Our era and the process we are going through not only encourage but also force us to communicate digitally in every field. The adaptation of art and design education to this process and carrying out the education in the most efficient way is at the top of the agenda of all our academic staff. One of the key solutions implemented by Kadir Has University Faculty of Art and Design, which has redesigned its education model, is to share the term-based term projects of its students on an online exhibition platform.
KHAS FADPORT, which is created specifically for the projects of Faculty of Art and Design students, both carry out a self-evaluation of this specific period and reopens our traditional student exhibitions on a digital platform. Thus, student exhibitions are shared with an infrastructure that is not temporary but continuous and up-to-date. The platform, in the making since January and finally opened as of mid-February, has a modular, flexible, and holistic approach to design.
KHAS FADPORT is not only an exhibition space but also an archive for the Faculty of Art and Design students. Prof. Dr. Banu Manav, Faculty of Art and Design acting dean, and faculty member of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design Department draws attention to a very controversial topic, digitalization in art and design education, and says:
“Digitalization is a controversial issue discussed in the education of art and design. However, competition and recognition on a global scale are also a necessity in this field. When we consider these circumstances, digital platforms create the visual memory of what we can do in the field of art and design using today's technology and communicate with all stakeholders in this field. This does not mean that art and design education should only be digital from now on, but I believe it is valuable and necessary that these platforms provide opportunities for cooperation between institutions working in these fields, share information, and provide insights about the education to future professionals. We welcome everyone to visit the 2020-2021 Fall Term projects of our Industrial Design, Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Architecture, and Theater students at KHAS FADPORT.”