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.


  • Prof. Dr. Uğur Yozgat
    Acting Dean

    Uğur Yozgat is a Professor of Management and Organization and Vice Rector at Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design, North Cyprus. His research interests include strategic management, information systems management, communication, customer relationship management and decision making. He has several papers published in national, international, and SSCI journals and conference proceedings, and is in advisory board in many of them. In 2013 he was awarded by Turkish Academy of Social Sciences. Many of his research papers were awarded as best papers in conferences.

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alev Adil (Visual Artist, Poet)

    Dr Alev Adil is a poet, performance artist and scholar. Her photographic work, multimedia performances and film-poems have been featured in magazines, used as book covers and been exhibited and performed in galleries including Tate Britain and the British Museum in London and internationally from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh and Cyprus to Zurich.

    Alev is also a literary critic, and currently reviews for The Times Literary Supplement. She is “one of “a small circle of reviewers working with a collaborative ethos to promote Turkish literature in the UK” and provides “nuanced commentaries on Turkish literature in English translation” (Tekgül and Akbatur, 2013, 46). In recognition of her international expertise she is on English PEN Writers in Translation Committee. She has also served as an advisor and member of the Writers in Prison Committee of English PEN.

    Alev has a BSc in Philosophy from the London School of Economics, an MA in Cultural Studies and a PhD in multimedia poetics from Central Saint Martin’s, University of the Arts, London. She has extensive experience of teaching Visual Culture, Film, Literature and Creative Writing from BA to PhD in universities in the UK and as a visiting professor in Greece, Holland, Trinidad and İndia. Her academic publications include research into diasporal and postcolonial memory, cinema, literature and art.

    Research Interests: Cinema, Multimedia Poetics, Memory Studies, Postcolonial Studies.

  • Asst. Prof. Dr. İbrahim Dalkılıç

    After having completed his bachelor degree at Hacettepe University, he did his master degree at Great Britain’s Sunderland University on Television, Film and Media Production and held high level administrative posts for many years at the television and media sector. In tandem with his career at the sector, he continued to pursue an academic career as well, and was a lecturer at the Girne American University and Eastern Mediterranean University. He completed his doctorate degree on Communication and Media Management and is continuing with his studies on cinema/ideology, visual culture and digital transfromation.
    He is particularly interested in photography and world history.

  • 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.

  • 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.