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 27 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 65.9%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 50%
Part-time work 13%
Due to start work 4%
Full-time study 21%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 0%
Something else 0%
Unemployed 13%

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
Hospitality 5
Wholesale and retail 2
Arts, entertainment and recreation 2
Other sectors (6 sectors) 6

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • The Royal West of England Academy
  • Karla Otto
  • Boden
  • Rose Uniacke Ltd
  • Artist studio

Examples of occupations

  • Front of House and Events Assistant
  • Exhibition Coordinator
  • Digital Marketing Assistant
  • Account Assistant
  • Business Development Executive

Further study

Those History of Art graduates entering further study six months after graduation undertook courses including History of Art (MA), Curating the Art Museum (MA) and Graduate Diploma in Law.

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 0
Postgraduate taught degree 4
Postgraduate certificate 0
First degree 0
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 1
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 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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