Ph.D. On Campus

Art, Design and Media

Nanyang Technological University

24 months
14544 USD/year
6790 USD/year
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The School of Art, Design and Media's doctoral programme at Nanyang Technological University provides creative research opportunities in a wide spectrum of academic areas. 


Students of the Art, Design and Media's doctoral programme at Nanyang Technological University are expected and encouraged to develop innovative ways of thinking, and to experiment and create in a range of media. This programme also acts as an incubator for the development and realization of original artistic and professional productions, including design, interactive media, film, animation and new art forms. 


Through exploration of new ideas, creative practices and theories, the expectation is that students will transform the field. A collaboration of internationally recognized faculty members, visiting artists and scholars, offers a unique educational environment that is world-renowned. Creative and production cooperation between faculty and students is encouraged and the development of worldwide co-production opportunities is fostered. The Ph.D. programme in Art, Design and Media is MOE-subsidised and is available on full-time and part-time basis. 

ADM Research Areas

Digital Humanities and Art 

  • This area explores the meanings of artwork and practice in the era of digital technologies and emerging technologies such as virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI), digital streaming, wearable technologies, interactive/participatory interface, and data science.
Culture and Identity 
  • We interrogate the cultural politics of identity and representation on design art, film, television, photographic art, social media, packaging art, fashion, animation, and any forms of presentational art. This cluster focuses on locating the question of power in the contexts of race, class, and gender. 
Culture and Heritage 
  • The Culture and Heritage cluster examines key issues and art practices in exploring the meaning and the role of cultural heritage in contemporary society, especially in Singapore. 

Art and Public Space

  • Where and when is art? Through interdisciplinary theories and critical lenses, we examine the meaning of art in public space with various research questions on participation, democracy, ritual practices, religion, and digital technology in historical and cultural contexts
Southeast Asian Art, Design and Media
  • While situating our scholarly inquiries in a Southeast Asian regional context, we explore the socio-cultural implications of various art forms including photographic art, media art, cinematic art, design art, interactive and participatory art, VR, data art, and many others.
Production Culture 
  • The production dimension of popular culture does research on production artists, production studios, production conventions, production styles, production conditions, production aesthetics, audience in the production process, art critics, art journalists, government agencies in art, etc. 
Art in Motion 
  • The Art in Motion cluster examines the theoretical and practical aspects of art in motion that becomes central in digital arts including film, character animation, real-time 3D storytelling, motion capture, motion graphics, stop motion, experimental filmmaking, visualizing data, installation arts, VR film, fictional & non-fictional animation, and sound art. 


Sight and Sound 

  • This cluster examines challenges and problems in applied aesthetics of visual image, sound image, cinematic expression, animation, design, interactive media, media interface, game, photography, and new media. It foregrounds the contextual power of aesthetic elements in narrative storytelling.​
Design Studies
  • This area explores the contributions of design led research methods in the contextual setting of everyday life of humans in the era of interconnected world through digital technologies in the near future as well as speculative approaches to conceptualising visual communication, products and object, space and the third dimension and interaction between humans as well as the emerging artificial intelligence.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Academic Research Methods for Art, Design and Media
  • Graduate English
  • Teaching Assistants Programme (only for full-time PhD students)
  • Communication/Writing Training
  • Speaking Academia
  • The Craft of Academic Writing by Language & Communications Centre (LCC)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Master’s degree from a recognized institution which is relevant to the proposed disciplines or areas of research; and
  • A Bachelor's degree with minimum 2nd class honours upper or Honours (Distinction) or equivalent; in a field relevant to the proposed research topic from a recognized university.
  • 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 research proposal and portfolios which have to meet the highest professional and academic standards.
  • It is highly encouraged for applicants to contact the faculty whom they wish to work with.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14544 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6790 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6790 USD per year during 24 months.
  • Singapore Citizen: S$9,150
  • Singapore Permanent Resident S$12,800
  • International Student S$19,600
  • Non-Subsidised Fees S$38,850

Living costs for Singapore

1878 - 3880 SGD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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