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Develop a theoretical and empirical grounding in Asian art through the examination of its key developments, major artistic figures, and its rising profile in the global art market.

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 are exposed to Asian artists and art production both within Asia and in the extensive Asian art diaspora around the globe. The program equips graduates with expertise for application in the professional art sphere – from museums and art fairs to public and private art institutions worldwide. 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 toward an academic career or a museum curatorship.

Academic Structure

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.

This MA course is a twelve-month (September to September) taught program designed for students who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of modern and contemporary art from Asia and who intend to pursue careers in this growing and dynamic field. Its approach is a combination of rigorous academic study along with continuous professional development through direct exposure to artworks, artists and Asian art specialists working in the international art world.

in semesters one and two (before and after Christmas), 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. During the third semester (June through September) there is no formal teaching, with students researching their dissertation topics under the guidance of individual supervisors.

The Details
  • Prospectus


    Click here for a copy of the MA prospectus.
    The Master’s degree is awarded for 120 taught credits across two semesters, as well as the completion of a 60-credit dissertation over the course of an additional semester.
    In the first semester, Navigating the Art World (30 credits) brings students from all MAs together for an introduction to the art world and to a variety of postgraduate research skills and methodologies within the disciplines of art history and art business.
    Core units (60 credits) for the Modern and Contemporary Asian Art degree include Modern Asian Art and Contemporary Asian Art. Students take two 15-credit electives across a variety of offerings for deeper expertise or to develop specialties. This completes the taught Postgraduate Diploma element of the degree. For the MA degree, students must complete the 60-credit dissertation in their third semester.
    Note: Course offerings subject to change
  • Faculty


    Dr Katie Hill (Program Director) is a contemporary Chinese art specialist and also an experienced curator and speaker for exhibitions and events in numerous high-profile institutions and galleries. Her engagements include “In Conversation’ with Ai Weiwei” (Tate Modern) and “Art of Change, New Directions from China” (Hayward Gallery). She is a co-author of The Chinese Art Book (Phaidon, 2013) and has written numerous articles, catalogue essays and reviews. She is also director of the Office of Contemporary Chinese Art, an art consultancy promoting Chinese artists in the UK.
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  • Admissions


    Now accepting applications for MA programs starting in fall 2020. For admissions requirements and an overview of the application process, please click here.
    Space is limited so we strongly encourage qualified candidates to submit their applications as early as possible.
    Deadlines for Fall 2020 MA program:

    • Regular Decision/Final Financial Aid Deadline: March 2, 2020

  • Tuition


    Semester 1: £10,850 (UK/EU citizens) or £13,000 (other countries)
    Semester 2: £11,350 (UK/EU citizens) or £13,500 (other countries)
    Semester 3*: £5,500 (UK/EU citizens) or £6,700 (other countries)
    Deposit: £1,000
    Field Study Trip Fee: £4,205 (to be paid in Semester 1)
    *Students pursuing a two-semester Postgraduate Diploma do not incur Semester 3 tuition.
    For more information on tuition and program fees, click here.
  • Field Study Trips

    Field Study Trips

    In addition to European travel, one of the program highlights is a field study trip to Asia. Students undertake a ten-day study trip to a major artistic center in Asia, such as China, Singapore or Hong Kong. During the trip, students visit exhibitions and displays in museums and galleries, art districts, private collections, artists’ studios, and cultural institutions. The trip is designed for students to experience an area of the Asian art world first-hand, in order to better understand its geography, key players, and dynamics across local and global contexts.
  • Questions?


    Some of your questions may be answered in the frequently asked questions section of our website. If you do not see your question, we are happy to help. All prospective students are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office to schedule a one-on-one information session to learn more about the program, the application process, tuition, financial aid, and more.
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