Communication in today’s world interpenetrates every aspect of social life, and yet it can be called merely a “human achievement”. In such a communication age, the Faculty of Communication at İstanbul Bilgi University strives for an education that encourages and enables individuals to take control of meaning rather than being controlled by it. The Faculty of Communication puts great emphasis on developing the habit of critical thinking, with the understanding that thinking can be articulated not only through words, but also through images and sounds.
As the global and the local have merged with each other in every possible way, the Faculty of Communication acknowledges the significance of curriculum as an ongoing process, simultaneously national and international in character. The Faculty also considers that the exchange and interaction of these national and international values must be taken into account.
The Faculty of Communication is intensely aware of the significance of the fact that the process of communication is part and parcel of the apparatus of communication. Consequently, technological innovations are closely observed and quickly adopted, technical facilities are continually upgraded and then efficiently integrated into education and training. The artistic and cultural implications of such innovations are of great interest within our mentality of education. In this regard, the curriculum is continuously updated to provide flexibility and adaptability in order to meet the needs arising from such rapid changes.
The distinguishing feature of the Faculty of Communication is that the students of the faculty are offered the opportunity to use their theoretical training in practice. Students are encouraged to participate in genuine job atmospheres that have been established within the faculty. The “learning on the job” strategy directs students to work in actual PR or advertising agencies, on a real television channel or to take part in publishing, all of which ensures for them a quick adaptation to their future careers.
The Faculty of Communication not only employs an inter- and multi-disciplinary perspective in education, it also aims to establish and implement dialogue on a number of levels among its divisions and departments, enabling students to cooperate with other students coming from diverse disciplines and become acquainted with a wide range of interrelated fields of knowledge: the theory and practice of media, art management, film and television, visual communication design, journalism, photography and video, public relations and advertising. All these fields together constitute a large map of knowledge that assures that students navigate in the appropriate direction in both education and career.
Halil Nalçaoğlu, Prof.
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