History of Art and Archaeology Undergraduate Degrees

From performance masquerade in West Africa to the visual cultures of China and Japan, the archaeology of Morocco and Ethiopia to the temples of South East Asia, and from the sophisticated book cultures of South Asia and the Middle East to questions of identity in museums and contemporary art exhibitions, History at SOAS covers a plurality of themes and theoretical approaches.

SOAS is renowned as an alternative voice to Eurocentric art history, challenging the categories often taken for granted in the study of other cultures.

Explore our undergraduate options below:

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This programme is an unrivalled opportunity to study the visual arts, architecture and material culture of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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This is the only degree in the UK to combine the specialist study of Asian, African and European art history.

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This programme is an unrivalled opportunity to study the visual arts, architecture and material culture of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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The nature of the Combined Honours degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying a second subject.

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This programme is designed for students wishing to develop a critical and theoretically informed approach to the arts and the cultural industries.

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Prepares students for entry onto an undergraduate programme at SOAS. During the Foundation Year, students take modules on academic practice, working with numbers, digital skills and technology, topical global issues and cultural fluency.

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Graduate Destinations

History of Art and Archaeology introduces SOAS students to the creative and cultural industries and experience of curating and heritage management. Graduates are equipped with a portfolio of transferable skills which employers seek, including research, communication, visual awareness skills, as well as specialist subject knowledge of Asian and African art.

This, coupled with the strong sense of social justice that our students are well known for – is why our SOASians go on to pursue careers that make a real difference. Examples are given from the past two years destinations:

  • Audit Commission
  • Bank of America
  • BBC
  • Campaign Against Climate Change
  • China Media Centre
  • Citizens UK
  • HelpAge International
  • House of Lords
  • International Fund Investment
  • Oxfam
  • Tesla Motors
  • The Publicist Group
  • Transnational Crisis Project
  • TSL Education
  • UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • UNICEF

Class of 2016: Six months after completing their studies

In Work 30%
Studying 50%
Work and Study 5%
Other 15%

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