Design Studies (With Thesis)

About the Department

The Design Studies Master’s Program offers a common ground for various design disciplines and embraces interdisciplinary as an academic framework. Such interaction between disciplines will allow students to discover more creative solutions.

Introduced as the first graduate program of its kind in Turkey, the Design Studies Master’s program that was founded under Izmir University of Economics Faculty of Fine Arts and Design provides architects, interior architects, visual communication designers, graphic designers, industrial designers, fashion designers and applicants from related disciplines a unique research opportunity. With studies informed by this broad approach, ultimately, students will prepare a comprehensive thesis in their chosen field. Students aiming to apply their skills in their respective industries are provided with opportunities to deal with projects in a theoretical framework and write their thesis in this context. Consequently, it is possible for graduates to pursue careers in both design-related professions and academia.

The Master’s Program in Design Studies is structured with the goal that the theoretical and practical aspects of successful graduate education can be effectively joined in a way that will be constructive for graduates of various disciplines. Emphasizing relations between various subjects and approaches provides the students with a broader professional training. Each will graduate from the program equipped with substantial and creative skills, unique experiences, and specialized knowledge.

Design Studies Master’s Program students conduct their research in a multi-disciplinary/cross-disciplinary way on the fields of studies and key research topics listed below:


Field of Study



  • Environmental Design



  • Experience Design



  • Visual Communication
  • Graphic Design



  • Fashion Design



  • Fine Arts and Design



  • Industrial Design



  • Interaction Design



  • Interior Architecture/Design



  • Product Design



  • Service Design




Key Research Topics



  • Design Theory and History



  • Design Education and Research



  • Environmental and Behavioral Studies



  • Design Management



  • Materials, Material Science and Design



  • Ergonomics, Anthropometry and Design



  • Biodesign, Biomimetics and Biophilic Design



  • Digital Humanities



  • Design Linguistics, Semantics and Semiotics



  • Sustainability and Ecological Design



  • Creative Industries



  • Housing Studies



  • Place Making



  • Design and Technology



  • Product Service System Design (PSS)



  • Nautical Design



  • Transportation Design



  • Visionary and Futuristic Design Studies



  • Forecasting, Foresight and Design



  • Culinary Arts, Gastronomy and Design



Students have the chance to spend a part of their education abroad within the scope of ERASMUS. The detailed and up-to-date information about the exchange agreements at the graduate level in different fields of design could be provided from the Office of International Affairs.


Prof. Dr. Ö. Osman Demirbaş, Head of the Department of Design Studies
Asst. Prof. Dr. Didem Kan Kılıç, Coordinator of the Department of Design Studies


Ayşın Örs, Secretary of Graduate School
Fulya Alagöz, Educational Affairs Supervisor