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Based at our Kensington campus in the heart of London, our MA in Art History and Visual Culture programme 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.
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,
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A first degree in any discipline with a minimum classification of 2.2 (Lower Second Class Honours) or its international equivalent
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If you'd like to do a Masters programme in one of the world's most lively and cosmopolitan cities, Richmond, The American International University in London, could be just what you're looking for. Most of Richmond's programmes start in fall or spring and are offered either full-time for a year or part-time over two years.Read more
When I began searching for an Art History Graduate program abroad, the MA program at Richmond immediately appealed to my interests. I had always wanted to live in London, and the thought of earning a fully accredited MA degree in one year was extremely attractive.
Thus far, the experience has been just what I hoped for. The MA faculty at Richmond has worked hard to provide an easy transition period for incoming students. We arrived in London about a week before the academic year began, and rather than jumping straight into coursework, we were able to use the time to acclimatize to life on campus, and in London.
The MA program is based at the Kensington campus, which is a prime location for immersion in London life. The campus is nestled in a beautiful residential neighborhood just a few short blocks away from public transportation, shopping and entertainment. In addition, the location is ideal for Art History students in that the Victoria and Albert Museum and National Art Library are just a 15 minute walk away. These resources have proved to be absolutely invaluable!
While the coursework is challenging, with appropriate time management, it can all be accomplished, and quite rewarding. Classes are held inside the classroom as well as the Museum and Gallery settings. Professors make excellent use of the amazing artistic and social opportunities that London has to offer. We have been lucky enough to have classes take place in such locations as Oxford, Greenwich, and even a day spent browsing notable Art Galleries in London’s East End. I recommend this program for anybody wishing to gain hands on experience studying Art in a cosmopolitan setting, and London truly is an excellent setting for Art Historical research.
Richmond’s MA in Art History offers an excellent course of study that fully prepares its students for careers in academia and the international art world. The program’s curriculum is challenging, engaging, and comprehensive, versing its students in theory, effective research methods, and fascinating topics in art history. Faculty members are both highly knowledgeable and open-minded, inviting discussion and dissention from their students. The Richmond MA further challenges its students by inciting them to explore marginalized artistic production, such as non-Western visual culture and modern British art, while also grounding them in canonical artistic traditions. In addition, the program’s structure strikes an ideal balance between providing academic guidance and allowing students the independence to study the topics that most interest them.
Richmond’s location is another of its principle assets. Vibrant, cosmopolitan London is an ideal environment in which to study the visual arts. Not only do Richmond’s graduate students have easy access to London’s celebrated art collections, renowned libraries, and cutting-edge gallery spaces, other major European museums and cultural centers are only a short plane trip away.
Richmond’s MA program has amply equipped me to pursue further graduate work in the literary and visual arts. Moreover, in addition to professionally preparing me, the Richmond MA has personally enriched me by familiarizing me with diverse types of art and theory with which I had previously had little experience.
MA in Art History and Visual Culture is a great programme that gives you a broad knowledge in this field. We’ve looked at how different continents and countries perceive art, which has led to many interesting discussions. We’ve also studied art historians, and how they approached art in each particular era, considering the methods they used which has been fascinating.
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