About

Tevfik Fikret Uçar was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He received his BFA in Graphic Design in 1988 from Marmara University, School of Fine Arts and Design in Istanbul. He was awarded a Turkish Government Research Scholarship to attend Art Center College of Design, Communication Design Department, in Switzerland, where he received his Advanced Degree in 1990. He received his MFA from Anadolu University, School of Fine Arts and Design, in Eskisehir, Turkey in 1991, with the thesis “Symbols, Icons, Pictograms and Their Use in Packaging Design.” In 1993 he received his Doctoral Equivalent for Art and Design from Anadolu University, with the doctoral thesis “Packaging Design as a Visual Communication Media.”

Professor Uçar is a full Professor in the Anadolu University School of Fine Arts and Design, and Chairman of the Graphic Design Department. He also works as design consultant at the University. He is Design Director of Anadolu University School of Distance Education textbook publication.

From 1993-95 Uçar was a Vice Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Design. In 1994 he was a member of the Administration Board of the School of Fine Arts and Design. From 1994-95 Professor Uçar was a member of the Administration Board of the Turkish Graphic Designers Association. In 1995 he was the Design Consultant for the Turkish Grand National Assembly, designing the 75th anniversary symbol, poster, and stamp. From 1996-98 he was the Design Director for the Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation. From 1998-99 Professor Uçar was a Visiting Scholar at San Diego State University, School of Art, Design and Art History.

Uçar has won numerous national design awards, including the Symbol and Corporate Identity of the Bursa Subway System Competition. He has designed several publications for the City of Eskisehir and has juried national design competitions. He has also lectured and conducted numerous design workshops in cities including Istanbul (Turkey), Beijing (China), San Diego (California), Wiesbaden (Germany), Seul (Soulth Korea), Gent (Belgium),Lefkose (North Cyprus) and Ahmadabad (India). He has published a book, “Visual Comminication and Graphic Design,” and written several articles in national and international publications.

Education
1995 MFA, Doctoral Equivalent Art & Design Program with the Doctoral Thesis “Packaging Design as a Visual Communication Media” Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1991 MA, Art & Design Master Program with the thesis “Symbols, Icons, Pictogram and Their Use in Packaging Design” Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1990 ACCD (E), Art Center College of Design (E) Turkish Government Research Scholarship Communication Design Department, Switzerland, Advanced Program Degree.
1989 English Course Ecole Lemania Lausenne, English Learning Center, Switzerland.
1987 BFA in Graphic Design Marmara University, School of Fine Arts and Design, İstanbul Turkey.
1984 High School, Graphic Arts and Decoration Department, Maçka Vocational School, İstanbul Turkey.

Experience
2000 Design Director Anadolu University Distance Education Program, Coordinated the graphic design studio. Supervised designers, equipment maintenance and software education.
2000 Book Design “Esthetics of Vision” İnkilap Publication House, İstanbul.
1999 Design Director, of Anadolu University Graphic Design Agency, 11/98 to present President’s Office Design Department.
1999 Symbol Design for “Millennium” Aerospace Supply Trading Co.
1999 Chairman, Graphic Design, 3/99 to present Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1998 Ist Price Award Symbol and Corporate Identity Design Competition, Bursa Subway System.
1998 Ist Price Award Symbol Design for “Local Agenda 21”, Bursa Municipality.
1998 Calendar Design and Digital Illustration TEI Engine Industries Inc., Eskişehir.
1998 First Lieutenant, Officer (Interpreter), Turkish Army Tuzla Infantry Education Center, İstanbul.
1997 Design Director, Book Publication “Eskişehir in Memories” A sponsored project by Rotary Club of Eskişehir.
1997 Design Director, Book Publication “City of Eskişehir” A sponsored project by Governor of the Province of Eskişehir.
1996 Project Coordinator, 9/96-11/96 Interior design department computer studio, Supervised budgeting and equipment system for CAD lab. Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1996 Associate Professor Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1996 Design Director, Education Material Publication Group, 3/94-6/96 Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation, Coordinated the graphic design studio. Supervised designers, equipment maintenance and software education.
1995 Vice Dean,2/93-8/95 Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1995 Design Consultant for Turkish Grand National Assembly, 5/93-8/95 Designing 75th Anniversary Symbol, Poster, Stamp etc.
1994 Assistant Associate Professor, Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1994 Member of Administration Board, 7/94 to present Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1992 Project Coordinator, 7/92-11/92 Graphic design department computer studio, Supervised budgeting and lab assistants education. Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.

