SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme allows students to engage with some of the most dynamic and contemporary aspects of Asian and African art, as well as issues of marketing, display, tourist art, and shifts between regional, national and global identities; at least 1 theoretical and methodological course will be offered to equip students with the terms and approaches needed for in'depth study of contemporary art in any field, to which is added a wide range of courses on the contemporary arts of Asia and Africa; students select at least 2 units (or 4 half units) from among the MA courses that are designated as belonging to the contemporary arts and Asia and Africa programme.

Course Modules

Dissertation in history of art and archaeology: contemporary art and art theory of Asia and Africa; approaches to critical interpretation and aesthetic theories; arts and society in sub'saharan Africa; arts of modern and contemporary China (since 1800); collecting and curating Buddhist art in the museum ; curating cultures; diaspora contexts and visual culture; modern and contemporary arts in Africa; modern and contemporary Korean art; museums, anthropology and the arts of Asia and Africa; photography and the image in Africa; representing conflict: a cross'cultural and inter disciplinary approach.

Course Additional Entry

Students normally require an Upper 2nd Class Honours degree; other qualifications may be acceptable and the Department welcomes mature students; applicants may or may not have previous experience of our subjects; while knowledge of a relevant Asian or African language is not a requirement, for some courses it is an advantage for admission (see individual course descriptions for details).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,215  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,985  Academic year. First year home fees
2 - 3 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate)