SOAS University of London

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Introducing the School of Arts

Facts and figures

30
full time academic staff, the School of Arts is a unique concentration of experts on the arts and cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Teaching

  • With more than 30 full time academic staff, the School of Arts is a unique concentration of experts on the arts and cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
  • The School has almost 700 students on its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses. It offers disciplinary-specific degrees in contemporary and historical arts as well as innovative cross-disciplinary programmes combining art, archaeology, music and media.
  • A range of scholarships is available for students wishing to study in the School

Research

  • The outstanding quality of the School of Arts’ research was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The Department of Music’s research outputs were rated the best in the country and the Department of History of Art and Archaeology’s were placed fourth. More than 80% of research outputs were judged world-leading or internationally excellent

Our publications

Philanthropic donation to research the histories of objects from China’s Yuanmingyuan or ‘Summer Palace’

Louise Tythacott, Pratapaditya Pal Senior Lecturer in Curating and Museology of Asian Art, has been awarded a major philanthropic donation to undertake research on the histories and displays of objects from the Yuanmingyuan, or old ‘Summer Palace’, in Beijing.

The project will run until January 2019, and will result in a publicaton which traces the diaspora and displays of Yuanmingyuan artefacts in Britain and France.