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MA in Art History and Visual Culture

Course Description

Programme Overview

MA Art History and Visual Culture focuses on intercultural issues in the visual arts, preparing graduate students for careers in the arts and creative cultural industries. The programme is distinctive in two ways. Firstly, engaging students with an academic curriculum in tune with current interdisciplinary trends in visual culture, exploring a variety of visual art across cultures and through time, particularly in terms of what is happening on the contemporary global art scene. Secondly, giving students the skills and experience, including classes on professional practice and an accredited internship, for successful career placements in the arts and creative cultural industries. The programme is offered at Richmond's Kensington Campus in the centre of London.

Core Modules

Research Methods
Art and its Histories
World Arts
Contemporary Art
Visual Cultures
Professional Practices in Visual Arts
Grad Internship Art History Visual Cult
Extended Thesis Research


Richmond University MA students secured internships at a number of leading galleries, museums and arts organisations including Barbican Art Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Art in the Underground among others.

How to Apply

Apply online using the application form available at http://www.richmond.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-admissions/ please send your completed form to us by email to or by mail to the following address: Admission Office, Richmond, the American University in London, Queens Road, Richmond Upon Thames TW10 6JP. UK

Visit the MA in Art History and Visual Culture page on the Richmond University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Danielle Nunez

460.jpg 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.

(Student Profile)

Laura Connor

461.jpg 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.


Masters Scholarship - 4 Awards

To be eligible for consideration, a prospective scholar must have, by 1st June preceding the programme start date been accepted the offer of a place on a Richmond Masters programme for the entry year concerned and submitted a complete scholarship application form.

Value of Scholarship(s)

4 at 50% tuition payable


Each year Richmond will award a scholarship to a maximum of four outstanding new entrants to our Masters programmes. Each will cover the duration of the programme, subject to grades worth 50% remission of tuition fees payable.

Application Procedure

Recipients of the scholarship will be decided by the Vice Chancellor on the basis of:
- Their applications for study and the Scholarship,
- Their level of academic achievement prior to entry to the Richmond Masters programme, and
- Advice from the Richmond academic departments concerned. Scholars will be informed by July 1. The University reserves the right to make the offer of a scholarship subject to certain conditions being met (for example, where the final outcome of undergraduate study is not known at the point of scholarship application)

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A US Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or UK first degree with minimum second class honours, or an international undergraduate degree equivalent. Relevant work experience is welcomed and may on occasion be accepted in lieu of a first degree, but is not required.

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