15 months after graduating
of our graduates are in work or further study
As an Art History graduate, you might consider working within heritage as an obvious route, making full use of the rich knowledge you have accumulated during your degree. Heritage offers a number of exciting opportunities which focus on increasing public engagement and creating links between artists, researchers and audiences. You could work within a gallery setting (such as art gallery manager, exhibition officer and curator), or in a museum/ historical building setting (such as an archivist, conservator, museum education officer). Roles such as marketing, PR and education allow you to promote the gallery/ museum world to the public (be it directly or indirectly) while still cultivating your interest in the arts and culture. Working within antiques, auction houses and fine art publishing houses are also potential avenues for utilising your passion in visual culture. If working within the heritage sector doesn’t appeal, you could consider roles with the broader creative industries where you can use your project management skills to pursue a career in the media, PR, events or marketing.
If you want to share your passion for the importance of art still in modern society, along with what we can learn from it, you could become a teacher (primary, secondary, further education) or work within higher education as a lecturer or researcher.
It’s worth remembering that many art history graduates take the skills they have learnt elsewhere and find their way into less directly related graduate professions including business, the environment, the civil service and the charitable sector.
Researching your career options
With such a wide range of careers open to you as an Art History graduate, it is important to make sure you explore and research your options thoroughly so that you can make informed decisions about your future.
Take a look at the Prospects, TargetJobs and the professional associations websites for inspiration:
Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth History graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation. For some graduates, these jobs serve as ‘stepping stones’ to professional posts by providing relevant workplace experience:
- The Alpine Garden Society
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 13 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.