Masters Programme (Research)


Programme Overview

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 (for Master’s students admitted prior to August 2019)

MA (Research) students who are admitted into the programme before August 2019 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.