In 2004, she completed her undergraduate education at Istanbul University, Faculty of Communication, Radio, Television and Cinema Department; In 2005, she completed her undergraduate studies at Istanbul University, Hasan Âli Yücel Faculty of Education, Department of Foreign Language Education, Department of English Language Teaching. She received her master's and doctorate degrees from Istanbul University, Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Radio, Television and Cinema. Her documentary film "Can People in Anatolia" was screened in many national film festivals. In 2004, it won the Safranbolu International 5th Golden Safran Documentary Film Festival, the Best Documentary Award (Third) and the Columbia Tri-Star I. National Short Film Competition, the Best Documentary Award (First). She received the title of Associate Professor in the field of Cinema in 2020. Özlem Arda, who has been working in the field of documentary cinema, has been working as a lecturer at Istanbul University, Faculty of Communication, Radio, Television and Cinema Department since 2010.