Teaching Experience
2000 Gra 105, Introduction to Visual Communication (Taught in English), 9/99 to present Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
2000 Gra 405, Advanced Graphic Design I, 9/99 to present Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
2000 Gra 406, Advanced Graphic Design II, 9/99 to present Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
2000 Gra 409, Portfolio Design I, 9/99 to present Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
2000 Digital Still-life Photography, 9/99 to present Anadolu University School of Art and Design, MFA Program.
2000 Corporate Identity Design, 9/99 to present Anadolu University School of Art and Design, MFA Program.
2000 Graphic Design Projects, 9/99 to present Anadolu University School of Art and Design, MFA Program.
1999 Gra 307, Packaging Design I, 9/97-10/99 Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1999 Gra 310, Packaging Design, II, 9/97-10/99 Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1999 Bil 355, Computer Aided Graphic Design, 9/97-10/99 Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1998 Art 243, Intermediate Graphic Design, 8/98-9/99 San Diego State University, Art, Design & Art History Department, San Diego CA.
1998 Art 443/543, Advanced Drawing and Illustration, 8/98-9/99 San Diego State University, Art, Design & Art History Department, San Diego CA.
1998 Lecturer, Multimedia Techniques, in collaboration with Mark Siprut, 8/98-9/99 San Diego State University, Art, Defense Conversion Program, San Diego CA.
1997 Bil 356, Creative Image Processing, 9/95-10/97 Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1997 Bil 458, Desktop Publishing,7/96-10/97 Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1997 Gra 404, Digital Illustration,9/95-10/97 Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.

