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

Monday 18 September 2017 - Monday 9 July 2018

  • Monday, 18 September 2017 - Monday, 9 July 2018 (over 3 terms)

  • 11.10 – 15.30

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £640.00 - £2,150.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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

The arts of China, Korea, and Japan form the focus of this Year Course's three terms, from early Neolithic material culture to the visual and decorative arts of the modern era. Connections will be made across the region, through religious and philosophical beliefs and artistic practise transmitted through trade and travel, highlighting shared cultural values and distinct regional identities. This course is part of a two year cycle. Next year will look at the Arts of South and Southeast Asia and the Islamic Middle East.

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Helen Glaister

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.

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Course Overview

Autumn Term

13 weeks, 18 September – 11 December 2017

China: Neolithic to the Ming dynasty 5000 BC – AD 1644

This term maps the development of Chinese art from the earliest Neolithic settlements to the highly sophisticated societies of later China. The flourishing silk route opened trade through land and sea, allowing an influx of luxury items to China and the export of silk and ceramics prized as rare commodities abroad.

Spring Term (day tickets on sale now)

12 weeks, 8 January – 26 March 2018

China: Qing dynasty and Korea: Three Kingdoms

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

Summer Term (term tickets on sale now)

13 weeks, 16 April – 9 July 2018

Japan: Neolithic – Present 10,000 BC – AD 2018

This term focuses on the art and design of Japan, from the early material culture of the Jomon Period through to the modern age. Topics covered will vary from tomb culture to the influence of Buddhism and the 19th century influence on the West.

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

18 September 2017 - 9 July 2018

£640.00 - £2,150.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Summer Term (term tickets on sale now): Japan: Neolithic – Present 10,000 BC – AD 2018

16 April – 9 July 2018


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Summer Term (term tickets on sale now) single days

16 April – 9 July 2018


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