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. Ayşenur Ceren Asmaz
Head of Plastic Arts
She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Anadolu University in Glass Art and her Proficiency in Art degree in Ceramics from Dokuz Eylül University. Besides various symposiums, biennials and exhibitions, the artist has two solo glass exhibitions named “İnsanın kanadı; gayretidir” and “Inner Monsters Glass Edition”, a solo ceramics exhibition named “Recipe for Disaster”; also she has an illustration exhibition of her illustrations for the poetry book named “Two Rivers”. The artist has three awards, one for sculpture and two for ceramics and her works are featured in the collections of South Korean International Macsabal Museum and Applied Art Museum at the Stieglitz Academy.
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. Tim Brennan
Professor Brennan is Head of the School of Fine Art at Manchester School of Art (MSoA) in the UK, the second oldest Arts institution in the country. He joined to ARUCAD as Visiting Professor. Brennan is an independent well known artist who regularly exhibits his work and performances on the international stage. His doctorate focused on the methodology he developed surrounding the use of the guided walk form to investigate our relations to place and history in new and imaginative ways.
His artistic practice lies in the area of art’s politicised relationship to space, place, writing, image making, archives, performance and artist editions. He has exhibited internationally over the last 30 years, including the 50th and 54th Venice Biennales, Interzone Performance Biennale in Quebec, Canada and The British Museum, London. He has published extensively in multiple academic journals. He was shortlisted for the UK's Northern Arts Prize in 2007.
Brennan’s contribution to the landscape of art education is instrumental. In the 1990s he established BA Visual Performance at the influential art college at Dartington and then MA Curating at Goldsmiths, London. Since 2000, he has developed, taught and led new programmes as a Lecturer, Head of Department, and Associate Dean at the University of Sunderland and as Professor of Art, and Director of Pre-Doctoral Studies at the College of Creative Arts, Massey University, New Zealand.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ceyda Alparslan Kuzu
Ceyda Alparslan Kuzu, born in 1981 in Ankara; She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hacettepe University (2008) and her Proficiency in Art degree from Gazi University (2012). After her work as a lecturer at Gazi University, she was the founding lecturer of Traditional Turkish Arts and Painting Departments at KTO Karatay University. 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, such as Econometrics, Ankara Life, etc. 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, Derin Art Gallery, 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.
Lecturer Mümine Özdemirağ Yağlı
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 artworks in her atelier in Cyprus since 2005. She has participated in various national and international exhibitions and symposiums.