Year course
Arts of East Asia: China, Korea and Japan

Monday 23 September 2019 - Monday 13 July 2020

  • Monday 23 September 2019 - Monday 13 July 2020

  • Seminar Room 1, V&A South Kensington

  • Course price £640.00 - £1,992.00

  • Call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 to book

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

This event is unfortunately cancelled. During these exceptional times, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England, all V&A sites (South Kensington, Museum of Childhood, Blythe House, V&A Dundee) are temporarily closed. If you have purchased tickets for events that have been cancelled there are several options available to you and our ticketing team will be in touch. You can find out more on our blog (link).

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Helen Glaister

Course Director Helen Glaister

Helen Glaister, specialist in Chinese Ceramics and Decorative Arts, Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS, University of London.

Very interesting – I now have a much better understanding of East Asian culture, history and art. 2018/19 Course Student

Day tickets for the autumn and Term tickets for the spring 2020 term are now available. Tickets for the summer 2020 term will be available twelve weeks before the term starts.

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available • Certificate Option available

Course Overview

Term 1

13 weeks, 23 September – 16 December 2019

China: Neolithic – Ming Dynasty

This term maps the development of Chinese art from the earliest Neolithic settlements to the highly sophisticated societies of later China. From the tomb to the temple, burial practise and religious belief will be explored through paintings and ceramics, textiles, lacquerware and other precious objects.

Term 2

13 weeks, 6 January – 30 March 2020

China: Qing Dynasty – Present; Arts of Korea

This term begins with an in-depth study of the arts of the Manchu dynasty. The V&A is rich in material from this period, holding one of the finest collections of ceramics, decorative arts, furniture and textiles outside China. The second part of this term is dedicated to the Arts of Korea.

Term 3

13 weeks, 20 April – 13 July 2020

Japan: Neolithic – Present

This term focusses on the art and design of Japan, from early material culture to the modern age. The impact of religion, philosophy and aesthetics will be explored through painting and prints, ceramics, lacquer, textiles, metalwork and sculpture.

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Year course: Arts of East Asia: China, Korea and Japan

23 September 2019 - 13 July 2020

£640.00 - £1,992.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Term 3: Japan: Neolithic – Present

20 April – 13 July 2020


Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

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