BA Creative Arts

General

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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


Both theoretical and practical in orientation, this interdisciplinary degree gives insight into the varied forms of artistic expressions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. With a contemporary focus, it enables both broad inter-regional understanding and specialisation on a specific area. Emphasis on analytical rigour combined with the development of practical skills equips students with transferable skills opening numerous career paths.

The BA Creative Arts programme will allow you to achieve:

  • Familiarity with the distinctive roles of art, music, film and literature within the cultural sector.
  • Critical awareness of world art/world cultures/world heritage, with an emphasis on SOAS’s regional specialisms (Asia, Africa and the Middle East and their diasporas).
  • Regional breadth and depth, with the opportunity for area specializations.
  • Rigorous interdisciplinary training in theory and critical inquiry.
  • Synthesis of theory and practice with a curriculum emphasising the professional application.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is designed for students wishing to develop a critical and theoretically informed approach to the arts and the cultural industries. Its approach is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, bringing together art historical, musical, film, and literary perspectives to explore the expressive arts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East and their diasporas. It deals with the creation, interpretation and consumption of various art forms, emphasising regional specifics.

Students will be introduced to a wide range of thematic and theoretical issues and will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in radio, curating, film festivals and musical performance both within taught modules and assignments. The programme will provide them with a strong theoretical foundation with which to pursue a career in the cultural industries or to pursue graduate study in these areas.

Employment

The programme is ideal for students wishing to pursue a career in the arts/ cultural industries sectors with a focus on the arts and cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East and their diasporas. With its interdisciplinary focus, it will suit students interested in broadening their expertise across art history, music, film and literature. It will also provide an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing graduate study concerned with the expressive cultures of Asia, Africa or the Middle East and their diasporas.

Structure

Occasionally the availability of optional modules changes as a result of staffing and other circumstances. Students who had signed up for such modules will be notified as soon as possible and given the opportunity to choose from available alternatives.

Year 1

Core Modules

Students will take the following 2 core modules:

  • Great Works: art, films, literature, music
  • Writing Across the Arts

Compulsory Modules

Students will take the following 2 compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Film Language, History & Theory
  • Studying Popular Music

and

Any module in list A for History of Art & Archaeology (below).

List A (History of Art & Archaeology)

  • Theory and Method I
  • Themes in the Art and Archaeology of Africa
  • Themes in the Art and Archaeology of East Asia
  • Themes in the Art and Archaeology of South and Southeast Asia
  • Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East

and

Any module in list B for the Department of Music (below).

List B (Music)

  • Sounds and Cultures
  • Performance 1b: ensembles
  • Decolonising Pop: K-Pop and Beyond

and

Open Options

Students will also take modules to the value of 30 credits from lists A and/or B or a Language Open Option.

Year 2

Core Module

Students will take the following 2 core modules:

  • Critical Readings in Arts and Cultures
  • Curating Global Arts

Compulsory Module

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from List C (below).

Regional Module

Students will take guided options to the value of 30 credits from list D (below).

Open Options

Students will also take modules to the value of 30 credits from Open Options or Language Open Option lists.

Year 3

Core Module

Students will take the following core module:

  • Independent Study Project in the Creative Arts

School of Arts Guided Option

Students will take ONE of the following modules:

  • Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Directed Study in Creative Industries
  • Film Festivals and Film Curating

English Guided Option

Students will take ONE of the following modules:

  • Empire and the Postcolonial: Race Genders, Sexualities
  • Fictions of History

History of Art and Archaeology Guided Option

Students will take ONE of the following modules:

  • Collecting and Collections
  • Museums and Museology
  • Comparative Avant-Gardes: Global Perspectives in Modern Art

Music Guided Option

Students will take ONE of the following modules:

  • The Music Business
  • Presenting World Music On Radio
  • Gender and Music
  • Urban Soundscapes
  • Performance 3

Open Options

Students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from an open option, language module, or SoA module not previously taken from lists C-E (below)

or if 155901013 Fictions of History has been selected as the English guided option:

Students will take modules to the value of 15 credits from an open option, language module, or SoA module not previously taken from lists C-E (below)

List of modules (subject to availability)

List C

  • English
  • Film Studies
    • Global Screen Industries
  • History of Art and Archaeology
    • Collecting and Collections
    • Museums and Museology
    • Comparative Avant-Gardes: Global Perspectives in Modern Art
    • Theory and Method II
  • Music
    • Ethnomusicology: Themes and Variations
    • Introduction to Sound Recording
    • Performance 2

List D - Regional Modules

  • English
    • Writing South Asia
    • Framing Pakistan
    • Southern Spaces
  • Film Studies
    • African Filmmaking: From the 1960s to the Present
    • Orientalism on Screen
    • 1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey
    • Cinema and Performance in China: Critical and Historical Approaches
    • Cinema and Society in South Asia: History and Social Context
    • Cinema and Society in South Asia: Key Issues
    • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1
    • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 2
    • Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest
    • Japanese Cinema: a Critical Survey
    • Queer Cinema in Asia
    • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora
    • Thailand on Screen (post '97)
    • Vietnam on Screen
  • History of Art and Archaeology
    • Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa
    • Art and Archaeology of Ancient China
    • Art and Archaeology of Medieval China
    • Art and Culture in Imperial China
    • Art and Culture in Modern China
    • Art and Empire in Early Modern India
    • Art, Performance and The Body in Africa
    • Arts and Society in Africa
    • Arts of the Buddha in Southeast Asia
    • Chinese Contemporary Art
    • Comparative Avant-Gardes: Global Perspectives in Modern Art
    • Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia
    • Gender, Art and Visual Culture: Explorations in the Representation of Southeast Asia
    • Global Cultures of Chinese Ceramics
    • Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (1)
    • Islamic Art and Architecture of Medieval Iran and Central Asia (10th-13th centuries)
    • Japanese Art
    • Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World
    • Ottoman Art and Architecture (14th-17th centuries)
    • Representing China in Museums
    • The `Historical` Buddha: Explorations in Southeast Asian Arts
    • Visual Culture of Early-Modern Japan
    • Undoing Asia: Artistic Perspectives from the 20th and 21st Centuries
    • Visual Arts of Africa and the Atlantic World: History, Creativity and Agency
  • Music
    • Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (UG)
    • Classical singing in India: Continuity and change
    • Jaffa: Music and Urbanism in the Contested Middle East
    • Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival
    • Music and Religion in South East Asia
    • Music, Religion and Society in South Asia
    • Music, Religion and Society in the Middle East and North Africa
    • Musical Traditions of East Asia
    • Pop and Politics in East Asia
    • The World of Cuban Music

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

  • A-Levels: AAB-ABB
    IB: 35 (665 at HL)

Alternative entry requirements

  • BTEC: DDM
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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