What to do with an art history degree

Explore the careers you might be interested in going into after studying an art history degree.

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What can you do with an art history degree

Art History students graduate with a wealth of skills, which can be useful in most careers.

If you decide to study at Sussex, you'll explore visual culture from photography to architecture. You may also collaborate with renowned curators and in some cases work with partners within the industry. Find out about our courses and course content.

Already at Sussex? Visit our careers site.

What jobs can you get with an art history degree

Jobs may include, but are not limited to: 

  • museum curator
  • exhibitions officer in a gallery or museum
  • gallery curator
  • conservationist
  • librarian
  • archivist 
  • heritage manager
  • historic buildings inspector
  • publisher 
  • teacher.

If you haven't studied a degree yet and you're considering an art history course, you may want to browse our: 

What can you do with a Masters in art history

You might want to pursue a career in any of the above jobs. Or you could think about continuing your education further. At Sussex, we offer an Art History PhD.

You may then be able to go into an academic career, including roles such as:

  • researcher
  • higher education lecturer 
  • professor. 

For more information about careers after an art history degree, see website Prospects

If you're a current Sussex student, see more advice from our careers section


Skills

You'll develop analytic and practical skills that may prepare you for a career in the cultural, creative and academic sectors.

You'll also develop other key skills, which may be useful in your job applications and interviews. 

These may include: 

  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • research
  • communication (written and verbal)
  • attention to detail
  • ability to work in a team.

At Sussex, you can further develop your study skills by signing up for a range of workshops, tutorials and online resources.


Work experience and placements

Getting work experience or doing a placement at a museum or gallery is a great way for you to explore the role, and make you more attractive to a potential employer. 

At Sussex, during your degree, you can choose to apply for one of the below: 

  • a professional placement
  • an integrated placement if it is a requirement for a course.

This may help you gain skills and work experience before you graduate. Find out more about placements and internships at Sussex

You should also try and gain additional experience by applying for work experience or work shadowing opportunities in your own time. See volunteering opportunities from the Museums Association

You might also want to look for work experience opportunities at organisations such as: 


What do art history graduates do

Recent art history graduates from Sussex have gone into careers, such as:

  • exhibitions and collections assistant, Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft
  • media officer, Tru Thoughts
  • participation co-ordinator, London Southbank Centre.

(Department of Art History careers database)