It is intended to develop free-hand drawing techniques by using lead pencil.
BASIC DESIGN-I

Course code

GRDE101

Credit

6

Theoretical

4

Practical

4

Ects

9
This course focuses on fundamental design elements and principles such as harmony, contrast, balance, unity, dilemma, dominance, repetition, rhythm, analogy, metaphor. It also includes the colour theory and its application to design. Students are also introduced to the Euclidean geometry, composition of shapes, forms and shapes with the emphasis on their visual expression such as light, colour, texture, gestalt principles of perception, figure-ground relations, orientation, formal transformations, interdependence and relationships; studies on ordering systems; introduction of abstract/real concepts in a design. The aim of the course is to motivate creativity, hand-eye coordination, and artistic perception by focusing on the basics of design elements and design principles for graphic design students.
GRAPHICAL COMMUNICATION-I

Course code

GRDE105

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

3
The aim of this course is to prepare the students mentally to the design discipline. First of all, the non-verbal communication will take place within the images. Students should understand, know and position the design discipline in a correct way. In this course photography, drawing and illustration are the techniques for establishing the image and meaning relationship. It is aimed to study in an experimental method while matching and comparing the images and concepts. Students should create meaning by the images using the methaphor, analogy and juxtaposing. Besides it is extremely important to know, understand and comprehend the visual image bombardment in daily life as a graphic designer. For this reason students observe and collect images, then classify during the term.
LETTERING AND INTRODUCTION TO TYPOGRAPHY

Course code

GRDE107

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
The course outlines the hand lettering as a beginning. Students examine their own handwriting and develop it as a design element. The course represents the typography on a basic context. With a description of typography and its relation to graphic design, this course has a beginner level. Historical development of typography: the emergence of the alphabet; the Latin alphabet; the development of printing and printed material. It is possible to overlap with the basic design attainments by the learning basic terminology on typography including typefaces, fonts, leading, kerning and alignment. Furthermore the theoretical and historical lectures, the course represents a creative and experimental studio work. This course is about exploring the relationship between the basic forms of letters and words, applying forms into typographic designs.
GEOMETRY AND PATTERN FOR DESIGN

Course code

GRDE109

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

3
The course is projected for design students to refresh their knowledge on elementary geometry, geometric configuration study, properties of geometric shapes and forms, geometric construction and to apply this knowledge in design process. It includes equations of lines, planes and volumes, equations of circles and conic sections; resolution of triangles; quadratic surfaces; polar coordinates and gridal systems. It also offers the subjects of dimension, proportion, scale and golden section. It aims to improve the knowledge of the students about the relation of geometric shapes and forms, ability of geometric analysis of designing objects and realization of composition. Students comprehend and design geometrical patterns.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS

Course code

ITEC110

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
The aim of this course is to give the students an understanding of the fundamentals of computers such as the basic components of the computers, input, output, storage devices and processing as well as application and system software, utility programs and internet basics. At the end of this course students will be familiar with the computer terminology and able to use the word processing and spreadsheet programs as well as efficient internet usage. General presentation of computer technologies, Windows operating system and applications in the Microsoft Office packageWord, Excel, Access and Power Point , softwares used in pharmacies, drawing for academic purposes and web-based method of screening of literature are also covered.
Second Semester
READING AND WRITING SKILLS-II

Course code

ENGL142

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
This course is the continuation of ENG 101. The course aims to improve students' listening, speaking, reading, writing and working skills. In the course, students are guided in writing compare and contrast essays using Venn diagram. In addition, the aim of the course is to learn the necessary conjunctions for composition writing. In addition, the students will be able to write a four-part critical composition by learning the difference between ideas and factual real sentences and how to write the opposing opinion and sentences used to refute it. Thus, the students will be able to distinguish between the compare and contrast essay and discursive essay. Students will also be able to make presentations by using presentation techniques. In addition, this course aims to summarize the reading pieces of the students and to use the strategies of reading and to draw conclusions and meanings using their reading skills.
RENDERING AND PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES

Course code

FADA104

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

3
Rendering and Presentation Technics course aims to build confidence in the observation, sketching and drawing ability of students through the introduction of various rendering and presentation techniques. In this course students are expected to clearly express their ideas and concepts in architectural design project. Within this scope, the students will be introduced to various media such as coloured pencils, markers, watercolour pencils, watercolour etc. and will be encouraged to exercise with different techniques like shading, slinky, smooth/blending and cross-hatching; provide value, tone and contrast, as well as shade and shadow to enhance the geometric form of an object and overall sense or impression of a project. In this course students shall be guided on issues such as effectively rendering different textures.
BASIC DESIGN-II

