About the Program

Graphic Design Master’s Program (M.FA.) takes the main field of design as its foundation; it is also structured as a flexible program to be help its graduates be ready to work in creative industries and be open to interdisciplinary approaches. Some of these creative industries are art, illustration, cinema, new media, animations and photography which could be accepted under the umbrella of visual culture. The aims of CIU Graphic Design M.FA. Program are to analyze the visual media through graphic design which is gaining more importance day-by-day in global communication and cultural context; and encourage student’s personal approaches and solutions. The objectives of the program cover understanding the design thinking, detecting the problems of the time, ability to work with an interdisciplinary approach, acknowledging the importance of the mission of design profession as creating a better world, understanding of the zeitgeist, and ability to improve critical comprehension. Our mission is to guide design professionals and prospective academics who have gained visual culture and aesthetic perspective, are social, student- and learning-oriented, and have gained interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary working skills.

Our vision is to be open to change and development; embrace the soul of the time; to build a positive and participative communication between the university and society; know the creative industries and lead multidisciplinary projects; as well as contributing to national and international art and culture environment. The students work on interdisciplinary projects in media, design, and communication for creative industries. The program aims to contribute to the recognition of our university and country by participating in national and international art and design events with creative artistic projects. It is also aimed to raise well-prepared students for a Ph.D. degree in art.

Education Opportunities

The students of the CIU Graphic Design Master's Program work on a research project and participate in exhibitions. Current design problems are discussed in the courses and solutions are suggested. Students are encouraged to participate in academic research, academic symposia and seminars, and to publish in academic journals.

Career Areas

The graduates of the Graphic Design Master’s Program (M.FA.) can work in all creative industries or decide to continue for a Ph.D. in art to further their academic education. Students who wish to improve their academic progress can work on design theory and practice. The program is linked to the Department of Graphic Design, which has been a member of the International Design Council (ico –D) since 2015. The program updates its curriculum according to the education manifest of ico-D.


Institute of Graduate Studies and Research
Education and Graduate Sciences Center, GE106
Tel: +90 392 671 1111 Extension: 2214-2228
Institute E-mail: ciu-institute@ciu.edu.tr


1-2 Years