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Academic Programme

The Research programme aims to connect academic research with other forms of knowledge production. The NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore hosts visiting scholars of various disciplines whose research focuses on discourses addressing Singapore and the region. Its current research clusters engage with questions of postcolonial spaces, migration, diaspora, old and new trade routes.


MA & PhD Programmes

Under NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media (ADM)‘s Master of Arts (Research) and Doctor of Philosophy programmes, NTU CCA Singapore offers a stream in Spaces of the Curatorial. The Centre aims to connect research on Spaces of the Curatorial in an expanded notion of curating in connection to the diverse histories and infrastructural specificities of the region and beyond. Under this umbrella, students currently carry out research on topics such as art and law, as well as art infrastructures and exhibition histories in the Southeast Asian region.

The research-oriented MA & PhD programmes will provide students with the opportunity to pursue independent research in the new ADM research areas of Art in Public Space and Curating the City. ADM offers a choice between two options of study within the MA (Research) and PhD programmes: by research or by research with a practical component.

Launching in 2018 is the programme in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices (Master of Arts, one year, coursework), which prepares graduates for professional positions in the highly complex and diverse museum landscape, and in the ever-expanding spaces of the curatorial. 

With a focus on Southeast Asia, this course-based study programme places emphasis on the theoretical and practical challenges of curating contemporary and historic art and culture, and foster a deeper understanding of the dynamic field of museum studies. In both areas, experienced practitioners provide insight into the required skills of these fast-growing sectors. 

Unique in its combination of classical museum and heritage studies, together with new curatorial theories and practices, the programme allows the candidates to choose between three streams: museum studies, curatorial practice, or a combination of both. In this way, the programme offers students the chance to get familiar with a wide range of skills, which will resonate with the multifaceted fields of work.



Spaces of the Curatorial (Master of Arts [Research], two years, and Doctor of Philosophy)
Application deadline: 15 November 2017
Commencement date: August 2018

Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices (Master of Arts, one year, coursework)
Application deadline: 31 March 2018
Commencement date: August 2018

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