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  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: $ 14k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    Description

    Modern media is a leading force in the contemporary process of globalization. The department of Communication and Design aims to educate media professionals, with a special emphasis on visual communication and visual technologies, specifically in the fields of advertising, journalism, visual design, video and TV production and new media.

    Students are provided with a wide range of courses in media studies, theories and practice, like interpersonal communication and individual presentation, forms and techniques of public and mass communication, visual design and visual studies, advertising, marketing and public relations, basic computer and Internet knowledge.

    The visual design and communication courses in practical fields such as photography, television, computer and video are conducted in computer labs with the most developed visual design programs, photography studios and a very well equipped digital video production studio. Since the department's philosophy is to educate both creative and responsible media professionals, it also includes several must and elective courses on the ethical, legal and social problems related with mass communication.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline 2014-2015 Academic Year Spring Semester, beginning on 2 February 2015, will be open between 15 October - 15 December 2014; 2015-2016 Academic Year Fall Semester, beginning in mid-September 2015, will be open between 15 October 2014 - 16 July 2015 Tuition fee
    • USD 13950 Year (International)

    The annual tuition for international students beginning their program in September 2014 is 13,950 US Dollars (includes 8% VAT). Tuition fees are collected in two equal installments at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. Tuition fees are payable in US Dollars only.

    Start date February,September 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    FIRST YEAR

    Autumn Semester

    Course Name

    • Visual Communication Design I
    • Introduction to Computing I
    • English and Composition I
    • Introduction to Art and Culture I
    • Orientation
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Turkish I

    Spring Semester

    Course Name

    • Visual Communication Design II
    • Introduction to Computing II
    • English and Composition II
    • Introduction to Art and Culture II
    • Introduction to Social Psychology
    • Turkish II

    SECOND YEAR

    Autumn Semester

    Course Name

    • Introduction to Communication Studies I
    • Basic Photography
    • Multimedia Authoring System and Standards
    • Collegiate Activities Program I
    • History of Turkey
    • Cultures Civilizations and Ideas I
    • Statistics for Social Sciences

    Spring Semester

    Course Name

    • Introduction to Communication Studies II
    • Introduction to Digital Cinematography
    • Introduction to Screenwriting
    • Principles of Economics
    • Collegiate Activities Program II
    • Cultures Civilizations and Ideas II

    THIRD YEAR

    Autumn Semester

    Course Name

    • Summer Practice I
    • Digital Video Production I
    • Analysis of Moving Image
    • Media and Society
    • Media Ethics
    • Restricted Elective

    Spring Semester

    Course Name

    • Digital Video Production II
    • Popular Culture
    • New Media
    • Restricted Electives (2)

    FOURTH YEAR

    Autumn Semester

    Course Name

    • Summer Practice II
    • Visual Communication Project I
    • Elective
    • Restricted Electives (2)

    Spring Semester

    Course Name

    • Visual Communication Project II
    • Elective
    • Restricted Electives (2)

    RESTRICTED ELECTIVES

    Course Name

    • Film History
    • Screenwriting
    • Film Theory and Criticism
    • News Reporting and Writing
    • Visual Technologies and Visual Narratives
    • Introduction to Advertising
    • Media Industries
    • Media Planning
    • Audio Production
    • Interactive Media Design and Development
    • Social Media Marketing
    • Sound Design I
    • Sound Design II
    • Media, Memory and Culture
    • Advanced Issues in Communication Studies
    • Media Theory and Methods
    • Gender and Media
    • Special Topics in Journalism
    • Documentary
    • Television Genres
    • Post-production Techniques
    • Adaptation in Media
    • International Public Relations
    • Special Topics in Visual Studies
    • Public Relations and Communication Campaigns
    • Special Topics in Advertising
    • Introduction to Advanced User Interfaces
    • Marketing Principles
    • Consumer Behavior
    MINOR PROGRAM

    The Department of Communication and Design is a response to the growing need of our increasingly globalized and networked world in which mass communications and visual technologies of various kinds play a fundamental role. By providing a wide range of courses in media studies, theories and practice, the Department of Communication and Design aims to educate media professionals, with a special emphasis on visual communication and visual technologies, specifically in the fields of advertising, journalism, visual design, video and TV production and new media. Our rationale is to produce knowledgeable and responsible media professionals who are able to respond to the urgent needs of development and globalization in effective ways.

    The Minor Program in Communication and Design aims to introduce dynamics of media theory and practice to Bilkent students from different backgrounds. As a complement to their major area of study, the minor program give the students a deep insight into the fields of communication, media and design, and prepare them for a career that requires them to anticipate the impact of communication in our day.

    Students enrolled in any of the Bilkent faculties are eligible to apply, provided that they fulfill the application criteria set by the university.

    The minor program consists of six courses in total, of which three are mandatory. The mandatory courses are COMD 203 Introduction to Communication Studies I, COMD 204 Introduction to Communication Studies II, and COMD 321 Analysis of Moving Image. Additionally, according to their fields of interest, students choose three 300 or 400 level Communication and Design courses.

    Prerequisite Courses: None

    CURRICULUM

    Courses

    Course Name

    • Introduction to Communication Studies I
    • Introduction to Communication Studies II
    • Analysis of Moving Image
    • Elective-300 or 400 level COMD courses (3)

    program_requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test : 87

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.

    Requirements

    International students, who had graduated or are expecting to graduate from a High School equivalent to Turkish High Schools in Turkey, can apply to Bilkent University. All International applicants who are applying for full-time undergraduate degree programs are required to fill out the following application form at:

    Online Application Form

    The applications for:

    • 2014-2015 Academic Year Spring Semester, beginning on 2 February 2015, will be open between 15 October - 15 December 2014
    • 2015-2016 Academic Year Fall Semester, beginning in mid-September 2015, will be open between 15 October 2014 - 16 July 2015

    How to complete your online application:

    Step 1: Obtain a login ID and password

    Step 2: Fill out the personal information part and upload the personal information page of your passport.

    Step 3: Fill out the family Information part. All students who would like to be considered for partial tuition wavier recipients are recommended to fill out this part.

    Step 4:REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

    Bilkent accepts the photocopies of exams/diplomas and certificates listed below for application. In the absence of national or international exams, high school graduation score can be evaluated for admission. Scanned copies of Turkish or English translation of the high school diploma and official transcript along with the explanation of the high school’s grading system should be submitted for application.

    • - In the SAT I, a total score of at least 1000 out of 1600 (in the combined Critical Reading and Math Reasoning tests), depending on the department to which application is made.
    • - In the General Certificate Education (GCE), including Cambridge International A Level, at least three A level scores, one of which is received in the particular subject area of the program applied for.
    • - In the ACT examination, a minimum score of 24 in Mathematics, Science and Composite.
    • - In the TQDK examination, a minimum score of 450 out of 700 in "Group II-III-IV" and a minimum score of 550 out of 700 in "Group I".
    • - In the Baccalaureate Libanais examinations given in Lebanon, a diploma score of at least 14 in the Scientific Stream.
    • - In the Tawjih examinations given in Jordan and Palestine, a minimum average of 85 points in all courses in the Scientific Stream.
    • - In the West African Examinations Council - (International) Senior School Certificate examination (WAEC - SSCE), a maximum score of 2 in each of the six subjects, and a maximum total score of 9 from the same six subjects.
    • - An International Baccalaureate diploma with a diploma score of at least 28 or higher up to 32 depending on the department to which application is made.
    • - A French Baccalaureate diploma with a diploma score of at least 12.
    • - ABITUR with a score of at least 4 and a minimum score of 5 out of 15 in the subjects related to the program applied for.
    • - In the Libyan Al Shahada Al Thanawiya examination, a score of at least 195 in the Scientific Stream for Engineering and Science programs and at least 185 in the Social Sciences / Art Stream for other programs.
    • - In the Gao Kao examination of the People's Republic of China, a score of at least 540 (It may vary according to the department applied for).
    • - In Diploma Debirestan / Pisdanesgahi administered in Iran, with a score of at least 16 out of 20.
    • - In the International University Test examination administered in Kazakhstan, a minimum score of 85 out of 100.
    • - Gold, silver or bronze medals in the International Science Olympiads (*) recognized by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey):

    * (IOI) The International Olympiad in Informatics
    (IBO) The International Biology Olympiad
    (IPhO) The International Physics Olympiad
    (IChO) The International Chemistry Olympiad
    (IMO) The International Mathematical Olympiad
    (JBMO) Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad
    (BMO) Balkan Mathematical Olympiad
    (BOI) Balkan Olympiad in Informatics

    Step 5: ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

    As Bilkent is an English medium university, students are required to meet the language requirement to be able to pursue their studies in their departments. The language requirement can be met through the submission of an exam result meeting the minimum requirements in any of the following exams as outlined below:

    • TOEFL iBT, a score of at least 87
    • IELTS Academic, a score of at least 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 scored in every section
    • CAE, a grade of at least "C"
    • FCE, a grade of at least "B"

    External exam results are valid for two years. When students submit results for any of the exams mentioned above, Bilkent University School of English Language reserves the right to investigate these exam results for reliability purposes, the right to give an exam to students to check the validity of their exam results, and the right to not accept exam results that are considered to be suspicious.

    If students cannot submit an exam result which meets the minimum requirements, they can take the COPE exam administered by Bilkent University after registration. Students, who cannot meet the minimum pass score in the COPE exam, will have to attend classes in the English Language Preparatory Program which is a one to two year program where they will receive 25-30 hours of classroom input every week.

    PLEASE NOTE: The exam results must be sent to the university directly by the related institution. The exam results that are not sent to the university by the related institution will not be accepted.

    • TOEFL should be sent directly from ETS to Bilkent University - CODE: 0620.
    • IELTS should be sent directly from British Council to Bilkent University.

    Step 6: List and rank your selected programs up to 5 choices. Please note that students who choose Graphic Design; Fine Arts and Music must take an aptitude test administered by the related faculties in August.

    Step 7: Please write a 250-word statement of purpose describing your academic goals and reasons to study at Bilkent.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Bilkent University.

    Funding

    Scholarships for International Students
  • Prospective students who apply for financial assistance are evaluated according to their high school grades, their national and/or international exam scores, and other relevant academic criteria.

  • Qualified applicants are offered partial or full tuition waiver scholarships. Tuition waiver scholarships are awarded at five levels, ranging from 20% to 100% in increments of 20%. Accommodation scholarships are also available for a limited number of top students who are on full tuition waiver scholarship.

  • Students can benefit from scholarships for maximum of 2 years in the English Preparatory Program and for a maximum of 5 years in 4-year undergraduate programs.

  • Students on scholarship are required to take at least the minimum course load* specified for their department each semester (excluding any withdrawn courses**, GE100, GE251 and non-credit courses) and to maintain a minimum annual GPA of 2.00/4.00. (The annual GPA is calculated as a weighted average of Fall and Spring semester grades; courses taken in the optional Summer School are also included in calculation.) English Preparatory Program students are required to qualify to take the ECA or COPE exam at the end of each course or pass COPE by the end of the academic year. Scholarships of students who fail to meet these conditions will be decreased one level and cannot be restored even if the students improve their performance. If there are no Fall or Spring semester courses within the annual GPA, students with less than 2.00 are given a warning; if these students fail to meet the required conditions at the end of the following year, their scholarships will be decreased by two levels.

  • Students on accommodation scholarship are required to maintain a minimum annual GPA of 2. 50/4.00. Students who fail to meet this condition will loose their accommodation scholarship.
    * The minimum course load depends on the department. This information can be found in SRS ( https://stars.bilkent.edu.tr/srs/ ) under "Information Card" and "lower limit".

    ** The number of withdraws is irrelevant, provided that students finish the semester with the minimum course load. If a student falls one course below the minimum course load by withdrawing a course, this is also possible provided that this situation occurs only once over the fall and spring semesters combined.
  • Merit Scholarship At the end of each academic year, international students who have taken at least a minimum curriculum course load (excluding any additional courses, withdrawn courses, GE 100-250-251, non-credit courses and repeated courses in Spring, already taken in Fall semester) and attained an annual grade point average of 3.30 or above, as well as being in the top 5% of all the non-scholarship students in their program, may become eligible to receive a merit scholarship for the following academic year on top of any partial tuition waiver scholarship they may already have.

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