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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
- A Levels:
- 35 (665 at HL)
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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
- 3 years
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.
Students will take the following 2 compulsory modules:
Any module in list A for History of Art & Archaeology (below)
List A (History of Art & Archaeology)
Any module in list B for the Department of Music (below)
List B (Music)
Students will also take modules to the value of 30 credits from lists A and/or B or a Language Open Option
Students will take the following 2 core modules:
Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from list C (below)
Students will take guided options to the value of 30 credits from list D (below)
Students will also take modules to the value of 30 credits from Open Options or Language Open Option lists
Students will take the following core module:
School of Arts guided options
Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from the below list.
History of Art and Archaeology guided option
Students will take ONE of the following modules:
Music guided option
Students will take ONE of the following modules:
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)
History of Art and Archaeology
List D - Regional modules
History of Art and Archaeology
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 & 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.
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.
- 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
- 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 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.
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:
- Christine Park Gallery
- 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
- 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
The enthusiasm that the lecturers have in their subjects is infectious and it ensures everybody succeeds. The extra curricular music scene is pretty unique and seriously enjoyable, one day you could be playing the kora, the next, gigging with the Cuban Big Band, the next, looking after Mory Kante and talking music with him after a gig in the Brunei Gallery! It’s all here under one roof.