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MSc in City and Architecture (Non-Thesis)

MSc in City and Architecture (Non-Thesis)

About

City and Architecture Integrated Thesis / Non-Thesis Master's Program

Özyeğin University City and Architecture Master's Program consists of an integrated structure of two separate programs, thesis and non-thesis, with an experiential and unique setup. The research and design oriented integrated program inquires the subject of all kinds of urban practices that are engendered and produced by cities in general, and the city of Istanbul in particular.

While focusing on architectural issues in the urban context, the program aims to transfer new approaches to the fields of research and practice through the use of critical, experimental, participatory, creative and unique methods. Based on the view that design is an analytical and creative way of thinking, the program aims to present a wide variety of research including approaches from different disciplines and practices. The program offers the students the opportunity to evaluate social, cultural, ecological, and technological problems within the framework of different contexts, while encouraging them to deal with complex urban and architectural issues.

The City and Architecture Integrated Master's Program has been structured through a holistic understanding of the theory-practice unity of the architectural profession. This understanding can be seen both in the partnerships of the two programs, allowing an integrative approach between courses, workshops, seminars, publications, exhibitions through the unique structures of the programs.

City and Architecture Non-Thesis Master's Program

The City and Architecture Non-Thesis Master's program aims to create critical rethinking and evaluation approaches about the relationship between architecture and design in an urban context, design and production processes, and architectural representation media, and about the relationship between the field of architecture and the world. It is important to reveal the language of design and architecture within the urban context and to determine the main discourse on the intersection of city and architecture. This is seen as essential in order to search for the current and possible circumstances of cities and Istanbul, and to propose new approaches for the transformation of the city regarding the content and its particular urban production.

With the development of sufficient levels of knowledge, it is expected from the students not only to look at design problems as research topics with the aim of producing new knowledge, but also to develop advanced theoretical and applied knowledge and skills by understanding the potentials of interdisciplinary interaction. In this context, it is of great importance that students can evaluate their own knowledge and skills with a critical point of view. The program allows students to absorb and reflect on the current developments in the field of city and architecture in their designs, and supports them to gain a high level of communication skills through different forms of representations on the production of their design research.

The backbone of the Non-Thesis Master's Program is "Research-Based Advanced Design Laboratories'', where "Advanced Design Studio'' and "Space" courses are conducted in parallel. Laboratories that take place consecutively in the program have been planned in a way that all components support each other within the framework of the pre-determined theme for the semester. Each semester, the city is addressed in different scales and contexts with its own dynamics, and this structure is supported by elective courses. Within the scope of the LABs, the following are offered as a package: a) the Seminar Series, which include the experiences of the practitioner-expert with the Studios, b) the Space course where the main structure related to the studio theme is given as an integrated package, and c) the elective courses supporting the topic. In addition to these, various workshops are conducted within the scope of the studio.

City and Architecture Non-Thesis Master's Program takes place under Özyeğin University Graduate School of Engineering and Science. The program consists of 3 consecutive semesters. For graduation, five compulsory courses, as well as six elective courses must be taken and the term project must be completed. In order to graduate from the program, a total of 90 ECTS credits must be completed successfully.

Info for MSc in City and Architecture (with thesis / non-thesis) Integrated Program: hulya.turgut@ozyegin.edu.tr (Program Coordinator)
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Online Application Dates:  June 11 - August 4 2021 

Online Application Link

Application Requirements

  1. Degrees: Applicants must be either graduates of or graduating from an undergraduate program in case of Thesis and Non-Thesis program applications.

    Among admitted applicants, those who are expected to graduate must successfully complete their current programs prior to the enrollment date in order to be able to enroll to the University.

    For diplomas awarded by higher education institutions abroad their education and degree must be recognized by YÖK to those awarded by higher education institutions in Turkey. Candidates who apply to master’s degree programs must submit their Bachelor’s Degree equivalency letter. The Student Services of Özyeğin University will help the admitted candidates who do not have the equivalency letter apply to the relevant department for the recognition of the institution from which they received their diploma, their education and their degree.

  2. English Proficiency Exam Score Reports:Applicants must submit one of the following score reports provided that they are still valid. Candidates applying to the master’s program who graduated from a program in English of higher education institutions are exempt from English proficiency requirement provided that they graduated within the last two years prior to the application.

    English Exam*

    Graduate School of Engineering and Science

    MSc City and Architecture (Non-Thesis)

    Validity (from the date of application)

    TOEFL/IBT**

    Min. 66

     2 Years

    KPDS / YDS / ÜDS* 

    Min. 55

    3 Years

    ÖzÜ İngilizce Yeterlik Sınavı***

    Min. 50

    2 Years

    * Candidates applying to master’s program who graduated from a program in English of higher education institutions are exempt from English proficiency requirement provided that they graduated within the last two years prior to the application.
    ** Interuniversity Foreign Language Examination Determination of equivalency of the Directive examination pursuant to Article 6/3.d "If the exam taken in Turkey, the exam place has to be in the state university’s buildings"
    *** TRACE Exam is only accepted for the MSc. and M.Arch graduate programs.

  3. Turkish Proficiency Examination Score: Foreign International students (including the citizens of countries whose official language is Turkish ) must also submit their TÖMER Turkish Proficiency Exam Score Reports (at least C1) to prove their proficiency in Turkish. International students who graduated from fully Turkish-medium undergraduate programs in Turkey are exempt from this requirement. The score reports must still be within their validity period at the time of enrollment.
  4. Other Conditions:

     

    Graduate School of Engineering and Science

    MSc City and Architecture (Non-Thesis)

    CGPA

    Min. 2,3 / 4 CGPA in Undergraduate degree

    Accepted Undergraduate programs

    Architecture, Interior Architecture and Environmental Design**

    *Candidates who meet the above-mentioned conditions must also be successful in the oral interview.
    ** Candidates applying from other fields are required to succeed in the scientific preparation program defined in the architecture undergraduate program courses.

Application Documents

All documents must be prepared in Turkish. If prepared in other languages, notarized copies in Turkish or English must also be attached to the original documents.

  1. Application Form: Application form filled in online completely and accurately.
  2. Diploma: Copy of the diploma awarded by the latest higher education institution that the applicant graduated from. For diplomas awarded by higher education institutions abroad, a copy of the equivalency letter issued by YÖK's International Equivalency Office is needed.
  3. Transcripts: Transcripts showing all courses taken and grades achieved in all higher education institutions the applicant has so far attended to or graduated from. If the transcripts do not include any information about the grading system, separate documents must be provided for the grading system of the relevant institutions.
  4. English Proficiency Examination Score Certificate: One of the documents listed (TOEFL, YDS, KPDS, ÜDS) in the application requirements. Exam documents must not have expired during the registration dates.
  5. Turkish Proficiency Examination Score: Foreign International students (including the citizens of countries whose official language is Turkish) must also submit their TÖMER Turkish Proficiency Exam Score Reports (at least C1) to prove their proficiency in Turkish. International students who graduated from fully Turkish-medium undergraduate programs in Turkey are exempt from this requirement. The score reports must still be within their validity period at the time of enrollment.
  6. Letter of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be obtained from the applicant’s instructors and/or previous/current employer (at least one of the letters must be obtained from the applicant’s instructors). Letters of recommendations obtained from family and friends are not acceptable. After the e-mail address and contact information of the reference person are defined in the online system and the online application is completed, an e-mail will be sent to the relevant person automatically from OzU online system.
  7. Letter of Intent: Essays written about personal or professional purposes, study and research topics. (It must be written in Turkish).
  8. Supplementary Documents for International Students: Copy of the information page of the passport.
  9. Portfolio:Applicants must provide a portfolio of their academic background and professional career (if any).

Application, Evaluation and Admissions

The University may request applicants to prove the accuracy of information and documents submitted during the application or the university may directly search the accuracy of such information and documents. Should it be determined that there are inconsistencies in information and documents provided by prospective students, such students are denied admission even if they were previously admitted, and their enrollments are revoked, even if previously completed.

Application documents are kept by the university and under no circumstances are returned to applicants, regardless of the result of evaluation.

As a result of preliminary evaluations conducted on the application information and documents, prospective students may be invited for a written examination or an interview. Failure to attend the interview or examination will disqualify the applicant from further consideration.

Applications are evaluated by an admission jury. Recommendations of the admission jury regarding the admission of applicants are concluded upon the resolution of the relevant Graduate School Executive Board.

If deems necessary, the Graduate School Executive Board may subject some of the admitted students to the Scientific Preparatory Program for one or two semesters to fully prepare them for their graduate programs. The resolution of the Graduate School Executive Board lists all courses that must be taken by the applicant.

The scope, application requirements and quotas of scholarships granted to admitted students are determined by the Board of Trustees for each academic year. Scholarships are awarded upon the resolution of the relevant Graduate School Executive Board and the approval of the Rector.

The foreign students must get the annotated student visa which is obtained from Consulate Branches of Turkish Embassies or Consulate General located in their country or nearby, in order to make entry to Turkey. Students should apply for the visa with the Consulate Notification Letter, which is sent by the institute with the acceptance letter. For detailed information please click here.