Course code

GRDE102

Credit

6

Theoretical

4

Practical

4

Ects

9
This course focuses on further 2D and 3D studies in basic design. After the first stage, students start to think about conceptual basis. The coincidental organization and selection of significant frames out of the chaotic order is the starting point of this course. The ability to create remarkable design / layout is formed by the knowledge of basic design principles. Students take a chance with experimental exercises on motion, structure, mass, texture, light and color. To observe the natural and unnatural elements by drawing is another concern. Students study to use different graphic techniques like hatching, dotting, and abstraction through the ink shades. The course ends with a basic logo design as an introduction to functional approach in design.
GRAPHICAL COMMUNICATION-II

Course code

GRDE106

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

3
Understanding visual literacy is very important since we are more exposed to visual messages in new millennium. This course aims to introduce the importance of visual communication using graphical elements to convey complex messages. Graphic designers should be able to communicate through visual language, being expert in visual matters that is useful to interdisciplinary knowledge. Studies intermediate design concepts applicable to all fields of the communication arts. This course is a conceptual course that teaches specific creative techniques with which to approach communication needs in a visual context. It is an introduction to the generation of concepts essential to Communication Design, Illustration, and Commercial Photography.
DIGITAL PRACTICE

Course code

GRDE108

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
An introductory course in the fundamentals of digital technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages. Study of the major drawing and imaging software used in the graphic design industry. Students will become familiar with digital tools and terminology as they apply to creative visual communication. Through project critiques, discussion and demonstrations students will create projects that examine technology as an art medium and a design strategy. The goal of this course is to explore fundamental techniques mostly in Adobe Photoshop. Ideal for students eager to explore Adobe Photoshop, work with layer techniques, gain an understanding of how to do basic photo repairs and color enhancements.
SKETCHING IN DESIGN

Course code

GRDE110

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

5
The student who faces with visual communication and graphic design should learn how to look and see first. The aim of this course is to teach the freehand drawing for a conceptual purpose. More than doodling, the sketching is an expression method. Student should learn how to sketch for achieving visualize the ideas. It is mandatory to keep a sketchbook during the course term. Visual note keeping, observation, sketching as a predesign process, to keep a sketchbook as an artistic expression method are among the subjects. Student can build image-meaning integrity as an active participant by this course. The habit of sketchbook use, brings method and working discipline. Student gains a rewarding predesign habit at the end of the course.
TURKISH LANGUAGE

Course code

TREG100

Credit

0

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

2
This course examines basic areas of language and expression. In the first half of the course, the theoretical approach to language is formed and the spelling rules of the Turkish language are studied. In the latter part of the course, language and narrative errors are studied together with editing. In the second half of the course, formal writing, curriculum vitae, petition, evaluation of the columns in terms of language and style, types of written expression and practice; Turkish production and application of shooting attachments; Turkish grammar structure; It is aimed to teaching subjects like phonetics of Turkish to students.
TURKISH

Course code

TURK100

Credit

0

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

2
This course provides an orientation to modern Turkish language for foreign students who wish to communicate in this language for their needs. It mainly focuses on the differences between Turkish and English Alphabets, especially the sounds and the letters which are not included in the English alphabet (i.e. Turkish letters ç-ğ-i-ö-ş-ü). In addition, basic grammar and sentence structure forms in Turkish are practised. The required grammar and vocabulary will also be developed through their adaptation to daily situations in contexts such as introducing yourselves, greeting, talking about the things they possess by using possessive adjectives, forming positive, negative and question sentences by using present simple, telling the time, talking about their own timetables, using demonstrative pronouns when describing the place of objects and becoming familiar with vocabulary related to family members.
Third Semester
HISTORY OF ART-I

Course code

FADA209

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

2
The course provides a chronological survey of the works of art of the Near Eastern, Mediterranean and Western civilisations from Prehistory to the Renaissance , including the cultures of the Bronze Age, the Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras, and the western medieval periods, early Medieval, Romanesque and Gothic . Individual art historical styles, types of works of art, subject matters, iconography, semiotics and techniques are analysed, considering the respective cultural, historical, political and social context. The changing notions of the question “what is art, and what is an artist?” serve as background throughout the course.
GRAPHIC DESIGN-I

