MA Religious Arts of Asia

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Religious Arts of Asia

SOAS University of London

MA Religious Arts of 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 courses it is an advantage for admission (see individual course 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’ courses. 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 is the only history of art and archaeology degree in Europe focused on the great religious traditions of Asia. It includes within its scope diverse countries, regions and time periods from antiquity to the present, with a particular emphasis on Buddhism in South, Central and Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, China, Korea and Japan. Hinduism, Shinto and animistic and syncretic practices are also studied. Students consider iconography, ritual, faith and pilgrimage in their multiple regional and historical guises. They study temple buildings, statues and paintings, formal, informal and popular.

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in the art history and archaeology of Asia, many of whom are principally concerned with religious art. Their 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 music and religion in Asia, historically and in the present. They can also select from courses in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the religions, languages, history and cultures of Asia.

A Master's 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 60 credits must be selected from the MA modules in the History of Art and Archaeology department related to Religious Arts of Asia listed below.
  • Up to 15 credits may be selected from the other MA modules in the department.
  • Up to 45 credits 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: Religious Arts of Asia (15PARC998).

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.
  • Dissertation in History of Art and Archaeology: Religious Arts of Asia 15PARC998 (60 credits) Full Year

Options in Religious Arts of Asia

  • Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • 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
  • Critical Themes in Tibetan Art 15PARH074 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Monuments and sculpture of Angkor 15PARH071 (15credits) Term 1
  • Illustrated Manuscript Cultures of Southeast Asia 15PARH073 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Interpreting Visual Expressions of the Mandala 15PARH086 (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 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

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 (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
  • Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts 15PARH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter-Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 (15credits) Term 2
  • Visual Arts of Dynastic China (to 1800) (Cohort A) 15PARH051 (15credits) Term 1

Options in Other Departments

Anthropology

  • Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 (15credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 (15credits) Term 2

History

  • 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

Media Studies

  • Emerging Digital Cultures in Asia and Africa - Theory and Practice 15PMSH018

Study of Religions

  • Avestan I 15PSRC033 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Basic Pali (PG) 15PSRC176 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 (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
  • Jainism: History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World 15PSRC024 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • 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
  • 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

Music

  • Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 (15credits) Term 2
  • 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

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 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC296 (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
  • Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 (30 credits) Full Year
  • 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

Southeast 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 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 (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 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 (30 credits) Full Year
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Last updated May 7, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
1 - 3 weeks
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,225 GBP
Information
Deadline
June 30, 2018
Locations
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date: Sept. 2018
Application deadline June 30, 2018
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline June 30, 2018
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Price
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year