Admission Criteria & Application

  • 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. Applicants with an undergraduate or Masters degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English may be exempted from taking the IELTS. Applicants may be asked to produce further proof to demonstrate their level of English proficiency on a case-by-case basis. 

  • It is important to note that besides meeting the basic academic requirements, applicants will also be assessed on the strength of their portfolios which have to meet the highest professional and academic standards.

Nanyang Technological University's academic year commences in August and ends in July the following year. ADM has two intakes in January and August per academic year. The application deadline is shown below:


Application Period

(To submit online application with supporting documents)


(Semester 1)


By 15 November



(Semester 2)

By 31 July

Applicants are selected for interviews on the basis of their academic record, portfolio, and research proposal. Your research proposal must show that you are ready to write a PhD thesis that can be supervised at the School of Art, Design and Media, NTU.

Interested applicants can submit an online admission application during the two application windows.

All excellent applications with research proposals from all areas in art, design and media are welcome, subject to the availability of potential supervisors. The School particularly welcomes research proposals in these  research areas

Applicants are reminded to submit their research proposals by using the template provided  here.


Please click this ​​​link to browse the proposed research interests of ADM faculty for AY2022/2023. Please note that this list is non-exhaustive. 

Please note that contacting a potential supervisor based on the alignment of your proposed research with his/her interests is optional. Even if you have done so, submitting an online application to the programme which you are applying for is still compulsory.

Candidates are requested to upload electronic copies of the following supporting documents via NTU’s on-line Graduate Application System. Documents uploaded must be in English. Otherwise, they must be accompanied by certified translations in English language.

  • Academic transcripts and certificate for Bachelor degree

  • Academic transcripts and certificate for Master degree

  • A research proposal, with bibliography
    Click to download the research proposal template in Word

  • Artistic Portfolio
    An original and creative piece of work related to the proposed research area. It could be a drawing, computer animations, short films, etc.

  • Scholarly writing sample  
    It could be an undergraduate essay, Master thesis, or a published / unpublished article

  • Report from 2 academic referees
    Before you provide the name and email address of your referees, please ensure that they have already agreed to fill out the online referee report form for your NTU application.

  • Personal statement
    A short essay on your aspirations and why you have identified ADM as the place to pursue your PhD.

  • IELTS, if applicable (Please ensure validity date within 2 years for the IELTS score).

  • Personal Particulars page of passport / Identification card

  • One recent passport-sized colour photograph​

Application Fee

Please note that with effect from 1 June 2018, when the Research application portal opens, all applicants will need to pay an application fee of $53.50 per programme.

The system only allows internet payment (VISA/MASTER).

How to Apply

Applications are to be submitted on-line at:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​