The Richmond MA in Art History and Visual Culture is an exciting, challenging and cutting-edge academic program, completed over one year in a central London location.
I am delighted to be able to introduce Richmonds MA in Art History and Visual Culture. The programme builds on the success of Richmonds MA in Art History which, over more than a decade, established an international reputation for its innovative, intercultural curriculum and successful record of student placement in world-class museums, galleries and PhD programs. The MA in Art History and Visual Culture takes Richmonds approach to art history, theory and practice to a new, global and contemporary level.
The program is distinctive in two ways: first, 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; and second, 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 program has a rigorous academic curriculum embodying Richmonds mission of fostering intercultural awareness and we recognise the importance of applying this knowledge beyond the seminar room, in students daily lives and their perspectives on the world.
5 Key Features of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture:
Successful professionals in the arts and creative industries of the 2010s and beyond will be as fluent with the burgeoning art markets in the Middle East, East Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, as those established in the West. Cosmopolitan students, trained to think globally and interdependently, will become the next generation of scholars and arts professionals: Richmonds MA in Art History and Visual Culture equips students with the knowledge and skills required to critically engage with global visual cultures of the twenty-first century and become leaders in their fields. Our international, research active faculty, including three new appointments this academic year, are committed to this mission.
I welcome your application to the program. Please take the time to work on your Professional Statement and think about the way in which the individual character of this MA can enhance your career and how you can contribute to the program during your year with us. We encourage you to visit our Kensington campus and if you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
In the Fall semester students acquire knowledge of the key theoretical and methodological considerations required for working with the visual arts in the 2010s, applying this knowledge to key examples, especially those held in the world class collections of the museums and galleries of London. These rigorous academic apparatus are balanced by training in the conceptual professional practices required for working in the arts and creative industries.
In the Spring semester, the theoretical and methodological background of the Fall curriculum is applied in sustained analysis of contemporary visual culture on the global stage. Research begins on the dissertation, as students seek innovative material and fresh directions for thinking through visual culture. And, students apply their conceptual knowledge on professional practices to practical, working examples. After completion of the coursework, in the Summer students undertake an internship at a gallery, museum or other arts institution and complete their dissertations.
Students are required to be in London from early May to Mid-June for thesis supervision and seminars. The thesis is handed in no later than September 1. Students must be registered for VAM 7550.Graduate Certificate in Art History and Visual Culture
The Graduate Certificate in Art History and Visual Culture is awarded to students registered on the MA who have successfully completed in good academic standing (with a 3.0 GPA / B average / Pass) for all coursework components but: 1) fail to submit the thesis ( without extenuating circumstances eligible for resubmission), or 2) fail to pass the thesis. The Certificate is therefore conferrable as an exit award in recognition of successful completion of graduate coursework, but it is not possible for students to register on the Graduate Certificate.
A minimum of 24 credits, are required from the following coursework:
Each year Richmond will award a scholarship to a maximum of three outstanding new entrants to our Masters programmes. Each will cover the duration of the programme, subject to grades, with one as a 100% remission of tuition fees payable and the remaining two worth 50% remission of tuition fees payable.
To be eligible for consideration, a prospective scholar must have, by 1st June preceding the programme start date:
Recipients of the scholarship will be decided by the Vice Chancellor on the basis of:
Scholars will be informed by July 15th. 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)
Once awarded, continuation of the Scholarship into the second and subsequent semesters of study will be dependent on the Scholar:
The fee waiver is cancelled in total if the student does not remain actively enrolled for three successive semesters (full time programmes) or six successive semesters (part time programmes).
The Masters Scholarship may not be held in conjunction with any other form of financial or scholarship support from the University.
Tuition fees, books, a laptop computer (required), and living costs are the main items you will need to take into account in estimating the total cost of your MA Program.
MA students fund their studies from a variety of sources such as loans, grants, and personal resources.
United States Government Loans
U.S. citizens and U.S. green card holders may qualify for Stafford loans. To apply you must complete the Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In the U.S. you can also call 1-8004FED AID to request a form. The U.S. Department of Education number for Richmond, The American International University in London is G10594.
There may be some private loans available to American students studying abroad. Private loans are subject to a credit check. Some Richmond students fund their studies through the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loans. We do not have a preferred lenders list and we are not currently aware of other U.S. private loan providers. You should consider terms and conditions carefully in comparison with Federal Direct Loans.
The MA in Art History and Visual Culture is dually accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and validated by The Open University.