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). At SOAS the study of Turkish can be combined with an unparalleled range of disciplines and languages. All combined'honours degrees in Turkish are four'year programmes that expose students to at least three years intensive study of Turkish language and literature.

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. Turkish: modules include: Intensive Turkish language; literatures of the Near and Middle East; intermediate Modern Turkish language; Ottoman Turkish language; 20th'century Turkish literature 1; nation and nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in translation); advanced translation; Ottoman Turkish language; Turkish literature of the Tanzimat and later 19th century; 20th'century Turkish literature; Classical Ottoman literature; the history and development of the Turkish language; independent study project (Turkish literature); extended essay in Turkish studies; introduction to Arabic culture; introduction to Armenian history; introduction to Armenian literature in translation; introduction to Armenian culture; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; introduction to Islam; religions of East and Central Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; states, people and power in Asia and Africa; comparative and international politics; the Muslim world: unity in diversity; Classical Persian prose texts; Classical Persian poetry; the making of the Modern Middle East; the Middle East in the period of the Crusades, 1050'1291; Turks, Mongols and Mamluks 1054'1500; cities of paradise and empire; Eastern Christianity; Orthodox Christianity; Islamic architecture; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; the decorative arts of Islam; art and material culture of the Islamic world: 7th'14th centuries; mosaics, manuscripts and wall painting in Islamic art; music of the Middle East and North Africa; government and politics of the Middle East; Islamic law; politics and aesthetics in Modern Arabic literature; reading Classical Arabic historians; Arabic cinema; Modern Persian prose literature; reform, resistance and revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876'1909; Islam and democracy; economic development of the Modern Middle East.

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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