SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The History of Art degree provides students with a general grounding across the broad field of courses covering Africa, pre'Islamic and Islamic Near and Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and North East Asia (China, Japan and Korea). The 4'year degree combines the study of the language of Swahili with another language or discipline. The range of expertise in SOAS with regard to languages and literatures of other regions is unique in UK institutions.

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. Swahili: All years: modules include: Swahili 1; language in Africa; Swahili 2a: intermediate; Swahili 2b: introduction to Swahili literature; contemporary African literature; history in African and Caribbean literature; African language literatures (oral and written); representations and transformations: South African drama and film; the structure of Bantu languages; theory and practice of Swahili translation; religion in Africa; extended essay in African studies; independent study project in African studies; directed study of an African language; black urban studies; introduction to Pan'Africanism; Amharic 1; Amharic 2; Hausa; Somali; Swahili; Yoruba; Zulu.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • Course specific

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