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 2nd, 1883 with 8 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”.
Faculty of natural sciences and literature (archeology, pedagogy, physics, statistics, mathematics, history of art, sociology, history, Turkish philology and literature)
Faculty of fine arts (photography, traditional Turkish handicrafts, graphic design, sculpture, painting, stage design and stage clothes, ceramics art and glass art, cinema and TV, textile design and fashion design, bookbinding, tilework restoration, calligraphy, rug and old textile design), Restoration and Conservation of art works ( Painting and Sculpture )
Faculty of architecture (industrial design, interior architecture, architecture, urban planning and regional planning)