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Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi
Established January 1, 1882
Type State university
Rector Yalçın Karayağız
Admin. staff 500
Undergraduates 6942
Location Fındıklı, Istanbul, Turkey
Founder Osman Hamdi Bey

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Turkish: Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi; abbreviated MSGSÜ) is a Turkish state university dedicated to the higher education of fine arts. It is located in the Fındıklı neighborhood of İstanbul, Turkey.


The institution was founded on January 1, 1882 as the "School of Fine Arts" ("Sanayi-i Nefise Mekteb-i Âlisi, formally Mekteb-i Sanayi-i Nefise-i Şâhâne or simply "Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi") by the renowned Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey, who was also an art historian, archeologist and museum curator. Being the first of its kind in Turkey, education in fine arts and architecture began on March 2, 1883 with 8 instructors and 20 students.

In 1914, the school became co-educational. The school was converted in 1928 to an academy, the first academy in Turkey, and its name was changed to "State Academy of Fine Arts" (Devlet Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi). In 1969, this was renamed to "Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts" (İstanbul Devlet Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi). On July 20, 1982, its status was changed, and the academy became "Mimar Sinan University" (Mimar Sinan Üniversitesi) after the great Ottoman-Armenian architect Mimar Sinan. Finally, in December 2003, the administration of the university changed its name to "Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University".

Since 1959 the institution has been providing 4-year educational programs.

Academic units

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  • State conservatory (music, musicology, performing arts)
  • Vocational school (textile design, architectural restoration)
  • Institute of natural sciences
  • Institute of social sciences
  • School of informatics

Associated institutions

  • Nusretiye Palace
  • Museum of Painting and Sculpture, Istanbul
  • Tophane-i Amire Cultural Center

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

See also

External links

  • University's official website (Turkish)
  • Mimar Sinan (Turkish)
  • Mimar Sinan Students Portal (Turkish)

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