School of Arts
The School of Arts is a world-leading centre for study and research involving visual and sound arts, material and intangible cultures, media industries and digital cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and their global diasporas.
Our unique concentration of experts, unsurpassed in scale and reach by any other institution worldwide, welcome you to our Department of the History of Art & Archaeology (HAA), our Department of Music, our Centre for English Studies and our Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies.
Facts and figures
13th in the UK
QS World University Rankings 2022
World Top 50 in Arts and Humanities
QS World University Rankings 2021
Why choose SOAS for The Arts?
The outstanding quality of the School of Arts’ research was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
The Department of Music’s research outputs were rated the best in the country and the Department of History of Art and Archaeology’s were placed fourth. More than 80% of research outputs were judged world-leading or internationally excellent
With our degree programmes across the creative arts at the core, we are one of only a few global centres specialising in the historical and contemporary arts of Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Practice and performance in world music, media and film, display and museology, and cultural and creative industries are among our growing strengths.