Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design (English)


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GRA101-Basic Design Studio (3,6)6

This studio provides both a conceptual and practical introduction to design and introduces students to basic design principles, design theory and concept development. Through assignments students develop an understanding and appreciation of the design elements such as point, line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color, and design principles such as balance, proportion, emphasis, movement, pattern, repetition,  rhythm, variety, harmony and unity. 

GRA102–Introduction to Graphic Design Studio (2,8)6

This course will introduce some of the fundamental practices and processes of graphic design. The intent of the class is to understand what graphic design is and what graphic design is for. Through a series of graphic design exercises based on printed matter such as post cards, signs, posters, and books, students will learn not only basic knowledge in typography, color, and grids, but also diverse graphic forms and methods of storytelling. In this course there will be slide lectures overviewing the history and concepts in graphic design as well as various contemporary examples of design. Students will apply the contents of the lectures through in-class assignments, large projects, and critiques. Short format projects are used as a means for the student to explore individually, within the classroom structure, formal design vocabulary, and the different stages of process. Student must participate by inviting and providing constructive criticism to other classmates. (Prerequisite: GRA101).

GRA111–Drawing Techniques I (2,2)3

The course aims to help students learn the basic skills of drawing from observation while working from still-life arrangements. The principles of contour line, line weight, value, positive and negative shape and perspective are employed to create convincing illusion and unified compositions. Through these activities, students develop technical drawing skills, acquire new conceptual approaches to drawing, and strengthen the aesthetic and expressive qualities of their work.

GRA-112 Drawing Techniques II (2,2)3

Explore ways to articulate and build visual space through the various conceptual uses of drawing. Techniques range from drawing the still life to abstraction.

GRA113–Art Appreciation (2,0)2

Art Appreciation is an online course and no previous training or experience in the art is required. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, the student will be able to: Reach a heightened awareness of the importance of art in the past and its implications for the future through a variety of lessons and activities. Develop a greater understanding of and an appreciation for many styles and forms of expression through exposure to many and varied works of art, ideas, and artists.

GRA121–Lettering & Typography I (2,2)3

Typographic design systems, the aesthetic functional and conceptual use of lettering for printing, typographic uses of various visual media and technical methods.

GRA 122–Lettering & Typography II (2,2)3

The artistic and technical problems of typographic design, typographic layout techniques, letterform design, portfolio studies on logos and signs. (Prerequisite: GRA 101).

GRA132–Color Theory &Practice (2,2)3

The visual and psychological effects of color are an important tool used by commercial artists, fashion and interior designers. Through knowledge of color combinations, of characteristics of color in design, and of the effects of color on our lives are explored. This class is devoted to the study of color principles, allowing students to investigate and apply these principles through individual class projects.

GRA150–Photography I (3,0)3

This nondarkroom class explores the photograph’s ability to convey ideas and tell stories. Weekly assignments enable students to become proficient image-makers, developing a relationship to the world through the lens of their camera. The class increases one’s visual awareness. Students better understand what makes a successful photograph by discussing and implementing aesthetic, technical, and editorial concepts

GRA154–Photography II (3,0)3

This class explains the elements of successful photography: how to position the horizon, haw to handle background and foreground, where to position the subject in the frame, and haw to deal with color, lighting and movement. Each component of the photograph - viewpoint, perspective, contrast, texture and pattern - will be individually explained and demonstrated. (Prerequisite: GRA150).

GRA201-Graphic Design Studio I (2,8)6

This course introduces students to the field of “Graphic Design” through exercises on poster design, logo, logotype, brochure, bulletin, book cover and web design. The course aims to provide the basic information about these design processes and improve the ability to communicate ideas through a simple and effective visual language. (Prerequisite: GRA102).

GRA202-Graphic Design Studio II (2,8)6

This studio course enables students to develop their observation, imagination, creativity, visual sensitivity, and working knowledge of design elements by solving a series of visual communication problems with a variety of media and materials. Students extensively use computer as a tool to create, modify and present visual messages effectively. (Prerequisite: GRA201).

