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Introducing the School of Arts

The School of Arts, SOAS (SOASOAS)

SOASOAS was established in 2012 to bring together the Department of the History of Art & Archaeology, the Department of Music and the Centre for Media and Film.  

The School of Arts is unique in the breadth of its coverage and is the main centre in the UK for all study into visual and sound arts, material and intangible culture, and media industries of Asia and Africa. It covers all parts of the world under the SOAS remit, including Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and their diasporas. We are one of the very few centres in the world which specialises in the vital and increasingly important developments taking place in the cultural industries of the non-Western world.

With some twenty full-time academic staff members, it is unsurpassed in scale and reach by any other body worldwide.

The School of Arts benefits from interaction with other disciplines in SOAS, such as Asian and African languages, Anthropology, Development, History, etc. Our students have access to a range of multi-media provision including a media lab, SOAS Radio and recording studio, as well as the Brunei Gallery and the world-class SOAS Library.

The location in central London gives our students access to an unparalleled range of concerts and festivals, galleries and museums, media and cultural enterprises.

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