MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia

SOAS University of London

MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia

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

Minimum 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.

This programme is an unrivalled opportunity to study the arts of China, Korea and Japan. Students consider a wide range of East Asian arts, from Chinese archaeology to Japanese prints, Korean installation works to Buddhist monuments, exploring their specificity and the links between them, in historical and contemporary periods. In many parts of East Asia, archaeological evidence is key to understanding early societies. The programme, therefore, relates excavated materials to the history of art.

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in the art history and archaeology of East Asia, 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 East Asian Music, Film and Media. They can also select from modules in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures of East Asia.

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 Art and Archaeology of East Asia 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 other MA modules in the department or from 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 of East Asia (15PARC996).

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.

Compulsory

  • Dissertation in History of Art and Archaeology: History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia 15PARC996 (60 credits) Full Year

Options in History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia

  • Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arts of Koryo and Chosen Korea 15PARH059 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) 15PARH055 (15credits) Term 2
  • Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 (15credits) Term 1
  • Chinese Porcelain: Trade, Transfer and Reception 15PARH064 (15credits) Term 2
  • Critical Themes in Tibetan Art 15PARH074 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Interpreting Visual Expressions of the Mandala 15PARH086 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 (15credits) Term 1
  • Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts 15PARH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Sacred Art and Architecture of Ancient Korea 15PARH056 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period 15PARH007 (15credits) Term 1
  • Tibetan Buddhist Monuments in Context 15PARH075 (15credits) Term 1
  • Understanding Art East and West: from Asmat Shields to Tate Modern 15PARH058 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Visual Arts of Dynastic China (to 1800) (Cohort A) 15PARH051 (15credits) Term 1

Other Options in the History of Art and Archaeology

  • Approaches to Critical Interpretation & Aesthetic Theories 15PARC004 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arab Painting 15PARH054 (15credits) Term 1
  • Architectural Boundaries and the Body 15PARH063 (15credits) Term 1
  • Art and Architecture of the Early Ottomans and the Beyliks (13-15th centuries) 15PARH068 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Art and Architecture of the Fatimids 15PARH035 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Buddhist and Hindu Art of the Maritime Silk Route 15PARH057 (15credits) Term 1
  • Collecting and Curating Buddhist Art in the Museum 15PARH069 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Illustrated Manuscript Cultures of Southeast Asia 15PARH073 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1) 15PARH078 (15credits) Term 1
  • Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 (15credits) Term 2
  • Islamic Archaeology 15PARH081 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Islamic Art and Architecture of Eastern Mediterranean of the Period of the Crusades (11th-14th centuries) 15PARH080 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Islamic Art & Architecture of Medieval Anatolia and the South Caucasus (11-13th centuries) 15PARH070 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 (15credits) Term 2
  • Monuments and sculpture of Angkor 15PARH071 (15credits) Term 1
  • Morocco and the Horizons of Visibility 15PARH065 (15credits) Term 2
  • Persian Painting 15PARH053 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter-Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 (15credits) Term 2
  • Sacred Art and Architecture of Ancient Korea 15PARH056 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period 15PARH007 (15credits) Term 1
  • The Figure of the Buddha: Theory, Practice and the Making of Buddhist Art History 15PARH076 (15credits) Term 1
  • The Indian Temple 15PARC034 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Tibetan Buddhist Monuments in Context 15PARH075 (15credits) Term 1

Options in Other Departments

Anthropology

  • Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 (15credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 (15credits) Term 1

History

  • Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 (15credits) Term 1
  • Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 (15credits) Term 2
  • Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 (15credits) Term 1
  • Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 (15credits) Term 2

Media Studies

  • Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 (15credits) Term 2

Music

  • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Study of Religions

  • Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 (15credits) Term 2
  • East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 (15credits) Term 2
  • Features of Buddhist Monasticism 15PSRH014 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2) 15PSRH051 (15credits) Term 2
  • Mystical Traditions 15PSRC068 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Buddhist Conquest of Central Asia 15PSRH009 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

China and Asia

  • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 (15credits) Term 1
  • Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 15PCHC005 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 (30 credits) Full Year

Japan and Korea

  • Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Basic Korean (PG) 15PJKC022 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Cinema, Nation and the Transcultural 15PJKC023 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 (15credits) 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 (15credits) Term 1
  • The Making of Modern Korea 15PEAC059 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Topics in the History of Traditional Korea 15PEAC053 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH006 (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 - 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
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End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019