Open University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Art History and Visual Cultures (R27)

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Course summary

This degree will equip you with the knowledge and critical skills to understand the histories and theories of visual, material and spatial cultures. This will be a rich and rounded experience as you go beyond the contextual study of art, architecture and design. You'll explore the power of images to influence debates, both historically and in the present day, and develop transferable skills in visual literacy. As you progress you'll acquire critical skills that address the subject area’s place in the wider humanities and as a component of study in the creative or cultural industries. Key features of the course

  • Explore images and artefacts from a wide range of periods and places.
  • Become familiar with different approaches to the study of visual, spatial and material culture.
  • Gain skills in visual literacy, criticism and analysis that will make you highly employable.
  • Work on your own project, with the support of a tutor, for the final module of the degree.

Course details


This degree has three stages. You’ll start Stage 1 with a broad introduction to the arts and humanities followed by a module to develop your knowledge and skills. Next, at Stage 2, you’ll study art history and visual cultures from the medieval to the modern period. Finally, at Stage 3, you’ll look at art in a global context, before completing your degree with a project module.

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

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £19368 Whole course
International £19368 Whole course
England £19368 Whole course
Channel Islands £19368 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £19368 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6444 Whole course
Scotland £6444 Whole course
Wales £7848 Whole course

Additional fee information

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Art History and Visual Cultures (R27) at Open University - UCAS