Community
2000 Design Consultant Pointed as Design Consultant, Eskişehir Municipality Esthetic Committee.
2000 Print Design Annual 2000, Selected and printed Posters in 32 000 entry.
2000 Slide Show, in collaboration with Professor Levend Kılıç an Hüseyin Eryılmaz Cumalıkısık, A Candidate Member of World Heritage, Bursa Municipality.
2000 Juror, Entry Exam The School of Hearing Disability Art Department, Anadolu University.
2000 Representative, of Anadolu University School of Distance Education Exam, İzmir, Turkey.
2000 Juror, School of Art Entry Exam Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
2000 Juror, Against Smoking Poster Competition Ministry of Health of Turkey, Ankara.
2000 Invited Designer Eskisehir Municipality Symbol Design Competition.
2000 Juror, Symbol Competition Yıldırım Municipality, Bursa, Turkey.
2000 Short Digital Movie, One of the ten selected and displayed video clip out of hundred entry, Apple Bilkom, Digital Movie Competition Dolmabahce Palace Exhibition Hall, İstanbul.
2000 Group Art Exhibition Eskişehir Meyer’s Office Art Gallery, Eskisehir, Turkey.
2000 Public Lecture, “Working with the Elements of Basic Design” Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
2000 Public Lecture, “History of Alphabet” Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey. 2000 Juror, Film Festival Poster Competition International Ankara Film Festival, Turkey.
2000 Juror, Poster Competition 80th Anniversary of Turkish Grand National Assembly, Ankara, Turkey.
2000 Public Lecture, “Color On the Screen, Color On Paper, Color In My Mind” Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
2000 WEB, Published Design on WEB, “Safersex” nonprofit website for public health Multimedia gallery, http://www.safersex.org/gallery/
2000 Chairman of Graphic Design Department Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1999 Public Lecture, “Graphic Design in Turkey” San Diego State University, Art, Design & Art History Department.
1999 Home Page Typography & Graphic Design, in collaboration with Mark Siprut http://psfa.sdsu.edu/ San Diego State University, Professional Study of Fine Arts.
1999 Home Page Design for Art 243 in collaboration with students and colleagues http://art.sdsu.edu/courses/art243/index.htm San Diego State University, Art Design and Art History Department.
1999 Home Page Design for Art 443/543 in collaboration with students and colleagues http://art.sdsu.edu/courses/art443/index.html San Diego State University, Art Design and Art History Department.
1999 Member of Entry Exam Organization Committee Anadolu University The School of Art and Design, Turkey.
1999 Video Clip Production “Archaeological Investigations Into the Middle Bronze Age Cemetery of the Village of Çavlum”, Eskişehir.
1997 Juror, School of Art Entry Exam Mersin University School of Art and Design, Mersin, Turkey.
1997 Public Lecture, “Portfolio Presentation” Hacettepe University, School of Art and Design, Ankara, Turkey.
1997 Juror, Poster Design Competition Ministry of Turkish National Education, Ankara, Turkey.
1997 Symbol and Identity Design, “Koza Residency” Koza Construction Co., Eskisehir, Turkey.
1996 Public Lecture, “Digital Image Processing” Eskişehir Photography Association, Eskişehir, Turkey.
1995 Symbol and Identity Design, “Ergin Residency” Ergin Evler Construction Co., Bursa, Turkey.
1995 Board of Director, 6/94-11/95 Turkish Graphic Designers Association.
1994 Design Group Member “Next Generation” ICOGRADA (International Council of Graphic Design Associations).
1994 Design Team Member The School of Art 10th anniversary design group in collaboration with other two colleagues.
1991 Guest Speaker “What happened to my T square” Apple Week at Anadolu University Campus.
1986 Junior Art Director Unitek Marketing & Advertising inc., İstanbul.
1985 Graphic Designer “Export” Design Firm, İstanbul.

Publications
2009 Grafik Design Magazine “One university for an every city and new amblem to our visual cosmos…”, Article, Issue: 28, January 2009.
2007 Grafik Design Magazine “Dream, Think, Thoughts…, Article, Issue: 13, October 2007.
2006 Radikal Newspaper, Design İssue“Thinking with eye, seeing with mind”, Article, 29 November 2006.
2004 Book, “Görsel Iletişm ve Grafik Tasarım” (Visual Communication and Graphic Design) Inkilap Publications, Istanbul.
2001 Photo Digital, “Welcome to Premiere” Article by Fikret Uçar Volume 13.
2000 Photo Digital, “Discovery Behind the Camera” Article by Fikret Uçar Volume 12.
2000 Photo Digital, “Introduction to Digital Video Editing” Article by Fikret Uçar Volume 11.
2000 Masste Advertising & Design Magazine “Neville Brody’s Approach to Graphic Design and Packaging” Article by Fikret Uçar Volume 7.
2000 Masste Advertising & Design Magazine “Product Identity Is Part of Corporate Identity” Article by Fikret Uçar Volume 6.
2000 Masste Advertising & Design Magazine “How the Product Effects the Shape of the Packaging” Article by Fikret Uçar Volume 5.
2000 Masste Advertising & Design Magazine “Packaging Design Reflects Product-Value Relationship” Article by Fikret Uçar Volume 4.
2000 Masste Advertising & Design Magazine “Packaging Conveys Your Brand Identity” Article by Fikret Uçar Volume 3.
2000 Masste Advertising & Design Magazine “Packaging… Esthetic Made by Paper, Glass and Plastic” Article by Fikret Uçar Volume 2.
2000 Masste Advertising & Design Magazine “Packaging Design Should Support Buying Activity” Article by Fikret Uçar Volume 1.
1994 Art in Anatolia “Packaging Design for Mobile Man” Article by Fikret Uçar Volume 2 November 1994.
1992 Mac World (Turkey) “Using Mac As A Design Tool” Article by Fikret Uçar September 1999 1992 ICOGRADA Message Board “Graphic Design in Turkey” Article by Fikret Uçar Volume 2

