SOAS, University of London

SOAS, University of London

Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa

This programme allows students to engage with some of the most dynamic and contemporary aspects of Asian and African art, as well as issues of marketing, display, tourist art, and shifts between regional, national and global identities; at least 1 theoretical and methodological course will be offered to equip students with the terms and approaches needed for in-depth study of contemporary art in any field, to which is added a wide range of courses on the contemporary arts of Asia and Africa; students select at least 2 units (or 4 half units) from among the MA courses that are designated as belonging to the contemporary arts and Asia and Africa programme.

Entry requirements

Students normally require an Upper 2nd Class Honours degree; other qualifications may be acceptable and the Department welcomes mature students; applicants 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 courses it is an advantage for admission (see individual course descriptions for details).

Course modules

Dissertation in history of art and archaeology: contemporary art and art theory of Asia and Africa; approaches to critical interpretation and aesthetic theories; arts and society in sub-saharan Africa; arts of modern and contemporary China (since 1800) ; collecting and curating Buddhist art in the museum ; curating cultures; diaspora contexts and visual culture; modern and contemporary arts in Africa; modern and contemporary Korean art; museums, anthropology and the arts of Asia and Africa; photography and the image in Africa; representing conflict: a cross-cultural and inter disciplinary approach.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,900 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
School of Oriental and African Studies Camden WC1H 0XG South East

Key information

Student Recruitment Office
Telephone number: 
020 7898 4700