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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. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts High School in İstanbul and Ankara is not an unit of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.[1][2]

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi
Istanbul Bosphorus Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University IMG 7561 1800.jpg
The University as seen from across the Bosphorus
TypeState university
EstablishedJanuary 1, 1882
RectorYalçın Karayağız
Administrative staff
Fındıklı, Istanbul
FounderOsman Hamdi Bey



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, art historian, archaeologist, and museum curator, Osman Hamdi Bey. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University was the first educational institution in fine arts and architecture in Turkey. It opened on March 2, 1883 with eight instructors and 20 students.

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

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

Academic unitsEdit

Eye in marble

Associated institutionsEdit

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

Notable facultyEdit

Notable alumniEdit

Marble wall at the entrance of the University

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Müzik Bölümü Hakkında - Mimar Sinan GSL". Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-04-10. Retrieved 2018-04-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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