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Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Art History and Visual Cultures (W72)

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Course summary

This diploma will equip you with the knowledge and critical skills to understand the part that art, architecture and design have played in everyday life. You will discover how images, environments and artefacts communicate meaning and value through being looked at and handled in different ways, in both the past and the present. You will explore the power of images to influence debates, both historically and in the present day, and develop transferable skills in visual literacy, critical thinking, and communication. Key features of the course

  • Explore images, artefacts and architecture from a broad range of periods and places.
  • Become aware of different approaches to studying art, design and material culture.
  • Gain skills in visual literacy, criticism, analysis and communication that will make you highly employable.
  • Reflect on your own learning with the support of a tutor.


This diploma has two stages, each comprising two modules. You’ll start Stage 1 with a broad introduction to the arts and humanities, followed by a module to develop your knowledge of cultures throughout history. Next, at Stage 2, you’ll study art history and visual cultures from prehistory to the present.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Art History and Visual Cultures (W72) at Open University - UCAS