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 4-day, in-person courses, including:


Course DatesCourse Title
17 May - 05 July 2024 The Art and Culture of Lucknow: 1775-1856 (online)
23 May - 11 July 2024Curating Myanmar and Northern Thailand (online)
28 - 31 May 2024Museums and Curation
28 Oct - 06 Dec 2024Istanbul in the 16th Century (online)
04 – 07 Nov 2024Silks, Spices, Merchants and Slaves: Trade and Transmission Across Land
and Maritime Routes, 500–1000 CE
31 Jan – 21 Mar 2025Edo to Tokyo (19th - 20th century) (online)
10 – 13 Feb 202517th Century Chinese Porcelain for Domestic and Export Markets
In association with the Oriental Ceramic Society
27 – 30 May 2025South Asian Textiles and Dress

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:

22 Apr – 10 Jul 2024Arts of Southeast Asia (biennially)
22 Apr – 10 Jul 2024Arts of the Islamic World (biennially)
30 Sep – 18 Dec 2024Arts of India (runs annually)
30 Sep – 18 Dec 2024Asia's Art Histories (online) (annually)
06 Jan – 26 Mar 2025Arts of China (runs annually)
06 Jan – 26 Mar 2025Curating Asian Art (online) (annually)
21 Apr – 09 Jul 2025Arts of Japan & Korea (biennially)
21 Apr – 09 Jul 2025Arts of the Buddhist World (biennially)
21 Apr – 09 Jul 2025Arts of Southeast Asia (online) (biennially)