Master of Arts in
Museum Studies &
Master of Art in
Museum Studies &
This new 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.
The 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 new MA programme offers access to a wide network of institutions, key stakeholders, and artists in the region.
Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 12th 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 Bachelor, Master, and PhD programmes.
- 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
- National Heritage Board (NHB) of Singapore
- Asian Civilisation Museum
- National Museum of Singapore
- Heritage Conservation Centre, Singapore
- ADM Library, NTU Campus, ADM
- NTU Museum, NTU Campus
Students may opt to pursue either of the two specializations in this Masters programme: Museum Studies or Curatorial Practices. They may also opt to blend the two subjects into a cumulative learning experience.
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
- Practicum track: Completion of a 10-week practicum 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 practicum
- Thesis track: Completion of a 12,000 – 15,000 word research 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.
- Academic Skills, Research Methodologies, & Writing
- Introduction to Curatorial Practice
- Histories of Arts from Southeast Asia
- Introduction to Museum Studies
Prescribed Electives (For Museum Studies)
- 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
3-4 Electives will be offered in an academic year
- Writing Southeast Asia Art: Modernism in Context
- Curating time-based Media
- From Colonial to Post-Colonial Art: A Critical Survey
- Education and Outreach
- Global Art Histories
- Planning and designing exhibitions for Art Galleries and Public Spaces
Practicum Track (Equivalent to 6 AUs)
The professional attachment offers students a 10-weeks professional training – similar to an internship – in one of the many and diverse Singaporean galleries, museums, research centres, with which ADM is collaborating (including overseas). The student is required to submit a 5000-word report based on an agreed topic with the mentor.
Thesis Track (Equivalent to 6 AUs)
The MA thesis is a researched, clearly written, well-structured exploration of an agreed subject, 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.
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Admission & Application
- 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.
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:
Application Period: 1 September to 31 March 2019 (Application deadline extended!)
Countdown to Application Deadline
How to Apply
Candidates are requested to apply online at https://wis.ntu.edu.sg/webexe/owa/pgr$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.
- Curriculum Vitae;
- 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)
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