SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This single'subject degree is concerned with the visual arts, architecture and material culture of Asia and Africa. The title 'art and archaeology' indicates a broad range of material artifacts is studied, not restricted to those designated as 'works of art'. The historical period covered varies with courses, mostly between the later prehistoric periods and the present day.

Course Modules

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.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCCC
  • European Baccalaureate 70%
  • Course specific

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90% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 86%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 93%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 89%

£20,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

84% Go on to work and/or study

In work 41
Studying 40
Studying and working 3
Unemployed 12
Unknown 3

18% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 62%

Total Coursework: 37%

Total Practical: 1%

£5,450 - £5,450
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,090 - £5,890
Typical cost of private accommodation