Research Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Philosophy

  • Employs a mentor-based approach with an emphasis on both traditional scholarship and creative innovation.
  • Students’ research activities encompass many different kinds of art and media creation with an emphasis on new media.
  • Highly interdisciplinary programme - Students’ research deploys methodologies from the sciences, humanities and social sciences.
  • Current full-time PhD students are funded either through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowships (HKD25,100 or approx. USD3,218 monthly) or by studentships (HKD16,500 or approx. USD2,115 monthly). 

Useful link: Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

Application Information


For PhD applications through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS):

  • 1 December 2018 (12:00 noon Hong Kong time) #
  • Eligible PhD applicants should first make an initial application online through the HKPFS Electronic System to obtain an HKPFS Reference Number by 12:00 noon 1 December 2018 (Hong Kong Time) before submitting their full applications to our School through CityU’s Online Application System by the same date. 
  • More details available at Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies
# Official information of the HKPFS 2019/20, i.e. details for 2019 entry, will be available around late August 2018. Please visit the HKPFS and CityU SGS websutes regularly for official and updated information.

For PhD and MPhil applications to CityU:

* Applications received after 1 December 2018 may be considered on a space-available basis for the 2019 entry or considered for the 2020 entry.

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Research Fields

The School’s interdisciplinary research activities encompass and combine all aspects of art and new media creation, incorporating methodologies based in the sciences, the humanities, or both: multimedia technology, video and image computing, distributed mobile computing and wireless networking, artificial intelligence and data management systems, software engineering and internet applications, multimodal interface design, interactive and embodied media, virtual and augmented reality, the cinematic arts, photography, computer graphics and animation, musical composition and performance, sound art, installation arts, game design, physical computing, digital cultural heritage, and historical, theoretical, and critical analyses of all of these areas, including ethical, social and aesthetic implications of emerging technologies on art and new media creation.

Potential Supervisors and Their Research Interests

Prof Richard William Allen
• Poetics and aesthetics of film 
• Film theory and the philosophy of film
• History of cinema 
• Indian cinema and culture
• Literature and film
• Gender, sexuality, and cinema
• Melodrama and religion

Prof Maurice Benayoun
• Participative media
• Video art and interactivity
• Virtual and augmented Reality
• Aesthetics of new media
• Media art archeology  
• Interactive animation and graphics
• Art criticism
• Smart cities
• Contemporary art and new wedia
• Critical theory
• Generative and behavioral design
• Emotion in new media practice
• Immersive and urban installation
• Interdisciplinary practices
• Interface from UI to brain/computer interaction
• Urban and tactical media
• Urban screen and critical fusion
• Symbolic and dynamic mapping
• Non-linear and new narratives

Dr Damien Charrieras
• Computational creativity and post-anthropocentric forms of creativity
• Creative software infrastructures and cloud computing
• Analog-digital archives and the creative act
• Instruments and instrumentalities in new media arts, sound art, electronic music and digital games
• Software studies
• Philosophies of new media and of the creative act: mew materialism, media ecology, process philosophy and radical empiricism
• Cultural/creative industries and underground artistic cultures; spaces and places of cultural/creative work
Dr Kimburley W Y Choi
• Theories and practices of visual ethnography
• Media representation and culture
Dr Hongbo Fu
• Computer graphics
• Human-computer interaction
Dr Max Hattler
• Abstract animation and visual music
• Narrative and meaning in the abstract moving image
• Audio-visual performance and VJ culture
• Theories and practices of audio-visual installation and expanded cinema
• Sound-image relationships and synaesthesia
• Digital and analogue sound and image processing
• Experimental film, artists' moving image, video art, new media art

Dr Daniel Howe
• Social and political implications of networked and computational technologies
• Algorithms and their impact on human values
• Creative coding
• Generative literature
Dr Yong Ming Kow
• Ethnographic studies
• Cultural-historical activity theory
• Games research
• Human-computer interaction
• Digital monies
• China
• Peer production
• Social movement

Dr Harald Kraemer
• Media / Art / Design history 19th–21st century
• Archiving and documentation: museum informatics / digital collections / digital cultural heritage
• Multimedia classics / Hypermedia hermeneutics / Transmedia storytelling / Cognitive design
• Museum and curating
• Making and design of exhibitions
Dr Linda C H Lai
• Media archaeology
• Historiography and current trend in contemporary and media art
• Image theories
• Documentation and expanded documentary
• Visual ethnography
• Experimental imaging and socially engaged art practices
Dr Miu Ling Lam
• Emerging 3D display technologies
• Augmented/Virtual reality
• Robotics

Dr Manfred Lau
• Computer graphics
• Human-computer interaction
• 3D modeling
• Digital fabrication
• Applied perception
• Sketch-based user interfaces
• Tangible user interfaces
Dr Tomas Laurenzo
• New media art
• New media art theory
• Contemporary art and new media
• Art and politics
• Interactive art
• Interaction design
• Human-computer Interaction
• Computer music
• Music
• New interfaces for musical expression
• Digital lutherie
• Art, activism, hacktivism
• Virtual reality
• Virtual reality and art
• Performance
• New media and performance
• Robotic art
• Art and artificial intelligence
• Artificial intelligence and politics
Dr Olli Tapio Leino
• Philosophy of computer games and new media art
• Technological materialities of computer games
• Human/technology relations in new media art
• Playable media

Dr Hector Rodriguez
• Computational or algorithmic cinema studies 
• Generative art
• Computational art 
• Art and technology
• Game studies and ludology 
• Philosophy of new media
Dr Ayoung Suh
• Theories and practices of virtual collaboration 
• Individual and collective dynamics on virtual organizations, virtual teams, and virtual communities
• Culture, society, and new media technologies
• Social media affordances, identity, and boundary management
• Social media and network analysis  
• Gamification (impacts of hedonic factors on human behavior in gamified systems)

Dr Louisa S Y Wei
• Independent documentary: theory and practice
• Female directors and women’s cinema
• History of Chinese intellectuals
• Visual storytelling and narrative techniques

Dr Bo Zheng
• Art and ecology  (such as political ecology, climate change, environmental justice, nonhumans, farming, ecological interpretation of premodern art, ecologizing museums, etc.)
Dr Kening Zhu
• Human-computer Interaction
• Interface design
• Mobile/Wearable interaction
• Tangible user interface
• Child-computer Interaction
• 3D Printing


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Professor Maurice Benayoun,
Research Degree Programme Leader
School of Creative Media
City University of Hong Kong
Level 7, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre
18 Tat Hong Avenue
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
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Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

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