Exhibitions
2000 Trnava Poster Triennial 2000, Selected and Exhibited Posters, Trnava/Slovakia.
2000 Yunus Emre Cultural Festival Art Show Eskisehir Municipality Art Gallery.
1999 SDSU Faculty Exhibition San Diego State University Art Gallery, San Diego, CA.
1997 Design Exhibition, “Bursaray” Symbol Design competition exhibition Bursa city municipality art gallery.
1997 Design Exhibition,“Local Agenda 21” Symbol Design Bursa city municipality art gallery.
1996 Design Exhibition,Turkish Graphic designers Association Annual Exhibition Atatürk Cultural Center, Taksim, İstanbul.
1995 Poster Design Exhibition Turkish Grand National Assembly Art Gallery, Ankara, Turkey.
1991 Faculty Exhibition Anadolu University The School of Art Gallery.
1988 Gülhane Art Exhibition İstanbul Municipality Art Gallery, Fatih, İstanbul.
1987 Illustration Exhibition, Rotavision Publication Inc. Illustration Competition Rotavision Art gallery, İstanbul. Awards 1997 Ist Price Award, Symbol Design Award, “Bursaray” Bursa, city railway transportation system competition.
1997 Ist Price Award, Symbol Design Award, “Yerel Gündem 21” Bursa, local agenda 21 corporate identity competition.
1995 Ist Price Award, Symbol Design Award, Turkish Grand National Assembly, Ankara, Turkey.
1995 Ist Price Award, Poster Design Award, Turkish Grand National Assembly, Ankara, Turkey.
1995 Special Jury award, Symbol Design Award Turkish Grand National Assembly, Ankara, Turkey.
1995 Special Jury award, Poster Design Award, Turkish Grand National Assembly, Ankara, Turkey.
1995 Special Jury award, Poster Design Award, “National child festival” Turkish Grand National Assembly, Ankara, Turkey.
1994 2nd Price Award, Symbol Design Award, Pamukkale University corporate identity competition.
1990 Government Scholarship, (tuition fee and all expenses) Turkish Government Research Scholarship for one year, Art Center College of Design (E) Communication Design Department, Switzerland, Advanced Degree.
1987 Special Jury award, Illustration Competition, Rotavision Publication Inc. Illustration Competition.

Tevfik Fikret Uçar

The journey started in 1966 in İstanbul… Since that moment he tried to appreciate his name… (Fikret: Thought, idea, mind, wisdom.) First he tried to study at Paint and Paint Chemical Department at Maçka Vocational School in İstanbul, then he learned that his main job is “to learn”… More and more the idea of “every image has a special adventure”, started giving him a hard time. During his study at Marmara University Graphic Design Department he learned how much he needs to learn in the visual ocean. He graduated in 1987. After experiencing at advertising agencies he started to follow a dream in Eskişehir. He was going to be a foot soldier of a new art and design school… Right in the middle of Anatolia…

He studied at Art Center College of Design in Switzerland campus as the first Turkish student. It was so exciting to learn by teaching at Anadolu University. He shared what he knows in USA, Belgium, Germany, China, and Cyprus with many students. After 38 years from the first day, they put the title of Professor in front of his name, he is still trying to get use to it… Thousands of people were so kind to get his book called “Visual Communication and Graphic Design”. Whether he knows their name or not he had many students and masters. Since seventeen years he has been working with the most beautiful project called Evren (cosmos) with his seatmate. On the wall of the department that he is teaching of for 30 years, written as “We speak with words, communicate with concepts, graphic design is the transformation of these concepts into form”…