SOAS University of London

School of Arts

BA Creative Arts (2019 entry)

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,907


Fees for 2018/19 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

A Levels:
AAB-ABB
IB:
35 (665 at HL)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (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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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: October

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Who is this programme for?:

This programme is designed for students wishing to develop a critical and theoretically informed approach to the arts and the cultural industries. Its approach is interdisciplinary and crosscultural, bringing together art historical, musical, film, and literary perspectives to explore the expressive arts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East and their diasporas. It deals with the creation, interpretation and consumption of various artforms, emphasising regional specifics.

Students will be introduced to a wide range of thematic and theoretical issues, and will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in radio, curating, film festivals and musical performance both within taught modules and assignments. The programme will provide them with a strong theoretical foundation with which to pursue a career in the cultural industries, or to pursue graduate study in these areas.

Both theoretical and practical in orientation, this interdisciplinary degree gives insight into the varied forms of artistic expressions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. With a contemporary focus, it enables both broad inter-regional understanding and specialisation on a specific area. An emphasis on analytical rigour combined with the development of practical skills equips students with transferable skills opening numerous career paths.

The BA Creative Arts programme will allow you to achieve:

  1. Familiarity with the distinctive roles of art, music, film and literature within the cultural sector
  2. Critical awareness of world art/world cultures/world heritage, with an emphasis on SOAS’s regional specialisms (Asia, Africa and the Middle East and their diasporas)
  3. Regional breadth and depth, with the opportunity for area specializations
  4. Rigorous interdisciplinary training in theory and critical inquiry
  5. Synthesis of theory and practice with a curriculum emphasising professional application

Convenors

Key Information Set Data

Structure

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Students will take the following 6 compulsory modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Great Works: art, films, literature, music 158100003 15 Term 2

AND

Any module in list A for History of Art & Archaeology (below)

AND

Any module in list B for the Department of Music (below)

Open Options

Students will also take modules to the value of 30 credits from lists A and/or B or a Language Open Option

Year 2

Core Modules

Students will take the following 2 core modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Critical Readings in Arts and Cultures 158100002 15 Term 1
Curating Global Arts 158100004 15 Term 2
Compulsory Module

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from list C (below)

Regional Module

Students will take guided options to the value of 30 credits from list D (below)

Open Options

Students will also take modules to the value of 30 credits from Open Options or Language Open Option lists

Year 3

Core Module

Students will take the following core module:

School of Arts Guided Option

Students will take ONE of the following modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 158100001 15 Term 2
Directed Study in Creative Industries 155800088 Full Year
Film Festivals and Film Curating 155902002 15 Term 1
English Guided Option

Students will take ONE of the following modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Empire and the Postcolonial: Race Genders, Sexualities 152900104 15 Term 1
Fictions of History 155901013 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
History of Art and Archaeology Guided Option

Students will take ONE of the following modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Collecting and Collections 154900189 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Museums and Museology 154900178 15 Term 1
Comparative Avant-Gardes: Global Perspectives in Modern Art 154900201 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Music Guided Option

Students will take ONE of the following modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Music Business 155800053 15 Term 2
Presenting World Music On Radio 155800076 15 Term 2
Gender and Music 155800073 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Urban Soundscapes 155800083 15 Term 1
Performance 3 155800045 30 Full Year
Open Options

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from an open option, language module, or SoA module not previously taken from lists C-E (below)

OR if 155901013 Fictions of History has been selected as the English guided option:

Students will take modules to the value of 15 credits from an open option, language module, or SoA module not previously taken from lists C-E (below)

List of modules (subject to availability)

List A (History of Art & Archaeology)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Theory in Art History and Archaeology 154900190 15 Term 1
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of Africa 154900155 15 Term 1
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of East Asia 154900163 15 Term 1
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of South and Southeast Asia 154900156 15 Term 2
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East 154900101 15 Term 2
List B (Music)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Studying Popular Music 155800090 15 Term 1
Sounds and Cultures 155800071 15 Term 1
Performance 1b 155800062 15 Full Year
List C
English

Film Studies

History of Art and Archaeology

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Collecting and Collections 154900189 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Museums and Museology 154900178 15 Term 1
Comparative Avant-Gardes: Global Perspectives in Modern Art 154900201 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ethnomusicology: Themes and Variations 155800065 15 Term 1
Introduction to Sound Recording 155800069 15 Term 1
Performance 2 155800042 15 Full Year
List D - Regional Modules
English

Module Code Credits Term Availability
South Asian Literature in English 155900927 15 Term 1
Framing Pakistan 155906002 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Southern Spaces 152900102 15 Term 2
Film Studies

Module Code Credits Term Availability
African Filmmaking: From the 1960s to the Present 155902007 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
South African Film and Visual Culture 1994-2014 155902003 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
South African Film and Visual Culture: Before and During Apartheid 155902001 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Orientalism on Screen 155901413 15 Term 2
1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey 155901401 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Cinema and Society in South Asia: History and Social Context 155906000 15 Term 1
Cinema and Society in South Asia: Key Issues 155906001 15 Term 2
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1 155905000 15 Term 1
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 2 155905001 15 Term 2
Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest 155904001 15 Term 2
Japanese Cinema: a Critical Survey 155904000 15 Term 1
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Thailand on Screen (post '97) 155901317 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Vietnam on Screen 155907004 15 Term 2
History of Art and Archaeology

