History of Art graduate destinations

Graduates from History of Art go on to work in a wide range of careers after graduating. Within the department there are very good links with potential employers, who value highly the combination of communication, analytical and teamworking skills developed during the degree course.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours History of Art courses (BSc), including those with study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK

Responses were received from 22 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 39.3%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 50%
Self-employment/freelancing 9%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 0%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 14%
Taking time out to travel 9%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 14%
Doing something else 5%

Sector information

Areas directly related to History of Art are popular with many graduates. These include art galleries, auction houses, publishing and other media activities related to the content of the course. With around 70% of vacancies being open to graduates of any degree discipline, the potential employment areas are very wide and other careers chosen by previous graduates include recruitment, advertising and social work.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates

Advertising agencies


Botanical and zoological gardens and nature reserves activities


Computer programming activities

Other sectors (6 sectors) 6

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Pringle of Scotland
  • Whitehall Galleries
  • Bristol Architectural Centre
  • Hills Balfour
  • Dorotheum Auction House

Examples of occupations

  • Proofreader and Copy Editor
  • Fashion PR and Marketing
  • Business and Operations Executive
  • Cultural Programming Coordinator
  • Auctions Adminitration Intern

Further study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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Get experience wherever you can - not only does it help you get experience in the relevant sector, you also make connections and you never know when these connections might come in handy!

Emma, Conservation and Engagement Manager, National Trust (BA History of Art, 2011)

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