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Master of Arts in Art, Design and Media (Research)




What will I learn?

This research-oriented MA is designed for students who wish to pursue cutting-edge research in specific areas of Art, Design and Media. The MA has been structured to keep the number of required courses to a minimum (three) so that students’ time and energy can be utilized fully in the research topic of their choice. Students will work under the close supervision of ADM faculty for the duration of their studies.

Research Areas

Students will be able to embark on research in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Inter-disciplinary research is encouraged.

  • Digital Animation

  • Digital Filmmaking

  • Photography and Digital Imaging

  • Interactive Media

  • Product Design

  • Visual Communication

  • Art History

Required Coursework

MA (Research) students are required to pass 3 graduate courses (or earn 9 Academic Units) with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 within 12 months of the candidature. This comprises 2 core graduate courses and 1 elective course which can be taken at ADM or other Schools within NTU. They should be relevant to the student’s thesis and approved by their respective supervisors.

The two core graduate courses are:

Graduate Seminar 1: Academic Research Skills (AP9031)

This course is designed to introduce new students to the basic themes and methodologies associated with research at graduate level.

Graduate Seminar 2: The Aesthetic (AP9019)​

The topic of the aesthetic is of prime value to students within the graduate program of ADM. In the first part of the course, a series of seminars introduces the history and practice of various traditions in the aesthetic. The second part is devoted to students' presentations, in which they are asked to develop their own aesthetic or investigate the aesthetic of a particular artist or art movement.​

Graduation Requirement

ADM offers a choice between two options of study within the MA (Research) programme:

  • By research: submission of thesis of 30,000 words; or

  • By research with a practical component: submission of thesis of 23,000 words and a product of the practical component

The theoretical component of the dissertation should offer a substantial critical and / or technical contribution to the field of inquiry. However, in the event that the intellectual investigation undertaken by the student cannot be expressed fully in words, the practical component will be vital to complement and develop the theoretical research undertaken. The practical component should not just be illustrative of the theoretical thesis, but also make an original contribution in its own right.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum 1 Years; Maximum 3 Years)

Tuition fees
SG$19,250.00 (11,83,887) per year
This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change in the coming year.
Start date

Expected August 2023


College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

48 Nanyang Avenue,

HSS-05-62, HSS Building,

639818, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant must have completed at least a Bachelor Degree (Honors) or European/German FH Diploma or its equivalent in areas of Science/Electrical/Electronics Engineering from a university with recognized standing with at least a 2nd Class Honors or equivalent. As the Programme instruction medium is English, applicant must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of the language. Applicant whose native tongue or medium of instruction from previous studies (Bachelor / FH Diploma) is not English must submit at least one of the following: TOEFL score indicating a minimum of 600 for Paper based test or 100 for internet based test; IELTS: With academic IELTS result of at least 6.5.

For international students

The admission requirements for the MA (Research) are as shown:

A bachelor degree of at least Upper Second class; in a field relevant to the proposed research topic from a recognized university;

For applicants whose mother tongue is not English, a good IELTS score of at least 7.0 is required. This requirement is waived if applications have earned their bachelor's degree from a university where English is the medium of instruction;

To demonstrate the ability to pursue research in the applicant's proposed field of advanced study, applicants should include with their application a 1,000 word research proposal; portfolio, if applicable; samples of academic writing; and a personal statement on why they intend to pursue the proposed area of study.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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