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.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
MA Other Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA Other Fees

Qualifications required:

  • The normal qualification for admission to the MA programme is an upper second class honours degree. Other qualifications, however, may be acceptable and the Department welcomes mature students. Students taking the MA degree 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 modules it is an advantage for admission (see individual module descriptions for details). It is possible to include an element of language training within the MA programme by taking an Asian or African language as one of the two ‘minor’ modules. This option may be particularly desirable for those intending to progress to the PhD, who do not already have the necessary language skills.