MA Arts of Asia and Africa

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Arts of Asia and Africa

SOAS University of London

MA Arts of Asia and Africa

Entry requirements: The normal qualification for admission to the MA programme is an upper second class honours degree. Other qualifications, however, may be acceptable and the School of Arts 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.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This programme draws upon the strength of the School of Arts as a centre for the study of the art, music and media of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and their global diasporas. Students select modules from across the school, developing a cross-discipline understanding of the arts, broadly conceived. They have the option of specialising in a particular interdisciplinary field, such as popular music and film in the Middle East; art, archaeology and music of the Silk Road; or music, media and development in Africa.

The School of Arts is a unique concentration of experts in the art, music and media of the non-Western world, unsurpassed in scale and reach by any other institution worldwide. Students benefit from the unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm of staff whose work combines disciplinary rigour and innovative interdisciplinary exchange. Teaching is consistently informed by and contributes to the research of members of staff. Students can select from modules in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures of Asia and Africa.

The MA Arts of Asia and Africa provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology, Music and/or Media of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including employment in museums, galleries and the creative and cultural industries. The transferable skills that they acquire enable them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world. The programme is also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

Structure

Students must complete 120 credits of MA taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits).

  • Up to 30 credits taught modules must be selected from the lists of MA modules in History of Art and Archaeology or Music or Media Studies, listed below.
  • Up to 30 credits modules must be selected from one of the two departments not represented by the first choice, see list below.
  • Up to 15 credits module must be selected from the History of Art and Archaeology, Music or Media Studies lists below.
  • Up to 45 credits modules must be selected from the recommended list of options listed below.Please note that not all option modules may run every year.
  • Students must complete a Dissertation in Art and Archaeology (15PARC999) or a Dissertation in Music (15PMUC999) or a Dissertation in Media Studies (15PMSC999).

Students may be allowed to study for the MA on a part-time basis.

  • The part-time MA may be taken over two years, in which case the student takes two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) in the first year, and two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) and the dissertation in the second year.
  • Alternatively, it can be taken over three years, in which case the student can distribute the 120 credits modules evenly in each of the three years. The dissertation can be written in year two or three, but it is strongly recommended that this is undertaken in the final year of the programme. It must be submitted in September of the year in which the student registers for it.

The following is a complete list of modules in the programme, not all of which are offered in any single year.

Compulsory Module

  • Dissertation in Art and Archaeology 15PARC999 (60 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in Media Studies 15PMSC999 (60 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in Music 15PMUC999 (60 credits) Full Year

Art and Archaeology Options

  • Approaches to Critical Interpretation & Aesthetic Theories 15PARC004 (30credits) Full Year
  • Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) 15PARH055 (15credits) Term 2
  • Chinese Porcelain: Trade, Transfer and Reception 15PARH064 (15credits) Term 2
  • Contemporary Art and the Global 15PARH085 (15credits) Term 1
  • Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • (En)gendering Southeast Asia: Aesthetics and Politics of Sexual Difference 15PARH084 (15credits) Term 2
  • Interpreting Visual Expressions of the Mandala 15PARH086 (15credits) Term 2
  • Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 (15credits) Term 2
  • Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter-Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 (15credits) Term 2
  • Southeast Asia's Art Histories 15PARH087 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Figure of the Buddha: Theory, Practice and the Making of Buddhist Art History 15PARH076 (15credits) Term 1
  • Understanding Art East and West: from Asmat Shields to Tate Modern 15PARH058 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Media Options

  • Digital traditional broadcasting communication 15PMSH022 (15credits) Term 2
  • International Political Communication 15PMSH009 (15credits) Term 2
  • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 (15credits) Term 1
  • Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 (15credits) Term 1
  • Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 (15credits) Term 1
  • The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSC002 (30credits) Full Year
  • Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSH005 (15credits) Term 1
  • Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSH005 (15credits) Term 1
  • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media: Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 (15credits) Term 2

Music Options

  • Analysing World Music: Transcription & Analysis in Ethnomusicology 15PMUH004 (15credits) Term 2
  • Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 (15credits) Term 2
  • Composition 15PMUH013 (15credits) Term 1
  • Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 (15credits) Term 2
  • Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival 15PMUH011 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Music and Healing 15PMUH019 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 (15credits) Term 1
  • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Performance 15PMUC002 (30credits) Full Year
  • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 (15credits) Term 1
  • Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Raga: concept and practice (PG) 15PMUH020 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Options in Other Departments

  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 (15credits) Term 1
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Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,225 GEL
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
Information
Deadline
Locations
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019