Wednesday 26 May 2021 • 3 – 6pm (BST)

We are offering a day of virtual live sessions, over the next few months, so you can explore studying at Richmond including a talk on the degree of your choice.

  • Tuition Fee

    £9,250 (UK/EU)
    £14,750 (INT)
    $38,000 (US)

  • Duration

    3 Years (Full-time)
    4 Years (Full-time)

  • Location

    Richmond Hill Campus

Programme Overview

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
  • 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.

  • Study Abroad

    All students at Richmond University have the opportunity to study abroad. You can either study at one of our campuses for a semester to a year or study overseas at any of our partner locations across the world giving you an unique experience.

Modules breakdown

3 Years pathway




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









Plus three of the following:

Plus two of the following:

Plus one of the following:


Stamping Authority

British Art and Architecture

New Media & Visual Power: Themes in Contemporary
Visual Culture


Introduction to Film Studies

Art of Prehistoric Europe

Visualising People & Place: Themes in Contemporary
Visual Culture


Film in the Americas

History of Photography

Plus 4 of the following OR two of the following and an Internship:


History of Fashion

The Renaissance: New Perspectives

New Media & Visual Power: Themes in Contemporary
Visual Culture


Introduction to the Business of Fashion

Modern Art and Modernism

Visualising People & Place: Themes in Contemporary
Visual Culture


Research and Writing II

Sociology of Culture and Subculture

Questioning Renaissance Art


Plus 4 FHEQ Level 4 Electives (can be Gen Ed Hum SS requirement)

Communications for PR and Advertising

Fashion and Media


Mainstream Cinema: Studies in Genre

International Cinema


Gender in Film

Transnational Cinema


Psychology of Fashion and Luxury Goods

History on Film


Plus 3 FHEQ Level 5 Electives

Visualizing Enlightenment: Art, Ideas and Material Culture 1685‐1800


World Internship in Art History & Visual Culture (6


Internship in Art History & Visual Culture (6 CREDITS)

4 Years pathway






Foundations in Photography

Introduction to Art Across Cultures

Museums & Galleries London

Pop to Present: Themes in Contemporary US Art

Foundations of Mass Media and Communications

Introduction to Visual Culture

Art in Context

Senior Seminar in Art History and Visual Culture I

World Cultural History


History of Design

Senior Seminar in Art History and Visual Culture II

Transitions I


Cultural Theory

Non Western Visual Cultures

Transitions II


Art History: Theory & Methods

Working in the Art World

Quantitative Reasoning


Scientific Reasoning


Creative Expression


Research and Writing I


Plus QCF Level 3 Elective (can be Gen Ed Hum SS requirement)

3 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*

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

4 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 96 UCAS points

US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)

International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1) BTEC National Diploma: MMM.

Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum grade average of grade of C including mathematics and English

English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)



Validity Period

IELTS (Academic)

5.5 with 5.5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing

2 Years


72 with 17 Listening, 18 in Reading, 17 Writing, 20 Speaking

2 Years

Pearson Test of English

51 with 51 in each component

2 Years

First, Advanced, Proficiency – taken after January 2015

162 overall (no less than 162 in each component)

No Expiry

Cambridge First: Advantage, Proficiency – taken before January 2015

Cambridge First: Grade B overall (No less than B in any component)

No Expiry


Cambridge Advanced: Grade C (no less than C in any component) less than C in any component)

No Expiry


Cambridge Proficiency: Level C1 certificate

No Expiry

How to apply

You apply directly using the Common Application ($50.00) or the Richmond online 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.

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UCAS Course Code

3 year pathway


4 year pathway

  • 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 3-4 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

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What our students say

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.

Carley talks about her Study Abroad experience, having spent a semester in Florence:

“I don’t think it’s possible to express the extent to which I have enjoyed this experience. Being in Florence was a phenomenal experience, it is a remarkable city which will stick with me as my second home for the rest of my life.”

“My love for Florence comes from the city, the culture and the food. The people were fantastic, the staff were excellent. It is safe to say my experience would not have been half as amazing without the work and care of everyone on the Richmond in Florence team. I learnt so much about life, Italy and art, it helped me to adapt and taught me how to immerse myself in another culture.”

“Any Study Abroad experience is what you make it, it is easy to have different experiences but I can happily say that I was extremely lucky. I made some amazing friends, met fantastic people, ate some delicious food and created the best memories.”

“I implore everyone, anyone reading this to seriously consider Florence as your next stop in your life. It was one hundred percent the best thing I have ever experienced and I cannot believe that it is over. I expect that it won’t be too long before I find a way to return.”

Carley has written a report about her experiences in Florence. You can download the Word document here.

Where to find us

Richmond Hill Campus

Queen’s Road
TW10 6JP
+44 (0) 208 332 8200 (Main Switchboard)