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BA Creative Arts and Cultural Industries (2022 entry)

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Study BA Creative Arts at SOAS

Overview and entry requirements

The BA Creative Arts is both theoretical and practical in orientation. This interdisciplinary and crosscultural 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. The Creative Arts bachelor programme will provide students with a strong theoretical foundation with which to pursue a career in the cultural industries, or to pursue graduate study in these areas. It is designed for students wishing to develop a critical and theoretically informed approach to the arts and the cultural industries, and deals with the creation, interpretation and consumption of various artforms, emphasising regional specifics.

Watch our 'Introduction to BA Creative Arts' webinar to learn more about the programme.

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Why study Creative Arts at SOAS

  • World Top 50 in the 2021 QS World University Rankings for Arts and Humanities
  • 94.4% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2021)
  • gain familiarity with the distinctive roles of art, music and film within the cultural sector
  • 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)
  • regional breadth and depth, with the opportunity for area specializations
  • rigorous interdisciplinary training in theory and critical inquiry
  • synthesis of theory and practice with a curriculum emphasising professional application.

Programme Code: Y001 BA/CA

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: October

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

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duration:
3 years

Fees 2022/23

Fees for 2022/23 entrants per academic year

UK fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£20,350


Please note that fees go up each year. Further details see 'Fees and funding' (tab on this page) or the Registry's undergraduate tuition fees page.

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Structure

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.

Programme

Year 1
Compulsory Modules: Year 1

Students will take the following compulsory modules:

Module Code Credits Term
Writing Across the Arts 158100012 15 Term 1
Theories of Art 158100032
Histories of Art: in/out of Asia and Africa 158100028
Introduction to Film Language, History & Theory 158100009 15 Term 1
Decolonising Pop: K-Pop and Beyond 155800089 15 Term 2
Sounds and Cultures 155800071 15 Term 1
AND
Guided Options: Year 1

Students take modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of Year 1 Guided option modules below, OR from the Language Open Option List.

Module Code Credits Term
Performance 1 155800062 15 Full Year
Global Arts: connected histories (to 1800) 158100026
Global Arts: decentering modernity (1800 on) 158100027

Year 2
Compulsory Modules: Year 2

Students will take the following compulsory modules:

Module Code Credits Term
Curating Global Arts 158100004 15 Term 1
Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 158100001 15 Term 2
Key Concepts in Cultural Theory 158100002 15 Term 1
Film Festivals and Film Curating 155902002 15 Term 2
AND

Students take modules to the value of 15 credits from either List A or B.

AND

Students take modules to the value of 15 credits from List C.

AND

Students take modules to the value of 30 credits from List A, B or C, or the Language Open Option List or the Non-Language Open Option List.


Year 3
Compulsory Modules: Year 3

Students will take the following compulsory module:

Module Code Credits Term
Independent Study Project in the Creative Arts 158100008 30 Full Year
AND

Students take modules to the value of 15 credits from either List A or B.

AND

Students take modules to the value of 15 credits from List C.

AND

Students take modules to the value of 30 credits from List A, B or C.

AND

Students take modules to the value of 30 credits from List A, B or C, or the Language Open Option List or the Non-Language Open Option List.


Guided Options

List A and List B will be offered in alternating years.

List A
Module Code Credits Term
Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 154900204 15 Term 2
Buddhist arts of South Asia, Southeast Asia and Tibet 158100022
Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World 154900187 15 Term 1
Arts of Premodern East Asia 158100017
Japanese Art 158100019
Undoing Asia: Artistic Perspectives from the 20th and 21th Centuries 154900191 15 Term 2
List B
Module Code Credits Term
Visual Arts of Africa and The Atlantic World: History, Creativity and Agency 154900203 15 Term 2
Art, state and society in South and Southeast Asia 158100021
Art of the Islamic World: Objects in Context 158100015 15 Term 1
Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia 154900150 15 Term 2
Place and Space in East Asian Art 158100020
Collecting and Collections 154900189 15 Term 2
List A/B - 2nd years only
Module Code Credits Term
Fieldtrip 158100025
List A/B - finalists only
List C (Music)
Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Sound Recording 155800069 15 Term 1
Music and Sound Art in South Asian Religions 155800086 15 Term 2
Music, Healing and Pilgrimage in Morocco 155800097 15 Term 1
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 15 Term 1
The World of Cuban Music 155800058 15 Term 1
Music of the Jews of Arab Lands 155800074 15 Term 1
Gender and Music 155800073 15 Term 2
Music in Africa: Musical crosscurrents in East Africa and the Indian Ocean 158100007 15 Term 2
Music in Africa: Critical Listening - The Mande World 155800096 15 Term 2
Musical Traditions of East Asia 155800078 15 Term 2
Song, Voice, and Body in Indian Music 155800093 15 Term 2
Music and travel on the Silk Road 158100006 15 Term 1
Performance 2 155800042 15 Full Year
Open Options
Module Code Credits Term
Music and Travel 158100030
Open Options (finalists only)
Module Code Credits Term
Critical Themes in East Asian Art 158100018

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

Taught across the departments of the School of Arts, the BA Creative Arts 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.

Contact hours

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.

Learning outcome

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

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Employment

Employment

Students in the School of Arts develop a ​​critical and theoretically informed approach to global arts and culture. In addition to an intercultural awareness and practical expertise, graduates gain a wide portfolio of transferable skills which are especially sought after in the creative and cultural industries. Recent School of Arts graduates have been hired by:
  • Christie’s
  • Christine Park Gallery
  • Crisis
  • Design Museum
  • Hong Kong Museum Of Art
  • India Foundation For The Arts
  • Japanese Gallery
  • Museum of East Asian Art
  • Music in Detention
  • National Gallery
  • Pan Arts
  • People Projects Culture & Change
  • Roundhouse Trust
  • Somerset House Trust
  • Songlines Magazine
  • Sotheby's
  • South Asian Art UK
  • Stratford Circus Arts Centre
  • Taiwan Embassy
  • The Alliance for Global Education
  • The British Embassy
  • The National Museum Of Korea
  • The Royal Collection
  • Victoria and Albert Museum

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A Student's Perspective

I particularly enjoyed the variety of classes offered and also being able to meet colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

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