Minor Programmes

In addition to their BFA majors, ADM students can choose to complete one of the minors available in the other schools throughout the University. A full list of minor programmes is indicated on the following page in the University's website:


Students declare a minor at the beginning of the Academic Year directly to the Office of Academic Services (OAS). Depending on the structure of the minor chosen, a total of 15 or 16 AUs needs to be completed.

Students may use the AUs allocated to GER Unrestricted Electives towards a declared minor. Minor courses are excluded from the S/U option.

* A maximum of ONE (1) GER CORE or GER Prescribed Elective is allowed to be counted towards the Minor in Art History requirement (provided the GER CORE or GER Prescribed Elective is also in the Minor's list of courses). This applies to students admitted in AY2013 onwards.

**ADM students are not allowed to double count the following Art History courses towards the requirements for the BFA and the Minor in Art History.

  • DD2000 Introduction to the Histories of Southeast Asian Art
  • DD2008 Survey of Modern Art 1900 -1945
  • DD2009 Survey of New Media
  • DD2012 (DD8008) Faith in Art
  • DD2013 (DD8010) Visualization of Cultural Heritage
  • DD2014 (DD8012) Contemporary Curating
  • DD2015 (DD9014) Introduction to Museum Studies​
  • DD3010 Issues in Global Contemporary Art
  • DD3022 Art in the Age of Colonialism



The Minor in Art History offers a basic introduction to methodologies of art history to students across NTU. Through a study of artworks and monuments from diverse cultural and historical spheres, students acquire a foundational knowledge of artistic cultures and an understanding of their distinctiveness. Students also develop a preliminary facility for looking at artworks and interpreting them in ways that are methodical, purposeful and informed.

Attention is paid to relationships between language and visuality by employing interpretive strategies such as: the consideration of material and form, the role of description and analysis in interpretation, familiarity with precedents and models for interpretation alongside the practice of writing. Seeing, reading and writing are the formative processes in this programme.

This Minor is a complement to ADM degrees and to degree programmes such as Chinese Studies, English, Sociology, Communications, Psychology and History. The Minor offers new stimulating perspectives on the world for Natural Science, Engineering and Business students.

Students who wish to take the Minor in Art History will need to pass the compulsory course AND at least four other courses.

ADM Students

• Compulsory: DD2008 Survey of Modern Art, 1900 - 1945

• At least 4 electives from Table B or Table C

Non-ADM Students

• Compulsory: DD1003 Introduction to the Histories of Art I: Western Art History and DD2008 Survey of Modern Art, 1900 - 1945

• At least 1 elective from Table A or Table C

• At least 2 electives from Table B or Table C


Course Code

Course Title


Introduction to the Histories of Art II


Introduction to the Histories of Southeast Asian Art


Course Code

Course Title

Global Art Histories


The Art and Architecture of the “Long Century” 1789-1914

DD2012 (DD8008)

Faith and Art


From Modern to Post-Modern Art 1945 – 1985


Art in the Age of Colonialism 

DD3023 (DD8004)

The Fantastic in Western Visual Arts

DD3026 (DD8011)

Aesthetic Manifestations of Buddhist Devotion & Practice


British Art: 1815 – 1929

Contemporary Art & Theory

DD1005 (DD8002)

Ways of Seeing: Exploring Visual Culture


Issues in Art History and Theory


Survey of New Media


Cities, Bodies, Memories, Art & Everyday Life in Contemporary Singapore


Issues in Global Contemporary Art

DF2002 (DF8000)

 Survey of Experimental Filmmaking


Ethnographic Film

Curating, Heritage & Museums

DA2004 (DA9009)

Exhibition Design 

DD2013 (DD8010)

Visualization of Cultural Heritage

DD2014 (DD8012)

Contemporary Curating

DD3027 (DD9010)

Maritime Silk Roads: Heritage and Media

DD4002Exhibition Histories: Museums to Biennales


Introduction to Museum Studies

Asian Art Histories


Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art​


Contemporary South-East Asian Art

DD3024 (DD8006)

The Modern and Modernism in Southeast Asian Art

DD3025 (DD8009)

Japanese Art: Edo to Contemporary

DD4008From Colonialism to Tourism: Early Photography in Asia

Media & Design Histories


History of Design


History and Culture of Animation, VFX and Game


History of World Cinema


History of Photography

TABLE C (Cross-Disciplinary):

Course Code

Course Title


War in Literature and Film 


Film Theory 


The History of the Book 


Gothic Literature 

HL3043Modernist Soundscapes


Popular Literature and Culture 

​HL4014​Advanced Studies in Film 


Literature and Art 

​HL4041Studies in Art Criticism and Culture ​


Historiography: Theory and Methods 


Film: A Global History 



Last updated: Dec 2021​

This interdisciplinary minor programme is curated in partnership between CoE, CoS, CoHASS, NBS, and LKCMed and is open to all NTU students. Applicants can apply for the Design and Systems Thinking Minor either during the undergraduate admission exercise or during their course of undergraduate studies. There are no special requirements for entry into this minor programme. 