Our university will complete the necessary procedures for obtaining the degree equivalency for international prospective students who do not have an equivalency letter, which is obtainable from the Higher Education Council (YÖK). Such students are conditionally admitted and are enrolled as special students until their degrees are recognized by the relevant authorities. Students whose applications for diploma recognition are accepted by the Higher Education Council become regular graduate students.

Foreign students who are graduated from higher education institutions abroad, a copy of the equivalency letter issued by YÖK's International Equivalency Office is needed.

You can review the Özyeğin University Directives on Graduate Program Admissions to learn more about the application, admission and enrollment processes.

MSc in City and Architecture (Non-Thesis) Program Curriculum / Conditions for Graduation

The program consists of 3 consecutive semesters. Compulsory and elective courses specified in the course plan should be taken and passed for graduation. In order to graduate from the program, a total of 90 ECTS credits must be completed successfully.

1.Term 2.Term
KMI 551 Advance Design Studio I (7,5 ECTS) KMI 552 Advance Design Studio II (7,5 ECTS)
KMI 553 Space I (7,5 ECTS) KMI 553 Space II (7,5 ECTS)
Elective (7,5 ECTS) Elective (7,5 ECTS)
Elective (7,5 ECTS) Elective (7,5 ECTS)
Toplam 30 ECTS Toplam 30 ECTS
3.Term  
KMI 560 M.Sc. Term Project in City and Architecture Program (7,5 ECTS)  
KMI 557 Space III (7,5 ECTS)  
Elective (7,5 ECTS)  
Elective (7,5 ECTS)  
Toplam 30 ECTS  
MSc in City and Architecture (Non-Thesis) Program Total 90 ECTS

MSc in City and Architecture (Non-Thesis) Program Requirements

Degree Requirements
Category Min. Completed Credits Min. Number of Course
Requied Courses 37,5 5
Elective Courses 45 6
KMI 560 M.Sc. Term Project in City and Architecture Program 7,5 1
Toplam AKTS 90

MSc in City and Architecture (Non-Thesis) Program Courses

Compulsory Courses

  • KMI 551 Advance Design Studio I
  • KMI 552 Advance Design Studio II
  • KMI 553 Space I
  • KMI 554 Space II
  • KMI 557 Space III
  • KMI 560 M.Sc. Term Project in City and Architecture Program

Elective Courses

1. Term

  • KMI 527 İstanbul: Future Projections on Urban Environment
  • KMI 531 The City and The Home: İstanbul
  • KMI 561 Architectural Visualization
  • KMI 563 Computational Design in Architecture
  • KMI 565 Design Computing Through Natural Systems
  • KMI 567 Design Concepts for Metropole Cities 1: City, Technology and Society

2. Term

  • KMI 569 20. Century Housing Architecture of Istanbul
  • KMI 571 Modernity and Turkish Architecture
  • KMI 573 Project and Construction Management
  • KMI 575 Energy Sufficiency of Cities and Buildings
  • KMI 577 Design Concepts for Metropole Cities 2: City, Housing and Society

3. Term

  • KMI 524 Learning from Vernacular
  • KMI 562 Urban Ecosystems and Urban Landscapes
  • KMI 564 High Performance Building Envelope Design
  • KMI 566 Post Occupancy Evaluation and Occupant Behavior in the context of Sustainability
  • KMI 568 Building Energy-Cost-Comfort Performance Studies
  • KMI 570 Sustainability and Creating a Transformative Culture

Faculty

  • Doğa Dinemis AMAN
  • Touraj ASHRAFIAN
  • Nevşet Gül ÇANAKÇIOĞLU
  • Neşe GANİÇ SAĞLAM
  • Ayşe Ceren GÜLER
  • Tayfun GÜRKAŞ
  • Orhan HACIHASANOĞLU
  • Ece KALAYCIOĞLU
  • Ebru KARAHAN
  • Demet MUTMAN
  • Kaan ÖZGÜN
  • Güliz ÖZORHON
  • İlker Fatih ÖZORHON
  • Mehmet SANER
  • Pınar SEZGİNALP
  • Murat ŞAHİN
  • Beyza ŞAT
  • Melis TANER
  • Işılay TEKÇE
  • Semra TOKAY
  • Hülya TURGUT
  • Alper ÜNLÜ
  • Aslıhan ÜNLÜ
  • Derya YORGANCIOĞLU

Gest LAB Instructors *

  • Melike Altınışık (2020-21 Fall _ Advance Design Studio I )
  • Ömer Selçuk Baz (2020-21 Spring _ Advance Design Studio I)
  • Funda UZ (2020-21 Spring_ Advanced Design Research LAB II)

* Gest Instructors are invited according to the content of the LABs.

Adjunct Faculty

  • Nagehan Açimuz İşbakan
  • Tunahan Koç
  • Berke Hatipoğlu
  • Reşad Çoban