SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

BA History of Art and Archaeology

duration:
3 years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,907


Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2018 Entry requirements

  • Mature students may be considered on the basis of alternative qualifications and experience.
  • Subjects Preferred: The department welcomes applications from mature candidates with relevant work experience. No particular background is expected for the programme, although for those wishing to specialize in East Asia, some knowledge of the languages of the region is an advantage.
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with 'non-standard' qualifications may be invited.
A Levels:
ABB-BBB
IB:
33 (555 at HL)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AABBB

Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB

Irish LC: 320 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Programme Code: VV43 BA/HArAG

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Introduction 

This programme is an unrivalled opportunity to study the visual arts, architecture and material culture of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In the first year, students are introduced to the art and archaeology of different regions. They also receive theoretical and methodological training to prepare them for the study of Asian and African art. In years two and three students broaden and deepen their knowledge and have the chance to specialise in particular regions or themes. An emphasis is placed on training students’ visual memory through the study of images. Students are also provided with a critical introduction to the creative and cultural industries.

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in Asian and African art history and archaeology, whose ground-breaking research informs and is informed by their teaching. Students benefit from the unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm of staff. As members of the School of Arts, they profit from the insights of scholars and students studying the Music, Film and Media of Asia, Africa and the Middle East in historical and contemporary contexts. They can also select from modules in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures of Asia and Africa.

A degree 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 graduates 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. Many graduates decide to pursue postgraduate study in the History of Art and Archaeology or a related discipline.

Whether a student sits for the BA History of Art or the BA History of Art and Archaeology depends on the modules they select in their second and third years. See the ‘Structure’ tab for details. The BA History of Art and Archaeology can be combined with another subject to form a two-subject degree.

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Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

The structure and contents of modules reflect the importance given to conceptual and methodological clarity, and to the independent interests of students. Particular importance is given to the training of student’s visual memory through the study of visual images.

Please note that a 15 credits module corresponds to a 0.5 unit (taught over one term) and a 30 credits module corresponds to a full unit (taught over both terms).

One purpose of the introductory year is to provide a basis for the student's selection of modules in the second and third years. In the first year, students must take six compulsory Art and Archaeology modules, including four 15 credits modules introducing the arts of Asia and Africa, and a 15 credits core module introducing theoretical issues about how and why art and archaeology are studied and discussed. In addition, students must take a 30 credits fourth ‘open option’ module (or two equivalent 15 credits modules) in another department.

In the first year, students are normally required to take six modules in Art and Archaeology to the value of 90 credits as follows:

  • A fourth 30 credits ‘open option’ module (or equivalent two 15 credits modules) from another department.
    


Further details of all modules are set out in the pages that follow.

Students who wish to take the BA History of Art and Archaeology must in their second and third years accumulate at least 120 credits modules from the courses designated as having
archaeological content (selected from the list of second and year modules listed below). Other modules can be selected from the History of Art programme.

Any student who passes at least 120 credits modules from the courses designated as having archaeological content will automatically be placed in the History of Art and Archaeology programme, while those who do not will be placed in the History of Art programme.

The selection of modules in the third year is normally intended to develop the chosen specialisations of the second year. In addition, all third year students are encouraged to write a 10,000 word Independent Study Project essay (on a subject of their choice) which counts as a 30 credits module.

