Master of Fine Arts

Program introduction

  • Duration of study

    The normal duration of this course is 2 year,and the maximum duration is 3 years.

  • Teaching approach

    Face-to-face Teaching

  • Teaching language

    Chinese/English

  • Academic field

    Fine Arts

  • Course Introduction

    Major: 1. Painting Practice and Theory 2. History of Fine Arts

Study plan

Table 1: Core courses (9 credits)

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

MAAZ01

Research Methods in Fine Arts

3

MAAZ02

History of Fine Arts

3

MAAZ03

Special Topics in Culture

3

 

 

Table 2: Major courses (3 credits)

Major: Painting Practice and Theory

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

MAAE03

Painting Practice

3

Major: History of Fine Arts

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

MAAE02

Special Topics in Art History Theory

3

The University has the ultimate right to decide which course or whether the course will be opened for all Major subjects.

 

 

Table 3: Elective Courses (3 credits)

Major: Painting Practice and Theory (Complete 1 course from below)

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

MAAE01

Special Topics in Arts

MAAE02

Special Topics in Art History Theory

3

Major: History of Fine Arts (Complete 1 course from below)

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

MAAE01

Special Topics in Arts

MAAE03

Painting Practice

3

 

 

Table 4: Others (4 credits)

Major: Painting Practice and Theory

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

MAAZ04

Academic Activities

1

MAAZ05

Social Practice in Arts

3

Major: History of Fine Arts

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

MAAZ04

Academic Activities

1

MAAZ07

Internship

3

 

 

Table 5: Graduation Project and Thesis (9 credits)

Major: Painting Practice and Theory

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

MAAZ06

Graduation Project

3

MAAZ00

Thesis

6

Major: History of Fine Arts

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

MAAZ10

Thesis

9

 


Course Description

Majors

1. Painting practice and theory

2. History of fine arts

I. Core Courses

Research Methods in Fine Arts (3 credits)

As a fundamental and core course in fine arts studies, this course elaborates systematically on the objectives, genres, and methods in the field. It also introduces the formats and key points in thesis writing. It takes into account the approaches in social sciences, as well as those in fine arts in particular, with an emphasis on the combination of theory and practice.

History of Fine Arts (3 credits)

The course focuses on the development and style changing of Chinese and Foreign art history, and the impact of politics, economy, and culture upon the development of fine arts. The teaching content involves ancient Chinese art, modern Chinese fine arts, Chinese folk arts, the interaction between Western and Eastern fine arts, ancient Western fine arts, modern and contemporary Western fine arts, and the cultural legacy and archaeology in fine arts.

Special Topics in Culture (3 credits)

In terms of Archaeology and Communication Studies under the perspective of humanities, the course will introduce the deep connections between arts and social science reflected in special topics. Undertaking this course, students will understand the correlation between culture and art that broaden insights on the study of art history.

Academic Activities (1 credit)

Students are required to participate in at least ten academic activities that are recognized by the Faculty of Humanities and Arts, such as lectures, seminars, or visits organized by the University. After each activity, students are required to submit a one-page (A4)-length report, marked by the designated adviser or tutor. The course aims to improve the comprehensive quality of students, broaden their academic horizons, and cultivate their creative thinking abilities.

II. Major Core Courses and Elective Courses

Special Topics in Arts3 credits

Through the lens of Art reflected in special topics, the course discusses and descripts the research methodology or study subject in art. It introduces art phenomenon and history path through various theories, such as: Iconology/Iconography, Art History, Religious Iconography, Visual Psychology, etc.

Special Topics in Art History Theory3 credits

This course introduces the origins, evolutions, attributes and genres of art and puts an emphasis on the relationships between art and culture. It aims to improve the art literacy of students and cultivate their cultural awareness and sensitivity.

For students majoring in History of Fine Arts, the learning expectation as well as assessment is relatively higher, which require the students to have extensive readings in relevant to research direction that needs to have unique insight at end. For students majoring in Painting Practice and Theory, they need to understand the basic pattern of art development and ways of various artistic expressions and be able to apply the knowledge in art practice.

Painting Practice (3 credits)

The course mainly introduces classic paintings and artists’ practice methods, technique skills and creation rule. Under the guide of lecturers during study period, students can comprehend basic theories in creative practice and acquire a level of creation rule and painting techniques.

For students majoring in Painting Practice and Theory, the learning expectation as well as assessment is relatively higher, which focuses on various techniques and styles of painting. Students need to further determine their own painting style and research direction one wants to pursue. For students majoring in History of Fine Arts, they are expected to acquire basic skills of painting and variations so to conduct innovative art practice.

Social Practice in Arts / Internship (3 credits)

The social practices/internship in arts is an important part of the master program in fine arts. The social practice/internship is a way of reinforcing theory studies, as well as a preparation process for students to get ready for their final project and thesis writing.

Graduation Project (6 credits)

Students majoring in Painting Practice and Theory are required to complete graduation project themed on a particular topic. The project shall be a holistic display of a combination between theoretical understanding and creative practice in which the project reflects everyday life with focus on history. It shall be visually presented and comprehensively and systematically demonstrated to one’s study achievement in the past two years.

Thesis (6 credits)

Students who apply for graduation are required to complete a master’s thesis and pass the thesis defense. The thesis should be an original body of work that contributes to a particular problem in fine arts. It should articulate the research questions, methodologies and primary arguments. For students majoring in Painting Practice and Theory, the minimum length of the thesis should be 15,000 words in Chinese, not including footnotes, graphs, tables, reference list, and appendices. For students majoring in History of Fine Arts, the minimum length of the thesis should be 20,000 words in Chinese, not including footnotes, figures, graphs, tables, reference list, and appendices.

Degree requirements

1. Painting Practice and Theory 1.1 Students are required to complete three core courses in Table 1, one major course in Table 2, one elective course in Table 3, academic activities (ten times of attendance) and social practice in arts in Table 4, Graduation Project in Table 5 to gain 22 credits. 1.2 After finishing each course, students will be assessed based on regulations established by the instructor and the Faculty. 1.3. Students are required to complete an original research master’s thesis in no less than 15,000 words and pass the thesis oral defense. 2. History of Fine Arts 2.1 Students are required to complete three core courses in Table 1, one major course in Table 2, one elective course in Table 3, academic activities(ten times of attendance) and Internship in Table 4 to gain 19 credits. 2.2 After finishing each course, students will be assessed based on regulations established by the instructor and the Faculty. 2.3 Students are required to complete an original research master’s thesis in no less than 20,000 words and pass the thesis oral defense.

Learning time

1、The duration for taking all courses is 18 months and the duration for thesis writing is 6 months. 2、Classes will generally be scheduled from Monday to Sunday, daytime or at night.

Qualifications of graduation

Upon approval from the Senate of the University, a Master’s Degree will be conferred on a student when he or she has: 1、Completed and met the requirements prescribed in the study plan of his or her program within the specific study period, and achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above (excluding thesis) 2、Abided by the regulations of the University 3、Cleared all fees and charges and returned all University’sproperty and equipment borrowed If students pass all courses required in Table 1, 2, 3, 4 and Graduation Project* in Table 5 above with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, but fail to submit or pass the final thesis oral defense during the specified period, he/she can only get a completion certificate. * Applicable to Painting Practice and Theory only. Note: All curriculums and study plans are based on the newest announcement of the Boletim Oficial da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau.