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

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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

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £14544 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £13968 Whole course
Scotland £4752 Whole course
Northern Ireland £4636 Whole course
Wales £5248 Whole course
EU £14944 Whole course
International £14944 Whole course
Channel Islands £14944 Whole course

Additional fee information

Fee information is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2025. Fees typically increase annually.
Art History and Visual Cultures (W72) at Open University - UCAS