MA The Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas

Overview

The one-year course provides students with detailed knowledge of the visual arts, contemporary and historical, of the three geographical areas (Africa, Oceania and the Americas). It also highlights the methodological and theoretical issues involved in their analysis and display, both in their original contexts and in the contexts of museums and exhibitions.

Consideration of this material occurs at the interface of anthropology, art history, archaeology and museology. The MA course is therefore essentially cross-disciplinary to frame regional developments and important shared themes (e.g., traditions in art and architecture, making, ritual, social/power relations, colonialism, contemporary arts). Throughout the programme, there is a strong emphasis on comparison and examination of current theory, while highlighting the complexity of each area.

The flexible range of topics for essays and the dissertation, and a research tutorial option, allows the course to be tailored to a student's interests. Thus someone wishing to focus, for example, on the anthropology of art, archaeology, or Mesoamerica can weight the course in that direction by selecting essay subjects in that area. Working closely with academic staff, the dissertation (max. 15,000 words) also allows students to study intensively a topic of their choice, possibly as a precursor to doctoral research. Places on the course are restricted to a maximum of eight, allowing an unusually high degree of regular individual supervision and small-group tuition.

Course structure

The programme consists of three taught regional units (30 credits each), tuition leading up to a timed essay (10 credits) and the dissertation (80 credits). A student wishing to conduct advanced pre-PhD study can substitute one of the regional units with a research tutorial option (30 credits), on a specific theme approved by staff.

Taught units

Over the fall and spring terms, academic staff present a series of weekly lecture-discussions. The sessions, besides providing students with a survey of each area's visual arts, also introduce the main methodological and theoretical issues raised in the area literature, and develop the background against which coursework by students will be delivered. For each of the three units, the student produces two essays: a research seminar and a gallery talk (on a Sainsbury Collection object). Practical instruction is provided in presentation and teaching techniques, so that students become experienced in presenting written and visual material to an academic audience.

Series on museums and material culture

In addition to the regional units, the MA course also provides instruction on diverse topics broadly centred on material culture and museums: display(s), anthropology of art, style, value systems, looting and cultural property, the history of collections, authenticity, the art market, and the Sainsbury Collection. These directions are enhanced by guided visits to museums (e.g., London, Paris, Cambridge, Oxford) and, where feasible, to temporary displays and auctions of ethnographic materials. These sessions culminate with a timed essay assessment but they are also to help develop other work (essays, dissertation).

Supplementary sessions

Strong emphasis is placed on the development of skills and training through special interactive sessions on: research techniques, library use, bibliographic research, object handling and conservation, computing, work presentation, editing, design and other professional matters. In addition, students are encouraged to attend lectures and seminars, in programmes organised by Art History and World Art Studies, SRU and the Sainsbury Centre.

For additional information, please consult the SRU website or contact the SRU academic secretary (admin.sru@uea.ac.uk), or by telephone +44-(0)1603-592498.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

Name Code Credits

AFRICA SECTION

This section of the SRU MA course provides candidates with detailed knowledge of the visual arts of Africa, contemporary and historical, while also focusing on the methodological and theoretical issues involved in their analysis and display, both in their original contexts and in the contexts of museums and exhibitions.

AMAA7021B

30

AMERICAS SECTION

This section of the SRU MA provides candidates with detailed knowledge of the visual arts of the Americas, ancient and historical, while also focusing on the methodological and theoretical issues involved in their analysis and display, both in their original contexts and in the contexts of museums and exhibitions.

AMAA7019B

30

OCEANIA SECTION

This section of the SRU MA course provides candidates with detailed knowledge of the visual arts of the Pacific/Oceania, contemporary and historical, while also focusing on the methodological and theoretical issues involved in their analysis and display, both in their original contexts and in the contexts of museums and exhibitions.

AMAA7017A

30

SRU DISSERTATION

A dissertation on a topic relevant to the practice and theory of your degree programme. Students choose their own topic, subject to the approval of the Course Director. The dissertation is to be researched and written independently by each student, with the support of a supervisory team.

AMAA7020X

80

SRU MUSEOLOGY TIMED ESSAY

This assessment, based on a timed written essay, reflects on course content (e.g., seminars, core sessions, field trips, readings) on museum anthropology, exhibitions, and curatorial practices.

AMAA7018B

10

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Interviews

Interviews are required for students applying to the MA in The Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. If you are living overseas, these may be undertaken by telephone/Skype at a mutually convenient time.  Please note that applicants who have not yet met the English Language requirement will still be expected to conduct an interview in English.

Intakes

This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Assessment

All applications for postgraduate study are processed through the Admissions Office and then forwarded to the relevant School of Study for consideration. If you are currently completing your first degree or have not yet taken a required English language test, any offer of a place will be conditional upon you achieving this before you arrive.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2016/17 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,150 (full time)
  • International Students: £14,500 (full time)

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

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How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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