Studying Visual Culture in London

Studying Art History in London

Richmond is ideally located in central London, international center for the visual arts and a dynamic and vibrant capital. At our Kensington campus, we are minutes away from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Serpentine Gallery, National Gallery, British Museum, Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

The campus locale also boasts easy travel to other collections in the nation's capital: Dulwich Picture Gallery, Hayward Gallery, Imperial War Museum, Wallace Collection, Museum of London, National Maritime Museum, Natural History Museum, the Barbican and the Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Excellent resources are available to students in London's art libraries and the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the greatest art-research libraries in the world, is a few minutes walk from our Kensington campus. In addition the British Library, the official depository of the United Kingdom and one the largest research institutions globally, offers a wealth of sources for art historical research.

Museums and Galleries of London

Arguably the hub of the global art scene today, London is one of the most exciting places to study art and visual culture. World class arts and creative institutions, internationally-positioned auction houses, dealers and critics, make London’s art scene unique. Richmond’s Kensington campus is at the heart of the action – a short Tube or bus ride from the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Gallery, Courtauld and British Museum, and such cutting edge contemporary galleries as the Parasol Unit, White Cube, Whitechapel and Serpentine. A short walk away from the campus is the Royal College of Art, the Serpentine gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Christie’s auction house and numerous small commercial galleries.

London’s visual scene – in fine art, design, film, fashion and craft – is second to none, and the program uses the city as a teaching, learning and research laboratory.

International Links

Traveling via Eurostar, the European cities of Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam are a few hours away, and such vibrant European arts destinations as Berlin, Prague, Rome, Vienna and Madrid, are within easy reach by air. Students on the MA in Art History and Visual Culture are ideally positioned to experience all that Europe’s multicultural art world has to offer, and faculty-led trips have taken students to Paris and Istanbul over the last year.

MA student trip to Istanbul
: inside the Hagia Sophia

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