Dr. Tarik Yildirim majored in Communication Sciences, graduating from Emerson College in 1996 from the Department of TV & Video Production. He worked on Hardcopy, a television program by Paramount Studios in 1996. He received his MS degree from Boston University, School of Education, in Educational Media and Technology in 1998. He also worked for Dogus Media between 2000 and 2004 and made contributions in CNBC-e, NTV, NTVMSNBC and National Geographic Turkey.
He received his PhD from Marmara University, Social Sciences Institution, Radio-TV Department. The same year he started working at Yeditepe University, School of Communication, as an Assistant Professor. In 2012 in Yildiz Technical University, School of Arts and Design in Department of Communication Design, he worked as an Assistant Professor. He joined the American University in the Emirates in 2015 at College of Media and Mass Communication and received his Associate Professorship September of 2015. At AUE, he is running courses in journalism and mass media, and also conducts studies and classes on inter disciplinary subjects such as media, education and communication psychology.