Art, Media and American Studies

MA THE ARTS OF AFRICA, OCEANIA AND THE AMERICAS

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MA THE ARTS OF AFRICA, OCEANIA AND THE AMERICAS

Start Year
2021
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)
1

Assessment for Year 1

You’ll be assessed across eight separate elements. These include, three short written presentations on an object or set of related objects in The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, three longer written presentations on each of the three regions, a 72-hour timed essay on a general museology theme, and your dissertation.

Your dissertation will be a significant effort of independent, supervised, research. It will represent the culmination of your programme of study.

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COMPULSORY MODULES

AMAA7017A  (30 Credits)

This section of the Sainsbury Research Unit MA course provides you 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.

AMAA7019B  (30 Credits)

You'll examine the distinctive arts and cultures of the Americas. Lectures, discussions, readings and assignments are to provide an overview of selected indigenous traditions of the New World – both ethnographic and archaeological – with a focus on their remarkable achievements and material things, including architecture, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, basketry and textiles. We will examine how scholars have interpreted them as ‘arts,’ using a range of approaches and viewpoints. The SCVA and its assemblage of objects from different parts of the Americas are crucial in the teaching of the module. There will be special focus on how Amerindian cultures can be studied on the basis of shared dimensions in cosmology, organisation and aesthetics. We will highlight ways that objects inform about the people and societies who produced them, particularly in terms of negotiating identity, ritual practices and socio-political status. We will also have documentary films to illustrate and analyse the close relations between art, performance and socio-cosmological meanings.

AMAA7018B  (10 Credits)

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.

AMAA7021B  (30 Credits)

This section of the Sainsbury Research Unit MA course provides you with detailed knowledge of the visual arts of Africa - both 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.

AMAA7020X  (80 Credits)

A dissertation on a topic relevant to the practice and theory of your degree programme. You'll choose your own topic, subject to the approval of the Course Director. You'll research and write your dissertation independently, with the support of a supervisory team.

 

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Entry Requirements

Degree classification

UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent

Degree subject

Humanities or Social Sciences

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: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in two components only, with 6.0 in the other two)

  • PTE (Pearson): 64 (minimum 59 in only two components with 64 in the others)

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 is open to UK, EU and International applicants. This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Course Reference Number: 1544337

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2021/22 are:

  • UK Students: £8,450

  • International Students: £17,100

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.

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.

Scholarships and Awards

There are a variety of scholarships, studentships and other awards available to those applying for places on our taught postgraduate degrees.

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Funding for Masters Degrees and Diplomas

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Reference Number: 1544337

How to Apply

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

To apply please use our online application form.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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.

Course Reference Number: 1544337
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)
1
On this unique programme you’ll study the historical and contemporary arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. You’ll benefit from teaching that emphasises museum anthropology and material culture. At the same time you’ll engage with the issues involved in the analysis and display of these works of art, both in their original contexts and in museums and exhibitions. This MA is cross-disciplinary. That means you’ll engage with regional developments and shared themes across anthropology, art history, archaeology and museology. Throughout the programme you’ll encounter contemporary theories and current methods of research. You’ll also have the opportunity to study the world-famous collection of art held in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, itself a celebrated icon of modern museum architecture. UEA’s Art History department is a world-leading art history department.
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