Study Plan for Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts

I. Aim

The program of Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts aims to cultivate students to become compound talented in the areas of academic research, art practice, contemporary art criticism, and comprehensive ability across multi-disciplinary. Students are expected to be able to carry out relevant teaching and research tasks. The program includes two majors: Painting Theory and Practice, History and Theory of Fine Arts.

II. Duration of Study

The duration of study for this program 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 24 months of thesis writing.

III. Teaching Mode

Lectures

IV. Teaching Language

Chinese or English

V. Curriculum

Table 1: Core Courses

Course Code

Course Title

Category

Credit

DAAZ01

Advanced Research Methods in Fine Arts

Core

3

DAAZ02

Aesthetic Theory

Core

3

DAAZ03

Contemporary Artistic Creation and Research

Core

3

DAAZ04

Academic Activities

Core

1

Table 2: Major Core Courses and Elective Courses

1. Major area: Painting Theory and Practice

Course Code

Course Title

Category

Credit

DAAE01

Special Topics in Chinese and Foreign Cultures

Elective
(Select one from this area)

3

DAAE02

Classic Literatures in the History of Fine Arts

3

DAAE03

Painting Theory and Creative Works

Core

3

DAAZ05

Graduation Project

Core

3

DAAZ00

Dissertation

Core

9

2. Major area: History and Theory of Fine Arts

Course Code

Course Title

Category

Credit

DAAE01

Special Topics in Chinese and Foreign Cultures

Elective
(Select one from this area)

3

DAAE03

Painting Theory and Creative Works

3

DAAE02

Classic Literatures in the History of Fine Arts

Core

3

DAAZ10

Dissertation

Core

12

VI. Teaching Requirements:

  1. Students must successfully complete the courses as shown in Table 1 and Table 2.
  2. Students who complete all the required courses must attend the qualification examination. A student who fails to pass the qualification examination 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.
  3. For those who pass the qualification examination and get the dissertation title approved will be allowed to start writing the dissertation. During the dissertation writing period, students are required to submit their proposals and pass the proposal defense.
  4. The minimum word count for the dissertation for the students majoring in Painting Theory and Practice is 60,000 words and they should submit at least one piece of work of fine art to get approved by the committee, otherwise they are not qualified to apply for defense. The minimum word count for the dissertation for the student majoring in History and Theory of Fine Arts is 80,000 words.
  5. Students majoring in Painting Theory and Practice are required to publish at least one first-level academic work or art work, or two second-level academic works or art works. Students majoring in History and Theory of Fine Arts 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 Arts 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.
  6. Students who pass the courses and dissertation defense and fulfill the publication requirement can apply for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts.
  7. 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 dissertation) in order to graduate.

VII. Remarks

  1. The study plan and curriculum is aligned with 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.

Remark: In the event of any discrepancies between the Chinese and English version of this study plan, the Chinese version will prevail.