General Information




The program aims to study the relation between art and society and the role of the artist in urban life from an activist point of view. 

 The program aims to help the artists and people related to arts; those who consider art as their profession, as an industry. In their intellectual and institutional work fields by raising the value of art, in environments of intense creative and high efforts by configuring art in regards to the academic world and the “real” world, it aims to help them to create spaces for themselves in both local and universal scales.

 How to decipher cultural meanings? How does the social movement take shape?

 In this master's program, from the aesthetics and social points of view; why is art necessary? What kinds of skills are needed to understand and to express art? What elements restrict and constrain the development of art? What are the societal responsibilities of art and the artists? So, how do the opinions are formed and strengthened? students will find answers for all these and alike questions. In projected courses, students will be able to turn their ideas into applications, generate subjects and acquire an extensive vision for solving problems. In this context, by creating  projects in stepping up as leaders in new public and private fields, they will comprehend how arts enrich the societal life.

 In the courses of Art Policies and Management program, current social, ethical and political problems that artists and those related with arts face are examined. During the creation period, putting forth their talents and afterwards during the distribution of the end product, public order and policies that may be affected positively or negatively are studied. Courses are structured as applied and theoretical courses involving historical research and constructed as interdisciplinary at times requiring team work.



Art Policies and Management students and the education given in this field are comprised of interdisciplinary priorities. While creating their work, in an environment, outside the safe perimeter of the academic world, in encountering the realities of everyday life, the program offers an educational opportunity to artist candidates and/or employers and administrators foreseeing putting forth solid work and/or entrepreneurs wanting to do art as business.


 To contribute in the transformation of critical and creative dialog between the world and art; by being created, comprehended, perceived  and  newly formed, art that contributes as positive cultural intervention to the political process in causing the world to be understood.

 In this context, T.C. Maltepe University Arts Policies and Management Master’s Program is structured as Master’s program with thesis and Master’s Program without thesis. Students attending the masters Program with thesis are required to prepare a thesis upon completion of 60 ECTS credits courses.



Students, who successfully complete the program, are entitled to Master’s degree in Art Policies and Management.


It is a program that provides graduate education at Second Cycle level.


Learners studying in the master program with thesis are required:

  • To take at least 10 courses (30 local credits) and enroll in a graduation project, and complete 120 ECTS. (Some courses in the program and Graduation Project do not have local credit and are assessed with a pass or fail).
  • To get at least a grade of DD in order to be successful in each course of the program,
  • To have 2.50 general average grades out of 4.00 on the core subjects.



A student who is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree program in the same discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, may transfer to the Master's Program at Maltepe University upon the recommendation of the department administration and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School of Social Sciences. The decision taken will also include eligibility for exemption from some course requirements of the graduate program. Students who transfer from another university must be successful in the Maltepe University English Proficiency Exam or in an equivalent English examination.

Graduates from other disciplines are accepted to the program provided they take undergraduate courses to make them ready to take graduate courses.

Recognition of prior non-formal and in-formal learning will also be considered although rules and regulations are not yet adequately developed in Turkish Higher Education System.



Art Policies and Management Master’s Degree Program aims at having students from fine arts or other bachelor programs and to provide them with advanced theoretical and empirical research and skills and competencies by focusing on forming  solutions towards the obstacles of urban art activities, aims to arm the students with necessary skills and proficiencies.


Universities, secondary education institutions, printed, visual media institutions, human resources companies, ministries, governorships, charitable institutions, non-governmental organizations, municipalities, art centers, galleries, culture centers, private and public museums, festival and contest organizations, art clubs, production companies, ad agencies, private and public organizations that are directly or indirectly affiliated with arts, organizations working based on volunteering principles are some of the places the graduates of Art Policies and Management graduates can work for. They can work to define art policies, create individual activities in aforementioned institutions or opt to manage and be the master of their own operation.


The students who graduated from Art Policies and Management  program may apply to study in Ph.D. programs (third cycle) in the same field or other fields.


The Graduate School of Social Sciences Art Policies and Management  program without thesis is based on  33 local credits and 120 ECTS. 

