GEAR 220 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Fine and Applied Arts from the Ottoman Era to Contemporary Turkey
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEAR 220
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The course aims to introduce the history of Turkish visual culture from the earliest days of the Ottoman Empire up to the present; to make students familiar with the most important concepts, objects and figures of this history; to present a critical approach to the study of Turkish culture
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to develop ideas related to the complex layers of meaning and historical particularity evident in the existing historic artifacts.
  • will be able to evaluate significant artifacts and art movements, even into the contemporary era, that form the cultural heritage of Turkey.
  • will be able to develop their own ideas related to historic Turkish cultural movements within a broader regional and international context.
  • will be able to evaluate important figures who contributed to Turkish culture.
Course Content The course will focus on three phases of Turkish culture. The Ottoman era - from its beginning, showing various influences such as Persian Selcuk and Byzantine - up to the effective dissolution of the empire including late court artistic expressions. The Modernist period - examining the influence of internationalist styles in the 19th and 20th centuries from the development of a Turkish impressionist movement, through the republican period and up to the late formalism of the 60s and 70s. The contemporary period - examining the advent of conceptual art in Turkey, the development of contemporary art institutions and the manner in which major contemporary issues have influenced current art practice in Turkey.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the class.
2 Lecture 1. An examination of early Turkic art in Central Asia. The Seljuks of Rum. Ottoman Civilization 2. Edited by Halil Inalcik and Günsel Renda. Turks 600-1600. The book of the Exhibition The Royal Academy of Arts London 2008
3 Lecture 2. The golden era of Ottoman culture Mimar Sinan. Iznik ceramics. Student presentations from lecture 1. Review of the previous classes.
4 Lecture 3. Opening up to European influences. The Tulip period and Ottoman baroque. Students presentations from lecture 2. The City's Pleasures: Istanbul in the 18th Century. Shirine Hamadeh. University of Washington Press. 2009
5 Lecture 4. The Turkish Courts integration into the Beaux art culture of Europe. Turkish orientalism. Turkish Art Nouveau. The development of traditional art schools and museums in the 19th century. Students presentations from lecture 3. Review of the previous classes.
6 Lecture 5. Early stirrings of modernist culture in Turkey. Turkish Impressionists and links with European movements. Slide show exam 1. New Works New Horizons Istanbul Modern Museum Book of the exhibition 2009 Çağdaş Türk Sanati. Sezer Tansuğ Remzi Kitabevi 2008
7 Lecture 6. The early republic and its cultural relationship to the ottoman past. Defining a new direction. Student presentations from lectures 4 and 5. Submission of proposal for term research paper.
8 Lecture 7. Modernist Turkish artists and social realism. Student presentations from lecture 6. Review of the previous classes.
9 Lecture 8. Modernist Turkish artists, formalism, abstraction and postmodernism. Student presentations from lecture 7. Review of the previous classes.
10 Artist’s talk. Students presentations from lecture 8. Draft submission of 1500 word term paper (50% of grade).
11 Lecture 9. The development of the contemporary art institutions in Turkey. Slide show exam 2. Unleashed: Contemporary Art from Turkey. Edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi 2009
12 Lecture 10. Turkey and conceptual Art. Student presentations from lecture 9. New Works New Horizons Istanbul Modern Book of the exhibition 2009
13 Lecture 11. Contemporary art in Turkey and socio\polıtical issues. Identity gender and institutional critique. Student presentations from lecture 10 and 11. Review of the previous classes.
14 Discussion on Semester Submission of 1500 word term paper.
15 Review of the semester
16 End of the semester

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

Ottoman Civilization 2. Edited by Halil Inalcik and Günsel Renda. Turks 600-1600. The book of the Exhibition The Royal Academy of Arts London 2008 ISBN: 978-903973-56-1

Unleashed: Contemporary Art from Turkey. Edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi 2009 ISBN: 978-0-500-97702-6

Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
5
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
2
10
Homework / Assignments
1
15
Presentation / Jury
3
30
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
2
20
Final Exam
1
20
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
15
80
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
20
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
2
5
Homework / Assignments
1
13
Presentation / Jury
3
7
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
2
9
Final Exam
1
10
    Total
120

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to define and discuss the history, underlying concepts and theories of cinema and digital media.

2

To be able to develop a storytelling idea for cinema and digital media arts by using creativity and critical thinking.

3

To be able to operate specialized technical equipment and competently use software in the fields of cinema and digital media arts. 

4

To be able to execute the main tasks in the pre-production, production and post-production of an audio-visual work at the basic level including screenwriting, production planning, operating the camera, sound recording, lighting and editing.

5

To be able to perform a specialized task at an advanced level either for pre-production, production or post-production of an audio-visual work.

6

To be able to discuss how meaning is made through works of cinema and digital media; in what ways economics, politics and culture affect visual representation; how the conditions of production, consumption, distribution and interpretation shape images.

7

To be able to perform specialized tasks for creating digital media narratives with interactive elements.

8

To be able to conduct a critical analysis of a film or a work of digital media arts from technical, intellectual and artistic points of view.

9

To be able to take individual responsibility of a film or a digital media work from scratch to product in a problem-solving manner.

10

To be able to work as a crewmember by following norms of ethical conduct and taking initiative to improve the ethical standards of his/her working environment.

11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Cinema and Digital Media and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1).

12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest