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Interior Architecture & Environmental Design (English)
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Interior Architecture & Environmental Design (English)

Program Objectives Fellowships and Discount in Tuition Fee International Cooperations
Establishment Tuition Fee Occupational Profiles Of Graduates
Qualification Awarded Double Major–Minor Programs Access to Further Studies
Language of Instruction Internship Departmental Facilities
Mode of Education Grading Scheme Program Activities
Admission and Registration Requirements Graduation Requirements Contact Information

Program Objectives

 The curriculum attempts to enrich interior architect candidates to design spaces by improving productivity and the quality of life. Through the curriculum, it is accepted to have an interactive medium for holistic view between different disciplines. The undergraduate curriculum is cognizant of modern trends as well. 
ANATOLIA is a medium for field study in all design works since it has great historical background with cultural diversity and cultural heritage. It also offers an incredible environment with recent developments. Therefore, it offers an outstanding area for interior architecture students who aim to face different cultures, values and civilizations. It also provides to be in co-operation with international design programs. This provides a base to the structure of the design project topics where different historical/recently developed/modern sites are studied together with contemporary issues. 

The structure of the undergraduate curriculum  is developed according to the professional standards for an interior designer which are defined by CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation). 

According to CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation), the responsibilities of the interior designer encompass all spaces within environments built for human habitation. Educational philosophies and goals should be applied in the development of a creative professional who can analyze problems from many different perspectives and synthesize information.


Istanbul Kültür University is founded in July 1997. The Faculty of Art and Science is  is established  in 2001 . The undergraduate education in the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design  is started in 2002 at the Main Campus Bulding in Ataköy. In 2006, our first graduates started their professional life. In 2008, the undergraduate program was renewed. 25 students were attending the Program each year, today the quota is 50 students. With the Higher Education Executive Council's decision for December 30, 2015 dated meeting, the establishment of Istanbul Kültür University, the Department of Interior Architecture & Environmental Design has deemed appropriate.

In the process following this decision, by February 8, 2016 and 89480013/286 numbered article of the Higher Education Executive Council, the Department of Interior Architecture & Environmental Design which was comprised under the Faculty of Art and Design was transferred to the Faculty of Architecture with its current students and academic staff has deemed appropriate.

The Department of Interior Architecture & Environmental Design was founded within the Faculty of Art and Design in 2001, and started its educational activities by the 2002-2003 academic year. After Prof. Dr Mete ÜNÜGÜR's passing, who was the founder and the Head of Department, between the years 2004-2006 Prof. Dr. Mustafa DEMİRKAN and between the years 2006-2014 Prof. Dr. Zafer ERTÜRK was appointed to the Head of Department respectively. In 2008, fundamental changes were performed regarding the educational activities for undergraduate and graduate levels of the Department. As the academic program was configured, a project-oriented education system supported with Architecture and Arts was proposed. Prof. Dr. Gülay USTA who was officially appointed to the Head of Department in 2014, still serves her duty as the Head of Department.

Since 2004, "Interior Architecture" and "Environmental Design" Master's Degree programs with thesis are given at graduate levels within the Institute of Sciences, the Department of Interior Architecture & Environmental Design.

Qualification Awarded

Students who fulfill the requirements of the four year undergraduate program get the degree of “Interior Architect and Environmental Designer".

Language of Instruction

 The language of education is English.

Mode of Education

It is compulsory to complete the 4 year undergraduate curriculum and 40 days summer training.

Interior design project is the base of the undergraduate curriculum according to which the program outcomes are purposive.  Computer-aided design courses, technology and building performance courses, history courses and elective courses are all designed to support the interior design projects.

Admission and Registration Requirements

 Interior Architecture and Environmental Design Department recruits students through a central placement test called ÖSYM (Student Selection and Placement Centre) since 2015-16 educational year. Candidates are placed by ÖSYM according to their LYS (High School Sufficiency Exam), their choices of  Higher Education programmes and quota of these programmes. Students register with the department at Öğrenci İşleri Daire Başkanlığı (Student Affairs) on  dates specified by ÖSYM.

Fellowships and Discount in Tuition Fee

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Tuition Fee

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Double Major–Minor Programs

Double Major Program with all the Departments at IKU is applied since 2013-2014 Fall Semester.


 It is compulsory to complete 40 days summer training (office, site) out of the institution.

The  Commission at the Department  which is responsible from the summer training gives the approval.

Forr the students who intend to complete their summer training at a Europe, shall be in contact with the Erasmus coordinator of the Department.

Grading Scheme

Students are granted one of following letter grades and/or symbols by instructor of the course for each academic year they are enrolled.



























