The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy Programs in Computational Media and Arts (Part time)

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Course Overview

MPhil

  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

PhD

  • Full-time: 3 years (with a relevant research master’s degree), 4 years (without a relevant research master’s degree)
  • Part-time : 6 years

Computational Media and Arts (CMA) are ubiquities in our daily life and we see them in movies, games, museums, advertisements, news, and many other media experiences. The rapid development of information technology such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, data science, drones, robots, new materials and displays and human-computer interaction has changed the landscape of computational media and arts. They can be used not only for entertainment but also for education. New opportunities within computational media and the arts emerge on a regular basis. AR-based and AI-generated art is gaining popularity and has shown great potential.

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs in Computational Media and Arts aim to integrate art and technology for education and research. They will focus on the emotional appeal and visual communication using the latest technology such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), AI-generated art, infographics and data visualization. They will promote the interplay of art and technology utilizing state-of-the-art technology in an effort to create social impact.

The MPhil Program aims to train students to gain knowledge and skills on computational media and arts such as 3D animation, studio art, computational art, games development, information art and so on. Students would be capable of creating computational media and arts using advanced technologies. An MPhil graduate should demonstrate sound working knowledge of related issues in the discipline so that he or she will be an expert in his/her expertise whether as an individual or as an employee.

The PhD Program aims to train students in acquiring the knowledge and skills to conduct original research related to computational media and arts. A PhD graduate will demonstrate mastery of knowledge in computational media and arts and will be able to generate new knowledge making a substantial scientific contribution to the discipline. Students’ original works will be exhibited at art galleries, auditoriums, museums and even within HKUST, and published in academic journals and conferences such as ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM CHI, IEEE VR, and IEEE VIS.

What You’ll Learn

Minimum Credit Requirement

MPhil: 15 credits
PhD: 21 credits

Credit Transfer

Students who have taken equivalent courses at HKUST or other recognized universities may be granted credit transfer on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum of 3 credits for MPhil students, and 6 credits for PhD students.

Cross-disciplinary Core Courses

2 credits

IIMP 6010Cross-disciplinary Research Methods I2 Credit(s)
IIMP 6020Cross-disciplinary Research Methods II2 Credit(s)
IIMP 6030Cross-disciplinary Design Thinking I2 Credit(s)
IIMP 6040Cross-disciplinary Design Thinking II2 Credit(s)

All students are required to complete either IIMP 6010 or IIMP 6030. Students may complete the remaining courses as part of the credit requirements, as requested by the Program Planning Committee.

Hub Core Courses
4 Credits

Students are required to complete at least one Hub core course (2 credits) from the Information Hub and at least one Hub core course (2 credits) from other Hubs.

Information Hub Core Course

INFH 5000Information Science and Technology: Essentials and Trends2 Credit(s)

Other Hub Core Courses

FUNH 5000Introduction to Function Hub for Sustainable Future2 Credit(s)
SOCH 5000Technological Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship2 Credit(s)
SYSH 5000Model-Based Systems Engineering2 Credit(s)

Courses on Domain Knowledge

MPhil: minimum 9 credits of coursework
PhD: minimum 15 credits of coursework

Under this requirement, each student is required to take one required course and other elective courses to form an individualized curriculum relevant to the cross-disciplinary thesis research. MPhil and PhD students must complete the CMA required course in the first year of their study and obtain a B+ or above. Students who cannot meet the B+ requirement have to retake the course in the second year. Only one Independent Study course may be used to satisfy the course requirements.

To ensure that students will take appropriate courses to equip them with needed domain knowledge, each student has a Program Planning Committee to approve the courses to be taken soonest after program commencement and no later than the end of the first year. Depending on the approved curriculum, individual students may be required to complete additional credits beyond the minimal credit requirements.

Required Course List

CMAA 5001Foundations of Computational Media and Arts3 Credit(s)

Sample Elective Course List

To meet individual needs, students will be taking courses in different areas, which may include but not limited to courses and areas listed below.

CMAA 5002Computer Animation3 Credit(s)
CMAA 5003Programming for Computational Media and Arts3 Credit(s)
CMAA 5004Studio Arts3 Credit(s)
CMAA 5005Game Development3 Credit(s)
CMAA 5006Computational Arts3 Credit(s)
CMAA 5007Special Topics on Arts3 Credit(s)
CMAA 5008Visual Communication3 Credit(s)
CMAA 5009Computer Music3 Credit(s)
CMAA 5010History of Computational Media and Arts3 Credit(s)
CMAA 5011Western Painting: from Renaissance to Impressionism3 Credit(s)
CMAA 5012Art of the 20th Century3 Credit(s)
CMAA 6011Showcase Projects3 Credit(s)
CMAA 6018Independent Study3 Credit(s)
AIAA 6201Topics in Machine Learning3 Credit(s)
COMP 5421Computer Vision3 Credit(s)
CSIT 5400Computer Graphics3 Credit(s)
DSAA 5009Deep Learning in Data Science3 Credit(s)
MSBD 5005Data Visualization3 Credit(s)

Additional Foundation Courses
Individual students may be required to take foundation courses to strengthen their academic background and research capacity inrelated areas, which will be specified by the Program Planning Committee. The credits earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Training
PDEV 6800Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education0 Credit(s)

All full-time RPg students are required to complete PDEV 6800. The course is composed of a 10-hour training offered by the Center for Education Innovation (CEI), and session(s) of instructional delivery to be assigned by the respective departments. Upon satisfactory completion of the training conducted by CEI, MPhil students are required to give at least one 30-minute session of instructional delivery in front of a group of students for one term. PhD students are required to give at least one such session each in two different terms. The instructional delivery will be formally assessed.

Professional Development Course Requirement
PDEV 6770Professional Development for Research Postgraduate Students1 Credit(s)

Students are required to complete PDEV 6770. The 1 credit earned from PDEV 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed PDEV 6770 or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from taking PDEV 6770, subject to prior approval of the Program Planning Committee.

INFH 6780Career Development for Information Hub Students1 Credit(s)

Students are required to complete INFH 6780. The 1 credit earned from INFH 6780 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed INFH 6780 or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from taking INFH 6780, subject to prior approval of the Program Planning Committee.

English Language Requirement
LANG 5000Foundation in Listening & Speaking for Postgraduate Students1 Credit(s)

Full-time RPg students are required to take an English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) Speaking Test administered by the Center for Language Education before the start of their first term of study. Students whose ELPA Speaking Test score is below Level 4, or who failed to take the test in their first term of study, are required to take LANG 5000 until they pass the course by attaining at least Level 4 in the ELPA Speaking Test before graduation. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5000 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

LANG 5001Postgraduate English for Engineering Research Studies1 Credit(s)
LANG 5002Postgraduate English for Business and Social Science Studies1 Credit(s)
LANG 5010Postgraduate English for Science Studies1 Credit(s)

Students are required to take one of the above three courses. The credit earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. Students can be exempted from taking this course with the approval of the Program Planning Committee.

Postgraduate Seminar
CMAA 6101Computational Media and Arts Program Seminar I0 Credit(s)
CMAA 6102Computational Media and Arts Program Seminar II1 Credit(s)

Students are required to complete CMAA 6101 and CMAA 6102 in two terms. The credit earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

PhD Qualifying Examination
PhD students are required to pass a qualifying examination to obtain PhD candidacy following established policy.

Thesis Research
CMAA 6990MPhil Thesis Research0 Credit(s)
CMAA 7990Doctoral Thesis Research0 Credit(s)

MPhil:

Registration in CMAA 6990; and
Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.
PhD:

Registration in CMAA 7990; and
Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.



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