MA History of Art and/or Archaeology

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA History of Art and/or Archaeology

SOAS University of London

MA History of Art and/or Archaeology

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 a unique opportunity to study the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Students concentrate on architecture, sculpture, painting and the decorative arts and have the option of pursuing topics and approaches more archaeological in focus. They consider theoretical and methodological questions and are invited to question the relevance of the disciplinary distinction between History of Art and Archaeology to the study of the non-Western world. Courses cover a time period spanning from antiquity to present-day, contemporary art.

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in Asian and African art history and archaeology, 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 studying the Music, Film and Media of Asia, Africa and the Middle East in historical and contemporary contexts. They can also select from modules in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures 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 Master's 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 75 credits must be selected from the MA modules in the History of Art and Archaeology department listed below.
  • Up to 45 credits may be selected 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 Art and Archaeology (15PARC999).

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 Art and Archaeology 15PARC999 (60 credits) Full Year

History of Art and Archaeology Options

  • 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 Fatimids 15PARH035 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Art and Architecture of the Early Ottomans and the Beyliks (13-15th centuries) 15PARH068 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • 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
  • Buddhist and Hindu Art of the Maritime Silk Route 15PARH057 (15credits) Term 1
  • Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 (15credits) Term 1
  • Chinese Porcelain: Trade, Transfer and Reception 15PARH064 (15credits) Term 2
  • Collecting and Curating Buddhist Art in the Museum 15PARH069 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Contemporary Art and the Global 15PARH085 (15credits) Term 1
  • Critical Themes in Tibetan Art 15PARH074 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Curating Cultures Cohort A 15PARH079 (15credits) Term 1
  • Curating Cultures Cohort C 15PARH089 (15credits) Term 2
  • (En)gendering Southeast Asia: Aesthetics and Politics of Sexual Difference 15PARH084 (15credits) Term 2
  • 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
  • Interpreting Visual Expressions of the Mandala 15PARH086 (15credits) Term 2
  • 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
  • Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 (15credits) Term 1
  • Monuments and sculpture of Angkor 15PARH071 (15credits) Term 1
  • Morocco and the Horizons of Visibility 15PARH065 (15credits) Term 2
  • Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Persian Painting 15PARH053 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts 15PARH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • 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
  • Southeast Asia's Art Histories 15PARH087 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Art of the African Diaspora 15PARC018 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • 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
  • 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

Options in Other Departments

Anthropology

  • Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 (15credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 (15credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 (15credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 (15credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 (15credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 (15credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 (15credits) Term 2

History

  • Encountering the Other: the Middle East during the Crusading Period 15PHIH037 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 1 - Making States and Building Nations 15PHIH011 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 2 - Non-National Perspectives 15PHIH012 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • 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
  • Outsiders in Medieval Middle Eastern Societies: Minorities, Social Outcasts and Foreigners 15PHIH006 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Study of Religions

  • Avestan I 15PSRC033 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Basic Pali (PG) 15PSRC176 (30 credits) Full Year 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
  • Eastern and Orthodox Christianity 15PSRC055 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Features of Buddhist Monasticism 15PSRH014 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • History and Doctrines of Indian Buddhism 15PSRC059 (30 credits) Full Year 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
  • Non-Violence in Jain Scriptures, Philosophy and Law 15PSRC062 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Pahlavi Language 15PSRC034 (30 credits) Full Year
  • 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
  • The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 15PSRC052 - Not Running 2017/18

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
  • Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 (15credits) Term 2
  • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 (15credits) Term 1

Music

  • Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 (15credits) Term 2
  • Music, Nation and Conflict in Jerusalem 15PMUH022 (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
  • 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

Africa

  • African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Afrophone Philosophies (PG) 15PAFH009 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Literatures in African languages 15PAFC124 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Somali 1 (PG) 15PAFC132 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Visual Cultures in South Africa: Past and Present 15PAFC143 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Zulu 1 (PG) 15PAFC128 (30 credits) Full Year

China and Asia

  • Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Introduction to Classical Literary Tibetan (Masters) 15PEAC020 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 (15credits) Term 2
  • 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
  • Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 15PCHC005 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

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 Television since 1953 15PJKC006 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Japanese Traditional Drama (Masters) 15PEAH013 (15credits) Term 1
  • Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea (Masters) 15PJKH005 (15credits) Term 2
  • 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

Near & Middle East

  • Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390
  • Arabic 4 (PG) 15PNMC391 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arabic Poetry and Criticism 15PNMC048 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Classical Ottoman Literature (Masters) 15PNMC385 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Classical Persian Poetry (Masters) 15PNMC401 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 (15credits) Term 2
  • Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intensive Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC395 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC407 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC383 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Iran: History, Culture, Politics 15PNMC405 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Israel and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Medieval Arabic Thought: the Philosophical and Theological Traditions 15PNMC388 (30 credits) Full Year
  • New Cinemas of Turkey 15PNMH004 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Ottoman Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC397 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Persian Language 2 (PG) 15PNMC033 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Reading Classical Arabic Historians: Themes and Trends in Islamic Historiography 15PNMC378 (30 credits) Full Year

South Asia

  • 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 2 (PG) 15PSAC296 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 3 (PG) 15PSAC297 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 (15credits) Term 1
  • Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 (15credits) Term 2
  • Literature & Colonialism in North India (Masters) 15PSAH005 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia 15PSAC314 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 (30 credits) Full Year

South and South East Asia

  • Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Burmese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC045 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 (15credits) Term 2
  • Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Jawi and the Malay Manuscript Tradition (Masters) 15PSEH006 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC043 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 (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. 2018
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. 2018
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019