Popular career areas for Art History students:
A degree from Scotland's first university is an excellent start to any future career. St Andrews has a reputation for excellence and the ability to attract the brightest students worldwide. With this as a starting point you are well on the way to impressing future employers.
As art history is studied in social, geographical, cultural and psychological contexts, you will develop an understanding of how different societies evolve and how art impacts on our lives. Additionally, as well as acquiring a number of academic skills, you will also develop more general transferable skills, all of which are highly valued by employers across all sectors.
Further study is a popular choice for art history graduates. In fact, if you wish to continue in a field related to your degree, a postgraduate qualification is often necessary.
Graduates with an art history degree are equipped for a wide range of professional careers, including arts and heritage management, galleries/museums and archives, journalism, the media, publishing and a wide range of positions around the creative arts.
Review your degree skills
The profile below identifies the skills that can be developed through the study of your discipline based on subject benchmark statements developed by UK higher education academic communities. It may help you to identify the valuable skills that you can offer to potential employers.
|Recent Art History graduates|
|IRIS Worldwide - Advertising graduate
||Sothebys - Cataloguer
||Aratella Swimwear Ltd - Designer
|Ghost Magazine - Photography Editor
||BNY Mellon - Rotational Development Program Associate
||John Adams Fine Art - Gallery Manager
|Graduates who are established in their profession|
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center - Executive Director
|Impressionist and Modern Art Group - European Business Manager||
Peninsula Press - Investor Relations Director
Sotheby’s - Executive Assistant to Worldwide Head of Contemporary
BBC World TV News - Freelance art expert
Serpentine Galleries - Exhibition Curator
Rosalie graduated in 2012. She has worked as an Account Executive for Grey in London.
Emma graduated in 2005. She is the Museums Manager at The Black Watch Castle & Museum.
Visit the Graduate Destinations page to see what graduates and postgraduates from your School are doing now.
Many jobs and internships are not advertised. One of the best ways to find out about these ‘hidden opportunities’ is by networking. Networking can also help secure a job that is publicised or is part of a training scheme. Your contacts can open doors, set up meetings, help prepare you for interviews, and provide you with an inside look at a company or industry.
How to contact alumni
There are two main ways to contact alumni on-line:
In 2014, 20.5% of Art History graduates went on to do further study.
Advisers are able and willing to discuss postgraduate applications - vocational and academic.
Work experience is becoming ‘essential’ in the UK when it comes to securing graduate level employment.
During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 90% of the UK’s leading graduate employers offered paid work experience programmes for students and recent graduates. Altogether, 55% of St Andrews finalists had completed some element of work experience with a graduate employer whilst at university – much higher than the survey average. More than two-fifths had a part-time job during term-time and three-fifths had some form of casual vacation work. Source: High Fliers –The UK Graduate Careers Survey 2016.
These can often be a good source of information on internships, jobs and postgraduate study.