Digital Media

Today’s media companies are seeking communication and media professionals who not only can perform the duties of a journalist or a public relations or advertising practitioner, but who are also comfortable with visual design and content production for digital media—e.g. online publications, blogs, podcasts, virtual communities, interactive advertising.

Digital Media at ARUCAD is uniquely positioned to prepare students for today’s converging media environment, where communication professionals are expected to have a broad range of knowledge and creative skills, from critical thinking and excellent writing to the ability to create interactive media, digital arts, and strategic communication campaigns.

Students who opt for the Digital Media Department at ARUCAD shall surely benefit from a contemporary understanding of emerging trends in the evolving communication industry, as well as receiving guidance for connecting classroom learning with local and global market mechanisms.


  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Ömer Yetkinel
    Head of Department

    Born in 1989 in Nicosia, Ömer Yetkinel obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the Eastern Mediterranean University, Master’s degree from the University of Greenwich and completed his PhD in the communications field with a thesis on “Big Data and Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere” at the International Cyprus University. He has been giving lectures on digital communication, multimedia and film production at various universities since 2012. During the recent years he has been conducting researches on particularly in personal data security and microtargeting.

    Since 2010, he has been working as a director, cinematographer and editor on many advertorials, music videos, documentaries and short films that were produced by the production company (InMotion) which he had set up. During the same period he has also worked professionally as a political communication adviser at the local, presidential and parliamentary elections that were held in Cyprus.

    His interests include virtual reality, artificial intelligence and audio-visual projects.

  • Prof. Dr. Berrin Yanıkkaya

    Berrin Yanıkkaya is a Professor of Communication Studies and the Dean of the Faculty of Communication at ARUCAD. Before joining ARUCAD she had been working as the Head of the School of Communications Studies at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand and before locating to New Zealand, she had worked for Yeditepe University in Istanbul for 20 years. Her most recent roles there were that of Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Communications, as well as Head of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in the Department of Radio, Television and Cinema.

    She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Department of Radio, TV and Cinema, Ankara University (1995), her Master of Arts degree from the Department of Radio, TV and Cinema, Yeditepe University (1999) and her PhD degree from the General Sociology and Methodology Doctorate Program, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (2004). She was awarded a post- doctoral research fellowship by TUBITAK-BIDEB for her research on alternative media at York St. John University, York, UK in 2013.

    Professor Yanıkkaya’s areas of academic interest lie in the crossroads of Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies and Media Studies. From the very beginning of her academic career, her focus has been on the construction of female agency through cultural and media production and meaning-making processes. She has taken part in various international steering committees and boards, served on editorial and advisory boards for different matters, and directed and participated in a variety of academic projects.

  • Pervin Yiğit

    Assist. Prof. Dr. Pervin Yiğit

    Dr Yiğit was born in Nicosia on 11 June 1983. After having completed her secondary education at the Turkish Maarif College she went to Ankara for her higher education. She graduated from the Philosophy Department of the Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2004 and ın 2005 she received her double major degree from the METU Philosophy Department. Same year she started her master degree program at the METU Philosophy Department and completed this in 2007. In 2008 she went to UK’s Sussex University for her doctorate degree and completed it in 2013 in the field of “Intellectual History” with a thesis that was headlined “The political thought of John Brown: Religion, Reform and International Relations” . She returned to Cyprus the same year and started lecturing on “Political Philosophy” and “Political Psychology”on a part-time basis at the Near East University. In 2014 she became a full-time lecturer at the Education Faculty of the same university. During this period she also gave Anthropology and Education Philosophy lessons on a part-time basis at the European University of Lefke. Dr Yiğit started working at the Communication Faculty of the Arkın Creative Arts and Design in 2017. Her research subjects are communication and media sociology, moral philosophy, political philosophy and art philosophy. She is also a member of the publication council of a weekly magazine and her articles are published regularly at this magazine

  • Ali Azhari

    Lecturer Ali Azhari

    Ali Azhari is an Iranian filmmaker and cinematographer holding an M.F.A. in screenwriting/cinematography and has been professionally working in Iranian cinema as a director of photography for years.
    His field of research is focused on interactive and post-cinema.

