SOAS University of London

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

MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia and Intensive Language (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2021 2020

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The MA Hirsoty of Art and ARcheology of East Asia and Intensive Language is a two-year programme; it combines the strengths of the MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia with intensive language training in Japanese or Korean. Students study the arts of China, Korea and Japan, exploring a wide range of East Asian arts, from Chinese archaeology to Japanese prints, Korean installation works to Buddhist monuments, in historical and contemporary periods. Instruction in the language of their choice is provided by teachers in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures. By the end of the programme, which includes a summer language school abroad, students have received sufficient instruction to reach near-proficiency in the language.

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Why study MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked 44th in the world in the 2021 QS World University Rankings for Arts and Humanities
  • Our Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in the art history and archaeology of East Asia, 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 working in other related fields, such as East Asian Music, Film and Media, as well as the expertise of specialist language teachers.
  • A Masters 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 postgraduates progress to 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. Our Masters programmes are also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

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duration:
Two years (full-time). Four years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2021/22

UK fees:
£11,520
Overseas fees:
£22,500

Fees for 2021/22 entrants. This is a Band 3 fee. 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's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

Convenors

Combinations

May be combined with:

MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia can be combined with the following Intensive Language pathways:

Structure

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below.

Year 1: Students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad.

Year 2: Students take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline. 

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.

Please see 'Programme specifications' below to download the PDF pathways specifications of the four-year part-time version of the programme.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics offer additional information on the intensive language part of the programme.

Programme

Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component

Modules from the lists below to the value of 60 credits.

  • 15 credits from List A: China
  • 15 credits from List B: Japan and Korea
  • 15 credits from List C: Transregional
  • 15 credits from List A or List B or List C
  • 15 credits from List D: Other Options in History of Art & Archaeology
  • 45 credits from List D or from the List of Options in Other Departments.

There is no stipulation regarding which modules must be taken in which of the two years, provided the above requirements are fulfilled.

Language Component 60 credits

Students take 60 credits in the selected language.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full time)
Discipline Component

Modules from the lists below to the value of 60 credits.

  • 15 credits from List A: China
  • 15 credits from List B: Japan and Korea
  • 15 credits from List C: Transregional
  • 15 credits from List A or List B or List C
  • 15 credits from List D: Other Options in History of Art & Archaeology
  • 45 credits from List D or from the List of Options in Other Departments.

There is no stipulation regarding which modules must be taken in which of the two years, provided the above requirements are fulfilled.

Language Component

Students take 30 credits in the selected language.

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in History of Art and Archaeology: History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia 15PARC996 60 Full Year
List of modules (subject to availability)
Module Code Credits Term
Themes in the Visual Arts of Dynastic China (before 1800) 15PARH051 15 Term 1
Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) 15PARH055 15 Term 2
Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 15 Term 2
China and the Silk Road: Art and Archaeology 15PARH093 15 Term 1
Chinese Porcelain: Trade, Transfer and Reception 15PARH064 15 Term 2
List B: Japan and Korea
Module Code Credits Term
Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts 15PARH008 15 Term 2
Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period 15PARH007 15 Term 1
Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 15 Term 2
List C: Transregional
Module Code Credits Term
Asia and Africa On Display 15PARH043 15 Term 1
Interpreting Visual Expressions of the Mandala 15PARH086 15 Term 2
Buddhist and Hindu Art of the Maritime Silk Route 15PARH057 15 Term 2
Buddhist Art in a Cosmopolitan Environment: Gandharan Art and its Heritage 15PARH099 15 Term 1
List D: Other Options in History of Art & Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term
Arab Painting 15PARH054 15 Term 1
Asia and Africa On Display 15PARH043 15 Term 1
Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 15 Term 2
Islamic Art and Architecture of Eastern Mediterranean of the Period of the Crusades (11th-14th centuries) 15PARH080 15 Term 2
Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 15 Term 2
Islamic Visual Culture 15PARH065 15 Term 1
Theory and Method in Art History 15PARH097 15 Term 1
Options in Other Departments
Anthropology
Module Code Credits Term
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
History
Module Code Credits Term
Gender and Empire in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 15 Term 2
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 15 Term 1
Music
Module Code Credits Term
Study of Religions
Module Code Credits Term
Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 30 Full Year
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2
Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 30 Full Year
China and Asia
Module Code Credits Term
New Taiwan Cinema and Beyond (PG) 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 A (PG) 15PCHH031 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B (PG) 15PCHH032 15 Term 2
Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 30 Full Year
Japan and Korea
Module Code Credits Term
Japanese 1 A (PG) 15PJKH035 15 Term 1
Japanese 1 B (PG) 15PJKH036 15 Term 2
Korean 1 A (PG) 15PJKH037 15 Term 1
Korean 1 B (PG) 15PJKH038 15 Term 2
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature and Film (PG) 15PJKH006 15 Term 1

 

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

Teaching consists of a combination of lectures and seminars. Classes are normally between two and three hours per week for each course. Teaching methods include lectures with discussion, seminars (at which students present papers) and museum visits. Students at all levels are expected to take an active part in class presentations. A particularly important element is the training of the student's visual memory.

In addition to their studies on the MA programme, students at SOAS can participate in a wide range of research seminars, lectures and conferences that regularly take place in the School and in the University of London.

Contact hours

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. 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, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. 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. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Assessment

For each of the taught modules, the student will be expected to submit two or three pieces of written work usually around 3,000 to 4,500 words – for a total of 9,000 words per module. The emphasis is on developing essay skills during the session in preparation for the dissertation. In some modules the assessment is 100% on written work. On other modules, assessed course work forms 75% of the student’s final grade and an additional 25% is determined by slide quizzes, projects or other forms of assessment. The 10,000 word dissertation is submitted in September of year 2.

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

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2021-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-02-15 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2021-03-08 00:00

Sochon Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2021-04-30 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2021-06-04 00:00

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

Employment

Employment

A Masters in History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia at SOAS provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Skills gained

The large portfolio of transferable skills they acquire enables them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world. Our Masters programmes are also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

Careers

Our postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including in:

  • galleries
  • museums
  • archives
  • conservation
  • publishing
  • arts administration

Employers

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Asia House
  • Bonhams
  • British Museum
  • Christie's Hong Kong
  • Design Museum
  • Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
  • Hong Kong Museum Of Art
  • India Foundation For The Arts
  • Museum of East Asian Art
  • National Gallery National Museum of Singapore
  • People Projects Culture & Change
  • Schoeni Art Gallery
  • Sotheby's
  • Taiwan Embassy
  • The Alliance for Global Education
  • The British Embassy
  • The Chester Beatty Library
  • The National Museum Of Korea
  • The Royal Collection

Roles

The types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Manager of Communications
  • Culture Programme Coordinator
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Anthropology Lecturer
  • Specialist - Indian Art
  • Architect
  • Art Historian
  • Development Specialist
  • Archivist
  • Gallery Director Innovation Programmes Learning Manager
  • Creative Director
  • Organisational Consultant
  • Travel writer
  • Art Collector
  • Chinese Painting Specialist
  • Professor of Silk Road History
  • Rights and Reproductions Officer
  • Public Education Coordinator
  • Senior Curator of Photographs

Find out more on our Careers Service website

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