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Open University BA (Honours) in Art History and Visual Cultures
Open University

BA (Honours) in Art History and Visual Cultures

Online United Kingdom

3 Years


Full time, Part time

05 Sep 2024

Oct 2024

GBP 21,816 *

Distance Learning

* total cost; part-time at a rate of 60 credits is £3,636 per year


This degree will equip you with the knowledge and critical skills to investigate works of art, images, objects and architecture, from the local to the global and from prehistory to the present. This will be a rich and rounded experience as you discover the power of images and works of art to influence debates and shape everyday life.

Through your studies, you’ll explore the place of art history and visual cultures in the wider humanities and as a component in the creative and cultural industries, and develop transferable skills in visual literacy, critical thinking, and communication.

Key features

  • 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 project, with the support of a tutor, for the final module of the degree.


Our qualifications are as accessible as possible, and we have a comprehensive range of support services. Our BA (Honours) Art History and Visual Cultures uses a variety of study materials and includes the following elements:

  • Online study - most modules are online; some have a mix of printed and online material. Online learning resources could include websites, audio/video, and interactive activities
  • Pre-determined schedules - we’ll help you develop your time-management skills
  • Assessment in the form of short-answer questions, essays, and a dissertation project
  • Feedback - continuous assessment includes feedback from your tutor and using this to improve your performance
  • Using and producing diagrams and screenshots
  • Finding external/third-party material online
  • Accessing online catalogues and databases
  • Specialist material, such as works of art
  • Online tutorials
  • Optional gallery visits
  • Group-work

How long it takes

  • Part-time study - 6 years
  • Full-time study - 3-4 years
  • Time limit - 16 years

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