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History of Art and Archaeology

BA History of Art (Asia, Africa and Europe) (2022 entry)

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The BA History of Art (Asia, Africa and Europe) is the only degree in the UK to combine the specialist study of Asian, African and European art history. It is taught jointly by the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS and the History of Art department at UCL. Students select courses from each institution. They receive theoretical and methodological training, which is combined with the study of particular regions, themes and critical issues.  

The History of Art and Archaeology department at SOAS 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 courses in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures of Asia and Africa.

See Department of the History of Art and Archeology

Why study History of Art (Asia, Africa and Europe) at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked 13th in the UK in the 2022 QS World University Rankings for Arts and Humanities
  • 94.4% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2021)
  • 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.

 

Programme Code: V351 BA/HArAAE

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

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duration:
3 years

Fees 2022/23

Fees for 2022/23 entrants per academic year

UK fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£20,350


Please note that fees go up each year. Further details see 'Fees and funding' (tab on this page) or the Registry's undergraduate tuition fees page.

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Structure

Structure

In each year, students take modules at UCL to the value of 60 credits and 60 credits of modules in the department of History of Art and Archaeology. Thus they bring together the study of European, Asian and African Art in a flexible manner unique within the British University system.

The modules in the UCL part of this degree include, in the first year, general modules which survey the history of art and introduce students to a range of the intellectual, observational and professional skills demanded of the art historian. In the second year, students work on more focused study of aspects of the history of western art since c.1200, and take at least one module concerned with the development of the western idea of art and current approaches to art history, or with the history of the methods and materials of artists. In the third year, students take a Special Subject (a module which treats a theme or career in detail), and may do another special subject and/or an Undergraduate Report (similar to a SOAS Independent Study Project).

Anyone requiring further information on the UCL part of this course should contact Mr Robert Brown at University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, phone: (0)20 3108 4012, email: r.brown@ucl.ac.uk.

Occasionally the availability of optional modules changes as a result of staffing and other circumstances. Students who had signed up for such modules will be notified as soon as possible and given the opportunity to choose from available alternatives.

Programme

Year 1
Compulsory Modules: Year 1

Students will take the following 4 compulsory modules at SOAS:

Module Code Credits Term
Global Arts: connected histories (to 1800) 158100026 15 Term 1
Histories of Art: in/out of Asia and Africa 158100028 15 Term 1
Spaces of Art 158100031 15 Term 2
Global Arts: decentering modernity (1800 on) 158100027 15 Term 2
AND

Students will take the following core module at UCL:

  • HART0001 - History of Art and its objects - 30 credits - FHEQ Level 4
AND

Students will take the following compulsory modules at UCL:

  • HART0005 - First-Year History of Art Survey (2): c.1600 to the Contemporary - 15 credits - FHEQ Level 4
  • HART0006 - First-Year History of Art Survey (1): Premodernity to c.1600 - 15 credits - FHEQ Level 4

Year 2
Compulsory Modules: Year 2

Students will take the following 2 compulsory modules at SOAS:

Module Code Credits Term
Decolonising the Arts 158100024 15 Term 2
Museums and Museology 154900178 15 Term 1
AND

Students will take the following 2 compulsory modules at UCL:

  • HART0035 - Advanced Lecture in the History of Art (post 1800) - 15 Credits - FHEQ Level 5
  • HART0036 - Advanced Lecture in the History of Art (before 1800) - 15 Credits - FHEQ Level 5
AND

Students take modules at SOAS to the value of 30 credits from either List A OR B.

AND

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits of any of the following combinations:

  • 15 credits of modules at UCL from a list of UCL Methods modules (these modules can also be taken in year 3) and 15 credits of modules at UCL from a list of UCL History of Art options
  • 30 credits of modules at UCL from a list of UCL History of Art options

Year 3 - SOAS-based Project
Compulsory Module: Year 3

Students will take the following compulsory module at SOAS:

Module Code Credits Term
Independent study project in History of Art 154900123 30 Full Year
AND

Students take modules at SOAS to the value of 30 credits from either List A OR B.

AND

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits of any of the following combinations:

  • 60 credits of modules at UCL from a list of UCL Special Subject modules.
  • 30 credits of modules at UCL from a list of UCL Special Subject modules, 15 credits of modules at UCL from a list of UCL Methods modules (if not completed in Year 2) and the 15-credit module at UCL: Independent Study Essay in History of Art (HART0119).

Year 3 - UCL-based Project

Students will take the following module at UCL:

  • Undergraduate Report - HART0118 - 30 credits - FHEQ level 6
AND

Students take modules at UCL to the value of 30 credits from a list of UCL Special Subject modules

AND

Students take modules at SOAS to the value of 60 credits from either List A OR B.


Guided Options

List A and List B will be offered in alternating years.

List A
Module Code Credits Term
Buddhist arts of South Asia, Southeast Asia and Tibet 158100022 15 Term 2
Arts of Premodern East Asia 158100017 15 Term 1
List B
Module Code Credits Term
Arts of the African Diaspora 154900203 15 Term 1
Art of the Islamic World: Objects in Context 158100015 15 Term 2
Place and Space in East Asian Art 158100020 15 Term 2
List A/B - 2nd years only
Module Code Credits Term
Fieldtrip 158100025 15 credits
List A/B - finalists only
Open Options (finalists only)
Module Code Credits Term

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

All first year modules involve a weekly lecture and tutorial. In the second and third year, where student numbers may be lower, a seminar may replace the lecture.

For most modules, assessment involves coursework and an unseen examination. In the 1st year, coursework entails short, concentrated pieces of work. In the 2nd and 3rd years, coursework emphasis shifts to longer papers.

In the final year, students are required to complete an Independent Study Project on a subject of their choice, and are also encouraged to undertake projects, supervised by members of staff, in the form of an essay-based advanced study.

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 available on each individual module page.

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

Employment

Employment

Students in the School of Arts develop a ​​critical and theoretically informed approach to global arts and culture. In addition to an intercultural awareness and practical expertise, graduates gain a wide portfolio of transferable skills which are especially sought after in the creative and cultural industries.

Recent School of Arts graduates have been hired by:

  • Christie’s
  • Christine Park Gallery
  • Crisis
  • Design Museum
  • Hong Kong Museum Of Art
  • India Foundation For The Arts
  • Japanese Gallery
  • Museum of East Asian Art
  • Music in Detention
  • National Gallery
  • Pan Arts
  • People Projects Culture & Change
  • Roundhouse Trust
  • Somerset House Trust
  • Songlines Magazine
  • Sotheby's
  • South Asian Art UK
  • Stratford Circus Arts Centre
  • Taiwan Embassy
  • The Alliance for Global Education
  • The British Embassy
  • The National Museum Of Korea
  • The Royal Collection
  • Victoria and Albert Museum

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A Student's Perspective

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