Module Code Credits Term Availability
African Art III: the Art and Architecture of North Eastern Africa 154900132 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Africans in the Americas: Identities and Representation 154900166 15 Term 2
Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 154900204 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Art and Archaeology of Ancient China 154900143 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Art and Archaeology of Medieval China 154900142 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Art and Architecture of Medieval Islamic Turkey: the Seljuks and their Neighbours 154900195 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Art and Architecture of Tibet 154900192 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Art and Culture in Imperial China 154900140 15 Term 2
Art and Culture in Modern China 154900141 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Art and empire in India 1300-1800 154900193 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Art and Material Culture of the Islamic World: 7th to 14th Centuries 154900138 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Art, Performance and The Body in Africa 154900198 15 Term 1
Arts and Society in Africa 154900199 15 Term 2
Arts of SouthEast Asia 154900200 15 Term 1
Arts of the Buddha in Southeast Asia 154900148 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Buddhist Arts of Korea 154900158 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Chinese Art and Modernity 154900167 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Chinese Contemporary Art 154900174 15 Term 1
Comparative Avant-Gardes: Global Perspectives in Modern Art 154900201 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia 154900150 15 Term 2
Early Indian Art 154900184 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Exploring Visual Expressions of the Mandala 154900202 15 Term 2
Gandharan Art and its Heritage 154900183 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Gender, Art and Visual Culture: Explorations in the Representation of Southeast Asia 154900181 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Global Cultures of Chinese Ceramics 154900170 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Hindu Art in Medieval India 154900162 15 Term 1
Life and Death in Islamic Architecture 154900186 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (1) 154900182 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Islamic Art and Architecture of Medieval Iran and Central Asia (10th-13th centuries) 154900188 15 Term 1
Islamic Urbanism: Medina to Dubai 154900196 15 Term 2
Japanese Art 154900110 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Mosaics, Manuscripts, and Wall Painting in Islamic Art 154900134 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World 154900187 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Ottoman Art and Architecture (14th-17th centuries) 154900185 15 Term 2
Painting in Africa 154900172 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Paintings of Korea 154900157 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Representing China in Museums 154900177 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Southeast Asia in the Modern Imagination: Art, Visuality, Exchange 154900194 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
The `Historical` Buddha: Explorations in Southeast Asian Arts 154900180 15 Term 2
Visual Culture of Early-Modern Japan 154900120 30 Full Year
Traditional Art and Modern South Asia 154900161 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Undoing Asia: Artistic Perspectives from the 20th and 21th Centuries 154900191 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Visual Arts of Africa and The Atlantic World: History, Creativity and Agency 154900203 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
War and Peace in the Eastern Mediterranean: Art and Architecure of Medieval Syria and Palestine 154900197 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (UG) 155800095 15 Term 2
Classical singing in India: continuity and change 155800093 15 Term 2
Jaffa: Music and Urbanism in the Contested Middle East 155800091 15 Term 1
Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival 155800074 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Music and Religion in South East Asia 155800080 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Music, Religion and Society in South Asia 155800086 15 Term 1
Music, Religion and Society in the Middle East and North Africa 155800092 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Musical Traditions of East Asia 155800078 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (UG) 155800081 15 Term 2
The World of Cuban Music 155800058 15 Term 1

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Learning Outcomes:

Taught across the departments of the School of Arts, the BA provides a unique opportunity to learn about current debates in global arts, combining ethnographic, art historical, film and literary-critical approaches. The BA will provide a solid foundation for careers and postgraduate study in art history, music, English, film, global creative and cultural industries, curating, and museology.

Knowledge
  • Specialist knowledge of cross-cultural expressive arts of Asia, Africa or the Middle East and their diasporas
  • A critical awareness of world art/world cultures/world heritage, with an emphasis on SOAS’s regional specialisms (Asia, Africa and the Middle East)
  • A sound grounding in debates surrounding art history, music, film and literature as applied to transcultural contexts
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Ability to define and undertake independent research on the expressive arts of Asia and Africa and their diasporas
  • Ability to analyse case studies of specific works of art, film, music or literature
Transferrable skills
  • Effective analytical and critical written skills
  • Improved written communication in academic and other formats and media developed via a range of assessments
  • Enhanced team working, organisational, project and time management skills developed particularly during the preparation of group projects and assignments in the practice-based modules

General statement on contact hours – undergraduate programmes

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). Also included are class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects may have more class time than others – a typical example of this are language acquisition modules.

In the School of Arts, most undergraduate modules have a 2-hour lecture or 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar or a 2-hour seminar every week. Some, but not all, also have a 1-hour tutorial every week.

More information can be found on individual module pages.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Scholarships
Undergraduate SOAS Global Leadership Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

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

Employment

The programme is ideal for students wishing to pursue a career in the arts/ cultural industries sectors with a focus on the arts and cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East and their diasporas. With its interdisciplinary focus, it will suit students interested in broadening their expertise across art history, music, film and literature. It will also provide an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing graduate study concerned with the expressive cultures of Asia, Africa or the Middle East and their diasporas.

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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