Taught course

Asian Art

SOAS University of London · History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Entry requirements

Candidates are expected to hold a good undergraduate degree in any subject or equivalent experience. Prior knowledge of Asian art history or archaeology is not a requirement, though candidates are expected to have an interest in the area.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art at SOAS University of London offers a programme renowned for its excellence. We lead you on a journey of object-based study through lectures and contributions from a wide range of leading scholars, curators, and art market professionals.

We have a formal association with the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, which allows us to offer exceptional access to the collections and curatorial expertise of both institutions.

The Postgraduate Diploma will appeal to all those with a serious interest in Asian art, regardless of your personal, professional or academic background. It is also a proven pathway to further postgraduate study in Asian art and careers in museums, the commercial art world and academia.

For more information, please view or download our 2022/23 Prospectus (PDF) or visit AsianArtDiploma.co.uk

Information for international students

All international applicants where English is not their first language must be able to show that their English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete the course. The required standard for direct entry is IELTS Level 6.5 overall with at least 6.5 in all sub-scores.

Fees and funding

For details of postgraduate fees, please visit SOAS website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Diploma
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Cert
    full time
    3 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Malcolm McNeill (Course Director)
+44(0)20 7898 4445