East Asian Art, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 14 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
Sotheby's Institute of Art, London East Asian Art progamme focuses on the art history of China, Japan and Korea and is ideal for those who wish to become Asian art specialists with a knowledge of auction house, art market, museum and gallery practices.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The programme offers an art historical training in key features and concepts, encouraging students to make cross-cultural links in the art history of East Asia. The programme takes an object-based approach and is organised into three strands: ritual and religious art, decorative art, and pictorial art.

One unique aspect is the additional knowledge of auction house, art market, museum and gallery practices which equip students for professional careers within the Asian art field. Graduates go on to pursue a variety of careers within the academic, museum and auction house world as well as opening their own specialist galleries. Handling sessions and study visits include visits to major collections in London and Germany as well as a longer study trip to East Asia.

Additionally, with an historic address at 30 Bedford Square, the Institute’s London campus is located in the heart of Bloomsbury as part of the broader “academy” that includes the British Museum, the Architectural Association, and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art. The Institute is within walking distance of Sotheby's Auction House, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy, and the University of London. Other major galleries and museums are within easy reach such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Wallace Collection, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Kensington Palace, and Hampton Court Palace. The capitals and art centres of Europe are easily accessible from London, making their vibrant art markets and legendary cultural resources readily available to the Institute’s students and faculty.


London MA Degrees are validated by the University of Manchester, one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the U.K.

Programme Structure

Curriculum-at-a-Glance - 2015 - 2016


September – December 2015

•Navigating the Art World [Part I]

•Ritual and religious art

•Decorative art

•Pictorial art (paintings and prints)

•Three-day study visit to Europe


January – May 2016

•Navigating the Art World [Part II]

•Decorative art

•Pictorial art (paintings and prints)

•Study trip to East Asia


May – September 2016

•Dissertation (MA only).

Students prepare a dissertation under the supervision of their tutor.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: September 2016
  • Full-time duration 14 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

All MA, Postgraduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate applicants are required to have completed a BA degree or its equivalent. Students in their final undergraduate year may apply for admission and will be required to provide proof of graduation prior to registration.

Applicants should demonstrate the following skills:

·The ability to perform at a postgraduate level, as indicated by academic achievement and recommendations.

·Knowledge of art history. This generally requires an undergraduate art history major or minor. In special cases, art-related work experience or exceptional exposure to art making and/or collecting will satisfy this requirement. (Applicants with insufficient art history background may be required to take coursework at the Institute or an institution of their choice that is approved by the Institute’s faculty.)

·The ability to speak, write and analyze required subject matter fluently in English.

Required Documentation:

·Academic transcripts/marksheets.

·Two letters of reference.

·Personal Statement (max 1000 words). Please tell us about your reasons for your choice of program, any relevant academic or art related experience, and your future career goals.

·A writing sample.

·A CV/resume that includes all relevant art related background.

·English language proficiency exam. The Institute does require an English language Proficiency Exam for non-native English speakers. We require the following exam score for Masters and Postgraduate Diploma programmes: IELTS level 7

·An Interview.

·A non-refundable application fee of £50 (GBP).

Tuition Fee

Course fees for 2015-2016

UK & EU Nationals

Deposit: £500

Semester 1: £ 9,450

Semester 2: £ 9,950

Semester 3: £4,800

Total: £24,700

Non-UK/EU Nationals

Deposit: £500

Semester 1: £10,600

Semester 2: £11,100

Semester 3: £5,500

Total: £27,700

These fees are exclusive of the cost of travel for study visits.

Travel costs: £3,500


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