Dr. Faculty Member Janet Barış

Message from the Head of Department

It is an undisputable fact that the presence and the necessity of art in today’s society are simply undeniable.  Referred to as the seventh art in France, cinema incorporates all forms of art known to man. In other words, cinema is a combination of art forms, accordingly, film-teaching should involve instructional methods that are unique to visual, auditory, literary and dramatic art disciplines. Its integrated structure makes film-making quite appealing, yet complicated at the same time. Bearing all these complex features, cinema is looked at from a multifaceted perspective as a medium of expression, communication, instruction, research and promotion.

The subjects offered at film schools today are designed to teach cinematography, sound recording and design, direction and screenplay writing, editing, and producing for film and television. In this context, cinematography requires visual and dramatic knowledge and skills; sound design requires auditory and dramatic knowledge and skills; screenplay courses require literary and dramatic knowledge and skills, while editing and direction respectively require visual, auditory and dramatic; visual, auditory, dramatic and directorial knowledge and skills; and production requires those of dramatic and directorial nature.  The film-making courses we offer at Altınbaş University film school are designed to help students increase their experience and knowledge of rhythm and time, as well as using, expressing and manipulating time, which are concepts inherent to the study of dramatic arts. 

Having adopted the mentoring system as its approach in education and the auteur theory as its fundamental principal in the filmmaking process, the Department of Cinema and Television at Altınbaş University offers each student the opportunity to develop their own individual interest and cinematic style. With the principle of teaching for creativity, and teaching with creativity, our department provides students with strong knowledge on filmmaking while expecting them to make two collaborative films during the first two years of their studies, and again two individual films during their last two years, which enables them to graduate from our four-year film school having made at least four films, hence ready to pursue greater participation and success in the art world.  


Dr. Faculty Member Janet BARIŞ
Chair, Department of Cinema and Television