The Department of Photography and Video at the ARUCAD offers their students to take part in an intense four-years program 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.


  • Prof. Dr. Nur Onat
    Head of Photography

    Born in 1973 in Istanbul. She completed her primary and secondary education in Istanbul. In 1992 She began her art education at The Photography Department of Mimar Sinan University’s Fine Arts Faculty, graduated in 1996 and the same year she went to the USA for research on photography and contemporary 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 international art exhibitions and events, won international awards, taken roles in academic projects and published academic contributions. She continues to give lectures on contemporary photography and photography techniques.

  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Esra Plümer Bardak

    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).

  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Cengiz Bodur

    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.