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06 January – 26 March 2025 (annually)

Curating Asian Art (online)

Module Synopsis

This online module introduces you to the curation of Asian art, and visual and material culture. You will explore a diverse range of contexts in which Asian art is curated: from museums, to monuments, to commercial and private spaces.

Each week you explore a distinct theme or topic connected to curation and museology. These themes link your programme of study to current discussions and debates shaping curatorial practice and museological scholarship today. Each weekly theme is supported by carefully selected case studies, drawing on the diverse areas covered in the SOAS-Alphawood Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art: South Asia, China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, the Islamic World, and the Buddhist World. These case studies are delivered by a wide range of SOAS faculty and guest speakers, exposing you to a unique range of perspectives from across the museum, university and commercial arts sectors.

You will engage in practical, reflective assignments, with options to select projects and case studies that are relevant to your interests, aspirations, and the collections and institutions you have access to locally.

Curating Asian Art offers an in-depth introduction to curatorial and museum practice today. You will reflect on past and present curation of Asian art, while also developing skills and knowledge that will equip you to help shape the future of Asian art’s curation.


Module Delivery

  • Asynchronous, online lectures given by SOAS academic staff, leading national and international scholars, museum curators, and art market professionals
  • Exclusive contributions from the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Recommended weekly readings
  • Live, weekly seminar discussions
  • Online discussion fora facilitated by module convenors
  • Weekly one-to-one tutorials with your module convenors



  • One written object analysis of 1,500 words or 15-minute oral presentation (20%)
  • One written assignment of 2,500 words (40%)
  • A reflective curatorial or cataloguing exercise (40%)


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