GRA221-Computer Applications for Graphic Design (3,0)3

Students obtain experience using software to design illustrations and page layouts with the support of their understanding on design principles and strategies. Five programs are focused on: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Experiences on using this software are required. Additionally, Flash and Dreamweaver will also be taught. Emphasis of this class is placed on producing sophisticated and professional design work as well as broadening students’ experience on applying software. A cooperative learning environment is encouraged.

GRA222-3D Modeling (3,0)3

This course introduces students to fundamental concepts, principles, and practices of 3D digital modeling. Students are given instruction in 3D modeling techniques including: production of geometric and organic surfaces and forms using NURBS, polygon construction and sub-divisional surfaces. The primary 3D modeling and rendering software used in this course will be Maya which is a commercial standard for 3D modeling

GRA223-Vector Design (3,0)3

In this course, students will be introduced to and develop vector (linebased) graphics using industry-standard application(s). Topics covered will include examining the theory behind vector graphics, investigating the advertising and print industry’s use of this type of graphic, creation of graphics from simple to increasingly complex, as well as development of a portfolio of vector art.

GRA242-History of Graphic Art (2,0)2

The evolution of graphic communications from prehistoric times until the invention of movable typography. The origins of printing and typography in Europe. The impact of industrial technology upon visual communications. The growth and development of modern graphic design. History of Turkish graphic art.

GRA263-Fundamentals of Painting and Design (2,2)3

The focus of this course is to approach painting (pastel, watercolor, or acrylic) as individual expression, exploring personal style to enhance creativity and artistic expression. Topics include subject matter, composition, color, and the use of various materials.

GRA267-Basic Illustration (3,0)3

Ways of interpreting a subject through pictures. Black and white and color illustrations. Interpretation of graphic subjects through pictures

GRA268-Commercial Illustration (3,0)3

In the class, the students will learn to use their fineart and design skills in dijital environment and then creating ready to use illustrations to be used in print and broadcast media.

GRA300-Summer Internship (n/c)                                                                                          

A field based learning opportunity for professional work experience outside the classroom. Students choose full time work in an area of specific interest as a link to the professional world of Graphic Design.

GRA301-Graphic Design Studio III (2,8)6

This course covers products that constitute the visual identity design of a brand or corporation, as defining parts of a whole. Through assignments and theoretical lectures, the course aims at advancing the understanding of marketing communications of a corporation/brand that is advertised via means of mass communication. Students are encouraged to develop their own styles and further their visual thinking ability. (Prerequisite: GRA202)

GRA302-Graphic Design Studio IV (2,8)6

The course is a study of design, advertising and the promotion of a product line with an emphasis on product and consumer relations. With theoretical approaches and practical assignments, the course is a study of the structures of marketing communications of a corporation/brand that is advertised via means of mass communication. (Prerequisite: GRA301).

GRA323-Motion Graphics (3,0)3

This course introduces students to time-based graphics through animation. The focus of the course will be on developing a beginner-to-intermediate vector and bitmap animation for film, animation, video, digital media, and the web delivery and related presentation applications. Students will learn to design effective timeline sequences incorporating vector-drawing techniques, twining, frame-by-frame animation procedures, bitmap imagery, typographic techniques and basic scripting. Design theory for interactive media is coupled with hands-on experience for creating visually rich animations, broadcast and presentations. This course is intended for students who desire intermediate-level study in animation and time-based motion graphics.

GRA333-Advertising Design and Art Direction (3,0)3

In this course, the parallel approach to the design culture in national and global advertising campaign will be undertaken. Explanatory concepts in the course of the major brands, creative ideas, concept, advertising, graphics, copywriting, commercials, strategic planning, campaign applications will be examined and research issues.

