About the Program
The Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art provides students with critical tools for understanding Asian art – a growing field with increasing significance in the international art market. The program examines how Asian art has developed in the modern and contemporary period in relation to its complex historical backdrop.
Students will be exposed to Asian artists and art production both within Asia and in the extensive Asian art diaspora around the globe. The program will equip graduates with expertise for application in the professional art sphere – from museums and art fairs to public and private art institutions worldwide.
The program begins with a shared core curriculum, Navigating the Art World, which introduces students to the global art world and provides them with understanding of art business principles, professional skills and critical understanding to mobilize at the completion of their degrees. This is followed by the specialist study of Asian art; in Semesters 1 and 2, students take two core units focusing on the evolution and cultural context of modern and contemporary Asian art. Students then choose two elective units, either pursuing further specialization in Asian art or undertaking options that will broaden and enhance their understanding of other areas of study, such as fine and decorative art and design, photography, or art business. One of the program highlights is a field study trip to Asia, enabling students to receive a unique firsthand experience of the Asian art world. The trip brings students into a major center of Asian art with visits to art districts, museums, artists’ studios, and galleries. The last few months of the program involve the preparation and writing of the dissertation, which allows students to develop skills in independent research.
About Our Students
The Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art prepares students to specialize in the diverse and exciting field of Asian art. Graduates of this program will contribute to a growing area of expertise in the international art world where Asia and Asian art plays an increasingly significant role. This MA program is suitable for students with a first degree in art history or other relevant degree, or a strong demonstrable interest in the culture of Asia. Graduates take up a range of positions in galleries, art fairs, museums, and auction houses, working in major cultural centers around the world. Graduates may also embark on doctoral studies for deeper specialization towards an academic career or a museum curatorship.
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