SOAS University of London

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

BA History of Art (Asia, Africa and Europe) (2018 entry)

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Overview

duration:
3 years

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£17,750


Fees for 2019/20 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

Entry requirements

  • Mature students may be considered on the basis of alternative qualifications and experience.
A Levels:
ABB
IB:
33 (5/5/5)

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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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Programme Code: V351 BA/HArAAE

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Introduction

This 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.

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.

 

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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.

Please note that modules need a minimum number of students to run. Should the module not run, students will be notified of an alternative. 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.

Students take 120 credits modules in each year. In the first year the student will take two modules at UCL to the value of 60 credits and 60 credits modules in the department of History of Art and Archaeology. They must take a minimum of 45 credits modules from either side in the second year, and a minimum of 30 credits modules from either side in the final year. 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 final 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, Telephone (0)20 3108 4012, Email r.brown@ucl.ac.uk

Current students should use the  BA History of Art (Asia, Africa, Europe) Programme Specification Pre-2018/19 (pdf; 265kb)  

Year 1
Compulsory Modules: Year 1

Students will take the following 4 compulsory modules at SOAS:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of Africa 154900155 15 Term 1
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 2
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of East Asia 154900163 15 Term 1
AND

Students will take the following compulsory modules at UCL:

  • HART0001 - Core module - 30 Credits - FHEQ Level 4
  • HART0006 - Foundation 1 - 15 Credits - FHEQ Level 4
  • HART0005 - Foundation 2 - 15 Credits - FHEQ Level 4

Year 2
Compulsory Modules: Year 2

Students will take the following 2 compulsory modules at UCL:

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

Students will take a 15 credit guided option at UCL from the following options (these modules can also be taken in year 3):

  • HART0031 - History of the Category 'Art' - 15 Credits - FHEQ Level 6
  • HART0032 - Methodologies of Art History - 15 Credits - FHEQ Level 6
  • HART0034 - Methodologies of Making - 15 Credits - FHEQ Level 6
AND

Students will take modules to the value of 45 credits from the SOAS History of Art guided option list below (see section 1 below), OR take a mix of modules from UCL and SOAS History of Art options (see section 2 below)

1. Optional Modules (SOAS History of Art options only)
Students can take EITHER

Modules to the value of 30 credits from the Language Open Option List or the Non-Language Open Option List

OR

Modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of History of Art and Archaeology guided options below 

OR

A 15 credit module from the Language Open Option List or the Non-Language Open Option List AND a 15 credit module from the list of History of Art and Archaeology guided options below.

2. Optional Modules (UCL and SOAS History of Art Otions)
Students can Take EITHER

A 15 credit module from UCL HoA options, AND modules from the SOAS HoA guided options list below, to the value of 30 credits

OR

A 15 credit module from the SOAS HoA guided options list below, AND modules from UCL HoA options to the value of 30 credits.

Year 3

There are two major options in year 3 a SOAS-based project and a UCL-based project

SOAS-based Project: Year 3

Students will take the following compulsory module at SOAS:

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

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits from list of UCL Special Subject modules (ALL FHEQ LEVEL 6)

OR

30 credits from UCL HoA special subject modules (FHEQ level 6)

AND a 15 credit module from UCL HoA methods modules (FHEQ level 6)

AND an Independent Study Essay, which is worth 15 credits (UCL module: HART0119).

AND
1. Optional Modules (SOAS History of Art options only)
Students can take EITHER

Modules to the value of 30 credits from the Language Open Option List or the Non-Language Open Option List

OR

Modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of History of Art and Archaeology guided options below 

OR

A 15 credit module from the Language Open Option List or the Non-Language Open Option List AND a 15 credit module from the list of History of Art and Archaeology guided options below.

2. Optional Modules (UCL and SOAS History of Art Otions)
Students can Take EITHER

A 15 credit module from UCL HoA options, AND modules from the SOAS HoA guided options list below, to the value of 30 credits

OR

A 15 credit module from the SOAS HoA guided options list below, AND modules from UCL HoA options to the value of 30 credits.

UCL-based Project: Year 3

Students will take the following compulsory module at UCL:

  • HART0118 - Undergraduate Report - 30 Credits - FHEQ Level 6
AND

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from list of UCL Special Subject modules (ALL FHEQ LEVEL 6)

AND

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from SOAS History of Art guided option list below

AND
List of SOAS History of Art Modules for Year 2 and Year 3

(subject to availability)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 154900204 15 Term 2
Art and Archaeology of Ancient China 154900143 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Art and Archaeology of Medieval China 154900142 15 Term 2
Art and Culture in Imperial China 154900140 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Art and Culture in Modern China 154900141 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Art and Empire in Early Modern India 154900193 15 Term 1
Arts and Society in Africa 154900199 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 158100001 15 Term 2
Art, Performance and The Body in Africa 154900198 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Chinese Contemporary Art 154900174 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Collecting and Collections 154900189 15 Term 1
Comparative Avant-Gardes: Global Perspectives in Modern Art 154900201 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Critical Readings in Arts and Cultures 158100002 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Curating Global Arts 158100004 15 Term 2
Gender, Art and Visual Culture: Explorations in the Representation of Southeast Asia 154900181 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Global Cultures of Chinese Ceramics 154900170 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (1) 154900182 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (2) 158000191 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Islamic Art and Architecture of Medieval Iran and Central Asia (10th-13th centuries) 154900188 15 Term 1
Islamic Art Theories and Aesthetics 154900205 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Japanese Art 154900110 30 Full Year
Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World 154900187 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Mughal Arts: Sound, Text, and Image 158100005 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Museums and Museology 154900178 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Music and travel on the Silk Road 158100006 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Ottoman Art and Architecture (14th-17th centuries) 154900185 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Representing China in Museums 154900177 15 Term 2
Royal Arts of Korea 154900152 15 Term 1
The `Historical` Buddha: Explorations in Southeast Asian Arts 154900180 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Visual Culture of Early-Modern Japan 154900120 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
Undoing Asia: Artistic Perspectives from the 20th and 21th Centuries 154900191 15 Term 2
Visual Arts of Africa and The Atlantic World: History, Creativity and Agency 154900203 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020

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 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 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 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

Employment

A BA History of Art (Asia, Africa & Europe) from SOAS gives graduates the essential skills needed to work in a range of arts related jobs such as galleries, museums, archives, conservation, publishing, arts administration, heritage management.  As well as regional expertise and knowledge, students also gain highly valued transferrable skills that can be applied to other types of professions.  These skills include: research skills, written and oral communication skills, visual awareness and the ability to select and organise information.

A degree in art history gives access to a range of jobs available for any humanities degree graduate such as teaching and the media.

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

A Student's Perspective

The insight provided, knowledge delivered and understanding transmitted during lectures, seminars and conferences at SOAS is impressive and requires real personal involvement in the topics.

Xavier Fournier

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