PhD Programme

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Admission Criteria and Application

Admission Criteria

  • Master degree from a recognized institution which is relevant to the proposed disciplines or areas of research;

  • For applicants whose mother tongue is not English, a good IELTS score of at least 7.0 is required. Candidates with an undergraduate or Masters degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English are exempted from taking the IELTS;

  • It is important to note that besides meeting the basic academic requirements, applicants will also be assessed on the strength of their portfolios which have to meet the highest professional and academic standards.


Application Deadline

Nanyang Technological University's academic year commences in August and ends in July the following year. ADM currently has two intakes per academic year, one in August and one in January. The application deadline is shown below:

Intake Application Period
January 2020
1 June 2019 to 31 July 2019 [CLOSED]
August 2020
Applications to open from 1 October 2019
(Please check website for updates)


Applicants are selected for interviews on the basis of their academic record, portfolio, and research proposal. Your research proposal must show that you are ready to write a PhD thesis that can be supervised at the School of Art, Design and Media, NTU.


Call for January 2020 Admission Intake

Applications are now accepted for the January intake of AY2019/2020.

All excellent applications with research proposals from all areas in art, design and media are welcome, subject to the availability of potential supervisors. The School particularly welcomes research proposals in the following focus areas, and priority will be given to proposals in alignment with both the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and the National Innovation Challenges of Singapore:

  • For Art (Art History, Heritage Studies, Cultural Studies): Augmenting Human Imagination;

  • For Design (Product/Industrial Design, Graphic Design/Visual Communication, Interaction): Designing Sustainability;

  • For Media (Animation, Film, Photography): AR, VR, and Mixed Reality for the Creative Industry and the Advancement of Learning;

  • For Fine Art (Painting, Sculpture, Color Theory, Visual Music, Interactive Installation, Projection Mapping, Multimedia Performance Art, Emerging Media Art): exploring creativity through experimental methods in contemporary aesthetics;

  • Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) for Art, Design and Media (i.e., designing distributed multimedia computing in the online physical-digital environment): exploring novel pedagogies for studio-based creation and learning.

Applicants are reminded to submit their research proposals by using the template provided here.


Proposed Research Interests of Faculty

Please click this ​​​link to browse the proposed research interests of ADM faculty for the AY2019/2020 January intake. Please note that this list is non-exhaustive.

Please note that contacting a potential supervisor based on the alignment of your proposed research with his/her interests is optional. Even if you have done so, submitting an online application to the programme which you are applying for is still compulsory.


Application Requirements

Candidates are requested to upload electronic copies of the following supporting documents via NTU’s on-line Graduate Application System. Documents uploaded must be in English. Otherwise, they must be accompanied by certified translations in English language.

  • Academic transcripts and certificate for Bachelor degree

  • Academic transcripts and certificate for Master degree

  • A research proposal, with bibliography
    Click to download the research proposal template in Word format for submission to NTU​

  • Artistic Portfolio
    An original and creative piece of work related to the proposed research area. It could be a drawing, computer animations, short films, etc.

  • Scholarly writing sample 
    It could be an undergraduate essay, Master thesis, or a published / unpublished article

  • Report from 2 academic referees
    Before you provide the name and email address of your referees, please ensure that they have already agreed to fill out the online referee report form for your NTU application.

  • Personal statement
    A short essay on your aspirations and why you have identified ADM as the place to pursue your PhD.

  • IELTS (if applicable)

  • Personal Particulars page of passport / Identification card

  • One recent passport-sized colour photograph​


Application Fee

Please note that with effect from 1 June 2018, when the Research application portal opens, all applicants will need to pay an application fee of $53.50 per programme.

The system only allows internet payment (VISA/MASTER).


How to Apply

Applications are to be submitted on-line at:
http://venus.wis.ntu.edu.sg/GOAL/OnlineApplicationModule/frmOnlineApplication.aspx​​​