• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
Based at the Kensington campus in the heart of London, the MA in Art History and Visual Culture from Richmond, the American International University in London, will prepare you for an exciting creative career in the art world or more study in the visual arts. This programme puts a spotlight on intercultural issues in art history and visual culture, and professional practice in the visual arts.

About

It’s a fantastic location in Kensington where you’ll be based studying this programme, so close to the Victoria and Albert Museum, Design Museum, Saatchi Gallery, and many more art galleries and institutions are located right in the centre of London. Having such ease of access to London’s world- class art galleries, museums, libraries and art institutions is vital to the foundation of this course.

Study one Master’s programme and you’ll gain two degrees, one from the UK and one from the US. The choice is yours, it can be taken in one year full-time or over two years, part-time.

The Art History and Visual Culture programme offered by Richmond, the American International University in London combines theory and practical skills, beginning in the first semester with an exploration of the history of art and a comparative exploration of art around the world. This is combined with an investigation of research methods, developing skills which are invaluable to a future employer.

The second semester focuses on contemporary arts, using London as the backdrop to bring these alive in a vivid way. The programme continues with a study of visual cultures, with the option to choose specialisms from such topics as Curating, Art Education and the International Art Market.

You’ll have the choice in the final semester of doing either an internship with a dissertation or an extended research project, both great opportunities to provide hands-on experience to increase your employability.

London will be your inspiration. World class art and creative institutions, internationally renowned auction houses, dealers and critics, all combine to make up the unique London art scene. Added together with our small classes which are taught by highly qualified Professors, it’s an unparalleled opportunity.

Career support

The university offer career support and advice through the 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.

Accreditation

Accredited by Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Art and Its Histories
  • World Arts
  • Research Methods
  • Contemporary Arts
  • Visual Cultures
  • Professional Digital Media Skills
  • Curating
  • Art Education
  • International Art Market
  • Internship with dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    87

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A first degree in any discipline with a minimum classification of 2.2 (Lower Second Class Honours) or its international equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6996 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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