Course code

GRDE201

Credit

6

Theoretical

4

Practical

4

Ects

9
The aim is to experiment with creative upper intermediate level graphic design projects using various visual media such as typography and illustration to focus design principles as part of developing a visual language. Focuses on creative concepts and skills necessary for graphic design problem solving using current technology. Includes techniques specific to computer applications for the production of print design using text and image. Produce print designs using current technologies and software, research and obtain stock imagery, fonts, and paper used for print design, prepare files in basic imposition for outputting documents to a printer, research and understand how to communicate to different audiences through design.
COMPUTER AIDED GRAPHIC DESIGN-I

Course code

GRDE203

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

5
The aim of this course is for the students to advance their ability of using Adobe Illustrator program effectively and create logos, draw illustrations, develop typography that successfully reproduce on paper or the web. The Illustrator program is a vector graphics editor. Student will learn how to work with vectors, layers, live trace and use the drawing tools to create infographics, illustrations, brochures, web pages etc. It is imperative they understand that using design programs such as Illustrator is only a tool like pen or brush. In this course students will learn that creatively, innovatively and effectively using of these tools is only possible of understanding and applying graphic design principles.
TYPOGRAPHY-I

Course code

GRDE205

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

6
The aim of the course is to introduce students the use of typography in graphic design, look closely at the anatomy of letterforms, describe and classify type, describe various classifications of letter forms, outline the history of letter forms, use basic typographic terminology, use techniques to ensure legibility, typeset and create basic page layouts and also to have better understanding of typography principles by work with words and paragraphs, design posters and publications with relevant software. Studies the history of letterforms and typefaces and examines their uses in contemporary communications media. Emphasizes applications to specific design problems. Includes identification and specification of type and uses current technologies for copy fitting and hands-on typesetting problems.
BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY

Course code

GRDE207

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

5
At the beginning of the photography course enables students to use camera and photography as a medium of creating the visual message. They will effectively use photography as a means for self-expression or cultural comment. This class aims to provide students with a rigorous training in the mechanics of the digital camera: How cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, how to use photo editing software. Students will, generally, receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see samples of the desired outcomes. Not only shooting and technical skills are stressed in this course, but also, critical issues surrounding photography as action, artistic medium, and cultural product through selected as readings and class discussions.
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

GRDEXX1

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

3
Fourth Semester
HISTORY OF ARTS-II

Course code

FADA210

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

2
The course provides a chronological survey of the works of (western) art from the Renaissance to the second half of the 20th century, including the Baroque, Neoclassicism, Historicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Postimpressionism, Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, New Objectivity, Purism, Neo-Plasticism, Suprematism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Post-Modernism. Individual art historical styles, types of works of art, subject matters, iconography, semiotics and techniques are analysed, considering the respective cultural, historical, political and social context. The changing notions of the question “what is art, and what is an artist?” serve as background throughout the course.
GRAPHIC DESIGN-II

Course code

GRDE202

Credit

6

Theoretical

4

Practical

4

Ects

9
To attain a high level of complex and multilevel problem solving ability in graphic design using a variety of design methodologies; to design creative upper level graphic design projects using symbolism as well as various visual media such as photography, typography, illustration. It builds on the studies completed in Graphic Design I. and teaches advanced problem-solving skills, concept development and project management. It applies intermediate level production techniques to 2D and 3D graphic design using current technologies and principles of pre-press production. It aims to create comprehensive final projects for portfolio-level work, examine ethical issues concerning design and production, apply well-developed project management skills, and discuss current design issues and trends. "
COMPUTER AIDED GRAPHIC DESIGN-II

Course code

GRDE204

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

5
This course outlines the common graphic tools available in layout design. The basic operations of the computer and its applications to art and design are introduced. It is imperative that they understand using design programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator is only a tool like a pen or brush. Creatively, innovatively and effectively use these tools only possible of understanding and using graphic design principles. The aim of this course is for the students to develop their ability to use InDesign effectively and create images that successfully reproduce on paper or the web. The InDesign course exposes students to the powerful vector manipulation tool used by leading designers within the industry.
TYPOGRAPHY-II