GRA340-Design Semiotics (3,0)3

This course provides the students with tools to analyze works of art and design. It aims to introduce students with the major ideas, concepts and methods of analysis involved in semiotics and communication studies. With particular emphasis on visual culture, several important concepts will be examined and put into critical use in analyzing as well as designing new works. These concepts include the sign, paradigm, syntagm, redundancy, entropy, code, denotation, connotation, myth, metaphor, metonymy, ideology, representation, pastiche, parody, encoding / decoding, and taste.

GRA400–Summer Internship II (n/c)

Students are required to pursue an internship with a logical Graphic Design firm, whose work is directly related to that student’s intended area of professional concentration. Interns will observe and participate in all office procedures permitted by their place internship. Students with prior documented work experience in the field may be granted an exception from the internship requirement, with the approval of the Graphic Design Program Director.

GRA401-Graphic Design Studio V (2,8)6

The course focuses on advertising and promotion of a product line with an emphasis on product and consumer relations. The aim of the course is to teach technical and theoretical information through assignments and to study the marketing communications of a corporation/brand that is advertised via mass communication. (Prerequisite: GRA 302).

GRA402-Graphic Design Studio VI (2,8)6

The course aims at advancing the subjective relationship that the student has developed with design processes. The project topic should be approved both by the student and Graphic Design Department Thesis Jury. The project consists of solutions to the design problem at hand, a written report and a presentation to the jury. (Prerequisite: GRA401).

GRA412-Portfolio & Presentation (2,2)3

Taken by commercial art students during their last term of study, this class includes instructions on job interviewing, on the preparation of a resume and on the portfolio. Students may rework projects that have been completed during earlier terms and/or complete new project work in specific areas of concentration.

GRA427-Web Design (3,0)3

This course introduces students to the World Wide Web tool and the stages of web design process. Among the topics covered are universal usability, information architecture, interface design, site and page structure, and typography rules to web, graphics and multimedia. Working with tools such as Image Editor, HTML Editor and Browser, students are expected to be able to develop a fully functional web project by themselves.

GRA443-Analysis of Art & Design (2,0)2

A study of the art movements that have structured the field of graphic design covering political, social and economic influences and the analysis of contemporary design and design trends.

NH001  - National History I (N/C)

Starting with the second half of the 19th century and coming to date; not a chronological presentation but rather dwelling into social political and economic reasons of events. To show how history functions as a social memory. Special emphasis is put upon national histories of both Turkey and T.R.N.C., presenting ideas and principles of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey

NH002 - National History II (N/C)

A continuation of NH001

TURK001 - Turkish I  (N/C)

Identification of the position of the Turkish language among World Languages; Turkish-speaking Lands of the World; An account of the historical development of Turkish; The teaching of writing, sentence structure and the grammar of the language. Special emphasis on explaining and teaching of writing styles. Classroom tasks of in-depth analysis of specimen books by Turkish writers.

TURK002 - Turkish II(N/C)

Introduction and exposition of the Turkish Sentence structures and descriptive styles for the purpose of enhancing speaking skills. By means of written and oral discourse, the realization of student-centered tasks for the development of précis, examination and critical skills of the student.

Elective Courses

GRA342-Packaging & Label Design (3,0)3

The course introduces the basic principles of packaging techniques, three-dimensional drawing and a variety of materials used in packaging. Through assignments, students learn to design suitable packaging for the product, choose the right materials and calculate the efficiency of the designed sample for multiple assembly production.

GRA351-Advertising Photography (3,0)3

Primarily suitable for course, design and media research, opinion and concept sketches are based on photographs of the design. Shooting and after shooting process.

GRA392-Exhibition and Environmental Graphics (3,0)3

Students explore the ways in which exhibition and environmental graphics enhance the experience of the user community through interactivity with form and space. Working individually, and in teams, students will design and build scale models of their concepts for assigned projects.

GRA452-Comic Book Design (3,0)3

In the class, the students will learn to use their fine art and design skills according to the script to create comic book

GRA455-Video Production Techniques (3,0)3

Attending the course, students are expected to acquire basic video production skills such as pre-production planning, lighting for video, shooting with a video camera and sound recording.