Visual Communication Design

Visual communication is integral to contemporary culture and society. Our Visual Communication Design program is designed to educate and enable students to develop a thorough understanding of the role, function and possibilities of visual communication design and to equip them with the necessary creative skills to become innovators in their field of study. This program deploys a multidisciplinary approach where students learn to communicate ideas and information effectively in a range of social, cultural and commercial contexts, through diverse and interrelated media such as digital and printed magazines, books, illustration, branding and visual identity, signage, apps, animation, websites, photography and film. Students will master both traditional and digital creative techniques and also develop their analytical skills through a thorough grounding in historical and contemporary art and design, semiotics and social and cultural studies.


  • Assoc. Prof. Alev Adil (Visual Artist, Poet)
    Head of Department (A)

    Alev has taught courses on creative writing, film, visual culture and critical theory at the University of Greenwich, Goldsmiths College and Queen Mary College, University of London, University of Sussex and Westminster University in the UK and has been a visiting professor at The Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam), FAMU (Prague), New York College (Athens), the University of Patras, The Mudra Institute of Communication (Ahmedabad) and SBCS (Trinidad). Alev Adil is an internationally recognised writer, artist and academic. Her poetry has been translated into Albanian, Azeri, Dutch, Greek, Finnish, Flemish, French, Lithuanian, Romanian and Turkish. Alev’s photographic work, multimedia performances and film-poems have been featured in magazines, used as book covers and been exhibited/performed in galleries including Tate Britain, the British Museum, the Royal Maritime Museum in London.

  • Lecturer Rozhano Azimi Hashemi (Photograph Artist/Graphic Designer)

    Rozhano Azimi Hashemi did her undergraduate and graduate studies in the field of visual art and visual communication at Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus. The area of her interest and expertise are communication design, cinema, media studies and photography. She started photographing at the age of 18 and had some photo exhibitions at Iran. Rozhano has started to work as free-lance designer at 2012 while doing her MA degree and after graduation she has worked as graphic designer at publishing house of EMU. She completed her higher education in 2014 in the field of communication and media studies and she is now doing her PhD about visual semiology and visual rhetorical in cinema.

  • Lecturer Anastasia Artyukhova Sekmen

    Anastasia Artyukhova Sekmen has graduated from class of applied arts (Moscow, Russia). After completing her Bachelor degree in interior architecture, she got her Master’s degree on both interior design and visual communication and design departments. Her areas of interest and expertise include illustration in matte painting technique, photo manipulation, and graphic design. She has made research on color, particularly on its’ psycho-physiological effects and visual aspects. Anastasia has started teaching at the university in 2012, simultaneously working free-lance/part time in the field of graphic design and communication. Courses, she has been teaching, include basic design, history of design, sketching techniques, toy design, introduction to matte painting and interdisciplinary design studio.

  • Lecturer Korhan Akbaytogan

    Creative Group Head, Illustrator, Graphic Designer
    Born on 15th of January 1979, Istanbul. In 2002 he completed his BA at Marmara U., Fine Arts Faculty, Graphic Design Dept. and at 2006, his MFA with thesis at T.C.Yeditepe U., Fine Arts Faculty, Dept. of Plastic Arts.
    He worked for Lowe Lintas, Index Interactive Multimedia, Feza Fırat Advertisement and Public Relations Agencies as an Art Director & Digital illustrator.
    He gave lessons at; Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Dept. of Graphic Design and Dept. of Informatics on Computer-Aided Art and Design Programs. He became an Adobe Certified Expert.
    He gave lessons at Universities and establishments like; Bilgeadam Academy, LaSalle Academy, Yıldız Technical University, Ankara University - Biotechnology Institute, Boğaziçi University - KOSGEB, Novartis, Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortaklığı and others.
    Until 2018; he worked for Solutions Branding & Design Companies as a Senior Art Director and Illustrator. He became an expert on Packaging Design and Branding. He designed for brands like; Coca-Cola, Ülker, Unilever, Pınar, Eczacıbaşı, Algida, Nivea, Sanofi and others. He ended his agency career as a Creative Group Head.
    He recently works at ARUCAD as VCDD Deputy Head and senior instructor. And he continues his PhD.
    He is also an experienced Scuba instructor and a yogi.