Course code

GRDE206

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

6
The aim of the course is to let students create typographic designs with the theoretical information gained in GRAP 107 Lettering and Introduction to Typography and to examines advanced applications of the studies completed in Typography I. Explore the use of typography in layout and design, complete advanced typographic techniques, describe various classifications of letterforms, discover typography sources and resources, proof for content and design, use advanced typographic terminology, design and typeset multi-page layouts, Requires projects based on professional level problems designed to test the student’s practical knowledge as well as his or her creative ability and requires to complete them within deadlines and specifications.
ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY

Course code

GRDE208

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

5
A variety of photo and digital based printmaking techniques (high and low-tech) will be introduced as alternative means of printing photographic images to present new methods of layering and manipulating images along with and beyond that of traditional photographic and digital printing. The techniques introduced will incorporate textural and hand-drawn elements with an array of multiple-colour and multiple-image layering possibilities. These approaches will be further applied with a focus on the concept and serial image development utilizing an expanded vocabulary of format and presentation. Also, in the course, students are further introduced to computers and software relating to the subject.
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

GRDEXX2

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

3
Fifth Semester
MARKETING AND CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR

Course code

FADA309

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

3
The course is intended to build on the knowledge the student has gained from the more general core module in marketing, by providing a deeper understanding of consumer behavior. The aim is to familiarize the student with the internal and external influences that affect the consumer decision-making. The overall goal of understanding marketing and consumer behavior is to prepare tomorrow’s marketers to create and market brands that successfully meet consumer needs. More specifically to understand the importance of consumer behavior in the overall marketing process also to learn how to apply this knowledge (ethically) to create product, service and marketing ideas in ways that motivate consumers to act.
SUMMER TRAINING-I

Course code

GRDE200

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

3
All students are obliged to complete 25 workdays for the first summer training in a printing house. The summer training rules and regulations are set by the department, according to university’s summer training regulations. The Internship aims to offer students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in real-life. It is expected that the skills students will gain from working with a print office will help them perform better in their jobs after graduation. In addition, the Internship greatly increases the chances for students to obtain full-time employment by getting experiences about real world problems in Graphic Design field and also by gaining skills important for time management, discipline, and self-learning or effective communication and so on.
GRAPHIC DESIGN-III

Course code

GRDE301

Credit

6

Theoretical

4

Practical

4

Ects

9
This course is a studio practice and continuation of GRAP 202, which aims to focus on Graphic design principles and contemporary awareness in visual communication, specifically on these areas: Environmental Graphic Design, way finding design, and information design. Students will be exposed to a survey of environmental graphic design to include way finding systems, signage, identity graphics, pictogram design, mapping and briefly introduction to info graphics. This course is concerned with the visual aspects of way finding, experiencing information through the context, communicating identity and information. Discourse will focus on form and user experience as it relates to information, environment and cultural context.
INTERACTIVE DESIGN

Course code

GRDE303

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
Interactive Design blends theoretical and practical perspectives in the areas of visualization and interactivity into several focused projects using interactivity for education, entertainment, and industrial purposes. The hands-on and guided practice centers on software and other design interfaces with which the system defines and/or responds to the users’ behavior. However the purpose of this course is to introduce interactive design techniques to enable the student to use their design and software knowledge as a basis specifically learning how to design an online interaction design like an interactive magazine, book, website, and application is the main area of progress and objective.
PRINTMAKING TECHNIQUES

Course code

GRDE305

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

5
The aim of this course is to introduce printmaking techniques, terminology, and equipment’s and tools, which enables students to produce prints works with different hand work techniques such as Relief printmaking, Intaglio printmaking, mono print and slick Screen-printing. This course also encourages them to use their own creativity and combine different techniques and materials. Understanding of color is identical and important in which they practically experience with their print works, and understand how and which color should be used in their print works. Being cautious about the toxic materials and solvents is vital, one who uses a studio has to pay attention to using materials, in order to protect himself/herself and others.
ADVERTISING DESIGN

Course code

GRDE307

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
The aim of the course is to inform the students about advertisement, advertising and designer’s role in the AD World and capability to design advertisement besides to analyze them. In this course, students compare traditional and interactive outlets in order to develop a clear understanding of the differences and similarities between businesses in print and interactive media production. Students learn to apply traditional principles where they are appropriate and to discover and apply a new fundamental understanding to developing and working within the various print and interactive environments. Marketing, advertising and sales, addressing the elements and requirements of information distribution are also covered.
HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