Year 1
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Theory in Art History and Archaeology 154900190 15 Term 1
Great Works: recordings, objects, films 158100003 15 Term 2
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of Africa 154900155 15 Term 1
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of East Asia 154900163 15 Term 2
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East 154900101 15 Term 2
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of South and Southeast Asia 154900156 15 Term 1
Years 2 and 3
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 154900204 15 Term 2
Art and Archaeology of Medieval China 154900142 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Art and Archaeology of Ancient China 154900143 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Art and Architecture of Medieval Islamic Turkey: the Seljuks and their Neighbours 154900195 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Art and Architecture of Tibet 154900192 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Art and Culture in Modern China 154900141 15 Term 1
Art and empire in India 1300-1800 154900193 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Arts and Society in Africa 154900199 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Arts of the Buddha in Southeast Asia 154900148 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 158100001 15 Term 1
Arts of SouthEast Asia 154900200 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Art, Performance and The Body in Africa 154900198 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Chinese Contemporary Art 154900174 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Collecting and Collections 154900189 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Comparative Avant-Gardes: Global Perspectives in Modern Art 154900201 15 Term 1
Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia 154900150 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Critical Readings in Arts and Cultures 158100002 15 Term 1
Curating Global Arts 158100004 15 Term 1
Early Indian Art 154900184 30 Full Year
Exploring Visual Expressions of the Mandala 154900202 15 Term 2
Gandharan Art and its Heritage 154900183 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Gender, Art and Visual Culture: Explorations in the Representation of Southeast Asia 154900181 15 Term 2
Global Cultures of Chinese Ceramics 154900170 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
House and Tomb in the Muslim World 154900186 15 Term 1
Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (1) 154900182 15 Term 1
Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (2) 158000191 15 Term 2
Islamic Art & Architecture of the Medieval Mediterranean (12th-15th centuries) 154900179
Islamic Urbanism: Medina to Dubai 154900196 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 154900204 15 Term 2
Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World 154900187 15 Term 2
Ottoman Art and Architecture (14th-17th centuries) 154900185 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Painting in Africa 154900172 15 Term 1
Representing China in Museums 154900177 15 Term 2
Royal Arts of Korea 154900152 15 Term 1
Southeast Asia in the Modern Imagination: Art, Visuality, Exchange 154900194 15 Term 2
The `Historical` Buddha: Explorations in Southeast Asian Arts 154900180 15 Term 1
The Visual Culture of Eighteenth-Century Japan 154900120 30 Full Year
Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (2) 158000191 15 Term 2
Undoing Asia: Artistic Perspectives from the 20th and 21th Centuries 154900191 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Visual Arts of Africa and The Atlantic World: History, Creativity and Agency 154900203 15 Term 1
War and Peace in the Eastern Mediterranean: Art and Architecure of Medieval Syria and Palestine 154900197 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Year 3
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Independent Study Project in Archaeology 154900169 30 Full Year
Art and Architecture of Tibet 154900192 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Materials

Students have access to an unrivalled range of art-historical and archaeological resources:

  • SOAS Library
  • The Courtauld Institute
  • The Institute of Archaeology
  • The History of Art Department at University College London
  • The Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art
  • The British Museum

Teaching & Learning

All 1st year modules involve a weekly lecture and tutorial; in the 2nd and 3rd year, where student numbers may be lower, a seminar may replace the lecture.

For most modules, assessment involves course work and an unseen examination.

In the 1st year, course work entails short, concentrated pieces of work; in the 2nd and 3rd years, course work emphasis shifts to longer papers.

In the final year, students are normally required to complete an Independent Study Project on a subject of their choice.

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. In the School of Arts, most undergraduate modules have a one- or two-hour lecture or seminar every week. Some, but not all, also have a 1-hour seminar or tutorial every week.

More information is on the page for each module.

Resources

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

A degree from the department of History of Art & Archaeology provides students with a number of transferrable skills that can be applied to other types of professions.  These include: research skills; written and oral communication skills; visual awareness; and specialist subject knowledge of Asian and African art.  Former History of Art & Archaeology students have gone on to employment in a range of professional roles in business and public sectors, as well as continuing in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions.

Careers include employment in museums, galleries, conservation organisations, commercial galleries, auction houses and art journalism. Other areas include the heritage industry, specialist travel companies, NGOs with cultural programmes such as UNESCO, UNOP, ICOMOS and the World Monuments Fund.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

When I heard about SOAS I immediately knew it was the school for me. An institution like SOAS is the ideal platform for students who want to learn a language and gain insight into a culture. It is also a leading school in Tibetan studies.

Beatriz Cifuentes

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