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  History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia and Intensive Language MA

SOAS University of London    School of Arts

Full time & Part time September MA Full-time: 2 years; Part-time: 4 years
History & Archaeology (19)

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The MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia and Intensive Language programme offers an exciting opportunity to delve into the rich artistic traditions of China, Korea, and Japan. Over the course of two years, you'll explore a diverse range of East Asian arts, from ancient Chinese archaeology to contemporary Korean installations. The programme also includes intensive language training in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, allowing you to reach near-proficiency. With access to world-class collections and London's vibrant art sector, you'll gain valuable insights from renowned scholars and fellow students. This programme is open to applicants with a 2:2 or higher, with optional references to strengthen your application.

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The MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia and Intensive Language

is a two-year programme, combining the strengths of the MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia with intensive language training in Chinese, Japanese or Korean.

You will study the arts of China, Korea and Japan, exploring a wide range of East Asian arts and material culture, from Chinese archaeology to Japanese prints, Korean installation works to Buddhist monuments, in historical and contemporary periods.

By the end of the programme, which includes a summer language school abroad, you will have received sufficient instruction to reach near-proficiency in the language.

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Entry Requirements

We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

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Student Profile

Xavier Fournier

Following graduating in France and twelve years of international work within different fields from catering to defence and management I decided it was time to re-initialize and expand my knowledge. And of course, once again be in touch with student life!!!

As I had developed a strong interest in the history, archaeology and architecture of South East Asia and the Middle East during my various postings I applied for degrees at the SOAS Art and Archaeology department. It was probably one of my best moves ever as it enabled me to study both areas with eminent scholars I had only come across previously by reading their biographies in the back of their books. I was agreeably surprised to see them very eager to meet and join us, either individually or in groups, to engage with the many topics and materials encountered during our time at SOAS.

As for the languages, there is no other place to go to should you be interested in, for example, either Khmer, Georgian, Thai or Akkadian. Not only will you be taught about the language itself but you will be exposed to its riches via a wealth of mediums, films, books, newspapers and even archaeological finds (tablets, inscriptions, ancient manuscripts...). The insight provided, knowledge delivered and understanding transmitted during lectures, seminars and conferences at SOAS is impressive and requires real personal involvement in the topics.

Moreover, the department of Art and Archaeology lectures format is extremely flexible which allows for museum and gallery visits, direct interaction with material and leaves ample room for personal study via essays, reviews, presentations and personal initiative. This led me to enrol for the MA History of Art and Archaeology after my BA in Thai and History. I am now even considering either a PhD or an MPhil. Where ? Well... at SOAS most probably!


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