Fine Art and Art History - careers

Graduates in Fine Art and Art History find employment in a diverse range of careers, from teaching to professional practice, working in museums to art therapy. We’ll help you find your niche and train for it with flexible internships.

Fine Art at Plymouth opens up all sorts of career routes including professional art practice, exhibition curating, teaching and education, gallery administration, restoration, community art projects, artists' residencies, and working in a wide range of the creative industries such as animation, music videos, film and special effects.

Prepare for a successful career with an internship. Thanks to the flexibility of the course, you can do it during term time or over the summer – whatever suits you. Our students have  recently interned at Tate Britain, Sotheby’s, the National Trust, Plymouth Arts Centre, Peninsula Arts and the Wallace Collection.

Over 80 per cent of our graduates are working or undertaking further study after six months.

What they did next - life after BA (Hons) Fine Art / Fine Art and Art History

As a Fine Art / Fine Art and Art History graduate you will be armed with a wealth of skills that you have acquired, developed and refined over the three years that you study with us, and will be ready to make a significant contribution to particular aspects of contemporary visual culture

This selection of snapshots is testament to the ingenuity, imagination and creativity of Fine Art students at Plymouth, and provides an interesting insight into what some of them have done, and are continuing to do, following graduation. We hope it will inspire you. 

Download our 'what they did next' brochure  

Graduate insight - Sue Austin

The intellectual and practical demands of the Fine Art degree have enabled me to develop my thought processes and research methodology.

Susan Austin, graduated from BA (Hons) Fine Art, progressing onto the MA Contemporary Art Practice and establishing the FreeWheeling art initiative.

Find out more about Sue's time with BA (Hons) Fine Art

Student internships - Charlotte Slater at the Peninsula Arts Gallery

I wanted to gain experience that included arts administration and marketing and to get involved with events in various strands, so not just fine art and exhibitions, but music, performance, lectures, film and festivals.

Charlotte had the opportunity to get involved with school activities, private views and to meet professionals from across the arts.

Visit the Peninsula Arts website

Student internships - Zoe Watson at Plymouth Art Gallery

I did an internship with Plymouth Art Gallery with Young Explainers. My role involved dressing up as the characters that appear in the Reynolds paintings, talking to school children as the characters, and putting on a performance.

This experience led Zoe to want to work in a museum as a curator and she was subsequently accepted on a four-month internship at Plymouth Art Centre.

Visit the Young Explainers' website