MA Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa

SOAS University of London

MA Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa

Duration: One year (full-time). Two or three years (part-time, daytime only).

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 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.

Start of programme: September intake only.

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time.

Introduction

On this programme, students engage with some of the most dynamic and contemporary aspects of Asian and African art, as well as issues of collection, display, representation, tourist art, and shifts between regional, national and global identities. By focusing on theoretical and methodological questions, they are equipped with the terms and approaches needed for an in-depth study of contemporary art. This is combined with the study of contemporary art from a range of Asian and African contexts.

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in contemporary Asian and African art, whose ground-breaking research informs and is informed by their teaching. Students benefit from the unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm of the staff. As members of the School of Arts, they profit from the insights of scholars and students working in other related fields, such as contemporary global Media, Film and Music. They can also select from modules in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in, for example, the film, cinema, languages and modern history of Asia and Africa.

A Masters from the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including in galleries, museums, archives, conservation, publishing and arts administration. The large portfolio of transferable skills they acquire enables them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world. Our Masters' programmes are 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).

  • A minimum of 60 credits must be selected from the MA modules in the History of Art and Archaeology department related to Contemporary Art and Art Theory listed below.
  • Up to 15 credits may be selected from the other MA modules in the department listed below.
  • Up to 45 credits may be selected from the MA options offered by other SOAS departments, also listed below.Please note that not all option modules may run every year.
  • Students must complete the Dissertation in History of Art and Archaeology:
    • Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa (15PARC995).

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.

History of Art and Archaeology - Contemporary Art and Art Theory Options

  • Approaches to Critical Interpretation & Aesthetic Theories 15PARC004 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) 15PARH055 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Contemporary Art and the Global 15PARH085 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 (15 credits) Term 1

Other Options in the History of Art and Archaeology

  • Arab Painting 15PARH054 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Architectural Boundaries and the Body 15PARH063 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Art and Architecture of the Early Ottomans and the Beyliks (13-15th centuries) 15PARH068 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Arts of Koryo and Chosen Korea 15PARH059 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Chinese Porcelain: Trade, Transfer and Reception 15PARH064 (15 credits) Term 2
  • (En)gendering Southeast Asia: Aesthetics and Politics of Sexual Difference 15PARH084 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Illustrated Manuscript Cultures of Southeast Asia 15PARH073 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1) 15PARH078 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Islamic Archaeology 15PARH081 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts 15PARH008 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Sacred Art and Architecture of Ancient Korea 15PARH056 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Indian Temple 15PARC034 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Tibetan Buddhist Monuments in Context 15PARH075 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 (15 credits) Term 1

History

  • Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 (15 credits) Term 2

Media Studies

  • Communication, Culture and Politics in the Middle East: Theoretical and Analytical Approaches 15PMSC005 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Emerging Digital Cultures in Asia and Africa - Theory and Practice 15PMSH018
  • Music, Nation and Conflict in Jerusalem 15PMUH022 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Raga: concept and practice (PG) 15PMUH020 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2) 15PSRH051 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2) 15PSRH051 (15 credits) Term 2
  • African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Literature in African languages 15PAFC124 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Zulu 1 (PG) 15PAFC128 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 15PCHC005 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 (15 credits) Term 1
  • The Making of Modern Korea 15PEAC059 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH006 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390
  • Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Intensive Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC395 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Persian Language 2 (PG) 15PNMC033 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Bengali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC304 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 3 (PG) 15PSAC297 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 (30 credits) Full Year

Southeast Asia

  • Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 (30 credits) Full Year
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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 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,225 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
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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