Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

mission statement

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University carries responsibility for ensuring creative and high quality professional undergraduate and graduate programs. It aims to prepare innovative, creative, competitive free thinker students who have developed senses of culture, art, aesthetic, environment and social awareness. The university also encourages research and development in arts, design and science and share the knowledge with national and international institutions as well as with the society.

international role

MSFAU is actively collaborating with numerous institutions all over the world for student and academic exchanges, research and projects, conferences, lectures and workshops. The University has almost 240 bilateral agreements with over 20 countries across EU through Erasmus+ program and host over 100 international students and 20 academics/artists each year. 

University also has a special interest with collaborating Asian art institutions and actively interacting universities in Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Mongolia etc. through bilateral agreements.   

In 2017 Department of Architecture obtained validation from UIA / UNESCO (International Union of Architects).  MSFAU is also a member of EUA (European University Association), ALIA (Asian League of Institutions of the Arts), AEC (European Conservatories Association), EAAE (European Association for Architectural Education), FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives).

national role

As the oldest and the first arts education institution in Turkey MSFAU always has a pioneering role in education of arts and design in the country for nearly 135 years. And therefore, the University is the guiding university of national art education politics and is the most popular fine arts institution among the students.

University aims to maintain an educational understanding which aims to improve constantly in the fields of art, design and science by keeping its contemporary and original structure; to strengthen the status of graduates and of the teaching staff on this universal platform through cooperation with the national and international educational institutions and with the non-governmental organizations. 
As it is also mentioned in the mission, University gives special emphasis on environmental, social and cultural issues as an actor of education. 

Supporting the education programs with practice and collaborations is an important notion for the university. For adding knowledge and experience of external parties from their current professional practice to the curriculum and encouraging creativity and innovation capacity of the students / academic staff, MSFAU is involved in collaborations with the culture sector, various industries and public bodies in different activities. By doing so University has an impact on fostering creative and economic competitiveness of Istanbul and Turkey in the long term.    

MSFAU is an important actor of arts and design life in Istanbul in many ways. University has a privileged exhibition hall in the cultural center of the city (Tophane-i Amire Cultural Center) that hosts large-scale art events and exhibitions, and 6 small galleries for other exhibitions. Besides hosting exhibitions, University itself is an organizer of creative, artistic and scientific events that also enhances the experience and knowledge. Academic staff, students and graduates are active parties of the arts and design events as participants, organizers or hosts that are leading the sector.  

main focus

Main focus of the university is professional training in BA level and research and innovation in MA and PhD levels on arts and design related fields.

faculties and departments

Fine Arts Faculty
Painting
Sculpture
Textile and Fashion Design
Graphic Design
Ceramics and Glass Design
Photography
Cinema and TV
Stage and Costume Design
Traditional Turkish Arts
Conservation and Restoration of Artworks
Basic Art Education

Architecture Faculty
Architecture
City and Regional Planning
Industrial Design
Interior Architecture

Science and Letters Faculty
Physics
Mathematics
Statistics
Archeology
History of Art
Sociology
History
Turkish Language and Literature
Philosophy
Educational Sciences

Istanbul State Conservatory
Music
Musicology
Performing Arts

Vocational schools 
Clothing Manufacturing Technologies 
Architectural Restoration

School of Conservation and Restoration of Moveable Cultural Properties
Conservation and Restoration of Moveable Cultural Properties

bachelor level programs

Programs listed below offer BA degree in their fields with in 4 years of education programs. 

Fine Arts Faculty
Painting 
Sculpture 
Textile and Fashion Design 
Graphic Design 
Ceramics and Glass Design
Photography 
Cinema and TV 
Stage and Costume Design 
Traditional Turkish Arts 
Conservation and Restoration of Artworks 

Architecture Faculty
Architecture 
City and Regional Planning 
Industrial Design 
Interior Architecture

Science and Letters Faculty
Physics 
Mathematics 
Statistics 
Archeology 
History of Art 
Sociology 
History 
Turkish Language and Literature 
Philosophy 

Istanbul State Conservatory
Music 
Musicology
Performing Arts 

master level programs

Programs listed below offer MA degree in their fields with in 2 years of education programs. 

Institute of Fine Arts
Painting 
Sculpture 
Textile and Fashion Design 
Graphic Design 
Ceramics and Glass Design
Photography 
Cinema and TV 
Stage and Costume Design 
Traditional Turkish Arts 
Music
Performing Arts

Programs listed below offer MSc degree in their fields with in 2 years of education programs. 

Institute of Science
Architecture
City and Regional Planning
Industrial Design
Interior Architecture
Physics
Mathematics
Statistics
Enformatics

Institute of Social Sciences
Archeology 
History of Art 
Sociology 
History 
Turkish Language and Literature 
Philosophy
Musicology
 

doctorate level programs

Programs listed below offer Proficiency in Art degree (equivalent of DA/PhD) in their fields with in 4 years of education programs. 

Institute of Fine Arts
Painting 
Sculpture 
Textile and Fashion Design 
Graphic Design 
Ceramics and Glass Design
Photography 
Cinema and TV 
Stage and Costume Design 
Traditional Turkish Arts 
Music
Performing Arts

Programs listed below offer PhD degree in their fields with in 4 years of education programs. 

Institute of Science
Architecture
City and Regional Planning
Industrial Design
Interior Architecture
Physics
Statistics

Institute of Social Sciences
Archeology 
History of Art 
Sociology 
History 
Turkish Language and Literature 
Philosophy
 

subject areas for exchange students

The University supports exchanges in all fields and also in all levels of BA, MA and PhD/DA, as well as the international workshops and exhibitions that encourages collaborative learning, experiencing and production. 

application deadlines

Different exchange programs have different calendars for application, please contact with coordinators. 

(For Erasmus and other international agreements: ulik@msgsu.edu.tr)

teaching languages

Teaching Language of the university is Turkish, however there are courses in English language for exchange students. On the other hand, since the education at art and design departments are studio based, the students interact with lectureres directly. Therefore, for art and design students, language is not a barrier. 

semester dates

The semesters consists of 14 weeks of lectures and two weeks of final exams.

Fall semester: September-January

Spring semester: February-June

cost of living per month (studying and living)

There is no tuition for exchange students that are incoming with Erasmus and/or bilateral agreements. 

The average cost of living expenses is around 500 Euro

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