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). SOAS has the highest percentage of research'active academics in the field of Asian Studies of any British university. The range of research interests, expertise and resources in SOAS, not only in Vietnamese and South East Asian Studies, but also with regard to the languages and literatures of other regions.

Course Modules

History of art and archaeology: All years: 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. Vietnamese: modules include: Vietnamese language; introduction to South East Asia; South East Asia on film; war, revolution and independence in South East Asian literatures in translation; the city and the countryside in South East Asian literatures; Vietnamese language and texts; independent study project in South East Asian studies; extended essay in South East Asian studies; Vietnamese literature; independent study project in South East Asian studies; extended essay in South East Asian studies; Thailand on screen (post 97); Indonesia on screen; sex and the city in South East Asian film; war, revolution and independence in South East Asian literatures in translation; the city and the countryside in South East Asian literatures; cultural foundations of Indonesia; Indonesian literature: literature of the revolution; Jawi and the manuscript tradition; pre'modern historical texts of Java; Bali and the Malay world in English translation; traditional Malay literature; adventure romances in texts and film; language in South East Asia; Thai cultural texts; extended essay in South East Asian studies; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; Buddhism: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; world Christianities foundation; ethnography of a selected region (South East Asia); introduction to the history of South East Asia; South East Asia during the Cold War 1945'1991; arts of the Buddha in South East Asia; contemporary arts in South East Asia; South East Asian government and politics; economic development of South East Asia.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 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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