Masters Programme (Research)

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Programme Structure

Option of Study​

MA (Research) students may opt for either option of study:

  • By research: submission of thesis of 30, 000 words; or​​​​
  • By research with a practical component: submission of thesis of 23, 000 words and the practical component

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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.

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Required Coursework (for Master’s students admitted from August 2019 onwards)

MA (Research) students who are admitted into the programme from August 2019 onwards 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. These comprise 1 core graduate course, and 2 elective courses, at least one of which must be taken within ADM, and the other from ADM or other Schools within NTU. Both electives should be relevant to the student’s thesis and approved by their respective supervisors.

The compulsory core graduate course is:

AP9049 Academic Research Methods for Art, Design and Media

With this course, the Graduate Programmes by Research ensure that all our candidates embark on their graduate studies with the requisite level of advanced knowledge and research competence to undertake research at graduate level.

Qualifying Exam and Thesis Examination

After fulfilling their coursework requirements, MA (Research) students are required to take a Qualifying Exam during the 12th or 13th month of their candidature. The key objectives of the Qualifying Exam are to ascertain that the thesis is a distinct addition to the knowledge in the chosen field and that the MA (Research) student possesses the level of competency required to proceed to the next stage of the candidature. MA (Research) students who pass the Qualifying Exam will continue with their candidature.

To graduate, MA (Research) students are required to submit their thesis for assessment by examiners from NTU (or other universities) by the end of their candidature.


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.​

Qualifying Exam and Thesis Examination

After fulfilling their coursework requirements, MA (Research) students are required to take a Qualifying Exam during the 12th or 13th month of their candidature. The key objectives of the Qualifying Exam are to ascertain that the thesis is a distinct addition to the knowledge in the chosen field and that the MA (Research) student possesses the level of competency required to proceed to the next stage of the candidature. MA (Research) students who pass the Qualifying Exam will continue with their candidature.

To graduate, MA (Research) students are required to submit their thesis for assessment by examiners from NTU (or other universities) by the end of their candidature.

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