Study Plan for Ph.D in Design

I. Aim

This program is designed to provide students who are interested in earning a Ph.D in design with the opportunity to acquire advanced theories, methodologies, and skills in the areas of theory and practice of art design, design management, and cultural heritage conservation.

II. Duration of Study

The regular duration of study is 3 years. The maximum duration of study for full-time students is 4.5 years. The maximum duration of study for part-time non-Mainland Chinese students is 6 years. The study is divided into the following two parts: 12 months of course study and no less than 12 months of thesis writing.

III. Teaching Form

Lectures

IV. Teaching Language

Chinese or English

V. Curriculum

Table 1: Core Courses

Course Code

Course Title

Category

Credit

DADZ02

China and World Design History

Compulsory

3

DADZ03

Visual Communication

Compulsory

3

DADZ04

Research Methodology for Art Design

Compulsory

3

Table 2: Major Core Courses

1. Theory and Practice of Art Design

Course Code

Course Title

Category

Credit

DADZ05

The Advanced Theory and Practice of Design I

Compulsory

3

DADZ06

The Advanced Theory and Practice of Design II

Compulsory

3

2. Design Management

Course Code

Course Title

Category

Credit

DADZ07

Methodology in Design Management

Compulsory

3

DADZ08

Design Planning

Compulsory

3

3. Cultural Heritage Conservation

Course Code

Course Title

Category

Credit

DADZ09

Fundamentals of Cultural Heritage Conservation

Compulsory

3

DADZ10

Chinese and Foreign Cultural History

Compulsory

3

Table 3: Elective courses

(To select 2 courses among the 5 courses as shown below)

Course Code

Course title

Category

Credit

DADE01

Digital Display Design and Practice

Elective

3

DADE02

Special Topic of Art and Culture

Elective

3

DADE03

Consumer Behavior

Elective

3

DADE04

Brand Management

Elective

3

DADE05

Creative Economics

Elective

3

Table 4: Others

Course Code

Course Title

Category

Credit

DADZ11

Academic Activities

Compulsory

1

Table 5: Thesis/ Design

1. Theory and Practice of Art Design

Course Code

Course Title

Category

Credit

DADZ01

Thesis

Compulsory

9

DADZ12

Design Work

Compulsory

3

2. Design Management

Course Code

Course Title

Category

Credit

DADZ00

Thesis

Compulsory

12

3. Cultural Heritage Conservation

Course Code

Course Title

Category

Credit

DADZ00

Thesis

Compulsory

12

 VI. Course Contents

At least 34 credits must be earned to complete the program. Requirements are as below:

  1. Core courses - 9 credits;
  2. Major Core courses - 6 credits;
  3. Elective Courses - 6 credits;
  4. Academic activities – 1 credit
  5. Thesis – 12 credits; (Remark: For the students majoring in theory and practice of art design, the 12 credits include 9-credit thesis and 3-credit design work.)

VII. Teaching Requirement

  1. Students must complete the 3 core courses as shown in Table 1, the 2 major core courses in Table 2, the 2 elective courses in Table 3 and at least 10 academic activities. Students who successfully complete these requirements will obtain 22 credits.
  2. Students who complete all the required courses must attend the qualification examination. For those who pass the examination and get the thesis title approved will be allowed to start writing the thesis (for the students majoring in Theory and Practice of Art Design, besides the thesis, they are also required to start the design work). A student who fails to pass the qualification exam in the first time is requested to take the make-up exam within 3 months. If a student fails in the make-up exam, his or her PhD study will be terminated. During the period of thesis writing, students have to participate in the practical work related to their major under the guidance of their supervisor.
  3. The minimum word count for the thesis for the students majoring in Theory and Practice of Art Design is 40,000 words and for the student majoring in Design Management and Cultural Heritage Conservation is 80,000 words. Students will obtain 12 credits if they pass the thesis defense. For the students majoring in Theory and Practice of Art Design, they should pass the design work first, otherwise they are not qualified to apply for thesis defense.
  4. Students majoring in Theory and Practice of Art Design are required to publish at least one first-level academic work or art design work, or two second-level academic works or art design works. Students majoring in Design Management and Cultural Heritage Conservation are required to publish at least one first-level academic work or two second-level academic works. All the works will be evaluated and approved by the Faculty of Humanities and Art at Macau University of Science and Technology. Please refer to A Guidance for Publication Assessment for the Doctoral Students of the Faculty of Humanities and Arts for details.
  5. Students who pass the courses and thesis defense and fulfill the publication requirement can apply for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Design.
  6. Upon approval from the Senate of the University, a Doctoral Degree will be conferred on a student when he or she has:

    a) completed and met the requirements prescribed in the study plan of his or her program within the specific study period*

    b) abided by the regulations of the University

    c) cleared all fees and charges and returned all University property and equipment borrowed

    * Students admitted from the academic year 2017/2018 onwards are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above (excluding thesis/dissertation) in order to graduate.

  7. If a student passes all the courses but fails to pass the thesis defense during the specified period, he or she only can submit an application for clearance (withdrawal).

VIII. Remarks

  1. The study plan and curriculum is based on the formal announcement of the BoletimOficial da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau.
  2. Please note that if there is insufficient enrollment in a major, the university has the right to cancel the major.
  3. The arrangement of major and elective courses is subject to change based on demand and availability.