Course Summary

DEPARTMENT OF DIGITAL MEDIA

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

FIRST YEAR/FIRST SEMESTER

 

COMM 101    The Fundamentals of Communication (3,0) 3

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the field of communication and basic concepts of communication. The course starts from the foundations of communication including topics related with language, discourse and representation. It is designed as a preparatory course on how to develop critical skills in the field of communication; it offers evaluations of intrapersonal, interpersonal, group and intercultural communication.

 

DIME 101      Digital Media Skills (2,2) 3

This course introduces students to various sharing environments where they can edit content over the internet and the programming, tools and terminology in digital media. Students will learn the tools for programming and creating projects (browser-browser, browser support applications, HTML editors, document management tools, image editors, etc.) and they will be able to learn to create and share content on different social media platforms in this course.

 

DIME 111       Approaches in Video Production (2,2) 3

This course will teach students camera functions, video editing, media analysis and specifically video production for digital platforms. Individual and group projects will be given during the term in order to show students how to design, write, shoot and montage videos in different styles such as interviews, promotional videos and commercial films for social media.

 

DIME 131      Digital Design Concepts (2,2) 3

This course focuses on all aspects of digital media through concept design applications. In this respect, it is aimed to digitize the creative ideas by providing students with necessary knowledge and skills. In this course, the students will learn fundamental knowledge about computer graphics and video production in order to perform content studies on various platforms. Therefore, the students would be able to obtain digital outputs for their own projects.

 

PHVD 111      Basic Photography (1,4) 3

The students will be familiarised with the technical possibilities of the camera and learn the techniques of photographing and correcting. The main objective is to introduce the relation between light and timing, depth and clarity, basic usage information such as lens selection, framing, and correct photography skills.

 

TUDI 201       Turkish Language I (2,0) 0

To be able to comprehend properly the structure and functioning characteristics of each mother tongue who attends higher education. To gain the ability to use Turkish language correctly and beautifully as a means of writing and oral expression in terms of language-thinking connection. It is to train young people who have a mother tongue consciousness to make a unifying and integral language in teaching.

 

SOFL 101       Academic English I (2,2) 3

Students who attend this course regularly will have the opportunity to practice a variety of work skills, including but not limited to goal setting, organization, time use, concentration and grading. Students will be given important essays written in contemporary English, and learners will be able to discuss at academic level and write the meaning of the unknown words in a reading, write paragraphs and articles, summarize, discuss and write answers.

 

FIRST YEAR/SECOND SEMESTER

 

COMM 122    Digital Storytelling (2,2) 3

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital storytelling. The course will start by summarizing the narrative traditions preceding the digital to capture the foundations of storytelling. Students are expected to use text, moving images, photographs, sound, infographics and comics in combination to create digital stories and post their stories to a blog. They will be working on digital storytelling projects individually and collaboratively. Digital storytelling encapsulates both theory and practice of creating and delivering stories. Therefore, it requires both serious reading of class materials and basic production and editing skills. Students must have access to digital devices (computer, tablet, smartphone, sound recorder, etc.).

 

DIME 102      The History of Digital Media (3,0) 3

In this course, firstly the main milestones of media history will be discussed and then the history of the interaction of digital media and communication will be examined by focusing on the developments starting from the end of the nineteenth century and the transition from analogue to digital cultures from the mid-twentieth century to the present. The multi-content approach of the course offers a perspective by examining the history of digital media and the philosophical analysis of its transformation and therefore it aims to contribute to the personal development of the students.

 

DIME 112      Web Technologies (2,2) 3

Web design is a common design area in social media and professional internet advertising.  It is a reinforcing experience in the field of digital media through the basic principles of design, the knowledge on the technical level. The aim of this course is to teach the students how to design and create their own web sites with the necessary software and also to teach them how to use the current web design platforms such as WordPress, wix, squarespace and to create the visibility on the internet.

 

DIME 132      Advertising Design (2,2) 3

The course aims to provide students with the concepts, techniques and skills to be used in digital advertising design starting from the basic principles of conventional advertising in marketing communication. The course aims to teach students the roadmap of the advertising campaign starting from production that would be effective in the constantly updated conditions of digital marketing.

 

VCDE 132      Computer Graphics and Image (2,2) 3

The aim of this course is to teach students pixel based image editing techniques. It focuses on the basic level of image processing software. The students will learn how to process all kinds of pixel-based images and to design conceptual collage works. Lessons will be held in the Mac Lab for using Adobe Photoshop.

