SOAS University of London

School of Arts

BA Creative Arts (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview

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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

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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duration:
3 years

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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

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 1
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 1 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
Curating Global Arts 158100004 15 Term 1
Key Concepts in Cultural Theory 158100002 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
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
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
Imagining Pakistan: Culture, Politics, Gender 155906003 15 Term 1
Southern Spaces 152900102 15 Term 1
Film Studies

Module Code Credits Term
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
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 2
Thailand On Screen 155901317- 15
History of Art and Archaeology

Module Code Credits Term
Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 154900204 15 Term 2
Art and Empire in Early Modern India 154900193 15 Term 1
Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia 154900150 15 Term 2
Islamic Art and Architecture of Medieval Iran and Central Asia (10th-13th centuries) 154900188 15 Term 2
Japanese Art 154900110 30 Full Year
Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World 154900187 15 Term 1
Music
Module Code Credits Term
Music and Sound Art in South Asian Religions 155800086 15 Term 2
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 15 Term 1
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

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.

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 would sum up my studies here so far as a white-knuckle intellectual adventure. It has opened doors not only in my mind, but in real life, especially in terms of people I have met.

Richard Gray

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