Course code

GRDE311

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

2
The course concerns with the history of graphic design beginning from the first representations of visual communication. Students get a general information about the evolution of graphic design in different realms. Gutenberg's print press is a milestone. Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, the effects of Industrial Revolution on graphic design is the main focus issues. Different design movements will be represented with a comparative analysis. The main concern is to make links between the concepts, art movements, and historical events. The course ends with the First Things First Manifest which has been declared at 1964 by Ken Garland. With this critical point, students are expected to comprehend the changing role of graphic design.
Sixth Semester
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN

Course code

FADA308

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
The aim of the course is to teach students to work on interdisciplinary design projects within a team. Accordingly create a conceptual framework and conditions of validity of this framework nourished by interdisciplinary fields of art, design and philosophy give students a chance to extend their insights in design. Students are encouraged to work in fields other than their own majors. In that case, the main aim of the course is to provide an opportunity to student working in multidiciplinary media as teams on a design project. Design critiques are essential in order to make students understand the concept issue is an essential part of a design project.
GRAPHIC DESIGN-IV

Course code

GRDE302

Credit

6

Theoretical

4

Practical

4

Ects

9
Preparing a magazine and a series of book design with using one or all of the media and multimedia techniques such as illustration, photography, and typography. Studies on the realization of graphic projects. Students in this course will tackle advanced-level layout projects that push their design skills to the limit. Students will learn how to build strong foundations for the page design, explore creative applications for lines and shapes, and discover how to break the rules while maintaining the underlying structure of a page. Case studies will analyze carefully selected examples of layout designs considered to be classics of graphic print design.
COLOUR CULTURE

Course code

GRDE304

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

5
This course covers the basic principles, theories and their applications of colours. Colour theory create a logical structure for colour. There are three basic categories of colour theory: The colour wheel, colour harmony, and the context of how colours are used. The student develops working skills with thinking and information of colour design for a variety of visual effects. This course involves the development of colour perception, expression, and application in traditional and digital imagery, using two-dimensional formats through a series of problem-solving exercises and projects. To understand the creative use of colour; the chemical, physical and psychological aspects of colour. It also allows researching the colour culture of different countries.
VIDEOART AND MULTIMEDIA

Course code

GRDE306

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

5
This course provides an introduction to the topic of video imaging and multimedia. Technical components include all aspects of image production: image acquisition and digitization, basic editing and final output. The Basic training of Adobe after Effect and In-design program is the main topic in this course. After Effects gives the power to create amazing visual effects and motion graphics, and In-design program enables them to create responsive interactive and multimedia graphic design. The main projects of this course will be: TV advertising design in the course of video and motion graphics, Self-expressive video art, in which the students are interested, Multimedia magazine, which contains video and audio forms of text in online and interactive form.
PACKAGE DESIGN

Course code

GRDE310

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

5
"Packaging design course introduces and equips graphic design students with understanding issues related to Branding, products & services they will be packaging within the framework of graphic design. Students are also introduced to the Third dimension form, color and communication in the context of retail environment. This course is designed to familiarize students with package design and manufacturing. Lectures and labs will cover aesthetics, marketing, and brand identity as well as sustainability and the implementation of commercial and governmental regulations. Students completing the course will describe, demonstrate, compare, analyze, integrate, and critique Digital Media practices and technologies related to package design principles, marketing and brand identity using packaging, package manufacturing requirements; information design, 3D design and cost considerations. "
CONTEMPORARY GRAPHIC DESIGN

Course code

GRDE312

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

2
This course highlights significant events in graphic design through the study of major movements and designers. A survey of Graphic design’s contemporary history which provides a historical perspective of the evolution of graphic design and its contribution to culture. Students will learn how new technology influenced graphic design and its expression after the industrial revolution. This course enables students to enhance an overview of the historical styles, movements, people, and events of graphic design to help them design more creative, appropriate, and intelligent solutions to graphic design problems or issues. This course also surveys the design profession, the graphic design discipline, its many specialties as well as resources available for graphic designers.
Seventh Semester
SUMMER TRAINING-II

Course code

GRDE300

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

3
All students are obliged to complete 25 workdays for the second summer training in advertising agencies. The summer training rules and regulations are set by the department, according to university’s summer training regulations. The Internship aims to offer students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in real-life. It is expected that the skills students will gain from working with a print office will help them perform better in their jobs after graduation. In addition, the Internship greatly increases the chances for students to obtain full-time employment by getting experiences about real world problems in Graphic Design field and also by gaining skills important for time management, discipline, and self-learning or effective communication and so on.
GRAPHIC DESIGN-V