 

TUDI 202      Turkish Language II (2,0) 0

It is the continuation of the Turkish Language I course. To be able to comprehend properly the structure and functioning characteristics of each mother tongue who attends higher education. To gain the ability to use Turkish language correctly and beautifully as a means of writing and oral expression in terms of language-thinking connection. It is to train young people who have a mother tongue consciousness to make a unifying and integral language in teaching.

 

SOFL 102       Academic English II (3,0) 4 – Pre-requisite: SOFL 101

It is the continuation of Academic English I course. Students who attend this course regularly will have the opportunity to practice a variety of work skills, including but not limited to goal setting, organization, time use, concentration and grading. Students will be given important essays written in contemporary English, and learners will be able to discuss at academic level and write the meaning of the unknown words in a reading, write paragraphs and articles, summarize, discuss and write answers.

 

SECOND YEAR/ THIRD SEMESTER

 

COMM 201    Media, Power and Culture (3,0) 3

The aim of the course is to examine the dynamics affecting the emergence of mass communication. Therefore, it is designed to evaluate the relationship between political and economic powers, media ownership, hegemonic culture and representations both from an analytical and theoretical perspective. In this course, students will learn the seminal theoretical texts and arguments to grasp the interdependence of media, power and culture.

 

VCDE 201      Sight, Sound and Motion (2,2) 3

The aim of this course is to provide the study of design elements and their usage in expressing ideas in video production. It aims to provide students with the opportunity to practice through film screenings/analysis, readings, and hands-on practice in class. It will further develop an understanding how these elements are applied to students’ artistic practice for their styles so that the students will develop an aesthetic appreciation of film and apply the practices expressively to communicate through visual storytelling.

 

DIME 251      Digital Marketing (2,2) 3

Digital Media Marketing Course immerses students in the marketing application of digital media and other newly emerging media channels. Within the scope of the course, students will learn about the effective and current implementation phases of marketing starting from the basic planning stages. Students will be equipped with the know-how skills to set objectives, develop digital media marketing plans, integrate emerging digital media tools into entire marketing plans. Course covers hands-on experiences and case studies of digital media marketing executions.

 

DIME 261      Podcasting and Blogging (2,2) 3

This course is an introductory course for combining theory and practice in order to produce short writing, audio and video content for online publishing. In this course, students will gain the necessary skills to produce different contents for preparing their own blog articles, newsletters, conceptual narratives, discussion programs. In the theory part of the course, the history of podcasting and blogging and the effects of mass communication will be examined; and the rest of the course will cover the topics on how to develop audio and video content, the distribution and copyright issues.

 

AIIT 201         History of Atatürk Principles and Revolutions I (2-0) 0

Atatürk’s Principles and History of Revolution; telling students how to establish the circumstances under which the Republic of Turkey, Atatürk’s principles which form the basis state to adopt; Atatürk’s military personality is described as a great statesman, revolutionary personality and leadership, nationalism rejecting racism, and efforts to establish international peace. It is explained today by the case studies that the principles of his transfer to the field of application are not only the Turkish nation but the whole humanity more than ever.

 

SECOND YEAR/ FOURTH SEMESTER

 

COMM 242   Media Law and Ethics (3,0) 3

As a combination of media law and ethics this course is designed to provide students with the basic legal and ethical rules and principles that are necessary in the field of media both at global and local scales. To this end, ethical debates regarding the means of communication on international agreements, freedom of the press and expression, public interest, representations of private life, equality, the representation of gender, race and ethnicity will be examined through the examples from media. In this course, property relations in the context of media law and ethics, professional organizations, self-regulation, legal supervision, news sources, the rights of individuals and institutions are examined on the basis of major theoretical discussions and analysed within the socio-historical context.

 

COMM 280    Innovative Approaches in Communication (2,2) 3

This course is designed to enable students to obtain knowledge on innovative approaches in communication by introducing them to the artists, designers, and the representatives working in different fields of communication and academics. The students need to take this course before the internship to have the opportunity to meet with the people from the field of their own interest. Moreover, the course also aims to provide students with the knowledge on occupational health and safety from the specialists or academicians working in that field.

 

DIME 202      Digital Media Theories (3,0) 3

This course examines the different traditions and philosophies within the digital media theory that had been emerging because of the developments of technology. The social and cultural processes that came into being during the production and consumption of media forms will also be covered in the course. Students will read theoretical texts regarding political economy of the media, the impact of digitalization on globalization, the influence of social media on the communication among individuals and society.

 

DIME 212      Interactive Design (2,2) 3

Since interfaces became part of our daily lives, interactions and the design of interaction gain significant role in different filed of education and art. How we get access to different platforms, devices, works and appliances and to the contents provided by them affect our way of life and improvement as well. This course aims to teach students how to apply technical and creative skills to make these platforms and appliances more useful and beneficial by letting them create interactive design in different areas.

 

AIIT 202        History of Atatürk Principles and Revolutions I (2-0) 0

Atatürk’s Principles and History of Revolution; telling students how to establish the circumstances under which the Republic of Turkey, Atatürk’s principles which form the basis state to adopt; Atatürk’s military personality is described as a great statesman, revolutionary personality and leadership, nationalism rejecting racism, and efforts to establish international peace. It is explained today by the case studies that the principles of his transfer to the field of application are not only the Turkish nation but the whole humanity more than ever.

 

THIRD YEAR/ FIFTH SEMESTER

 

COMM 301    Research Methods in Communication (3,0) 3

The main objective of this course is to examine the research process in the social sciences and communication sciences (problem determination, data collection, data analysis, etc.). The course will teach the students to observe the existing research methods and enable them to research on a specific topic. Conceptualization, measurement, data collection, data analysis, data evaluation/interpretation and report writing techniques are other subjects that will be discussed during the course.

 

DIME 311      Digital Workflow (2,2) 3

Designing the workflow process effectively in digital media management, content management, photo processing, video production or any digital media post production stage is as important as the creation of content. In this course, students will learn how to create content easily and effectively by designing workflow processes through projects using various software and methods.

 

ANIM 331   Game Design Concepts (2,2) 3

The main objective of this course is to teach students all the aspects of game design from scratch up to the production phase. During this course students will learn about designing for varying game platforms. They will learn about game design procedure by creating their own narratives, character designs and layouts.

 

FIDE 331       Motion Design and Visual Effects (2,2) 3 

The main objective of this course is to teach visual effects techniques in different forms of film production. In addition to After Effects and Motion Graphics techniques; the course aims to prepare students for technical filmmaking by using green box, tracking/stabilizing, masking/ rot scoping techniques and colour grading/correction.

 

 

THIRD YEAR/ SIXTH SEMESTER

 

COMM 302   Creative and Critical Thinking (3,0) 3

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic principles and techniques of creative and critical thinking in order to improve their problem-solving skills and teach them how to obtain knowledge. Moreover, it aims to enable students to assess problems from a different point of view, to find creative solutions for complex problems and right strategies for peculiar occasions and choose right channels and methods to spread their ideas. In this course, students are expected to combine the techniques and strategies of creative and critical thinking with their theoretical knowledge in order to solve contemporary problems in communication either as an individual or in a group work. The course will also include theoretical discussions on the concepts of the history of thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

 

DIME 312      Creative Data Visualization (2,2) 3

In this course, the steps of converting data into graphics are covered. The basic principles of how to design data visualization suitable for available data and desired results such as data modelling, processing and filtering data, matching data with graphical content, shaping data according to visual perception and strategic data visualization for desired results are examined during the course. Students will also learn to think critically about each design such as the choice of colour and visual coding and they will be able to create their own data during the course.

 

DIME 372      Digital Media Portfolio (2,2) 3

Students’ products and works and how they are presented in the portfolio are important for their graduation and career opportunities after the graduation. This course aims to teach students how to create an online portfolio through different software and to explain the details about designing a professional portfolio. It is also designed as a course in which students will work on their products that will be presented in the Creative Pitching course for seeking financial support in the following year.

 

DIME 380      Internship (0,0) 0

The internship experience is to provide the student with an opportunity to explore career interests while applying knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in a work setting. The students are expected to gain a clearer sense of what they still need to learn and to have the opportunity to build professional networks.

 

FOURTH YEAR/ SEVENTH SEMESTER

 

COMM 411    Creative Pitching (2,4) 4

The knowledge and skills of the whole process; from finding creative ideas in all areas of production to writing content appropriate to the nature of the media, and also the effective presentation of the created work, are all covered in this course. The students will learn all processes, including the presentation of the creative idea, by means of application during the course.

 

DIME 401      Digital Aesthetics (3,0) 3

In this course, students will acquire conceptual and critical knowledge in digital arts. The main objective of the course is to provide students with aesthetic concerns and be able to evaluate emerging forms of presentation of digital media and arts.

 

FOURTH YEAR/ EIGHTH SEMESTER

 

DIME 402      Emerging Media (3,0) 3

This course will focus on virtual reality and it will examine the media technologies that have been emerged in recent years. The contribution of these new platforms to storytelling styles, their interaction with traditional media themes and their effects on emerging cultural issues are the other topics that will be covered in this course. During the course, students will learn how to combine their skills with new media technologies through practice and will create works on virtual reality.

