SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The History of Art degree provides students with a general grounding acrossthe broad field of courses covering Africa, pre'Islamic and Islamic Near andMiddle East, South Asia, South East Asia and North East Asia (China, Japan and Korea). Students can combine Tibetan with the Study of Religions, Social Anthropology, History of Art/ Archaeology or Development Studies.

Course Modules

History of art and archaeology: modules include: theories and methods in the study of Asian and African art; introduction to the art and archaeology of Africa; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; African Art 2: West Africa and the Atlantic world; history, historiography and the visual arts; archaeology of Early Imperial China; architecture of Tibet and the Himalayas; art and archaeology essay on an approved topic; art and archaeology of Ancient China; arts of Tibet; Buddhist arts of Korea; Chinese art and modernity; contemporary arts in South East Asia; contemporary Korean arts in East Asia; independent study project in history of art/archaeology; introduction to the art and archaeology of Africa; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Japanese art; mosaics, manuscripts, and wall painting in Islamic art; selected sites in Asian and African art and archaeology; temple, city and empire in South India 1300'1800; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; theory and method in the study of Asian and African art; traditional art and modern South Asia. Tibetan: modules include: Intensive elementary Tibetan; cultural history of Tibet; intermediate modern Tibetan; intermediate classical Tibetan; Tibetan historical and biographical literature; readings in mahayana sutra literature; Tibetan Buddhist texts from central Asia; Tibetan Buddhism; independent study in Tibetan language and literature; independent study project in Tibetan language and literature (using language sources).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Course specific

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£5,450 - £5,450
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£5,090 - £5,890
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