Course code

GRDE401

Credit

6

Theoretical

4

Practical

4

Ects

9
Students of the Department of Graphic Design are expected to present a project in detail by using the knowledge and skills that they had gained through their education and by keeping the basic principles of graphical design in mind. The main goal is to provide a designer identity to the senior students of the department before their approaching graduation. The students focus on local design problems as festivals of Cyprus, museums, social campaigns and so on. After detecting the local issues, campaigns begin to develop in terms of global design criteria. During the course, students develop their project as an advertising campaign. After giving the identity to the project, they run the necessary research. After determining the target audience students organize the campaign…
CONCEPTUAL ILLUSTRATION

Course code

GRDE403

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
An advanced illustration studio examining the creation of tactile, textural and pattern applications in graphic design. Exploration of media, materials, styles and techniques for use in various design projects. Emphasis is placed on the development of hand skills and quick sketch techniques to better communicate visual ideas. Students learn to build a connection between the visual images and concepts. The illustration represents the conceptual matter into a visual communication element. Students study to create illustrations digitally using the drawing tablets as well. Illustrations of picture books, maps, characters, patterns, emoticons, concept, scientific, botany and so on are the subjects of this course.
GRADUATION PROJECT RESEARCH IN GRAPHIC DESIGN

Course code

GRDE405

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

4
Students in Graphic design are required to complete a major graduating project, this course will prepare them to find their area of interest and develop their theoretical premise, the problem / issue, the program and the parameters of their project. Students must complete a draft of the Graduate project proposal by the end of these semester. The proposal should state and define the area of their inquiry, the project’s rationale, objectives, and methods to be followed during the project. In this course, they will learn how to write academically without plagiarism while they will get to know different styles of writings and research. This course will be the base of their graduation project and the graphic design solution.
GRAPHIC DESIGN ETHICS AND LEGAL ISSUES

Course code

GRDE407

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

3
Graphic design has been used to visually communicate beliefs and ideas to inform, inspire, and delight. No doubt how significant is this discipline in shaping our values and culture. In order to work with rules, standards, morals and ethics of this profession this course will deal with the important issues that graphic designers will expect to face in their careers like plagiarism, copyright issues, social responsibility, cultural influence, intellectual property rights, image usage rights, legal contracts, sustainability, and many other important subjects that students need to know about the significance of the discipline.
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

GRDEXX3

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

3
UNIVERSITY ELECTIVE

Course code

UNIEXX1

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

4
Eighth Semester
DESIGN CULTURE

Course code

FADA406

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

2
Culture has become a central concern across a wide range of disciplines. This course indicates how and why culture practices and institutions have come to play such an important role in our lives; and introduces some of the central ideas, concepts and methods of analysis involved in conducting cultural studies. Some studies are understanding popular culture; difference between the high culture, folk culture and popular culture; the influences of relations of production and consumption on design issues. Students will also learn about the competence of understanding today's design world, the ability to correlate the relationship between the designer and the individual, the competence of critical and result-oriented thinking in design in general, the ability to comprehend how the new consumer society effects the design process.
GRAPHIC DESIGN GRADUATION PROJECT

Course code

GRDE402

Credit

6

Theoretical

4

Practical

4

Ects

13
This course is the final studio for Graphic design students. They are required to design their major graduating project based on the research they have done for this course, they will use graphic design techniques that they have learned through all the courses they passed, with the theoretical premise, to solve the problem / issue, the program and the parameters of their project. Students must complete their Graduate project based on the proposal they have prepared in their Graduation Project Research. This course is preparing the students to show their capability of using graphic design for serious social problems beside the projects they do for corporations.
PORTFOLIO DESIGN

Course code

GRDE404

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

6
"This course gives practical information pertaining to the area of design. It focuses on relations with clients, legal, financial, administrative problems, office organization and so on. This course serves as a forum to discuss and prepares for the concerns of the professional world by guest lecturers. The emphasis is placed on budgeting skills, portfolio preparation, presentation refinement and professional practices, including ethical issues related to the profession. In this course, the students begin to structure their design projects into a cohesive and formal portfolio of work, preparing them for internship and employment opportunities. In addition it emphases is placed on interviewing skills, portfolio preparation, and presentation refinement. At the end of this course, students expected to be ready to go their first job interview. "
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

