History of Art

History of Art and Archaeology

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Postgraduate History of Art and Archaeology Degrees

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We are unique in our coverage of the arts, archaeology, architecture and material culture of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, from ancient times to the present day. The range of teaching and the concentration of research specialists that you will find at SOAS is unparalleled anywhere in the UK.

Consider this with the fact that our central London location affords you easy access to the collections at the British Library, British Museum and our very own world-renowned SOAS Library, which houses over 1.2 million volumes.

Explore our postgraduate options below:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1528188946726{margin-top: 65px !important;}”][vc_tta_pageable][vc_tta_section title=”Section 1″ tab_id=”1541592817085-da0af770-1808″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1528211781102{margin-bottom: -5px !important;}”]

An introduction to studying at SOAS

[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/v4JiwQvwFVA” align=”center”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Section 2″ tab_id=”1541592817130-86bb9603-356c”][kleo_grid][kleo_feature_item title=”Times Higher Education” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/news/newsitem136094.html” icon=”heart-empty” icon_color=”#8224e3″ icon_position=”center”]We’re ranked 13 in the UK and 61 in the world for Arts & Humanities in the Times Higher Education Subject Rankings 2019[/kleo_feature_item][/kleo_grid][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_pageable][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″ padding_top=”10″][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_tta_accordion style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”purple” c_icon=”chevron” c_position=”right” active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”MA Arts of Asia and Africa” tab_id=”1476872017435-1cd52930-dd0c2a23-4fe97e3f-fd17″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Students select modules from across the school, developing a cross-discipline understanding of the arts, broadly conceived.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/soasoas/degree-programmes/ma-arts-of-asia-and-africa/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa” tab_id=”1477399228802-e1b36ad1-2c07″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]On this programme students engage with some of the most dynamic and contemporary aspects of Asian and African art, as well as issues of collection, display, representation, tourist art, and shifts between regional, national and global identities.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/art/programmes/macaaa/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Critical Media and Cultural Studies” tab_id=”1526637649512-527320a8-596e”][vc_column_text]The degree introduces students to the key contemporary issues discussed in Asian and African media and provides them with the opportunity to engage directly in research on an aspect of these media.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/art/programmes/ma-critical-media-and-cultural-studies/” icon=”0″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries” tab_id=”1477399300061-bc393c3c-a10b”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Suitable for those seeking employment as practitioners, managers, consultants, policy advisers and entrepreneurs in the creative and cultural industries, and for those who aspire to a Research degree.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/soasoas/degree-programmes/magcci/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia” tab_id=”1476875280107-10627f0b-41ce2a23-4fe97e3f-fd17″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This programme is an unrivalled opportunity to study the arts of China, Korea and Japan.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/art/programmes/maaaea/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia and Intensive Language” tab_id=”1541414793499-b2e3292d-618d”][vc_column_text]This two-year programme combines the strengths of the MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia with intensive language training in Japanese or Korean.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/art/programmes/ma-art-and-archaeology-of-east-asia-and-intensive-language/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_tta_accordion style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”purple” c_icon=”chevron” c_position=”right” active_section=”0″ collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”MA History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East” tab_id=”1477659895886-de791979-e0e7″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This programme covers an area stretching from Islamic Spain through the Arab countries, Turkey, Iran and Central Asia in diverse historical periods. It offers students an unmatched opportunity to study particular regions or categories of art.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/art/programmes/maaaime/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East and Intensive Language” tab_id=”1541414997289-f2ec79dd-db50″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in the art history and archaeology of the Islamic Middle East, whose ground-breaking research informs and is informed by their teaching.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/art/programmes/ma-history-of-art-and-architecture-of-the-islamic-middle-east-and-intensive-language/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA History of Art and/or Archaeology” tab_id=”1477659896348-604b9fec-6002″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Students concentrate on architecture, sculpture, painting and the decorative arts and have the option of pursuing topics and approaches more archaeological in focus.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/art/programmes/mahistartarch/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies” tab_id=”1477659896811-0bc927fa-94fb”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Will suit practicing museum and heritage professionals who are interested in strengthening their knowledge of contemporary debates in critical museology, critical heritage studies and material culture studies.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-museums-heritage-and-material-culture-studies/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Music in Development” tab_id=”1528208678155-a20ea96f-99be”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This unique programme has been designed for students wishing to combine an interest in music and related cultural performance with advocacy and social development practice.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/music/programmes/ma-music-in-development/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Religious Arts of Asia” tab_id=”1477659897307-fae6819c-03dd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This is the only history of art and archaeology degree in Europe focused on the great religious traditions of Asia.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/art/programmes/maraa/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Research Degrees: History of Art and/or Archaeology” tab_id=”1477659897906-530abd81-aa7d”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Research degrees are generally undertaken by individuals who aim to become professionals in the field of art history and/or archaeology, whether as academics who carry out research and teach in universities or as curators or educators in museums, libraries or archives, or in any number of other related areas such as academic publishing or even the commercial art world.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/art/programmes/phd/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art” tab_id=”1478700261428-44e8dfde-7150″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This postgraduate programme offers a unique opportunity to study the arts of Asia and the Islamic world with lectures by leading scholars in the field.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/art/programmes/dipasart/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Specialist Course: Arts of Eastern Christianity” tab_id=”1526637844738-863ce5ef-b557″][vc_column_text]This course will introduce the arts of these varied communities, and the systems of belief and worldview which underpinned them.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/art-short-courses/arts-of-eastern-christianity/” icon=”0″][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” inner_container=”no” section_type=”alternate” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″ margin_top=”40″ overflow=”false”][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1478283882820{padding-left: 10% !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”100px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Our research in action” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Our broad coverage of the visual arts, architecture and material culture of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Spanning geographically from Japan to Morocco and chronologically over millennia, the Department’s range of teaching and research interests is unmatched. No other British, European or American university provides the variety it offers for the study of Asian, African and Middle Eastern art.[/vc_column_text][kleo_grid][kleo_feature_item href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/art/research-in-action/” icon=”globe” icon_color=”#2c3e50″ icon_size=”big”][kleo_button title=” See our research in action ” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/art/research-in-action/” style=”highlight” size=”xl” ][/kleo_feature_item][/kleo_grid][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ bg_gradient=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1477660207174{background-image: url(https://study.soas.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/RS18438_16535988614_fb233564a1_o-lpr.jpg?id=160960) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”300px”][vc_column_text text_color=”#ffffff” css=”.vc_custom_1477660156134{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;}”]In our latest research we used various techniques developed by archaeologists and art historians to study the connections between Islamic, Christian, Jewish and other religious and ethnic groups in this region during the Middle Ages.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes” type=”color” padding_top=”80″ padding_bottom=”80″ border=”bottom” el_class=”col dark”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text animation=”animate-when-almost-visible” css_animation=”left-to-right”]

Graduate Destinations

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Students leave SOAS with the ability to think critically and with well-honed skills in analysis – and this, coupled with the strong sense of social justice our students are well known for – is why SOASians go on to pursue careers that make a real difference.
Here is the latest information from the known destinations of the 2015 Anthropology and Sociology graduates of single and joint honours within the department.

Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

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  • Audit Commission
  • Bank of America
  • BBC
  • Campaign Against Climate Change
  • China Media Centre
  • Citizens UK
  • HelpAge International
  • House of Lords

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  • International Fund Investment
  • Oxfam
  • Tesla Motors
  • The Publicist Group
  • Transnational Crisis Project
  • TSL Education
  • UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • UNICEF

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