 

DIME 492     Final Project (3,0) 3

The student chooses a graduation project in the light of the compulsory and elective courses they took during their education. In this course, a seminar is given on the graduation project and students are encouraged to draw their own paths as a professional. The graduation project carried out under the supervision of a faculty member and prepared in accordance with the instructions prepared by the department and afterwards it is completed by the student and evaluated by the jury which was established by the department.

DEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVES

 

DIME 231      Dynamic Web Design (2,2) 3 –  Pre-requisite: DIME 112

This course is the continuation of Web Technologies course and it aims to teach students to go beyond their basic web design skills and use create dynamic web sites through programming. Students will learn to develop products for every browser and device by HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript and can design professional web sites.

 

DIME 253      Social Media Content Management (3,0) 3

Social media enables the companies to engage in marketing more easily, support their products and promote their sales. In this course, students learn how to increase the value of their social media accounts and use them strategically. Moreover, it is aimed to teach students how to collaborate with companies for promotions, to assess social media interaction, determine the target audience for the content, prepare editorial calendar and improve skills for crisis management

 

DIME 301      Intercultural Digital Communication (3,0) 3

The aim of this course is to teach students how to effectively use the resources of the digital world for an international audience with cultural diversity. Moreover, how to use visual resources for multicultural communication will be explained in detail by means of video, podcast, websites and blogs. The course will provide the theoretical knowledge necessary to analyse the intercultural, multicultural and hybrid forms that emerge with globalization and thus will enable students to understand communication within popular culture. Moreover, it will give intercultural perspective to students and show them how communication problems can be solved in digital context.

 

DIME 411      Creative Coding (2,2) 3 –  Pre-requisite: DIME 312

In this course, interactive techniques and programmes for creating experimental artworks are examined. After the introduction to conceptual and methodological approaches in interactive media, students will learn to create artworks on web, different screens and as print through using programmes. Moreover, students will be able to improve their own visual, animated and / or multimedia design solutions for the problems in design.

 

 

DIME 432     Design for Mobile Appliances (2,2) 3 –  Pre-requisite: DIME 212

Since almost everyone has a mobile device in today’s world, devices became a significant part of a daily life. Therefore, the distribution of information, the production of the content and the interaction between people and digital content had experienced great changes. In this course, students will learn how to create and design content for mobile appliances, and will be able to use mobile features such as touch, multi-touch and GPS.

 

DIME 480     Special Topics in Digital Media (2,2/ 3,0) 3

Selected Topics in Digital Media is one of the elective courses in the last year of Digital Media Department. In accordance with the structure of the course, each year a subject will be opened in line with the demands of the students and the new developments or specific needs in the field, and that special topic would be added to the name of the course every year.

 

FACULTY ELECTIVES

 

ANIM 314      Serious Games (3,0) 3 –  Pre-requisite: ANIM 331

This course provides an overview of games that are not created for entertainment. Students will learn about market share analysis, concept design, target audience selection and content creation related to games designed for education, health and social transformation. At the end of the course, students will be able to create a prototype game design in a group work.

 

ANIM 413      Game Design (2,2) 3 –  Pre-requisite: ANIM 331

In this course, the basic tools and techniques of game design and its production are covered. It aims to teach students how to design games by means of Unity3D Game Engine. The course is designed to direct students to be a developer, a designer and a producer of games.

 

ADVE 262      Strategic Media Designing (2,2) 3

In this course, the principles and practices of strategic media planning according to the dynamics of different media are introduced to the students. Students will learn how to improve a media planning from a different point of view and they will be informed about the concepts regarding the researches and developments in digital media arena, and new conditions emerged from digital media.

 

FIDE 203     History of Cinema in Turkey (3,0) 3

In this course, the historical development of cinema in Turkey will be examined in social and cultural context by means of dividing it into periods. In the course, differences in the structure of narrative cinema in Turkey and the peculiar characteristics of certain periods and their aesthetic views would be covered. Moreover, the changings in economic structure in Turkish cinema and the dynamics in the film industry will be discussed.

 

FIDE 301       Emerging Cinema (3,0) 3

The main objective of this course is to create more engaging interactions for the audience by means of combining modern cinema technologies with visual storytelling techniques. In this course, content creation is covered by 3 dimensional and 360-degree video production and virtual reality applications.

 

COMM 300    Entrepreneurship and Project Management (Technical Elective) (2,2) 3

The main objective of the course is to enable students to integrate the fields in communication such as entrepreneurship, innovative applications, sustainable development, project management with their specific research areas. Students will be able to combine their theoretical knowledge with practice. For this purpose, basic concepts of entrepreneurship and project management will be explained and successful examples in entrepreneurship will be examined. Students will learn how to set up their own businesses, analyse the sector, and how to manage risk factors. During the course, every stage including the transformation into practical arena would be examined and students will be able to design their works either individually or as a group.

