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Design Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Design Studies graduate program of Izmir University of Economics has been established with the aim of uniting all design disciplines in order to make these more creative by interacting.


The Design Studies graduate program of Izmir University of Economicshas been established with the aim of uniting all design disciplines in order to make these more creative by interacting. The program commenced its facilities though advanced level research in Design Studies area is needed.

The priority of the program is to be creative in design field. It is aimed to make further research and acknowledge the innovational updates on environmental design, interior architectural design, industrial design, fashion and textile design, visual communication design. That is why the curriculum of the program has many options in manners of the elective courses. 

Students may choose related elective courses for their individual research. As soon as the courses are completed, students start to write their doctoral theses after their qualification exam and thesis proposal. Design Studies doctoral program also allows students to accomplish conjunct doctoral studies.

In the last years there has been a rising interest upon multidisciplinary studies thereby uniting varied disciplines; Design Studies doctoral program provides this multidisciplinary study pool.


Graduates of PhD in Design Studies will have a strong command in their specialization area and will be able to work either in public or private sectors or continue as academicians in the fields of higher education and research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Narratives in Art and Design
  • Smart Clothing Design and Technologies
  • Historical Avant-Gardes: Architecture and Art
  • Representation, Body and Politics
  • Environment-Behavior Research
  • Fiber Art and Creative Practices

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

    GRE score (min. 156)

General Requirements

Required Documents for Application to Phd Programs

  • Undergraduate Diploma
  • Undergraduate Transcript
  • Master degree diploma
  • Master degree transcript
  • GRE or GMAT score card 
  • 2 reference letters
  • Letter of intention
  • TOEFL- IBT score min. 84 
  • Passport copy

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Izmir

  • 1650 - 2500 TRY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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