G: Not sat for semester-end exam

P: Course continues

R: Repeated

E: Incomplete semester studies

T: Transfer

V: Withdrawal

Student who got one of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C grades as success grade, shall be considered as being succeeded that course. Student who got one of C-, D+, D, D- grades for a course, shall be considered as being succeeded that course conditionally. In the event that student must repeat the semester in which he got these grades, student shall be considered as being failed these courses. Student who got FD and FF grades for any course shall be considered as failed that course. Student who attended but not succeeded the course is granted FD grade; student who didn’t fulfill the attendance condition is granted FF grade. Procedures and principles applicable to enrollment, education and examinations carried out at the level of bachelor’s degree and associate degree have been determined by Regulations of Istanbul KulturUniversity Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree Education.

Graduation Requirements

 Students are required to fulfill 240 ECTS credits (25% elective courses, 75% compulsory courses) and 40 days summer training. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) shall be minimum 2.00 over 4.00 to be successful and to complete the Program.

International Cooperations


The Department has bilateral agreements with the following universities,

Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe​ - ALMANYA


Hasselt University - BELÇİKA


University of Ecology-Management – POLONYA


The Erasmus Program of the Department is supervised by the European and International Office (eic.iku.edu.tr).

Erasmus Coordinator of the Department:  Assist. Prof. Dr. Derya Adıgüzel Özbek

Occupational Profiles Of Graduates

The curriculum is designed to equip students with strong design- based problem solving abilities. Students are prepared  for professional practice and they generally continue their professional life at architectural-interior architectural offices, site (field studies), construction firms. Some graduates also continue post-graduate education in Turkey or abroad.

Access to Further Studies

Students who pass the External Transfer Exam and apply for the Department shall attend to an orientation program for one year.

The Department also offers Graduate Program in the field of Interior Design. 

Departmental Facilities

The curriculum is organized around design studio courses which enable students to synthesize knowledge from the courses in history,art and technology. Computer-aided design courses are also integrated into different levels of studio courses. Model making studio is supportive for the design courses as well.

Academic Staff

• Prof. Dr. Gülay Usta

• Prof. Dr. Sevinç Ertürk*

• Prof. Dr. Mehmet Üstünipek *

• Doç. Dr. Rana Kutlu

• Yrd. Doç. Dr. Levent Arşiray*

• Yrd. Doç. Dr. Teoman Südor*

• Yrd. Doç. Dr. Arzu Erçetin

• Yrd. Doç. Dr. Armağan S. Melikoğlu

• Yrd. Doç. Dr. Derya Adıgüzel Özbek

• Yrd. Doç. Dr. Aliye Rahşan Karabetça

• Yrd. Doç. Dr.Reyhan Uludağ Eraslan*

• Yrd. Doç. Dr. Vehbi Tosun

• Öğr. Gör. Kadir Uyanık

• Öğr. Gör. Tolga Erdem

• Öğr. Gör. Dr. Caner Göçer**

• Öğr. Gör. Galip Kaynar**

• Öğr. Gör. Sevinç Ormancı**

• Öğr. Gör. Leon Mitrani*

• Öğr. Gör. Emir Elmaslar**

• Öğr. Gör. Aysun Yıldız Karabay**

• Öğr. Gör. Mehmet Hakan Yılmazer**

• Öğr. Gör. Selami Yılmaz**

• Öğr. Gör. Deniz Yılmazer**

• Öğr. Gör. Serengül Seçmen**

• Öğr. Gör. Dilara Kelle**

• Arş.Gör. Dr. Handan Güzelci

• Arş.Gör. Ali Kemal Terlemez

• Arş.Gör. Orkan Z. Güzelci

• Arş.Gör. Sedef Sav

• Arş.Gör. Elif Gelmez

*   instructors participate from different Departments of the University

** instructors participate from firms/sector     

Program Activities

The Department organizes 'An Exhibition on Student Works' each semester in the University. Meanwhile, the Department is represented at the national and international meetings, in Turkey/ abroad.  The Department Staff enter Architectural Project Competition and gets awards, carry out research projects and present these at national and international platforms.

Interior Architecture-Design Club members coordinated various facilities throughout the year.

We are in contact with the Chamber of Interior Architects as an external stakeholder. We also participate to Istanbul Design Week to exchange knowledge and share information on student activities.Representatives of different firms from the building trade visit the Department to give seminars.

Contact Information

Faculty of Architecture

Head of the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design

Prof.Dr Gülay Keleş Usta

Address: Ataköy Yerleşkesi, Bakırköy 34156, İstanbul-TURKEY


Tel: +90(212) 498 41 41

Undergraduate Program-Bologna Coordinator

Assist. Prof. Dr. Aliye Rahşan KARABETÇA

Res. Assist. Elif Gelmez

Res. Assist. Sedef SAV

e-mail:  a.karabetca@iku.edu.tr