This MA in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. It is designed to prepare graduates for professional positions in the highly complex and diverse museum landscape in the region addressing the ever-expanding field of Contemporary Curating. This requires specific knowledge, experience, and creativity. Thus, this programme places great emphasis on addressing theoretical and practical challenges working with art historians, experienced curators, and experts with local, regional, and international expertise on historical and contemporary art. Singapore’s excellent museum infrastructure and its geographical location allows direct contact with art works and artists, archives and artefacts.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archive), 2014, single-channel video installation. Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History (2017), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.

The one year course-based MA Programme is situated at the School of Art, Design and Media, an exciting and dynamic environment with a dedicated and highly respected faculty. As a joint venture with NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore – a national research centre presenting high quality international art exhibition located at Gillman Barracks – this MA programme offers access to a wide network of institutions, key stakeholders, and artists in the region.

School of Art, Design and Media, exterior view.

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 11th globally. It is also placed 1st among the world’s best young universities. The School of Art, Design and Media is Singapore’s first professional art school to offer a full suite of undergraduate and graduate programmes.

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exterior view. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.

Special Facilities

  • NTU Centre of Contemporary Art Singapore, Gillman Barracks
  • ADM Gallery, NTU Campus, ADM
  • Microscope Lab, NTU Campus, ADM
  • Cinema Dome & Green Screen, NTU Campus, ADM
  • 3D Printing Workshops, NTU Campus, ADM
  • Sound Studio, NTU Campus, ADM
  • ADM Library, NTU Campus, ADM
  • NTU Museum, NTU Campus

Our Collaborations

  • Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
  • Heritage Conservation Centre, Singapore
  • Indian Heritage Centre, Singapore
  • National Gallery Singapore
  • National Heritage Board (NHB), Singapore
  • National Museum of Singapore
  • National University of Singapore Museum
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
  • Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, Italy
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
  • Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (N.B.K), Germany
  • Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
  • University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong

Symposium: “Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History,” 28 October 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.


Students may opt to pursue either of the two specialisations in this Masters programme: Museum Studies or Curatorial Practices. They may also opt to blend the two subjects into a cumulative learning experience.

Course Structure

To graduate, students have to earn a total of 30 Academic Units (AUs).
The course structure is as follows:

4 core courses;
2 prescribed electives;
2 electives; and

Internship track: Completion of a 10-week internship in an approved museum or art institution based in Singapore or overseas. In addition, the student is required to submit a 5000-word report after the internship.

Thesis track: Completion of a 12,000 – 15,000 word thesis on a subject approved by the MA supervisor and the MA committee.

Classes are taught in English and take place on the NTU Campus, at the NTU CCA Singapore and other venues in town.



  • Introduction to Museum Studies
  • Introduction to Curatorial Practice
  • Histories of Arts from Southeast Asia
  • Academic Skills, Research Methodologies, & Writing

Prescribed Electives (For Museum Studies)

  • Curatorship
  • Collections, Care, Management
  • Exhibition Design in the context of Museums

Prescribed Electives (For Curatorial Practices)

  • Spaces of the Curatorial
  • Exhibition Histories and Curatorial Narratives
  • Art in Public Space and Critical Spatial Practice

Electives for both Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices

Only a limited number of Electives will be offered in an academic year

  • Curating time-based Media
  • From Colonial to Post-Colonial Art: A Critical Survey
  • Global Art Histories
  • Education and Outreach
  • Planning and designing exhibitions for Art Galleries and Public Spaces

Internship Track (Equivalent to 6 AUs)

The Internship Track will offer the possibility of a professional attachment in one of the many and diverse galleries, museums, research centres in Singapore and overseas. It will consist of a 10-weeks placement to be approved by the MA Programme and monitored by a Supervisor. Applicants will have to undertake an interview process to be selected by the hosting institution. Upon completion of the Internship period the student will be required to submit a 5000-word report based on a topic agreed with the Supervisor.

Thesis Track (Equivalent to 6 AUs)

The Thesis Track will give the opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest in the field of Museum Studies and/or Curatorial Practices. It will consist of a researched, clearly written, well-structured exploration of an agreed topic, prepared according to University regulations and established academic conventions of referencing and presentation. It may be based on original primary source research or aim to re-interpret established facets of a given subject: all will utilise relevant material brought to bear on a clearly defined issue. A relevant supervisor will be appointed to navigate each student through the thesis.

Visiting Bangkok Art Biennale 2018


Semester From To Courses to Complete
Semester 1
13 weeks
August November 2 Cores
1-2 Prescribed Electives
1-2 Electives
Semester 2
13 weeks
January April 2 Cores
1-2 Prescribed Electives
1-2 Electives
Special Term
10 weeks
April June Internship OR Thesis

Symposium: “Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History,” 28 October 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.


Admission Criteria

  • A bachelor degree of at least Lower Second class or its equivalent 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 applicants have earned their Bachelor’s degree from a university where English is the medium of instruction
  • Prior working experience in the field is recommended but not necessarily required

Application Deadline

Nanyang Technological University’s academic year commences in August and ends in July of the following year. ADM has one intake per academic year in August. The application deadlines are as shown below:

Intake: August

Application Period: Extended till 15 March 2020

How to Apply

Candidates are requested to apply online at$adm_main.notice with the following supporting documents, which must be in English. Otherwise, they must be accompanied by certified translations into the English language.

  • Academic transcripts and certificate for Bachelor degree;
  • Report from 2 academic referees;
  • IELTS Score (if applicable);
  • Passport’s personal particular page / Identification card;
  • Scholarly writing sample, if available;
  • Personal statement (concerning motivations for participating to the program)
  • Curriculum Vitae

Please print out a copy of the completed application form and send it to ADM’s Graduate Programmes Office together with all the required supporting documents before application deadline:

ADM Graduate Programmes Office
School of Art, Design and Media
81 Nanyang Drive, Level 3
Singapore 637458

Final Year Show 2016, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU.


School of Art, Design and Media
81 Nanyang Drive, Level 3,
Singapore 637458

(Attn: ADM Graduate Programme Office)

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