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MA Degree in Art History & Visual Culture

Richmond, The American International University in London
Program overview
1 - 2 Years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2020

January 2021

September 2021

January 2022

Program description

MA Degree in Art History & Visual Culture

Based at our Kensington campus in the heart of London, our MA in Art History and Visual Culture program will prepare you for an exciting creative career in the art world or more study in the visual arts. This program 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 program, 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.

Study one Master’s program 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.

Our program 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 program 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.

Admission requirements

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

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core Modules & Electives

Fall Semester

  • Art and Its Histories
  • World Arts
  • Research Methods

Spring Semester

  • Contemporary Arts
  • Visual Cultures

Plus one of the following:

  • Professional Digital Media Skills
  • Curating
  • Art Education
  • International Art Market

Summer Semester

  • Internship with dissertation
  • OR
  • Extended Thesis Research

*Subject to availability

Tuition fees

  • £8,000 (UK/EU)
  • £13,250 (INT, US)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Continuing studies

Further Education

PhD, Art History, University of York, University of the Arts, Florida State University, Harvard University, University of Illinois, American Art History, University of Iowa, University of Texas, University of Washington

Career opportunities

Career Paths

Pearl Lam Galleries, Beijing Museum Educator, Musée de Louvre, Saatchi Gallery, Halcyon Gallery, October Gallery, White Cube, Windsor Castle, Aon Private Risk Management, Victoria & Albert Museum, University of Wisconsin-Madison, JPMorgan Chase, Seattle Art Museum, Guggenheim Museum – New York, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Sotheby’s – New York, Christies – New York, MANA Contemporary – New York

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Richmond, The American International University in London

Richmond, The American International University in London

At Richmond, The American University in London we offer a Liberal Arts education renowned for its flexibility and broad-based curriculum. We have campuses in two of London’s premier area – Richmond and Kensington, where we also offer accommodation. Our liberal...

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Richmond, The American International University in London

Richmond Hill Campus
Queen’s Road
TW10 6JP London
United Kingdom

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