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). Music can be studied at SOAS in either of two BA degree structures: the single'subject ('single honours') BA in Music, or the two'subject ('joint honours') BA in Music and another subject.

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. Music: All years: modules include: sounds and cultures 1: Africa, the Jewish World, West and Central Asia; Sounds and cultures 2: East, South East and South Asia; music and culture; introduction to music analysis; performance; ethnomusicology: themes and variations; urban soundscapes; music and religion in South East Asia; popular and fusion music in South East Asia; music of Korea; musical traditions of East Asia; Indian classical music; the world of Cuban music; composition; gender and music; introduction to sound recording; music, Shamanism and healing; presenting world music on radio; extended essay in music; independent study project in music.

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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