Specialist art short courses


These courses, offered as part of the SOAS-Alphawood Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art programme, are open to all and aimed at students from a wide variety of backgrounds seeking to broaden their knowledge of specialised areas of Asian art.

Short courses are ideal for those who do not have the opportunity to attend our full-time programme. They also serve as a taster to our longer, more immersive modules. The courses enable us to specialise in specific areas which are not covered in depth within the Postgraduate Diploma modules.

In person specialist art courses explore a single topic over an intensive four-day programme, including lectures by leading experts. Where appropriate we also include practising artists, musicians and object-study sessions. Online specialist art courses offer eight weekly lectures by leading experts from academia, museums and the art market. Lectures are followed by in-depth discussions moderated by the course convenor.

We are thrilled to offer a combination of weekly, online short courses as well as four-day, in-person courses, including:


Course Dates Course Title

20 October - 8 December 2023

Beijing in the 18th Century (online)

In association with Asian Art in London

6 - 9 November 2023

Shahnameh: the Persian Epic of Kings

12 - 15 February 2024

Korean Ceramics: Collection Histories

In association with the Oriental Ceramic Society

18 May - 6 July 2024

The Art and Culture of Lucknow: 1775-1856 (online)

28 - 31 May 2024

Museums and Curation

Before registering for any of our Specialist Art Short Courses, please be sure to read our terms and conditions.

Registration terms and conditions

Full-time modules

You may also be interested in our full-time modules, as part of the SOAS-Alphawood Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art:

02 October – 20 December 2023 Arts of India (runs annually)
08 January – 27 March 2024 Arts of China (runs annually)
08 January – 27 March 2024 Asia's Art Histories - online (annually)
22 April – 10 July 2024 Arts of Southeast Asia (biennially)
22 April – 10 July 2024 Arts of the Islamic World (biennially)
April – July 2025 Arts of Japan & Korea (biennially)
April – July 2025 Arts of the Buddhist World (biennially)