The Research programme aims to connect academic research with other forms of knowledge and production. The NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore hosts visiting scholars of various disciplines whose research focuses on discourses addressing Singapore and the region.


As a research centre, the NTU CCA Singapore is dedicated to knowledge production, critical discourse and the exchange of ideas. The Centre’s programming is supported by a rigorous education and public programme consisting of Exhibition (de)Tours, film screenings, talks, workshops, symposiums, performances and open studios. By collaborating with artists and cultural practitioners from diverse fields of knowledge, the public programme aims to provide points of entry to engage with the key themes of the exhibition and artist practice. View Calendar


A recipient and producer of knowledge, NTU CCA Singapore’s publishing activities contribute to its holistic approach, expanding the connections across the Centre’s exhibitions, residencies, public programming, and academic education.

Research Frameworks

Place.Labour.Capital. (1 January 2013 — 31 December 2017)

PLACE.LABOUR.CAPITAL. is NTU CCA Singapore’s overarching framework for the year that will intertwine our platforms: exhibitions, residencies, research & education. This open-ended research and curatorial project will address the complexities of a world in flux and the dynamic relations between local and global. The notion of place as a locale often fades into the background, how does labour, routes of migration, and flows of global capital impact upon smaller scale? Singapore – the world’s second-largest trading port and an economic epicentre of Southeast Asia serves as point of departure to examine place, labour, and capital.

Climates. Habitats. Environments. (9 December 2017 — current)

This topical research cluster connects the Centre’s research & academic programmes, exhibitions, and residencies for the upcoming years. Changes in the environment influence weather patterns and these climatic shifts impact habitats, and vice versa. Precarious conditions of habitats are forcing migration of humans and other species at a critical level. The consequences of human intervention are felt on a global scale, affecting geo-political, social, and cultural systems. The Centre intends to discuss and understand these realities through art and culture in dialogue with other fields of knowledge.

CLIMATES. HABITATS. ENVIRONMENTS. follows the overarching topic of PLACE. LABOUR. CAPITAL. (2013–17), continuing to address the complexities and the dynamics that entangle the local with the global.

Public Resource Centre
Library. Artist Resource Platform. Video Resource Platform.
The NTU CCA Singapore Artist Resource Platform aims to provide local and visiting curators, scholars and writers, as well as an interested public, a point of entry to contemporary artistic practice.

Research Fellows

NTU CCA Singapore hosts visiting scholars of various disciplines whose research areas address Singapore in relation to its position within a wider geography.

Academic Programmes

MA & PhD Programmes

The NTU School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) has a Master of Arts (Research) and Doctor of Philosophy programme. It is a research-oriented programme that provides students with the opportunity to pursue independent research also in research areas related to the work of NTU CCA Singapore, such as Art in Public Space and Curating the City, pending availability of supervisors. 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.

Launched in 2018, the Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices (Master of Arts, one year, coursework) 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.

Call for Applications

Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices (Master of Arts, one year, coursework)
Application period: 1 September 2020 to 15 March 2021
Intake: August 2021
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Master of Arts [Research], two years, and Doctor of Philosophy 
Application deadline: 31 January
Intake: August
For MA & PhD programmes, please contact: