SOAS University of London

School of Arts

MA Arts of Asia and Africa (2019 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018


Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

Entry requirements

  • The normal qualification for admission to the MA programme is an upper second class honours degree. Other qualifications, however, may be acceptable and the School of Arts welcomes mature students. Students taking the MA degree may or may not have previous experience of our subjects. While knowledge of a relevant Asian or African language is not a requirement, for some modules it is an advantage for admission (see individual module descriptions for details). It is possible to include an element of language training within the MA programme by taking an Asian or African language as one of the two ‘minor’ modules. This option may be particularly desirable for those intending to progress to the PhD, who do not already have the necessary language skills.

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Introduction

This programme draws upon the strength of the School of Arts as a centre for the study of the art, music and media of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and their global diasporas. Students select modules from across the school, developing a cross-discipline understanding of the arts, broadly conceived. They have the option of specialising in a particular interdisciplinary field, such as popular music and film in the Middle East; art, archaeology and music of the Silk Road; or music, media and development in Africa.

The School of Arts is a unique concentration of experts in the art, music and media of the non-Western world, unsurpassed in scale and reach by any other institution worldwide. Students benefit from the unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm of staff whose work combines disciplinary rigour and innovative interdisciplinary exchange. Teaching is consistently informed by and contributes to the research of members of staff. Students can select from modules in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures of Asia and Africa.

The MA Arts of Asia and Africa provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology, Music and/or Media of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including employment in museums, galleries and the creative and cultural industries. The transferable skills that they acquire enable them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world. The programme is also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

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Structure

Students must complete 120 credits of MA taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits).

  • Up  to 30 credits taught modules must be selected from the lists of MA modules in History of Art and Archaeology or Music or Media Studies, listed below.
  • Up to 30 credits modules must be selected from one of the two departments not represented by the first choice, see list below.
  • Up to 15 credits module must be selected from the History of Art and Archaeology, Music or Media Studies lists below.
  • Up to 45 credits modules must be selected from the recommended list of options listed below.Please note that not all option modules may run every year.
  • Students must complete a Dissertation in Art and Archaeology (15PARC999) or a Dissertation in Music (15PMUC999) or a Dissertation in Media Studies (15PMSC999).

Students may be allowed to study for the MA on a part-time basis.

  • The part-time MA may be taken over two years, in which case the student takes two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) in the first year, and two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) and the dissertation in the second year.
  • Alternatively, it can be taken over three years, in which case the student can distribute the 120 credits modules evenly in each of the three years. The dissertation can be written in year two or three, but it is strongly recommended that this be undertaken in the final year of the programme. It must be submitted in September of the year in which the student registers for it.

The following is a complete list of modules in the programme, not all of which are offered in any single year.

Course Structure
Compulsory Module - Select ONE of the following:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Art and Archaeology 15PARC999 60 Full Year
Dissertation in Music 15PMUC999 60 Full Year
Dissertation in Media Studies 15PMSC999 60 Full Year
AND
Guided Option

select options from either History of Art & Archaeology

OR

Media

OR

Music

to the value of 30 credits (see the list below)

AND

select options to the value of 30 credits from departments not represented by the first choice (see the list below)

AND

select an option to the value of 15 credits from either History of Art & Archaeology, Media or Music - see the list below

AND

select from list of recommended options on website / open options list (approved by programme convenor) to the value of 45 credits

Art and Archaeology Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) 15PARH055 15 Term 2
Asia and Africa On Display: Objects, Exhibitions and Transculturism 15PARH043 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
China and the Silk Road: Art and Archaeology 15PARH093 15 Term 2
Chinese Porcelain: Trade, Transfer and Reception 15PARH064 15 Term 1
Contemporary Art and the Global 15PARH085 15 Term 1
Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Discourses on Modern and Contemporary Art of the Middle East 15PARH096 15 Term 2
(En)gendering Southeast Asia: Aesthetics and Politics of Sexual Difference 15PARH084 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Interpreting Visual Expressions of the Mandala 15PARH086 15 Term 2
Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Japanese Ceramics Past and Present 15PARH047 0.5 unit
Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 15 Term 1
Southeast Asia's Art Histories 15PARH087 15 Term 1
The Figure of the Buddha: Theory, Practice and the Making of Buddhist Art History 15PARH076 15 Term 2
The Silk Road and its Origins: Art and Archaeology 15PARH095 15 Term 1
Understanding Art East and West: from Asmat Shields to Tate Modern 15PARH058 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Media Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Digital traditional broadcasting communication 15PMSH022 15 Term 2
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 15 Term 2
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 15 Term 1
Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 15 Term 1
Theoretical Approaches to International Journalisms 15PMSH006 15 Term 1
Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSC002 30 Full Year
Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSH005 15 Term 1
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
Music Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Analysing World Music: Transcription & Analysis in Ethnomusicology 15PMUH004 15 Term 1
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Composition 15PMUH013 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival 15PMUH011 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Music and Healing 15PMUH019 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 15 Term 1
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Performance 15PMUC002 30 Full Year
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 15 Term 2
Raga: concept and practice (PG) 15PMUH020 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Options in Other Departments
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 15 Term 1

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

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

Contact Hours

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. 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, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Teaching

Teaching consists of a combination of lectures and seminars. Classes are normally between two and three hours per week for each module. Teaching methods include lectures with discussion and seminars at which students present papers. Students are expected to take an active part in class presentations. 

In addition to their studies on the MA programme, students at SOAS can participate in a wide range of research seminars, lectures and conferences that regularly take place in the School of Arts, SOAS and the University of London.

Assessment

Assessment is by course work and there are no exams, although certain modules may include an unseen element. For example, History of Art and Archaeology modules often have a ‘slide test’ (i.e. visual analysis of images presented under exam conditions), held in class time. For a half unit, the assessment norm is one essay of up to 5,000 words. Students will write a supervised dissertation on a relevant topic

Learning Resources

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

Tuition Fees

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

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

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

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,225 £18,980 £4,613 £9,490 £3,075 £6,327
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-19 17:00

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

Employment

The MA Arts of Asia and Africa provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology, Music and/or Media of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including employment in museums, galleries and the creative and cultural industries. The transferable skills that they acquire enable them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world. The programme is also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

A Student's Perspective

The public transport in London is just great as it is easy to get around and also to get to other cities in the UK. The beautiful cities Cambridge and Oxford are basically around the corner and definitely worth visiting and many other nice British cities and places are also easy to get to from London.

Katja Utz, University of Heidelberg

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