Deadline for submission of Spring 2020 application documents: 09 January 2020
Deadline to contact faculty member for project design: 15 November 2019**
*DTES program application requires a project proposal and students are strongly advised to contact a faculty member they would like to work with for project design and proposal. Final date suggested to contact faculty members is provided above.
Link for online application: https://apply.ku.edu.tr/gradapp
Ongoing technological developments offer a wide range of opportunities for the creative industries. In the fundamental fields of the global market where creative industries can grow – design, film production, music, animation, interactive media, computer games, digital advertisement, gastronomy and cultural heritage – the creative industries need scholars and professionals who can use interdisciplinary thinking skills to develop new approaches for the utilization of technologies and digital products. All over the world, there is an expanding need for experts who can creatively manage the convergence of different communication platforms, who can analyze, anticipate and address the changing needs and expectations of individuals as consumers or as citizens.
More so than in the past, creative industries in today’s world comprise increasingly complex components and processes in terms of form, function, material and production. Consequently, it is becoming more important to acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of new concepts of the 21st century, such as interaction design, experience design, and service design.
This new interdisciplinary field which combines applied design, social and behavioral sciences, computation, and experimental design requires an extensive understanding of human cognition, emotions, and perceptions; of systems and informatics; of the history and philosophy of science; of technology, and information. Therefore, close collaboration between the disciplines of design, computing, psychology, sociology, history and media studies is imperative.
This graduate program aims to provide students with an opportunity to acquire an applied, theoretical, and critical understanding of interactive communication, experience design and service design, and to develop as researchers and practitioners.
The Design, Technology & Society graduate program offers students the options of completing the program with a graduation project (MDes Degree), a master’s thesis (MA Degree), or a doctoral thesis (PhD degree).
Graduates from the fields of design, engineering and the social sciences will be accepted into the programs.
Scholarships and funding opportunities are available for qualified candidates, through Koç University and/or externally funded research projects. Decisions regarding a candidate’s suitability for financial aid will be made on an individual basis.
IMPORTANT: Please review the application procedures carefully before applying to the program, as there are several steps that must be completed at least two months before the application.