Taught course

Asian Art

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

Entry requirements

Normally BA degree or equivalent. Other qualifications (e.g., published work, relevant professional experience) may be acceptable. Non-standard applications are considered on their merits, and applicants may be asked to submit written work for appraisal and/or attend an interview. No knowledge of the arts of Asia necessary, but serious interest in the area desirable.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

This postgraduate programme offers a unique opportunity to study the arts of Asia and the Islamic world with lectures by leading scholars in the field.

The course will provide an object-based learning experience through direct access to the reserved collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the British Museum.

The lecture programme is supported by field trips to museums, galleries and private collections. The course is designed to train museum curators or serious collectors. It will also prepare students for work in a variety of professions in the art and the museum world and provides a pathway to the master’s degree for those with no background in the subject.

Museums and curators in Asia, and museums specialising in non-Western collections elsewhere, will find it an attractive, object-focused training opportunity for enhancing curatorial skills in the study, display and cataloguing of art objects in a fully-resourced academic environment.

Students can choose one or more in combination of the three-month modules on offer annually, which are listed below. Those who successfully complete a single module will be awarded a certificate. Students successfully completing any three of the modules below will be awarded a SOAS (University of London) accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art.

The modules offered are:
  • Indian Art (September - December)
  • Chinese Art (January – March)
  • Islamic Art (April - July)
  • Japanese & Korean Art (April- July; alternate years)
  • Southeast Asian Art (April – July; alternate years)
  • Buddhist Art (April - July; alternate years

Information for international students

For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website

Fees and funding

For details of postgraduate fees, please see 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

Name
Dr Heather Elgood/Denise Acford
Email
asianart@soas.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0)20 7898 4445/4451