As the economy becomes increasingly diversified and innovation-driven, employees from different domain are required to generate innovative solutions collaboratively. This interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving calls for new pedagogical ways to train the next generation of graduates for tomorrow. The recently published “Schools of the Future” report by the World Economic Forum highlighted several critical characteristics in learning content and experiences that define high-quality learning in the “Education 4.0” framework. These characteristics include (i) opportunities for innovation and creativity, (ii) acquiring technological know-how, (iii) problem-based and collaborative learning, and (iv) lifelong and student-driven learning.  

The aims of this minor programme are to prepare students for the future workplace. This programme will expose students to 

  1. complex problems and how these problems are regulated in the real-world, and  

  2. systems thinking mindset that encourages creative problem solving outside the usual discipline-based channels. 

The Design and Systems Thinking Minor Programme fulfils the standard minimum number of academic units for a Minor, i.e., 15 AUs. Students, therefore, need not exceed their normal candidature of 3 or 4 years. To fulfil the requirements for the Design and Systems Thinking Minor, students will need to complete the following list of courses. Students may choose to take elective courses anytime during their candidature.  

Compulsory Courses (12 AUs)

CodeCourse TitleAUsPrerequisite Semester 


Introduction to Design 3 1 & 2
EE5082Interdisciplinary Project Work 6 2 + ST*
DR5004Design & Systems Thinking 3 2

* 23-week (13 weeks Semester + 10 weeks Special Term) 


Elective Courses (Minimum 3 AUs) 

CodeCourse TitleAUsPrerequisiteSemester 
    BU5501 (BU8501)
    Marketing for the 21st Century 3 1 & 2
    BU5502 (BU8502)
    Marketing Communication 3
    1 & 2
    PS5886 (PS9886)Making and Tinkering Lite 2
    MD9112Health Coaching 3 1
    TBCCognitive Psychology 3 2


    1. Students must read minor courses as either Broadening Electives or Unrestricted Electives, and the AUs earned will count towards the students’ academic unit requirements for Broadening/Unrestricted Electives. 

    2. These minor courses must be graded.  Students must not opt for them to be graded as Satisfactory(S)/Unsatisfactory(U).

    3. Students should complete the stipulated course requirement to be awarded the Minor. 
    Ms Madona Fernandez 
    EEE Academic Programme Office
    Email:  eeeundgrad@ntu.edu.sg 
    minor in photo

    The Minor in Photography in NTU is open to non-ADM undergraduate students interested in studying and practicing the art of photography.

    Embarking on this course you will explore photographic artworks in-depth, looking at composition and context, cultural and historical backgrounds and influences, developing a knowledge of the aesthetic values behind lens-based art and its distinctive qualities.

    Through classes that integrate technical aspects with aesthetic concerns, you will acquire the technical and creative skills necessary for production, and have the opportunity to explore your own creative approach to making photographic images. Through this practice you will learn to think and express yourself visually. This Minor will be beneficial for those who want to develop their photography skills and knowledge at a higher level, as well as those interested in careers in the arts, journalism, communications, fashion and media.

    Students in the Minor in Photography will need to pass one core course AND at least four other courses from the list below. Students will first acquire the foundational knowledge through the core course, DP2001 Digital Photography before pursuing further coursework. It will set the context and prepare students for the specialised electives within the minor. 

    Compulsory Core Photography Course:

    DP2001 Digital Photography

    Choose a minimum of four courses from this list after completing DP2001:

    DP2000 Photo Imaging I: Black and White Film Photography 

    DP2002 History of Photography

    DP2004 Critical Eye: Seeing and Understanding in Photo Media

    DP2005 Photography: Colour and Context

    DP2008 Experimental Photography

    DP3000 Photographic Media and Presentation

    DP3001 Transformative Identities in Fashion Media

    DP3003 Socially Engaged Photography (Narrative Portraits)

    DP3008 Location Experiences in Photography

    DP3010 Moving Image for Media Artists

    DP3011 Documentary Practices 

    DD4008 From Colonialism to Tourism: Early Photography in Asia

    Advance courses which require additional pre-requisite besides DP2001:

    DP2006 Principles of Lighting (Pre-requisite: DP2000)

    DP2011 Photography: Light and Location (Pre-requisite: DP2006)

    DP4001 Extended Photography (Pre-requisite: DP2001 & DP2005) ​