PhD Programmes Language Thesis
Architecture English
Art and Culture Management English
Doctorate in Arts and Design English


Institute of Graduate Studies & Research



ARUCAD admits students twice a year (Fall and Spring semesters). Please refer to our academic calendar for important dates associated with application and registration.



  • Completed application form (please request from gradschool@arucad.edu.tr )
  • Short Thesis Proposal
  • Letter of intent stating the reason of applying
  • An official transcript of all university-level courses you have taken
  • A comparative mark/grade table if CGPA on the transcript is not out of 4.00
  • Attested scanned copies of diplomas received from a university or equivalent institutions
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Documentation of scores received for English and academic proficiency exams/tests (see details about the EPE Exam below)
  • A scanned copy of your passport or ID card
  • Portfolio
  • Two passport-sized (approx. 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm) photographs (required for registration only)


NOTE: The result of evaluation is announced within 5 working days after all required documents received and interview (if required) conducted.




List of Accepted Tests

Min. Grades  for PhD Studies
ELPE (ARUCAD’s English Language Placement Examination) 80
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Minimum 6.00
TOEFL IBT(Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) Minimum 70
TOEFL CBT (Computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) Minimum 197
TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) Minimum 530
English Language GCE/IGCSE (General Certificate of Education/ International General Certificate of Secondary Education) Minimum B
FCE (First Certificate in English) Minimum B
CPE/CAE (Certificate of Proficiency in English Minimum B
SAT (The SAT Reasoning Test) Reading and Writing: Minimum 440
PTE (Pearson Test of English) Minimum 71
English Language WAEC/WASSCE (West African Examinations Council) Minimum C5


Note: Unless one of the above mentioned is satisfied upon arrival, new students will take English Language Placement Exam (ELPE). The passing score is 80. Students who pass ELPE are allocated to the programme of study, otherwise to English Preparatory Programme for a semester or a year.


The portfolio may contain the following types and/or different original studies

  • Free or model drawing
  • Experimental video – short films
  • Color – Painting
  • Graphic – Novel
  • Thematic work
  • Doodle and sketch
  • Illustration
  • Mixed material application
  • Digital illustration
  • Animation
  • Photograph

The Portfolio File must consist of min. 5, max. 10 works that represent the candidate. Portfolio content should be in the format appropriate for the candidate’s work. Please use www.smallpdf.com to arrange your works in a single PDF file and (mp4 for video) formats.


INTERVIEW (Required by the Institute of Graduate Studies & Research committee)

The interview will be done in person or via Skype, FaceTime, etc. We will inform you in advance about the date and time of the interview. The purpose of the interview is to collect information about the applicant and his / her interest in the field of art and design. Questions can be asked by the evaluation committee regarding the presentation and compilation of the candidate’s portfolio.


NOTE: Once the decision on your acceptance is made by the relevant evaluation committee, you will be asked  1050 EURO tuition fee down payment  to be paid to university bank account. Once required down payment is received, you will be issued an Acceptance Letter which will be used for the Turkish Transit or TRNC visa application (if required), upon arrival to the airport and for the registration at the university.



At our university, students have an excellent opportunity to receive a scholarship to study.

Currently, only outstanding applications will be considered for 25% and 50%, scholarships on admission.

Note: scholarships are limited in number and therefore, not guaranteed.



2022 – 2023 Academic Year Graduate Student Tuition Fee Table for New Registrations


Graduate Programmes PhD
7 courses, seminar, thesis
Fee per course € 500
Thesis fee per semester € 500
Seminar fee per semester € 350
Per Deficiency (bridging) course fee (if assigned) € 250
English Preparatory Program ( if assigned) per semester € 812.50
Registration fee per semester € 150
Qualification exam fee € 500
Note: 5% VAT will be added to the total amount due


Nuran Öze

ARUCAD Institute of Graduate Studies and Research aims to enable our candidate students to gain vision by blending their creativity with theory, through six master's and two doctorate programs with thesis and non-thesis options in the fields of art, design and communication. The institute offers master's programs in Art, Architectural Design, and Communication Studies, and Ph. D programs in Art and Culture Management and Architecture.

Research, learning, practice while learning, and creativity when applying the theories are among the main objectives of all programs. Students are provided with the opportunity to discover their own potential by considering original topics in all their studies in line with the research ethics and enabling them to contribute to the field. Our students, who have the option to choose between gaining expertise in their field or advancing in the academic field in all our graduate programs, are able to follow up with practice or theory in line with their choices.

Our students who aim to progress academically usually choose our doctoral programs. All academic programs offered by ARUCAD Institute of Graduate Studies and Research are designed for students to better interpret the changing and differentiating world, to redefine what is happening in the world with a critical eye, to nurture their research with innovative and creative ideas, and to transform these creative ideas into practice.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nuran Öze
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