Art Policies and Management  program without thesis has 1 non-credit compulsory seminar course, 2 compulsory courses, 9 elective courses and Graduation project for 30 ECTS credits. Elective courses can be selected from fine arts, other master’s programs or undergraduate programs on the condition not to exceed 3 courses.



Students take at least one quiz, one mid-term exam (or a project) and an end of term exam.

Students are informed beforehand about the mid-term exam dates and the subjects that the students will be responsible for. The numbers and dates of mid-term exams are announced by the instructor at the beginning of the semester. Mid-terms are given during the pre-determined hours for that course. Excuses of those students who have not taken the mid-term exam or taken part in studies are evaluated by the instructor, and the procedure is determined by the board of management of the institute.

In end of term exams, student’s knowledge and performance in that semester is tested, and they are extremely significant in evaluation of student’s success. To what extent this exam affects the student’s success is determined by the instructor and is announced at the beginning of the term. Starting and finishing dates of end of term exams are determined by senate and can be seen in academic calendar published at the beginning of the term.

Excuses of those students who have not taken the mid-term exam are evaluated by the board management of institute. Providing that the documents proving the excuses are admitted, excuse exam dates are announced.

Evaluation and Grading

Instructors evaluate each registered student by taking quiz, mid-term exam and final exam results, and the studies that substitute exams into consideration. As a result of the evaluation, s/he appreciates one of the grades below as the student's final grade.





















AA, BA, BB, CB and CC mean that the course has been completed successfully. DC and DD grades show that the course has been completed successfully providing that the student has fulfilled the requirements depending on grade average point which was specified in the regulations. Grade F shows that the student has been unsuccessful. Even if the grade average point of a student who has got an F grade is enough to be considered as successful, this course is retaken. The letter grades specified above are based on evaluations of midterm and final exams and papers written by the students. Final grades are given on the basis of normal distribution of scores in the class. However, these letter grades are considered to correspond to the following intervals out of a hundred: AA 90-100; BA 85-89; BB 80-84; CB 75-79; CC 70-74; DC 60-69; DD 50-59; F 49 and below.

Special condition of students in a course is shown with the letters below:


BI (successful)

Student has succeeded in a course without credit or in one that is not included in the average

BZ (unsuccessful)

Student has been unsuccessful in a course without credit or in one that is not included in the average

EK (incomplete)

In a condition of incompleteness resulting from the student, the instructor takes valid excuses into consideration and asks the student to compensate those imperfections. Providing that the imperfections are not compensated maximum in two weeks after passing grades are announced, the mark of incomplete, changes to an F grade.

ÇK (dropped)

Student has dropped the course

DZ (unattended)

Student has not fulfilled attendance requirements. (Absenteeism is regarded as an F grade while the averages are calculated)

MU (exempt)

Learner has been exempted according to the regulations

TK (retaken)

The course has been repeated due to failure

İZ (permitted)

Learner is on leave according to the regulations

TF (transfer)

Equivalent courses which the student took and succeeded in other higher education institutions, in another institute or in the previous program and which have been recognized in the current undergraduate transfer program


Student has the status of special student



Successful Students

Students are regarded as successful according to their General Average Grade. In order to be graduated as successful, students have to have 2.50 General Average Grade in a Master's program.

Students who graduate from their departments or complete their programs with 3.50-4.00 General Average Grade are appreciated as University high honour students and they are on the list of University Honour Students List.

Graduation Requirements

Learners registered in a Master program with thesis are required:

  • To take at least 10 courses (30 local credits) and enroll in a Graduation Project, and complete 120 ECTS. (Some courses in the program and Graduation Project do not have local credit and are assessed with a pass or fail).
  • To get at least DD grade in order to be successful in a course in their program.
  • To have 2.50 general average grades out of 4.00 on the core subjects, and are to be successful in the Seminar course and Master’s thesis defense.


Education in Maltepe University is carried out on a full-time basis.





Head of the Department of Fine Arts

Prof. Dr. Selahattin YILDIZ 


Marmara Eğitim Köyü 34857-İSTANBUL/TÜRKİYE



+90 216 626 10 50 / 2750



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