Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts, Design Certificate Program (DCP) offers an opportunity to diversify students’ studies, and incorporate design, design skills, and design thinking into overall academic experience of the student.  DCP gives an overview of basic design skills and issue related to the design profession; it is intended to enable students from engineering, humanities and social sciences, management, and other majors to interact effectively with professional designers.  Our design education focuses on learning by doing, on a balance of theory and practice, and developing a student’s individual creativity when solving problems for users.

For further information about the Design Certificate Program , please contact

Certificate Coordinator Asım Evren Yantaç eyantac@ku.edu.tr


All undergraduate students with good academic standing are eligible to apply for admission to the certificate program. Students who complete three required courses and  two elective courses out of the thirteen courses listed below will be awarded the Design Certificate.

Any of the courses below may be substituted for other equivalent courses upon authorization by the Faculty Council of the department offering that course. Courses completed prior to the application to the certificate program will be counted towards the requirements, if they are among the specified courses. A student can fulfill part of the requirements of the DCP by taking an “Independent Study” on a relevant topic from one of the participating departments in lieu of a required course with the prior consent of the DCP and the independent study instructor.

The average grade from the five courses must be at least 2.50. A student failing to meet this grade requirement is not qualified to receive the certificate. A certificate will be presented to the student completing the certification requirements along with the Bachelor’s degree at the time of graduation from the University.

Required Courses

MAVA 104 Basic Design

MAVA 205 Creative Thinking in Design

MAVA 207 Visual Design

Elective Courses  (two of the following courses)

MAVA 203 Basic Studio Drawing

MAVA 209 Advanced Topics in Basic Design

MAVA 309 Drawing for New Media

MAVA 320 Design History

MAVA 321 2D Animation

MAVA 325 Visual Design Studio

MAVA 327 Typography

MAVA 328 Advanced Typography

MAVA 422 Design Thinking for Interactivity

MAVA 423 Animation

MAVA 424 Game Design


Program Coordinator: Asım Evren Yantaç