Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design

Program Description:

The Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design offers M.F.A. degree program with the possibility of specialization in building science, history theory and criticism, design theories and methods, and environmental psychology and design. Students are guided through an intensive program that emphasizes scholarly inquiry, research skills, analysis and constructive criticism. The curriculum provides an interdisciplinary outlook, incorporating knowledge from related disciplines. The graduate studio combines theory and application. The elective courses are chosen through consultation with an academic advisor.

Research Topics:

Building Science

This topic deals with environmental quality in buildings. Interactions between occupants and environmental attributes like lighting, acoustics and thermal comfort are examined to understand how well a building is performing. Lighting topics include day lighting, artificial lighting and color. Acoustics topics cover room acoustics, building acoustics and noise control. Thermal comfort topics comprise of heat, bioclimatic comfort, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), energy efficiency and condensation. Building materials, components and sub-systems are also covered with their impact on building performance.

Design Theories and Methods

This topic tries to answer questions such as: What is design? What is a design process? What type of knowledge do the designers use in design process? What methods do the designers use in proposing alternative solutions? What methods and theories that are developed in other disciplines (education, social science, computer science, etc.) can be used in design? How the quality of design education can be improved? How design ideas are communicated and presented?

Design Theories and Methods as an interdisciplinary area of study searches for the theoretical background of design as well as the methods that the designers use to explore, generate and develop alternative design solutions. The tools and techniques that are applied in the practice of design are also investigated. Computer is a widely used tool in design process and in data and knowledge representation. Therefore, current digital opportunities in design are also explored, such as collaborative design, virtual design environments, data modeling and visualization.

Environmental Psychology and Design

This topic examines human interactions with(in) the built environment, and their implications for design. The concepts such as personal space, privacy, territoriality and control are utilized in the analysis of human-space interaction. Spatial factors, which influence perception, cognition and the resulting understandings and behavior are studied at both individual and societal levels. Transformations in the society and spaces are also covered at the extent of their impact on human behavior, particularly in public spaces.Design Theories and Methods as an interdisciplinary area of study searches for the theoretical background of design as well as the methods that the designers use to explore, generate and develop alternative design solutions. The tools and techniques that are applied in the practice of design are also investigated. Computer is a widely used tool in design process and in data and knowledge representation. Therefore, current digital opportunities in design are also explored, such as collaborative design, virtual design environments, data modeling and visualization.

History, Theory and Criticism

The field of study promotes a critical understanding and consciousness upon the history, theory, knowledge and practice of (interior/) architecture. It involves the investigation and interpretation of historical substance of the built environment in particular periods of time, as well as evaluation of contemporary architectural culture. The focus is also on theories of architecture with their spatial, social and cultural implications. Theory and criticism basically emphasize the inquiry of architectural thought, process and products, considering diverse tendencies. In this sense, alternative paradigms and interdisciplinary positions offered by theories are included within the topic of History, Theory and Criticism.

Aims and Objectives:

The M.F.A. program is structured to provide specialization in various areas that require expertise in the Interior Architecture and Environmental Design discipline in addition to scholarly inquiry and research skills. Students are guided through an intensive, concentrated program that is based primarily on established educational objectives that the students have selected for themselves. The courses are chosen according to the areas of interest related to issues of interior and architectural design. Graduate students are expected to be highly motivated, technically competent and prepared to deal with ideas at a professional level.

Admission:

Applicants are required to have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field of design. Applicants should take the ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisanüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı, Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) and must satisfy the announced minimum requirements. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of a foreign country may take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) instead of the ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit proof of English-language proficiency. Admittance to the program is also determined through an interview as well as a portfolio evaluation. The portfolio should represent work done during undergraduate years and contain those pieces of work the applicants consider their best efforts. All students are expected to be fluent in written and oral English in order to be admitted to the program.

Degree Requirements:

After the completion of at least 24 units of course work in two successive terms, the candidates must take two seminar courses in their area of interest and prepare and submit a thesis. The duration of the program is four semesters.

Contact Person:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nilgün Olguntürk

E-mail: onilgun@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 312 290 1465

M.F.A. Curriculum

Compulsory Courses:

Code

Course Name

Credit

ECTS Credit

GE 500

Research Methods and Academic Publication Ethics

-

-

GE 590

Academic Practices

-

-

IAED 501

Graduate Studio I

3

7.5

IAED 502

Graduate Studio II

3

7.5

IAED 511

Research Methods I

3

7.5

IAED 590

Seminar in Research Topics

3

7.5

IAED 599

Master's Thesis

3

7.5

Graduate Electives (2)

6

15

Restricted Graduate Electives (3)

9

22,5

Restricted Graduate Electives:

Code

Course Name

Credit

ECTS Credit

IAED 512

Statistical Analysis

3

7.5

IAED 514

Research Method II

3

7.5

IAED 524

Construction of Design as a Social Practice

3

7.5

IAED 531

Axiology and Ethics of Building

3

7.5

IAED 542

Environmental Factors

3

7.5

IAED 543

Environmental Analysis I

3

7.5

IAED 544

Environmental Analysis II

3

7.5

IAED 561

History of Theory and Criticism

3

7.5

IAED 571

Lighting and Color

3

7.5

IAED 572

Building Safety

3

7.5

IAED 573

Computer Programming

3

7.5

IAED 574

Art, Science and Technology

3

7.5

IAED 578

Design Principles and Theories

3

7.5

IAED 583

Interior Analysis Systems

3

7.5

IAED 584

Contemporary Design Theories and Themes

3

-

IAED 585

Design Requirements

3

7.5

IAED 587

Spatial Practices

3

7.5

Restricted Graduate Electives:

All IAED 5XX courses with at least 3 credits.

Graduate Electives:

All 5XX and 6XX courses with at least 3 credits and with the consent of the program coordinator.