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.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Eser Keçeci
Head of Plastic Arts
She was born in 1980 in Nicosia-Cyprus. She received her bachelor degree in Ceramic Art from the Faculty of Fine Art, Hacettepe University in Turkey. She got her master from the same university (2002-2003), with the dissertation: “Installations as the Language of Expression in the shaping of thought conveyed by Ceramic Applications”. In 2004, she started her academic career as a part-time lecturer in the faculties of Architecture and Performing Arts. She continues as a Full-time lecturer in the Faculty of Fine Art (2006-2011) and Faculty of Communication (2011-19). She completed Phd studies in 2019, with the dissertation : “Graffiti as Ideological Communication Tools: LGBTI Graffiti in Nicosia Streets since 2012”, at Near East University.
Her articles were published in academic journals and presented her research findings in national and international conferences on art education, Graffiti and culture. Her researches deal with semiotic analysis of works of arts with the critical cultural perspective of queer theories.
Besides national workshops, Kececi have participated in several workshops and exhibitions in Britain, USA, Mexico, Bulgaria and Turkey. Her works of arts in ceramic sculptures and paper art have been presented in several national and international exhibitions. Her solo ceramic sculpture exhibition was in Adana, Turkey in 2005. She is currently a member in the following associations: Ceramist Association in Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean Art Association in North Cyprus, Cyprus Paper Artist Association, and Open Studios Association in South Cyprus.
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.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ceyda Alparslan Kuzu
Ceyda Alparslan Kuzu, born in 1981 in Ankara; She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in 2008 and her Proficiency in Art degree in 2012. Worked at public and foundation universities and she was the founding lecturer of art oriented departments. In addition to national and international artistic events, personal photography and painting exhibitions and academic publications, she has published numerous independent articles on the art market and social content published in magazines. She is the author of books titled 'From MORE To GENIUS - Introduction to History of Design' and 'MUSEUM as the Headquarters of a Heritage'. Her works are featured in the collecctions Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, OECD France and some private collections. Alparslan, who is closely interested in the Art of Performance; many institutions, clubs and businesses in Ankara have signed the interior design projects and applications. There are script and art consultancy for some TV movie and TV series projects. She is still working as a media consultant at Istanbul Finance Summit and has been working mainly on International Relations and Art recently.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Raif Dimililer
He was born in Nicosia, in 1979. He graduated from Hacettepe University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Sculpture in 2000. He received his MA degree from Middlesex University, Fine Art Department in 2003. He completed his Ph.D. at the Near East University Faculty of Art and Design in 2018. He worked as a lecturer at the Near East University, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design (2008-2020). He participated in various competitions as a jury member and as a participant in many national and international exhibitions. He played an active role in many arts organizations and events.