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SOAS University of London

SOAS University of London is the leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

SOAS is a remarkable institution. With our vast repository of knowledge and expertise on our specialist regions, we are uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges of our world. Our programmes are taught by respected academics engaged in fieldwork and research which influences government policy and the lives of individuals across the globe. SOAS scholars grapple with the pressing issues confronting two-thirds of humankind today: democracy, development, economy, finance, public and corporate policy, human rights, migration, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, and social change.


1. Dr Heather Elgood Scholarship

Deadline: 06 August 2021

SOAS Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art alumni,

Gretchen Welch and Ida Chow, set up

the Dr Heather Elgood Scholarship in 2018 to honour their teacher and friend, Dr Hettie Elgood, MBE, Founder and Director Emerita of the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art. They hope that those who study under this scholarship will go on to contribute to the course by lecturing or tutoring in the future, or by promoting the study of Asian art through other platforms. This is the third year the Scholarship has been offered, which has been made possible by an anonymous further donation.


This scholarship covers full tuition fees for the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art and an allowance to cover living costs during term time.

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2. Denise Acford Access Scholarship

Deadline: 06 August 2021

Denise Acford was the much-loved Programme Manager of the SOAS Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art, who sadly passed away in 2020.


In testament to her impact on so many lives, many in our community of alumni, colleagues and friends have generously donated towards the Denise Acford Access Scholarship, which has been established as a tribute in her memory. This will provide financial support for students who wish to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art and, but who need additional funding to pursue this opportunity.


The part-fee scholarship will cover half the tuition fees for three modules (the full Postgraduate Diploma) to be taken consecutively in the 2021/22 academic year.


The scholarship is open to anyone, anywhere in the world who is not financially able to pursue the course without assistance.

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Online Study Day

The Asian Art Ecosystem

Date: 30 July 2021

Time: 9:45 am till 6:00 pm

An online Study Day in celebration of Dr Heather Elgood MBE, Founder and Director Emerita of the SOAS Postgraduate Diploma in Asian ArtSOAS Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art.


Join us for a study day exploring the interconnected academic, museological, cultural, and commercial components of the Asian Art ecosystem. A series of panels will explore a range of topics, from conservation, curation, and collection in museums, to institutional leadership in the arts, from the challenges of a changing educational landscape to the evolving Asian art market in a digital age.


Featuring panellists from the SOAS Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art’s global alumni community, coming together to discuss their past, current, and future projects, and to offer insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the sector today. Join us to be a part of a series of dynamic and interactive discussions, and to celebrate the legacy of our course’s founder and director emerita Dr Heather Elgood MBE, on the day of her retirement.

All sessions are free to attend. To register your interest, please 

click here.

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Postgraduate Diploma or

Certificate in Asian Art

The modules offered are:

Indian Art Module (runs annually) 4 October - 22 December 2021

Chinese Art Module (runs annually)10 January - 3 April 2022

Islamic Art Module 25 April -17 July 2022 

Southeast Asian Art Module 25 April -17 July 2022 

Japanese & Korean Art Module April - July 2023

Buddhist Art Module April - July 2023

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SOAS Postgraduate Diploma in

Asian Art Specialist Art Short Courses

Photography of China: 1839-2021

Date: 08 October - 26 November 2021

Mode of Attendance: Online Learning

Fee: £500


In this course you will be taught by leading international scholars, artists, and curators, allowing you to see this complex cultural phenomenon through multiple lenses. You will explore the changing practices and multiples trajectories that have shaped photography in China, from the advent of the medium in 1839 to contemporary times. How have photographs interacted with local and international cultures? What subjects, topics and themes have photographers been drawn to in the past 182 years? How do historic photographic archives shape contemporary experiments? How is photography from China curated and received today? By bringing together academic specialists, museum professionals and artists, these eight, weekly lectures will explore the role of photography in shaping and reshaping almost two centuries of Chinese visual culture.

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Curating Art and Culture in a Digital Age

Date: 17 June – 15 July 2021

(Five Weekly Sessions on a Thursday)

Mode of Attendance: Online Learning


A unique course exploring how digital technology is reshaping the arts in the 21st century - from art fair curation to music production, film making to gaming, arts journalism to social media influencers. We explore key questions of this digital age: How are Instagram influencers shaking up the art scene? What do new digital technologies mean for film production? How can you decolonise digital music production? How do you create, curate, collect and sell digital artwork? Featuring contributors from Nigeria, Korea, South Africa, Hong Kong and Iraq, and experts from the Art Newspaper, The Royal Academy, MusicTechFest, 3812 Gallery, Witswatersrand University, Cardiff University & SOAS.

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