Photography and Video

The Department of Photography and Video at the ARUCAD offers their students to take part in an intense four-years programme with its strong vision of an interdisciplinary approach in order to fulfill the specific needs of each student. We are committed to providing open, well informed and critical surroundings for the personal and professional development of the artist with a devotion of providing bursary support.

Graduates from The Department of Photography and Video are well placed to become independent practitioners, working as artists or pursue art-related profession at distinct careers in the field to a wide range of industries. And, some moves onto postgraduate studies and makes an academic career in exciting and diverse contexts.


  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Gulsen Bal (Curator and an Art and Visual Culture Theorist)
    Head of Photography and Video

    Gulsen Bal, Asst. Prof. PhD - Dr., graduated in the field of time-based media art in London and studied MA degree in Critical Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design where she undertook her doctoral study. Her research has involved exploring the temporal and strategic conjunctions of differential structures seeking to understand the implications and complexity of the “production of subjectivity” formulated in creative practices at the edge of multiple strategies within creative strand.

    Bal is a curator and an art and visual culture theorist. She has been the director and Head of Development of Projects and Programmes the Open Space - Zentrum für Kunstprojekte within its multi-layered constituents since 2007 over the years. She was a full time lecturer and hold the positions of Head of Department as well as Course and Program Co-ordinator at Istanbul Bilgi University that is part of Laureate International Universities network between 2013-2017. She lectured part time at Istanbul Yeditepe University at the Department of Arts and Management for an MA degree program at the same time. Also, she taught visual cultural studies at Technische Universität Wien in Visual Culture Department at the duration of 2008-2013.

    She has curated, edited, published articles and participated in talks in various places and venues internationally as well as in Turkey.

  • Assoc. Prof. Nur Onat

    Born in 1973 in Istanbul. She completed her primary and secondary education in Istanbul. In 1992 She began her art education at The Photography Deparment of Mimar Sinan University’s Fine Arts Faculty, graduated in 1996 and the same year she went to USA for research on photography and comtemporary art. She has got her masters degree in 2003, her Ph.D in 2005 and Associate Professor title in 2011. Since 1989 Onat has been using photography as an expressional medium and her field of study focusing especially on the link between photography and other art disciplines and contemporary photography. She has participated in numerous national and intenational art exhibitions and events, won international awards, taken roles in academic projects and published academic contributions. She still continues to give lectures on contemporary photography and photography techniques.

  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Arzu Akkaya (Art Historian)

    She completed her MA program at Hacettepe University Art History Department. She completed the doctoral thesis about Ottoman Art Magazines Reviews and their Design at Istanbul University Art History Department.

    From 2006 to 2018, she worked as research assistant at the Department of Art History at Istanbul University and also, she was the coordinator of the Art History Research Center. The same years, she worked as a publishing member of 'Art History Annual.’ In addition to her academic duties, between the years 2015-18 she worked as a manager in II. Bayezid Turkish Bath Culture Museum. She was a member of the exhibition organizing committee. She organized exhibitions as a curator.

  • Lecturer Cengiz Bodur (Photograph Artist)

    Having completed his undergraduate and graduate studies on art and digital visualization at Hacettepe University, Cengiz Bodur has been working on his doctorate in the field of photography. He continues to work in the field of photography as an artist.