GRDEXX4

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

3
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION

Course code

HIST100

Credit

0

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

2
The aim of this course is to outline the development of civilizations in the course of history. It firstly focuses on the concepts such as “Civilization”, “Prehistoric”, and “Historic” and on the factors forcing the emergence of the first civilizations. As well as examining the prehistoric periods and their characteristics in the course of human life since the first appearance of human beings on earth, the course mainly focuses on the early civilizations, namely the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Aegean, Classical Greek, Hellenistic, Indian, Chinese and Roman Civilizations. Political, social, economical, cultural, intellectual, philosophical and scientific aspects in these entities are also examined in this course.
MODERN TURKISH HISTORY

Course code

TARH100

Credit

0

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

2
In this course, Ottoman state and society, factors causing the collapse of the state; Ottoman modernization; Tripoli and Balkan Wars, World War I, Mudros Armistice and Sevres Agreement; parties and associations, the national resistance movement led by Mustafa Kemal, the Havza and Amasya Circulars, the Congresses, the National Pact, the Turkish Grand National Assembly; the rebellions, the regular army and the War of Independence; the Mudanya Armistice, the Lausanne Peace Treaty; Revolution in the political field, secularization of the state and society, abolition of the sultanate, declaration of the republic, abolition of the caliphate; 1921 and 1924 constitutions, constitutional changes; Sheikh Said Rebellion; Multi-party experience, secularization and modernization in law, nationalization and secularization in education, Kemalizm and 6 principles, Turkish foreign policy(1923-1938) are covered.
UNIVERSITY ELECTIVE

Course code

UNIEXX2

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

4

Optional modules

CREATIVITY IN DESIGN

Course code

GRAP461

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Course code

INPD309

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
This course introduces the concept of "sustainability" since it gained gradually importance. It is integrated into design projects. In this course guidelines and examples are be used to emphasize the practical aspects of sustainable design. The course aims to challenge students to re-evaluate the discipline with an ecological consciousness on human health and environmental issues. The course includes initiate discussions on issues such as factors causing environmental problems, philosophical approaches towards the environment, the power of design to contribute to environmental concerns, consumption habits etc. Valuable case studies are included in the course and while considering the design aspects of the product, students are required to design a project with awareness of the global environment.
HISTORY OF INTERIORS AND FURNITURE

Course code

INAR308

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

4
The main aim of this course is to help students to understand the meaning of furniture and the evolution of interior design and furniture design in relation to styles and periods, mainly considering the last 200 years including Victorian style, art nouveau, arts & crafts, art deco, modernism, post-war modernism, reconstruction and rationalism, pop culture, conformist, reformist and eclectic. Course has a twofold content which deals with the technical and aesthetic norms, historical and socio cultural dimensions of traditional decorative arts and crafts such as masonry, stonework, iron welding, wood carving, marbling, miniature, calligraphy, tile work, mosaics, carpeting, rugs, and also ancient history and style changes in furniture design especially since the last two century, related to social and cultural aspects of the society.
ERGONOMICS IN INTERIOR DESIGN

Course code

INAR107

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

3
This course for interior design department students analyzes the human factors, anthropometric data and their impacts on broad aspects of design development. Subjects include systems reliability, sensory and motor processes, basic research techniques and anthropometric studies. It explores ergonomic standards, universal design principles and their application. It aims to introduce static and dynamic dimensions of human body; to develop of the knowledge and awareness of the students about the significance of anthropometry and to improve their ability of applying anthropometric data effectively on design projects. It involves the interference of the human body with the physical components of some of the prototypical interior spaces in which people live, work and entertain.
EXHIBITION DESIGN

Course code

GRAP465

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

3
Exhibition design is the process of developing an exhibit by using different presentation and communication techniques. It needs management skills for all the steps of a project, and working with different disciplines like architecture, industrial design, scene design and graphic design etc. Therefore exhibition design course applies an education program to increase students' perception by showing them to design by thinking the location, dimension, and surface. In this course, the theoretical sources are combined and shared with good examples from the entire world. The application areas are; museums, cultural galleries, promotions, shop case arrangements, trade fairs, showrooms, displays, outdoor applications, mobile exhibitions, orientation and announcement applications, location applications of corporate identity, studio and scene applications etc.
WORKSHOP PRACTICE IN MODEL MAKING

Course code

INPD207

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

6
This course encourages students to combine skills from a range of studies to design and produce objects. The purpose of this course is to help students to transfer their ideas into 3 dimensional visualization and to produce a prototype model with the uses of different techniques like wood technology, plastic technology, metal technology, glass technology, ceramic technology etc. Students work with a variety of tools to design, create and finish presentation models. By working with simple hand tools, metal shop machinery and painting equipment, students are expected to become familiar with the techniques commonly employed in accurate scale model making, assembling and finishing.
STYLES AND FASHION IN DESIGN

Course code

INAR444

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

3
This course is designed for interior design students to give them knowledge and capability to understand acquire a basic comprehension of the nature of styles and fashion in terms of interior architecture; appreciate the economic, psychological, and sociological factors influencing these styles; be able to analyze current trends. The Students are required to understand and explore creative thinking in regarding to design in order to understand the connection between styles and fashion in relation with interior design. By doing that students expected to comprehend the evaluation of innovative design. On the other hand the course aims to make students to experience the mentioned interrelation with interior design, styles and fashion in relation with the subject, by doing design exercises.
VISUAL DESIGN WITH COMPUTER AIDED PRESENTATION

Course code

ARCH421

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

3
Visual Design develops key digital communication skills such as design, project management, and presentation. The course will particularly focus on the relations between perception, image, presentation and will examine several aspects of visuality and image with Adobe Photoshop programme. Visual Design with Computer Aided Presentation will cover the most common Photoshop features and the techniques used in preparing images projects, designing for print and for use in page layouts and page designs in desktop publishing applications. It is an introductory course on projects, photography and electronic imaging techniques. Students are expected to acquire basic technical knowledge of digital images including project and image developing, enlarging and paper processing in synchronization. An introduction to the presentation capabilities of a sophisticated full color computer graphics system. Using advanced ``user-friendly'' software designed primarily for artists, architect, interior designer and graphic designers, students will learn to create presentation techniques on project and design on the computer. Subjects covered will include computer photoshop terminology, saving and recalling images on disk, digitizing a photographic image, and producing ``hard copy'.
WOOD AND GLASS TECHNOLOGY

Course code

ARCH409

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

Comprehensive consideration of contemporary structural materials of wood and glass with the reference to their application in architectural and interior design.
VISUAL DESIGN WITH PHOTOSHOP

Course code

INAR224

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

3
This course helps students to understand the most common Photoshop features and the techniques used in interior design applications. Visual Design with Photoshop course is an introductory course on projects, photography and electronic imaging techniques. Interior design students are expected to acquire basic technical knowledge of digital images including project and image developing, enlarging and paper processing in synchronization. An introduction to the graphic capabilities of a sophisticated full colour computer graphics system is also given. Using advanced "user-friendly'' software designed primarily for artists, architect, interior designer and graphic designers, students will learn to create art, project and design on the computer. Subjects covered will include computer Photoshop terminology, saving and recalling images on disk, digitizing a photographic image, and producing ``hard copy'.
ARCHITECTURAL SPACE IN MOVIES

Course code

ARCH241

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

This course is about the use of architectural design in movies and an introduction to film as a contemporary art form. It emphasizes close observation and analysis of essential film language, specifically architectural design. Screenings for this course include a broad range of films and film excerpts representing different time periods, cultures, and cinematic traditions. Students record their reactions to films in weekly journal entries or short response papers and posters. Students who complete this course will have a deeper understanding and appreciation of architectural space in movies.
MARINE BREAKWATER TYPES AND CHARACTERISTICS

Course code

ARCH485

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

3
SPACE ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES

Course code

ARCH477

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

The concept of space and its components. The traditional and contemporary approaches that make space to work. Space organizations and spatial changes. Different building typologies and basic principles of design. Space analysis and techniques, classification of spaces and building types. Space analysis based on form and morphology. The exploration and experience of analysis techniques referred to different scale of spaces.
CLAY AND PLASTER IN DESIGN

Course code

INPD456

Credit

2

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

TRNC citizens and TR citizen candidate students who have completed their entire high school education in TRNC. They are placed in undergraduate programs in line with their success in the CIU Student Placement and Scholarship Ranking Exam and the programs they prefer.

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Required documents;

  • Completed application form,
  • Higher/Secondary Certificate or equivalents (e.g. O/A’Level, WAEC/NECO)
  • Evidence of English Language competence: TOEFL (65 IBT) or IELTS (5.5). Students without these documents will take the CIU English proficiency exam on campus following arrival,
  • Scanned copy of international passport/birth certificate,
  • Fully completed and signed CIU Rules and Regulations document (which can be downloaded during the online application).

 

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