Koç University‘s Department of Media and Visual Arts offers a Bachelor of Design Certificate to those students who complete its Undergraduate Design Programme. The goal of the program is to offer an opportunity to diversify students’ studies and incorporate design thinking and skills into their overall academic experience.

The program presents an overview of basic design skills and the issues that the design profession relates to, intending to enable students from engineering, humanities, social sciences, management and and other fields to interact efficiently with professional designers. The focus of the programme is on learning by doing, a balance of theory and practice and developing a student’s individual creativity when solving problems for users.


All undergraduate students from Koç University with good academic standing are eligible to apply for admission to the BDes program.


Students will be awarded the Bachelor of Design Certificate upon completion of the three required courses and any two of the nine elective courses listed below.

The grade point average obtained from the five courses must be at least 2.50. Students who fail to meet the grade requirement are not qualified to receive the certificate.

These courses may be substituted for other equivalent courses by obtaining an authorization from the faculty council of the department that offers the course.

Courses completed prior to the application to the BDes program will count towards the requirements if they are among or equivalent to the courses specified above. “Independent Study” courses may count towards the program requirements, provided that the topic is relevant and the prior consent of the BDes Certificate programme coordinator and the independent study instructor are obtained.

The BDes Certificate will be presented to the student completing the certification requirements along with the Bachelor’s degree at the time of graduation.