BA Degree in Art History & Visual Culture – Richmond University
  • Tuition Fee

    £9,250.00 (UK/EU)
    £14,500.00 (INT)
    $38,000.00 (US)

  • Duration

    3 Years (Full-time)

    4 Years (Full-time)

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA
    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location

    Richmond Hill Campus

Programme Overview

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:

  • Introduce students to the key influencers, theories, methods and contemporary art movements as well as the extensive art history
  • Develop an understanding of how to evaluate the role of visual arts and cultures today, through relevant conceptual frameworks
  • 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

3 Years pathway

Core Modules






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)








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

Core Modules & Electives




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



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)

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
Pearsons 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.

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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

Useful Links

Undergraduate Prospectus

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.
Emily KimberBA degree in American Studies (with optional study in the USA)

Where to find us

Richmond Hill Campus

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