• Tuition Fee

    £9,250.00 (UK/EU)

    £14,500.00 (INT)

    $38,000.00 (US)

  • Duration

    3 Years (Full-time)

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA

    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location

    Richmond Hill Campus

Programme Overview

Richmond University is the only University to award a U.S. and U.K. three year liberal arts degree, based on the U.S. model, in the world. Through these programmes, students get all of the advantages of a liberal arts education in just three years. The ‘Degree in Three’ will provide a comprehensive collection of courses that will provide students with a cross-disciplinary education. Students will have five classes each semester with one extra elective course in either their second or third year. Students will also still be able to undertake an internship or participate in a study abroad programme as part of this programme. All degrees programmes fulfill the same credit hours and overall requirements of a four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree.

The Value
Students will have high contact hours with academics and complete their liberal arts degree in only three years. These advantages combined with generous scholarships are a fantastic return on investment for those who strive to assemble a broad foundation of knowledge in multiple disciplines that can be used in a wide spectrum of careers.

The BA Art History & Visual Culture programme is designed for students who want gain broad knowledge of art and visual cultures and for those who want to pursue postgraduate study in a similar academic area or have a creative role in visual arts institutions and the creative cultural industries.

The programme has three key aims:

  • To introduce students to the key influencers, theories, methods and contemporary art movements as well as the extensive art history
  • To develop an understanding of how to evaluate the role of visual arts and cultures today, through relevant conceptual frameworks
  • For students to explore a variety of Western and non-Western arts and visual cultures, from prehistory to the present

These three goals are complemented by a strong element of professional practice, with opportunities to explore careers in visual arts institutions and the creative cultural industries. The programme places particular emphasis on art and visual practices across cultures. Students who are pursuing this degree will be prepared to either continue into postgraduate study or to participate in the internship programme, be able to pursue careers in visual arts institutions and the creative cultural industries.

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 research-active faculty
  • Engage directly with original artworks and collections first hand, gaining valuable skills in observing and interpreting important artefacts within their specific historical and cultural contexts
  • Benefit from the field trips not only in London, but to other British sites as well as key European art centers
  • Stand out to potential employers when you graduate due to the knowledge and skills gained as well as the networks you will develop in the global art world and cultural industries, and through an integrated internship
  • After you graduate

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

    Further Education
    London College of Fashion, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Career Support

    We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment. Work while you study across 5 continents through our partners Connect123 and CRCC Asia with destinations in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

Modules breakdown




Fall Semester

Fall Semester

Fall Semester

Foundations of Mass Media and Communications

Museums and Galleries of London

Senior Seminar I

Foundations of Photography

Art in Context

Non-Western Visual Cultures

Foundations of World Cultural History

Cultural Theory

Working in the Art World

Research & Writing I



Creative Expression



Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Intro to Visual Culture

Art History : Theories and Methods

Senior Seminar II

Intro to Art Across Cultures

History of Design

Pop to Present

Scientific Reasoning


New Media & Visual Power OR Visualising People & Place

Quantitative Reasoning



Research & Writing II



Entry Requirements

A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*

*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.

English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)

IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in each Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
TOEFL (IBT) 80+ overall with: Listening 17, Reading 18, Writing 17, Speaking 20
Petersons Test of English (PTE) 51
Overall Cambridge English Scale score of no less than 168 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

How to apply

You apply directly using the Common Application ($50.00) or the Richmond One Line Application. In order to submit your application you will need the following information

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • A personal statement – this can either be emailed as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
  • An electronic copy of your in process or completed high school (secondary school) transcript and graduation certificate

When to apply

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study. In this case you will be offered a place that is conditional on successfully completing a specified qualification and English language qualification if applicable. If you would like your application to be considered for a Richmond bursary, an early application is strongly recommended

Application process

Admission is by interview unless you live outside the UK when we may interview you via Skype or by telephone. We may also determine your suitability on the basis of their application and qualifications alone. Find out more about applying.

UCAS Course Code

  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.
  • The programme is currently validated in the UK by The Open University.
  • Major
  • Minor
  • US Federal Aid is available
  • SFE loans currently awaiting designation.

Full Time 3 Years

Including one year at QCF Level 3
(subject to credit transfer)

Contact our admissions team for more details:

Please note: Non US students are eligible

Useful Links

Undergraduate Prospectus

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What our students say

Emily Kimber

Studying for a BA in American Studies at Richmond University was the best decision I made in the last three years (better than the time I said yes to eating an oven baked tarantula, lightly salted).

The classes at Richmond are small – in terms of student numbers, but also dimensionally – and all the better for it. Class discussions are the perfect setting to explore the subject and extract sordid details.

Class contact hours are numerous and the work load is high but time spent with our tutors is extensive which I know, having done the first year of my degree at a British University, is an exceptional quality unique to Richmond University.

With quite a broad subject, taking the degree in the direction I want to is routinely encouraged, as is free thinking and the development of my ideas.

If you want a challenge and to develop an incredible understanding in your field, Richmond American International University in London is the place to go, despite its lengthy title which I may have just got wrong.

Emily KimberBA degree in American Studies (4 year programme)

Where to find us

Richmond Hill Campus

Queen’s Road
TW10 6JP

+44 (0) 208 332 8200 (Main Switchboard)