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The VACD M.A. program offers a rigorous study within a wide spectrum comprising visual arts, visual communication design and related theory. Students admitted come from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and formations. Close collaboration of the student with his/her thesis advisor is an essential aspect of the program and student advising is expected to lead to an early student/thesis advisor matching.


Course Category Min. ECTS Credits Min. SU Credits Min. Courses
Master Thesis - - 1
Required Courses - 9 6
Core Electives - 9 3
Free Electives - 6 2
Total 122 24 12

Master Thesis

Every student is required to enroll in the following course and successfully complete either a Thesis or a Project/Exhibition/Thesis.

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     VA 599 Master Thesis / Studio Project 35 0 FASS

Required Courses

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     GR 555S Academic Writing for Graduate Students 7 0 FASS
     VA 501 Introductory Module 3 0 FASS
     VA 502 Intermediate Module 10 3 FASS
     VA 503 Advanced Module 10 3 FASS
     VA 504 Graduation Module 10 3 FASS
     VA 590 Project / Exhibition / Thesis Preparation Seminar 1 0 FASS

Core Electives

Every student needs to take and succesfully complete at least 3 courses from the pool below.
  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     HART 511 Renaissance Art 10 3 FASS
     HART 513 Visual Arts in Turkey 10 3 FASS
     HART 514 Post 60 Turkish Art 10 3 FASS
     HART 520 Women Artists 10 3 FASS
     HART 521 Art in the age of Revolt: Early Modernity 10 3 FASS
     HART 532 Post-1945 American Art 10 3 FASS
     HART 550 Caravaggio 10 3 FASS
     HART 580 Bauhaus 10 3 FASS
     PHIL 522 Philosophy of Art 10 3 FASS
     VA 520 Concepts & Debates in Contemporary Art 10 3 FASS
     VA 530 Art Analysis : Theory and Criticsm 10 3 FASS
     VIS 512 Museums and Contemporary Arts 10 3 FASS

Free Electives

Students need to complete 6 SU credits from VA, HART, VIS, PSY, HIST, ANTH, SOC, CULT, LIT, FILM coded graduate courses or any graduate level course subject to Advisor approval:
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**Courses in more than one areas are listed in the area according to order of appearence in Summary of Degree Requirements list. That is, if a course is both area elective and core elective,then it is listed in core elective courses list.

***Undergraduate courses are not listed in graduate area requirements even if they are among them.

****Since graduation requirements may change dependent to the enrollment year to the University, we advise our students who enrolled at SU in previous years and still continue their education, to track their graduation requirements completion via Information System - Degree Evaluation.