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Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design

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Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design

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Why Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design?

Top reasons to study at Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design



Founded in 2017 in North Cyprus, Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD) is a welcoming thematic art university focused on the fields of art, design, and communication. ARUCAD aspires to be one of the most respected institutions for art education, providing students with opportunities to enhance their creative productivity through interdisciplinary and cross-cultural programs. These programs are based on traditional, modern, and contemporary art teaching and learning methods. Additionally, ARUCAD recognizes the inseparable connection between theory and practice.



ARUCAD places importance on ecological awareness, recycling, health, safety, as well as equality in gender, race, and religious values. These values are integrated into the teaching and learning environment. The education model at ARUCAD revolves around the concept of “learning whilst producing, producing whilst learning,” aiming to foster innovative artists and designers with a holistic perspective that combines practical experience, critical thinking, and practice.


Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Design

Faculty of Communication

Faculty of Music and Performing Arts


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Student Life

At ARUCAD, not all learning experiences take place in the classroom. Here you can have your learning experience while producing in the workshops, studios and laboratories established with advanced technology at our university.

You will experience the most indispensable moments of your learning life with social, cultural and artistic activities that will support your education throughout the year.

At ARUCAD, you have every possibility to discover your creativity!


Sports Facilities

Swimming, riding and water sports are very popular in North Cyprus. Kyrenia offers a diverse range of sports activities to suit everyone’s preference, including basketball, football, diving, hiking, paragliding, and horse riding. Cyprus has long, hot summers and mild winters that enable people to enjoy outdoor activities all year round. The beach season starts as early as April and can be enjoyed until the end of October. The winter offers an abundance of activities for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts.

Students Clubs

There are many clubs and societies at our university in line with the interests of our students. Within the university, students live and share the spirit of communication, unity and togetherness by engaging in various cultural and sports activities. Our university gives the great importance to creating a social environment where students can improve themselves with clubs and communities. By organizing joint activities, our students are ensured to continue improving their skills they have acquired during their education when they start their professional life.

Life in Kyrenia

Located in the middle of the Eastern Mediterranean, Kyrenia (Girne), the ancient port city of North Cyprus, has all the facilities of a modern city. This city, which is a reflection of the cultures and civilizations that have lived on the island for centuries with its bazaar, cinema, theatre and many historical sites, will meet all its needs. It is a privilege to live in Kyrenia with its sea, green nature and clean air.

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Qualifications and Enrollment

Required documents for application:

    • High School Diploma + Transcript (translated to English and notarized)
    • Portfolio (scan copies of your relevant works)
    • Scanned copy of your Passport (photo page)
    • Minimum IELTS 5.0 or TOEFL 60. If you haven’t taken these exams, you’ll need to take a language proficiency exam when you arrive. All programs are taught in English.

Please keep in mind that evaluation results will be announced within 3-4 working days after we receive all the required documents and conduct an interview (if necessary).

For your personal portfolio, please include a variety of works such as drawings, videos, paintings, graphic novels, thematic work, doodles, sketches, illustrations, mixed media, digital illustrations, animations, and photographs. Please organize your works in a single PDF file (and mp4 for videos) using


For enrollment, we kindly ask students to bring all of their original documents.

Admission Criteria

Fees & Funding

Tuition Fees

Scholarship Opportunities

For the upcoming 2023-2024 academic year, we are thrilled to announce that all international students will be eligible for a fantastic 50% tuition fee waiver scholarship upon admission.

Furthermore, we deeply appreciate your interview and portfolio. Based on their evaluation, you may also have the wonderful chance to receive an additional scholarship on your tuition fees, ranging from 75% to 100%.

Here at ARUCAD, we welcome students twice a year, during the Fall and Spring semesters. The next intake will be for the Spring semester, beginning in March.


Accreditations & Rankings


Council of Higher Education of the Republic of Turkey Higher Education Planning, Accreditation Evaluation,

and Coordination Council








Available Accommodation in Kyrenia:


Arkin University of Creative Arts & Design (ARUCAD) offers a variety of accommodation options conveniently located within a 10-minute walking distance from the campus. Our dormitory provides both standard and luxurious flat-style accommodations, ensuring a safe, comfortable, and well-cared-for environment.

The flats can accommodate one, two, or four students with 2 double bedrooms. In addition to the bedrooms, each flat includes common areas such as a living room, kitchen, and bathroom.

All flats are equipped with air conditioning, wireless internet connection, and a television in the living room. You will also find a cozy lobby with a comfortable couch and television near the reception area.

Staying at university accommodation not only provides you with a place to stay but also helps you adjust more quickly to the new environment. With your personal needs taken care of, you can fully focus on your studies.


  • General cleaning
  • Reception / Concierge
  • Generator
  • Lobby
  • Free internet in common areas and rooms
  • Electricity (charged according to usage)
  • Water (charged according to usage)

Note: Utility bills will be charged separately.


  • Living Room
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Beds
  • Pillows, bed sheets, blankets, and towels (available for purchase)
  • Built-in wardrobe
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea kettle
  • 43’ LCD TV
  • Wireless Internet
  • AC’s in all rooms
  • Internal phone set
  • Curtains and blackout layer
  • Bathroom with shower

Note: lux flats are situated on a higher floor; thus have beautiful sea and mountain views as well as better furniture setup.



Apart Occupancy

Apart Type


Per Academic Year

Per Semester



250,00 €

1.500,00 €

800,00 €



250,00 €

3.000,00 €

1.550,00 €



250,00 €

6.000,00 €

3.050,00 €



250,00 €

3.300,00 €

1.700,00 €



250,00 €

9.600,00 €

4.850,00 €

Note: 5% VAT is included

Electricity, water and cleaning fees are not included in the fee.

Admission Criteria

  1. High School Diploma + Transcript (translated to English, notarized)
  2. Portfolio (scan copies of your works related to a program applying for)
  3. Scanned copy of your Passport (photo page)
  4. Minimum IELTS 5.0 or TOEFL 60. (In the absence of such, students will take the language proficiency exam upon arrival. Please note that all our programs are taught in English).

NOTE: The result of the evaluation is announced within 3-4 working days after all required documents are received and an interview (if required) is conducted.


The portfolio may contain the following types and/or different original studies

  • Free or model drawing
  • Experimental video – short films
  • Colour – Painting
  • Graphic – Novel
  • Thematic work
  • Doodle and sketch
  • Illustration
  • Mixed material application
  • Digital illustration
  • Animation
  • Photograph

The Portfolio File must consist of min. 5, max. 10 works that represent the candidate. Portfolio content should be in the format appropriate for the candidate’s work. Please use to arrange your works in a single PDF file and (mp4 for video) formats.

INTERVIEW (If required by the admission committee)

NOTE: Once the decision on your acceptance is made by the relevant evaluation committee, you will be asked 1050 EURO tuition fee deposit to be paid. Once the required deposit is received, you will be issued an Acceptance Letter which will be used for the TRNC visa application, upon arrival at the airport, and for registration at the university.

Please visit the following link for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Visa Requirements: