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Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture

Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture

Design is a powerful tool we use to transform our environment, and hopefully, make it a better place. More than ever as designers, but also as citizens of this world, we are aiming to design artifacts, buildings and cities that not only reflect our dreams, creativity, ambitions as individuals and as societies but are also respectful towards our world and its inhabitants. Our program emphasizes the responsibility of the designers for their impact on the environment. Our graduates will contribute to a new understanding of design based on an ethically responsible approach towards the environment and thus, will become involved actively in the creation of a better world. We envision a future where our graduates lead the way to developing more environmentally resilient ways of designing not only in Turkey but also all around the world.
Our programs are shaped around the main idea that design is about creating. Studios in our curricula have a higher credit and hour per week in comparison to similar programs. We believe that the studio, where our students learn by doing and experimenting, is the center of all design education that is supported with integrated theoretical courses. In order to achieve that goal, our studios are open to the use of the students 24 hours every day. 
At FADA, we have developed a special program that takes creating and making beyond the boundaries of our studios. Our Design-build-studio is a summer program where our students design and build projects for schools and communities. The ‘Bridge of Dreams’ that was designed and build during the 2015 program has been published in professional architectural magazines and has also received a number of awards. Building on the success of the bridge, our students are designing and building five projects in different schools in Istanbul and Aydın. Our design build program gives our students the experience of not only designing but also building and realizing their ideas. Also, they experience the satisfaction of reaching out and helping people through design. 

To provide an intellectually rigorous learning and research environment for educating creative, innovative, ethically and socially responsible as well as globally competitive designers. 

Create a learning environment that emphasizes imagination, critical thinking and technical innovation as well as social and environmental ethical responsibility; establish programs that will be the best in Turkey and also are renowned for their excellence internationally; bringing together a faculty who are willing to try and develop new and fresh methods, approaches and ideas to address the continuously changing and dynamic profile of our students as well as the new challenges of 21st century; establishing cross-disciplinary approaches and cooperation of various creative fields that are studying the environment.

Our Architecture Education Program comprehends all required components of higher education (pedagogical) in parallel to design education (Architecture + Interior Architecture). As an educational understanding the undergrads deserve being designers from their very first day at our Faculty. As Faculty of Arts Design and Architecture / FADA, we are very much concern on design education based on analytical thinking, technological and digital innovations, ethical and sustainable approaches. We place emphasis on design itself, theory and history of architecture, architectonics, praxis and many areas based on diversified elective courses.
We place “studio” at the center of the Education. Design education is very much associated with its studio environment. FADA has got a new double height immense studio, which covers all architecture and interior architecture students together. The studio and our understanding on design education will motivate to develop studio culture, as stimulating creative work, experimental projects, exchanging ideas and awareness on varied discourse matters. In our education organization, the staff experienced both as academician and designer from practice of design.
Almost all our first year students work in school internship projects named “Design Built Studio” at the end of the first year. It is a four weeks project to design and build in different part of Turkey and Istanbul with our staff. This experience gives them a chance to understand final production, from design stage through construction.
We encourage and motivate our students for the advantages of summer internship in abroad from a month to three months. This provides them, office or construction internship experience in a foreign country, which deepen their understanding of design in a different culture and may also help to flourish for future work opportunities.
It is expected that the students to be intellectual and able to work as architects and interior architects all over the World besides Turkey.
Prof.Dr. Oya Pakdil
Dean, Faculty of Arts Design and Architecture

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