SOAS University of London

School of Arts

BA Creative Arts (2020 entry)

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Overview

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

Learn more about the programme by watching our Introduction to BA Creative Arts webinar.

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.

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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Fees 2020/21

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£18,630


Fees for 2020/21 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

Convenors

Structure

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.

Year 1

Core Modules

Students will take the following 2 core modules:

Module Code Credits Term
Great Works: art, films, literature, music 158100003 15 Term 2
Writing Across the Arts 158100012 15 Term 2
Compulsory Modules

Students will take the following 2 compulsory modules:

Module Code Credits Term
Decolonising Pop: K-Pop and Beyond 155800089 15 Term 2
Introduction to Film Language, History & Theory 158100009 15 Term 1

AND

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

List A (History of Art & Archaeology)
Module Code Credits Term
Theory and Method I 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 2
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of South and Southeast Asia 154900156 15 Term 1
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East 154900101 15 Term 2

AND

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

List B (Music)

Module Code Credits Term
Sounds and Cultures 155800071 15 Term 1
Performance 1b: ensembles 155800062 15 Full Year

AND

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
Key Concepts in Cultural Theory 158100002 15 Term 1
Curating Global Arts 158100004 15 Term 1
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:

Module Code Credits Term
Independent Study Project in the Creative Arts 158100008 30 Full Year
School of Arts Guided Options

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from the below list.

Module Code Credits Term
Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 158100001 15 Term 2
Film Festivals and Film Curating 155902002 15 Term 2
Empire and the Postcolonial: Race Genders, Sexualities 152900104 15 Term 1
History of Art and Archaeology Guided Option

Students will take ONE of the following modules:

Module Code Credits Term
Collecting and Collections 154900189 15 Term 2
Museums and Museology 154900178 15 Term 1
Music Guided Option

Students will take ONE of the following modules:

Module Code Credits Term
The Music Business 155800053 15 Term 2
Presenting World Music On Radio 155800076 15 Term 2
Urban Soundscapes 155800083 15 Term 2
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-D.

List of modules (subject to availability)

List C
English

Module Code Credits Term
The novel and its others 152900108 30 Full Year
History of Art and Archaeology

Module Code Credits Term
Collecting and Collections 154900189 15 Term 2
Museums and Museology 154900178 15 Term 1
Theory and Method II 154900206 15 Term 1
Music
Module Code Credits Term
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
Writing South Asia 155900927 15 Term 1
Imagining Pakistan: Culture, Politics, Gender 155906003 15 Term 2
Film Studies

Module Code Credits Term
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 2
Vietnam on Screen 155907004 15 Term 1
History of Art and Archaeology

Module Code Credits Term
Art and Culture in Modern China 154900141 15 Term 2
Hindu Art in Medieval India 154900162 15 Term 1
Ottoman Art and Architecture (14th-17th centuries) 154900185 15 Term 1
Visual Culture of Early-Modern Japan 154900120 30 Full Year
Visual Arts of Africa and The Atlantic World: History, Creativity and Agency 154900203 15 Term 2
Music
Module Code Credits Term
Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (UG) 155800095 15 Term 2
Song, Voice, and Body in Indian Music 155800093 15 Term 2
Music of the Jews of Arab Lands 155800074 15 Term 1
Musical Traditions of East Asia 155800078 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. 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

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 2020/21 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 £18,630
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £9,320
Scholarships

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

When I heard about SOAS I immediately knew it was the school for me. An institution like SOAS is the ideal platform for students who want to learn a language and gain insight into a culture. It is also a leading school in Tibetan studies.

Beatriz Cifuentes

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