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Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar University

İstanbul - Türkiye

Overview

Osman Hamdi Bey, who took painting education in Paris, was the director of İstanbul Acheology Museum and he was assigned for another duty on January 1, 1882: Being appointed as the director of Sanayi-i Nefise Mekteb-i Alisi (The Imperial School of Fine Arts). This was assumed as the first step toward the establishment of the Academy. Osman Hamdi Bey started by the construction of a building across the Archeology Museum (Oriental Works ofArt Museum) and he started education with 20 students located in 5 workshops. Number of students increased to 60 in two years.

 

The year 1926 is an important date for Sanayi-i Nefise Mekteb-i Ali. Because of continual displacement and being obliged to give education at unqualified buildings, the institution lost its collection and most of its workshop materials. Finally, the institution started education at a permanent building at Meclis-i Mebusan in Fındıklı. The title of the school remained as Sanayi-i Nefise Mekteb-i Ali until the year 1927 and the name changed to Sanayi-i Nefise Akademisi in 1928 and to Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi (Fine Arts Academy) in 1929 and the owl amblem designed by Celal Bey has been used for the first time.

 

When the National Socialists came to power in Germany on January 30, 1933, the educational staff began to work in bad conditions and circumstances like every person living there. This was a turning point for the Academy because the lecturers being forced to abondon were invited to Turkey and this period is remembered as the beginning of the 'Academy Reform'.

 

On April 1, 1948, a fire burned down the academy building and caused the destruction of the library, official document, educational supplies and the collection of paintings completely. For this reason, again another moving would be inevitable. Following the fire, while the education was continued in less destroyed buildings and in limited faculties, the Department of Architecture had to be moved to Fındıklı Primary School and then to Yıldız School for Deaf and Dumb. The return was not possible until April 23, 1953. Between 1957 and 1959, the Academy was converted into a new administrative statute and became a five-year- school for 'higher education'; had its self-administration; chiefs were elected and students were admitted according to the talent test following the high school.

 

In 1969, the Academy of Fine Arts gained the statute of being a university. In 1981, with the passing of 'Law of Higher Education' all the institutions of high education in Turkey were gathered under the roof of 'Council of High Education'. During the first Rector Prof. Muhteşem Giray's presidency, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Institute of Positive Sciences, Institute of Social Sciences, State Conservatory were added to the Faculty of Architecture and Faculty of Fine Arts renaming it as the Mimar Sinan University. The same year Cinema-TV Institute was reconstructed to consist of two units: Center of Cinema-TV and Cinema TV Department connected to the Faculty of Fine Arts.

 

 In 1993, Mimar Sinan University was allocated by the Ministry of Defense a very important building to be used: the historical Tophane-i Amire. The building was rapidly restored and put in to use as the 'Tophane i Amire Culture and Arts Center' during the rectorate of Prof. Tamer Başoğlu. The Rector, Prof. İsmet Vildan Alptekin, changed the name of the institution to become 'Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University' in 2004. With international efforts and within the process of nomiation to EU, we obtained new advantages. In this respect, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University gained Erasmus University Charter Extended – EUC on Nov.1 2003 and started student and academical staff exchange with the EU universities.


Faculties

VOCATIONAL

  • Textiles
  • Architectural Restoration

 

UNDERGRADUATE

 

1-Faculty of Fine Arts

  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Traditional Turkish Arts
  • Sculpture
  • Stage and Costume Design
  • Textile and Fashion Design
  • Ceramics and Glass Design
  • Painting
  • Cinema and Television
  • Basic Design

 

2-Faculty of Architecture

  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Architecture
  • City and Regional Plannig

 

3-Faculty of Science and Letters

  • Archeology
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • History of Art
  • Sociology
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Turkish Language and Literature
  • Philosophy

 

4-Conservatory

  1. Music
  • Composition and Conducting
  • Piano-Harp-Guitar
  • String Instruments
  • Wind and Percussion Instruments
  1. Musicology
  • General Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology and Folklore
  1. Performing Arts
  • Theatre
  • Opera
  • Ballet
  • Modern Dance

 

 

5-Department of Informatics (Undergraduate courses offered by the department are credited elective courses and are available for all registered students at MSGSU) 

  • Programming
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Image Processing
  • 3D Modeling
  • Geographic Information Systems

 

GRADUATE

 

1-Institute of Science and Technology

 

a)Master’s Degree

  • Architecture
  • Interior Architecture
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Industrial Design
  • Structural Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Physics
  • Computer-Aided Art and Design

 

b)Doctorate Degree

  • Architecture
  • Interior Architecture
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Industrial Design
  • Structural Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

 

2-Institute of Social Sciences

 

a)Master’s Degree

  • Traditional Turkish Arts
  • Ceramic & Glass Design 
  • Graphic Design 
  • Textile And Fashion Design 
  • Cinema-Tv 
  • Stage And Costume 
  • Photography 
  • Music 
  • Performing Arts 
  • History of Art 
  • Sociology 
  • History 
  • Turkish Language And Literature 
  • Musicology 
  • Painting 
  • Sculpture 
  • Archeology
  • Philosophy
  • Basic Education

 

b)Doctorate Degree

  • Musicology
  • History of Art
  • Archeology
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Turkish Language And Literature 
  • Archeology
  • Philosophy

 

3-Department of Informatics

 

a)Master’s Degree

  • Computer-Aided Art and Design

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