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About the Program
The Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art provides students with critical tools for understanding Asian art – a growing field with increasing significance in the international art market.  The program examines how Asian art has developed in the modern and contemporary period in relation to its complex historical backdrop.

Students will be exposed to Asian artists and art production both within Asia and in the extensive Asian art diaspora around the globe.  The program will equip graduates with expertise for application in the professional art sphere – from museums and art fairs to public and private art institutions worldwide.

The program begins with a shared core curriculum, Navigating the Art World, which introduces students to the global art world and provides them with understanding of art business principles, professional skills and critical understanding to mobilize at the completion of their degrees.  This is followed by the specialist study of Asian art; in Semesters 1 and 2, students take two core units focusing on the evolution and cultural context of modern and contemporary Asian art. Students then choose two elective units, either pursuing further specialization in Asian art or undertaking options that will broaden and enhance their understanding of other areas of study, such as fine and decorative art and design, photography, or art business.  One of the program highlights is a field study trip to Asia, enabling students to receive a unique firsthand experience of the Asian art world. The trip brings students into a major center of Asian art with visits to art districts, museums, artists’ studios, and galleries. The last few months of the program involve the preparation and writing of the dissertation, which allows students to develop skills in independent research.

About Our Students
The Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art prepares students to specialize in the diverse and exciting field of Asian art. Graduates of this program will contribute to a growing area of expertise in the international art world where Asia and Asian art plays an increasingly significant role. This MA program is suitable for students with a first degree in art history or other relevant degree, or a strong demonstrable interest in the culture of Asia. Graduates take up a range of positions in galleries, art fairs, museums, and auction houses, working in major cultural centers around the world. Graduates may also embark on doctoral studies for deeper specialization towards an academic career or a museum curatorship.

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The Details
  • Curriculum-at-a-Glance

    Curriculum-at-a-Glance

    ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020

    Units of Study
    Core Units


    • Navigating the Art World – Shared Core Curriculum

    • Modern Asian Art

    • Contemporary Asian Art



    Elective Units
    (Choose any two of the below)


    • Court and Literati Painting of East Asia

    • East Asian Ceramics: Court, Domestic and Trade

    • Curating Asian Art

    • Contemporary Chinese Art: Process, Medium and Critical Practice

    • Art and Authentication

    • Contemporary Design and its Markets

    • The International Art World: Public Sectors

    • The Market for Antiquities and Old Masters

    • Strategic Management and the Art World

    • Emerging Markets

    • Ethics, Law and the Art Trade

    • Curating Contemporary Art

    • Performance Art

    • Photography: Image and Power

    • Photography and its Markets

    • Modernism and its Markets

    • Art World Logistics and Operations

    • Work Placement (accredited internship)



    Dissertation or Practice-Based Dissertation (MA only) 


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  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Dr. Katie Hill, Program Director
  • Course Fees & Application

    Course Fees & Application

    ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020

    UK/EU
    Deposit: £500
    Semester 1 + travel*: £14,555
    Semester 2: £10,850
    Semester 3: £5,400
    MA total: £31,305
    PG Dip total: £25,905

    Non-UK/EU
    Deposit: £500
    Semester 1 + travel*: £16,555
    Semester 2: £12,850
    Semester 3: £6,300
    MA total: £36,205
    PG Dip total: £29,905

    *Travel costs: £4,205

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    Program Prospectus

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  • Field Trips

    Field Trips

    This course includes visits to art fairs, auction houses, and private and public collections in London including: the modern Indian art preview at Sotheby’s auction house, Asia-related galleries at Frieze Art Fair and Frieze Masters, and events, previews, and talks at Asian Art in London.  Exhibitions of modern Indian art and modern Chinese art will also be visited in Manchester and Oxford. During this first semester, there will be a field trip to Paris to visit Asia Now Paris and FIAC.  During this trip, students will have the opportunity to meet many cutting edge Asian art gallerists, collectors, dealers, and artists, as Asia Now Paris is a fair that brings together experts specializing in this field.  Students will also visit artists' studios and attend a talk hosted by DSL Collector, Sylvain Levy. In the second semester, students will experience a firsthand encounter with the art world in Singapore and China. During the two-week trip, students will visit major centers of Asian art including at least one important art academy, numerous galleries, and artists' studios.

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