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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 MA 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. The program is 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.

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. The program is of twelve months’ duration and runs from January 2021 through December 2021.

The first two semesters are intensively taught. 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. Later in the program, specialist electives can be chosen from across all Institute Master’s programs, allowing a student to build a personalized Master’s profile. Students take two 15-credit electives across a variety of offerings for deeper expertise or to develop specialties. Core units (60 credits) for the Modern and Contemporary Asian Art degree include Modern Asian Art and Contemporary Asian Art.

For the MA degree, students must complete the 60-credit dissertation in their third semester. During this final semester there is no formal teaching, with students researching their dissertation topics under the guidance of individual supervisors. At the start of the program, students are allocated a personal tutor who supports their academic and personal development throughout.

The Details
  • Program Dates

    Program Dates

    January 11, 2021 – December 2021
    The first and second semesters will take place onsite in London (circumstances permitting). The final semester is devoted to the dissertation.
  • Curriculum & Schedule

    Curriculum & Schedule

    Click here for a copy of the MA prospectus, which includes curricula, course descriptions, and information for all London Master's programs.

    • Spring 2021: This cohort’s first semester begins the week of January 11, 2021 in person on our London campus, circumstances permitting. In addition to core coursework, students take two elective (including the opportunity to apply for a work placement elective which includes an accredited internship), and two or more field study trips, travel and health advisories permitted.

    • Summer 2021: Students complete their on-campus studies by August 13, 2021.

    • Fall 2021: The dissertation is to be completed by December 2021.

  • 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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  • Tuition


    Semester 1: £10,850 (UK/EU citizens) or £13,000 (other countries)
    Semester 2 + Travel Fee*: £15,555 (UK/EU citizens) or £17,705 (other countries)
    Semester 3**: £5,500 (UK/EU citizens) or £6,700 (other countries)
    Deposit: £1,000
    *Travel fees are indicative only and subject to change.
    **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

    All of our Master’s programs include field study opportunities that are both virtual and in-person to enable students to become immersed in the international art community. Field study contextualizes lectures and discussions through virtual and in-person visits to fairs, galleries, private collections, museums, artists’ studios, and more.
    In-person field study trips are planned to commence in Spring 2021. Destinations are yet to be determined.
    We continue to monitor and respond to the public health situation regarding COVID-19.  We will take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and will adhere to all government travel recommendations.
  • Admissions


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