M.A. in Media and Visual Studies

The Master of Arts program in Media and Visual Studies provides continuing students with the analytical and practical skills required to pursue a career in media industries or continue their academic study. 

Covering a range of national and global media platforms, including film, television, print, and new media, the M.A. program at Bilkent offers a curriculum that builds a conceptual and cultural framework for effective intellectual engagement with a variety of media forms and content. Using theoretical, interdisciplinary, and comparative approaches to Turkish and global media, M.A. students pursue original research, analysis, interpretation, and criticism of a particular aspect of media that meets their personal and professional interests. Graduates of the program are thus prepared to use these capabilities to help raise the profile of media, visual and cultural studies in Turkey, whether through employment in media industries or continued academic study.

Prerequisites for admission:
• A four-year undergraduate degree earned with a minimum 2.30 GPA (or equivalent),
• ALES and English proficiency exam (COPE, YDS, TOEFL, IELTS, FCE or CAE) scores,
• Applicant interview conducted in English
• At least two letters of recommendation.

More detailed information about admission requirements can be found on the Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences page. Application materials, including the recommendation form, can be downloaded from the Bilkent University Graduate Application website. (

Degree Requirements: Candidates must complete 24 credit hours of coursework, plus two seminars in a specific area of interest. Candidates must also write a thesis that makes an original contribution to scholarship in media and visual studies.

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The Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences administers the master’s programs Media and Design and Media and Visual Studies in the department. More information can be found under the following link –

Application Link:


Assoc. Prof. Emel Özdora
+90.312.290 1486