  • Arvin Madghalchi

    Lecturer Arvin Medghalchi

    Arvin Medghalchi is an Iranian animated filmmaker and illustrator. He has a degree in Visual arts and Visual communication design and more than 15 years of experience in directing independent animated films. He is mostly known for his stop-motion animations which have been screened and awarded from many international film festivals. His field of interest is to use mixed medium to approach the best results in visual storytelling. Lately, he has been working on his first animated feature film and a documentary.

    2004 ‘’The Big Dream’’ 2D – 9min
    2006 ‘’The lonely Dog’’ 2D – 4min
    2009 Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘’The Black Cat’’ Stop Motion – 13min
    2013 ‘’Imperfection’’ Paper Cut Animation – 6min
    2013 ‘’ The Makeup’’ Cut out and Stop Motion – 5min
    2014 ‘’Pinocchio’’ 2D Music video ( Officially Published )- 3min
    2014 ‘’OMID ( Hope )’’ Stop Motion-9min
    2016-17 ‘’Kitchen Dreams’’ Stop Motion – 14min
    2017 ‘’In Mediterranean Arms’’ 2D- 2min
    2016-17 ‘’Mr.Jazabgholi (Short animation series 10 episodes) 2D
    2017 ‘’ Resident of the seventh deadlock’’ Documentary – Work still in progress.

    Solo exhibition, Digital Art, Mehrin Art Gallery, 2004 Tehran
    Group exhibition, Peace, Love and Friendship, at the cultural and artistic centre for children, 2005 Tehran

    * Winner of Best Animation Asia Peace Film Festival. Pa. Edition 2017 ‘’In Mediterranean Arms’’
    * Winner of Best Animation Doc. Rendezvous Film Festival Florida. USA 2015 ‘’ HOPE’’
    * Winner of the Best Animation KIFEWW Film Festival Kolkata INDIA 2015 ‘’HOPE’’
    * Appreciated Director from the 5th Hasanat Short Film Festival Isfahan IRAN 2016 ‘’HOPE’’
    * Special Mention Best Animation Director Mowj Film Festival Kish Island IRAN 2016 ‘’HOPE’’
    * Appreciated Animation Se Ma For Film Festival (scary puppets) POLAND 2010 ‘’ The Black Cat’’
    * Appreciated Movie Poster design from 34th Fajr Film Festival IRAN 2016 ‘’ Risk Of Acid Rain’’
    * Official Selection 9th River Film Festival ITALY 2015 ‘’HOPE’’
    * Official Selection Athens Animafest Greek 2015 ’’HOPE’’
    * Official Selection American Chi. Film Festival USA 2016 ’’HOPE’’
    * Official Selection 52th Arvand Film Festival IRAN 2016 ’’HOPE’’
    * Official Selection XV cine prob Self founded films MEXICO 2016 ’’HOPE’’
    * Official Selection 11th International 100 second Film Festival IRAN 2017 ‘’In Mediterranean Arms’’
    * Semi Finalist Movie valley BazzaCinema ITALY 2017 ‘’In Mediterranean Arms’’
    * Special Screening Premier Marsselie Film Festival FID FRANCE 2017 ‘’Kitchen Dreams’’
    * Special screening; Celebration of best artistic performance of Iran 2017 “ Tasvirsal “ (Image of the year)
    * Special Jury Prize; Mowj Film Festival Kish Island. IRAN 2017
    * Offiial Selection; 6 th International Khorshid Experimental Film Festival IRAN2017
    * Special screening; FIDMARSEILLE 2017
    * Special screening; Exground Film Festival Germany screening Best of Iran
    * Special Screening; Wisconsin Iranian Film Festival USA 2018
    * Special screening; 6th Festival of best Iranian Films in Paris 2018 (12-16 June)
    * Official Selection; Athens Animefest 2018
    * Official Selection; 6 th International Changing Perspective Film Festival Istanbul. Turkey2018