Art History & Visual Culture

Course Introduction

**Critical ideas and an innovative approach play a big role in our BA Art History & Visual Culture programme, perfect for those who want to work in the arts or creative world or go on to do postgraduate study.**

You’ll be taken on a fascinating creative journey, beginning in the first year with an exploration of photography, media and communications and world cultural history. Rooted in the American liberal arts tradition, at Richmond you’ll experience a broad range of subjects, from Scientific Reasoning to Creative Expression, all of which will hone your critical thinking.

The second year will focus on how art changes across cultures, and its impact on our economy, health and wellbeing, society and education, setting the visual arts in their wider cultural and political contexts. Our introduction to visual culture will enable you to explore everything from the history and theory of painting and sculpture to print, photography, film, advertising and fashion, developing your communication and research skills.

London becomes the second classroom in year three, as you’ll explore a variety of arts and visual cultures, from pre-history to the present, in the world- leading museums and art galleries which are on the doorstep. Field trips to art centres in the UK and abroad will extend your perspective.

Themes in Contemporary US Art, Cultural Theory, History of Design and Working in the Art World are all core topics in the second half of this programme.

Take your pick from some exciting electives which include Questioning Renaissance Art, Fashion and Media, Film in the Americas and Art in Prehistoric Europe.

We’re proud to offer a strong element of professional practice in this programme, through our teaching approach and our emphasis on the importance of gaining practical experience. The course Working in the Art World explores the creative and cultural industries in London and an internship is offered within a leading arts or creative organisation, to improve your employability after graduation.

As with all of our programmes at Richmond, you’ll be able to study one programme and gain two degrees, one from the UK and one from the US.

**Top 5 Reasons To Study This Programme:**

- Explore the history and contemporary contexts of art and design across cultures while using London as your base

- Gain fascinating insights into the latest debates within art history and visual culture through a faculty which is very active in research

- Experience original artworks and collections in London’s museums and galleries first hand, gaining valuable skills in observing and interpreting works of art within their historical and cultural contexts

- Benefit from the field trips not only in London, but to other British sites as well as key European art centres

- Develop networks in the global art world and cultural industries through the programme and via the integrated internship, boosting your career options

**Career Paths**

Barons Court Theatre, Boston Ballet, Christies, Vogue Magazine Graduate School, V&A Museum

Course Modules

The degree provides a broad base of historical knowledge in the first two years, upon which is built a gradually more complex and more specific understanding of key historical periods and themes in the final two years. The programme places particular emphasis on art and visual practices across cultures. While certainly not a practical course in the sense of a Fine Art degree, the degree offers students the opportunity to undertake art, design and media courses at the 3000 and 4000 level in order to support an appreciation of how to apply theory to practice and to evince skills in visual analysis.

Year one, core modules - Foundations of Mass Media and Communications, World Cultural History, Transitions I, Research & Writing I, Scientific Reasoning, Foundations in Photography, Transitions II, Creative Expression, Quantitative Reasoning.

Year two, core modules - Intro to Art Across Cultures, Intro to Visual Culture, Research and Writing II.

Year three, core modules - Museums and Galleries of London, Art in Context, Cultural Theory, Art History: Theories and methods, History of Design.

Year four, core modules - Senior Seminar I, Non-Western Visual Cultures, Working in the Art World, Senior Seminar II, Pop to Present, New Media & Visual Power or Visualising People & Place.

Elective modules available all years except for Year 1.

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £14,750 Overseas Fees