Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

Coordinates: 41°01′48″N 28°59′21″E / 41.03°N 28.9892°E / 41.03; 28.9892
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Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi
Established1 January 1882; 142 years ago (1882-01-01)
FounderOsman Hamdi Bey
RectorHandan İnci Elçi
Administrative staff

41°01′48″N 28°59′21″E / 41.03°N 28.9892°E / 41.03; 28.9892
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The University as seen from across the Bosphorus

The Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Turkish: Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi, or MSGSÜ) is a Turkish public university dedicated to higher education in the fine arts. It is located in the Fındıklı neighbourhood of Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey.[1]

Founded in 1882 by Osman Hamdi Bey.[2]

The Mimar Sinan Fine Arts High Schools in Istanbul and Ankara have no relation with the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.[3][4]


On January 1, 1882, the renowned Turkish painter, art historian, archaeologist, and museum curator, Osman Hamdi Bey established the School of Fine Arts (Sanayi-i Nefise Mekteb-i Âlisi, formally Mekteb-i Sanayi-i Nefise-i Şâhâne or Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi) here. When it opened on March 2, 1883, with eight instructors and 20 students, it was Turkey's first educational institution for the fine arts and architecture.

In 1914, the school became co-educational. In 1928 it was converted from a school to an academy - the first in Turkey - and its name was changed to the State Academy of the Fine Arts (Devlet Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi). In 1969, it was renamed as the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts (İstanbul Devlet Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi, or İDGSA), and gained administrative autonomy according to Law No. 1172 on Fine Arts Academies in Turkey.[5]

On July 20, 1982, its status was changed again, and the academy became Mimar Sinan University"(Mimar Sinan Üniversitesi) in memory of the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. Finally, in December 2003, the administration of the university changed its name to the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

Since 1982 the institution has been providing four-year educational programmes.


The building that houses what is now the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University started life in 1856 as the twin palaces of Münire Sultan and Cemile Sultan, the daughters of Sultan Abdülmecid. They were used for meetings of the Chamber of Deputies of the Ottoman Empire between 1910 and 1920.

Basic Design Education Division[edit]

Following the Academy Reform and a student occupation in 1968, Basic Design Education (Temel Sanat Eğitimi) was incorporated into the curriculum in 1969. The Basic Design Education Division was critical of the master-apprentice model and aimed to blur the distinction between handicrafts and fine arts.[2] The co-founders of this division included Altan Gürman, Ercümend Kalmık, Ali Teoman Germaner, Erkal Güngören, Özer Kabaş, and Nuri Temizsoylu, who wanted to create a Bauhaus-inspired model to enable consistency and continuity in the education that first-year students received.[5] This model aimed at encouraging students to explore, question and analyse different techniques, tools, and materials related to arts and design.

Following the 1980 coup d'état in Turkey, the administration and autonomy of universities changed, and Basic Design Education was removed from the curriculum in 1982.[5]

Academic units[edit]

Eye in marble in grounds of university

Associated institutions[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Marble dedicatation wall at the entrance of the university

Actors and models[edit]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Home". Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Retrieved 2019-07-09. Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi No: 24Fındıklı 34427 İstanbul
  2. ^ a b Unleashed : contemporary art from Turkey. Hossein Amirsadeghi, Maryam Homayoun Eisler, Berna Tuğlular, Ali Akay. London: Thames & Hudson in association with TransGlobe Pub. 2010. ISBN 978-0-500-97702-6. OCLC 502414184.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Müzik Bölümü Hakkında - Mimar Sinan GSL". Msgsl.com. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Okulumuz Hakkında - MİMAR SİNAN GÜZEL SANATLAR LİSESİ". Archived from the original on 2018-04-10. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  5. ^ a b c Altan Gürman. Başak Doğa Temür, Süreyya Evren, Barış Acar, ARTER Space for Art. Istanbul. 2019. ISBN 978-605-69489-8-5. OCLC 1129015037.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "The life and works of Maide Arel (1907 - 1997)". Istanbulsanatevi. 2018-05-18. Archived from the original on 2020-04-24. Retrieved 2020-08-24.

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