Plastic Arts

Art as an extension of giving form to thought

The Department of Plastic Arts offers a specialist program that combines traditional techniques with innovative approaches to making art.

The Plastic Arts Program is built on the triadic bond between technical training, critical thinking and historical perspective, where students are encouraged to develop their artistic practice as part of intellectual and critical enquiry.

A wide range of practice-led studio and workshops offer collaborative strategies for creative thinking, complemented by lecture and seminars where the visual arts and history meet across the fields of philosophy, psychology, architecture, design, technology and the natural sciences.

Students will gain an opportunity to make a tangible difference on a local, national, and international scale with guidance from an exceptional staff and access to incomparable technical and studio resources. Studios and lectures are led by a core team, as well as cross-faculty staff members, exposing students to instructors who have expertise and specialisms in a variety of areas.

ARUCAD’s Kyrenia campus is a creative environment where students will be encouraged to practice critical, open and exploratory thinking while being equipped with the confidence, experience and skill needed to launch their career as professional artists and makers.


  • Asst. Prof. Esra Plümer (Art Historian)
    Head of Plastic Arts

    Plumer completed her PhD in Art history at the University of Nottingham in 2012 and has lectured in several institutions since, including European University Lefke, Nottingham University, the Courtauld Institute of Art and Girne American University. She is an active member of NGO art associations, namely EMAA, and carries out independent research alongside collaborative projects as cultural manager and curator. Most recent publications include the monographic book “Unica Zurn: Art, Writing and Post-war Surrealism” (IB Tauris, 2016) and “From narration to dialogue? Thinking about the way we talk about contemporary visual art in the Turkish Cypriot Community”, in the upcoming book Contemporary art from Cyprus: Politics, identity and transcultural artistic production (IB Tauris Publishers, 2019).

  • Prof. Dr. Turan Aksoy

    Born in 1964, M. Turan Aksoy is a graduate of Gazi University (1986) in Ankara. He received his M.A from Hacettepe University. He then completed his Ph.D at University of Central England. He has worked at Hacettepe University, Yıldız Technical University and Yeditepe University as an instructor. He has been in Stuttgart Art Academy as a visiting professor.

    His latest selected works: 2015 A Portrait; Restless, Pi Art Gallery, İstanbul. 2015 Manageable Heaven, Milli Reasürans Art Gallery, İstanbul. 2013 A Portrait; Restless, Pi Art Gallery, İstanbul. 2011 Dust and Fuss, Pi Art Gallery, İstanbul. 2010 Shining Thing, Pi Art Gallery, İstanbul.

  • Prof. Dr. Lale Dilbaş

    Upon graduating with a degree in Ceramic and Glass from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, she obtained her first Masters from Dokuz Eylul University in the same field. She completed her second Masters in Fine Art at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds (UK) and her PhD in Glass from Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), on the subject of Turkish Glass Culture and Its Relationship with Contemporary Glass and Education. Apart from her long-standing career as an academic she has also taken part in various exhibitions and workshops in Turkey and abroad. Her works combine glass and ceramics, and she has a strong interest in traditional pottery making –ceramic cook stoves in particular, especially focusing on South Asia.

  • Dr. Senior Instructor Ayşenur Ceren Asmaz

    Born in 1987; Ayşenur Ceren Asmaz is graduate of Anadolu University Faculty of Fine Arts Glass Department (2010) and she received M.A. from Institute of Fine Arts Glass Art of same university (2013). In 2013, she was appointed as Research Assistant at Uludağ University Ceramic and Glass Design Department. During 2014-2018, she worked at Dokuz Eylül University, Institute of Fine Arts Ceramics and Glass Design Department during her Ph.D and completed her Ph.D in 2018. Besides various symposiums, biennials and exhibitions, artist has a solo exhibition named 'İnsanın kanadı; gayretidir' and three awards, one of which is in sculpture and the other two in ceramic field. Her works are featured in the collections of South Korean International Macsabal Museum and Applied Art Museum at the Stieglitz Academy.

  • Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Akkaya

    Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Akkaya was born in 1976 in Ankara. He completed his higher education in 2000, becoming an academician in 2001, and completed his Ph.D. in 2012. He has had five personal exhibitions and participated in 13 international practical statue symposiums. His artworks have been exhibited in numerous national and international group exhibitions and private collections. He is an expert and instructor of traditional sculpture, animatronic, animatronic coding, video editing, 3D organic and inorganic design, 3D scanning, 3D printing process and 3D printing post production. He is one of the profile developers for the world’s largest 3D printer company, Ultimaker. He is also one of the four designers who give a presentation in Turkey at the same time as Ultimaker 3rd World.

  • Lecturer İsmet Değirmenci (Artist/Poet)

    İsmet Değirmenci was born in 1964 in Marmar Island. He graduated from the Department of Sculpture in the Fine Arts Faculty of Marmara University. His artworks a mostly based on pre-existing art and they have been exhibited in many personal and group exhibitions in Istanbul. He worked as a senior instructor in various universities in addition to being a columnist for a while. He has also published a book of his own poems.

  • Lecturer Aslı Bolayır (Artist)

    She completed her higher education in art department in Marseille Fine Art Academy in France. She holds exhibition in Europe and her artworks are found in private and public collections. She gives Expressive Art workshops in Cyprus and in Spain.

  • Lecturer Mümine Özdemirağ Yağlı, Ceramics

    She is graduate of Ceramics Department of Fine Arts Faculty at Hacettepe University. She got her master's degree in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University between the years of 2003-2005. She has been working on her atworks in her atalier in Cyprus since 2005. She has participated in various national and international exhibitions and symposiums.