Cinema and Digital Media Department of the Izmir University of Economics has been established in 2012 as an undergraduate program that offers contemporary cinema and digital media arts education. The difference of our program to others in Turkey, as the name suggests, is its emphasis in the convergence of traditional cinematic storytelling and digital media technologies. Observable trends in media production and consumption show us that the future of cinema art has been tied in with the development of interactive and online media. In this context, our department focuses on new forms of storytelling in a transformed field, such as fiction, documentary, experimental, animated, interactive films produced/publicized in digital platforms. We express this aim not only through our core studio courses but also with a series of required and elective course offerings, such as "Moving Images in a Digital Age", "Transmedia Storytelling", "Images, Sounds, Cultures", "Advanced Animation Studio", "Special Effects", etc.
Another distinguishing feature of our department is a series of intensive studio courses that constitute the keystones of our curriculum at every level. These studio courses are co-taught by multiple instructors, and combine practical and creative skills with theoretical knowledge of the field. Our program has a special emphasis on creative practice. Rather than serving to narrowly defined occupational functions dictated by the industry, we intend to graduate creative individuals who possess critical thinking and aesthetic skills along technical ones, who possess the ability to work in open ended creative contexts. We support the development of our students' intellectual skills by offering further courses designed with this idea, such as "Creative Writing", "Frameworks: Diverse Practices in Cinema", "Film Seminar: A Cinema in the Shade", "Visual Theory" etc.
The language of education at Izmir University of Economics is English. We believe that learning in English gives our students a great advantage for their future endeavors. Beyond English language education, Cinema and Digital Media Department presents a culturally diverse, international faculty composition; even our part-time faculty members are selected from academics and professionals with international achievements in their field. Besides our structured courses, we offer ongoing extracurricular workshops and seminars by similarly acclaimed academics and professionals on special topics; such as "History, Memory and Media Seminar" by Deirdre Boyle, and "Data Visualization Workshop" by Atıf Akın in 2015.
Our student body reflects a similar level of cultural diversity. European students who choose to study with us through Erasmus program, foreign students hailing from many different countries, and students from many different parts of Turkey proudly transforms our department into a multicultural study environment. We believe such cultural diversity prepares our students the professional settings of todays globalized media industries much better.
These professional settings require a high degree of technical expertise and technological acquaintance besides creative skills. The Faculty of Communications at Izmir University of Economics, which hosts our department, is one of the most technologically equipped educational institutions in Turkey. We offer our students state of the art digital film cameras, studio and field lighting and sound recording tools, sound stages and recording studios, postproduction and editing suits. It makes us very proud that our students graduate as creative individuals with professional acquaintance and working skills with up-to-date digital production and post-production technologies. In this department, we aim to train not yesterdays but tomorrows filmmakers.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information about our department. .
Asst. Prof. Dr. Aras Özgün