Year course
Arts of South and Southeast Asia, Islamic Middle East

Monday 24 September 2018 - Monday 15 July 2019

  • Monday 24 September 2018 - Monday 15 July 2019

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £640.00 - £1,992.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Discover the art and archaeology of Asia, from the Himalayas and the Indian Subcontinent to the island nations of Southeast Asia. You will learn to identify distinct regional characteristics in the artistic production of ceramics, textiles, lacquer, glass, metalwork, architecture, sculpture, paintings and manuscripts. Studying religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Islam through lectures, gallery visits and study sessions, will also offer insights into religious practice and belief. As a result, you will explore the impact of trade, diplomacy and colonialism throughout the region, and the lasting artistic legacy which shaped the early modern period.

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Helen Glaister

Year Course Director Helen Glaister

Helen Glaister is a sinologist who specialised in Chinese Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) following time spent in China. Helen has been Course Director at the V&A since 2006 and previously worked at the British Museum. She has lectured for Birkbeck College, the British Library and SOAS.

This course fills gaps in my knowledge, and puts Asian art into context. 2017/18 Course Student

Further information

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people • Certificate Option available • Term 2 tickets now available

Course Overview

Term 1

12 weeks, 24 September – 10 December 2018

South Asia: 500 BC – 1800

Explore the arts of South Asia from the advent of Buddhism to the Modern Period. The emergence of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism will be examined in a range of media from stone sculpture to paintings and manuscripts. Temple architecture, sculpture and murals provide further insights to religious practise.

Term 2

12 weeks, 7 January – 25 March 2019

South Asia: 1800 – Present Arts of Tibet and the Himalayas, Southeast Asia 500 CE – Present

Discover the connections throughout the region through colonial intervention, trade and artistic exchange. You will also explore the arts and material culture from Tibet and the Himalayas to Southeast Asia.

Term 3

12 weeks, 29 April – 15 July 2019

Islamic Middle East: 650 CE – Present

This final term follows the emergence of Islam from the Arabian Peninsula to its swift expansion eastward to the Indian subcontinent and to the Mediterranean in the West. Learn how the political complexity of the Medieval Period was matched by an intense period of artistic production.

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Year course: Arts of South and Southeast Asia, Islamic Middle East

24 September 2018 - 15 July 2019

£640.00 - £1,992.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Term 3: Islamic Middle East: 650 CE – Present

29 April – 15 July 2019

Term 3 single days

29 April – 15 July 2019


Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)