 

COMM 303    Global Issues (3,0) 3

In this course, international and global issues that global communities are experiencing will be examined communication in a political, economic, social and environmental context. To this end, human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, animal rights, democracy, migration, displacement, conflict zones, climate change, sustainability, economic globalization, poverty, resource sharing and transnational institutions, technological development, cultural diversity and identity concepts will be discussed. This course is also designed to provide theoretical background information for the course Communication Strategies for NGOs.

 

COMM 304    Communication Strategies for NGOs (3,0) 3

Non-Governmental Organizations have to develop and apply specific communication strategies due to their communication with social and political actors and stakeholders, support groups and digital opinion leaders. In this course, effective communication strategies and frameworks for NGO’s for internal and external interactions will be examined to clarify the most appropriate communication tools for developing communication plans to reach defined target groups. In this course, it is expected for students to contact with national and global NGOs for developing creative and solution-oriented strategies. Afterwards, the students will learn to conduct peculiar communication campaigns either as an individual or as a group.

 

COMM 320    Creative Writing (3,0) 3

This course is designed to explain the techniques of complex storytelling, multi-layered and in-depth stories, scripts and games. The course also covers complex and organic character development, time loop, multi-axis storytelling and theme selection techniques. This course, which is designed in accordance with the field of communication, focuses on developing ad text writing and slogans for design products and teaches students how to express their feelings and thoughts for taking part in web, TV and cinema projects. This course provides the necessary flexibility for writing in various fields of communication, and provides the theoretical and practical knowledge for writing for institutions and advertisements.

 

COMM 352    Creative Industries (3,0) 3

The aim of this course is to provide students with a detailed understanding of how the knowledge is produced and distributed, and it aims to introduce the media industries in which students will work when they graduate. How technological innovations affect the process of the creation of knowledge and thus its impact on culture and intercultural communication will be questioned in detail. Since theatre, visual arts, cinema, TV, radio, music, publishing, computer games, architecture, design, advertising and fashion are examples of media industries, the communication and interaction process in these different areas are the main topics that will be covered in the course. In other words, this course is a study on how human creates and transforms information, and thus it gives students the knowledge of the global media structure.

 

 

COMM 361    Post Production Studio (2,2) 3

This course aims to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills in video editing which is one of the basic stages of film production for digital post production. Editing, sound design, basic composition and colour correction will be covered in the course. In order to create a strong technical and aesthetic background in post-production, the courses are taught by focusing both on practical and theoretical knowledge. In the course, students will obtain advanced post-production skills.

 

COMM 401    Political Communication Campaigns (3,0) 3 

In this course, the campaigns that influenced world politics in the history will be examined and afterwards the organization of political campaigns suitable in today’s conditions will be analysed. Students will learn to analyse survey results, use survey data, create a clear message in a campaign and plan an effective digital communication strategy on social media and through web in general.

 

COMM 462    Colour Theory and Design (2,2) 3

In this course, colour theory in the context of digital concepts will be explained and the use of computer-aided colours through different genres and topics will be clarified. In this course, students are expected to produce and transform their own colour themes for different design applications. In addition, the course is designed to cover colouring and colour correction for film and video.

 

UNIVERSITY ELECTIVE POOL COURSES

 

COMM 302   Creative and Critical Thinking (3,0) 3

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic principles and techniques of creative and critical thinking in order to improve their problem-solving skills and teach them how to obtain knowledge. Moreover, it aims to enable students to assess problems from a different point of view, to find creative solutions for complex problems and right strategies for peculiar occasions and choose right channels and methods to spread their ideas. In this course, students are expected to combine the techniques and strategies of creative and critical thinking with their theoretical knowledge in order to solve contemporary problems in communication either as an individual or in a group work. The course will also include theoretical discussions on the concepts of the history of thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

FIDE 400       Feminist Film Analysis (3,0) 3

This course introduces students to feminism(s) and feminist film/screen theories.  The course acquaints students with feminist terminology by providing a survey in feminism(s) from a socio-historical perspective. Following this introductory part, the course revolves its content around what it means to analyse/read moving images from a feminist standing point by examining major concepts in feminist film theory such as genre/women’s genre(s), gaze/look, agency/representation/femininity, color/ intersections (class, race, ethnicity, age), violence, narrative, body politics, pleasure. And finally discusses women’s place behind the camera. This course requires regular attendance and participation, reading and viewing the course materials. Students are expected to complete the required readings and watch the films before coming to class.

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