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BA History of Art / Careers

Year of entry: 2021

Career opportunities

Francesca Casaburi - BA History of Art with French Studies

From career events and placements at local galleries to the amazing internship at the Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Manchester really helps students to acquire the essential skills employers look for.

It's my first year and I have already started an Internship at the Whitworth Art Gallery as a member of the curatorial team for a new exhibition.

Francesca Casaburi / BA History of Art with French Studies (Year 1)

Studying History of Art will prepare you for careers in the art world and a wide range of job opportunities ranging from curating and cultural management to publishing, journalism, the media, and teaching.

Our surveys of recent graduates have revealed that our students also pursue an impressive variety of careers in such fields as law, banking, fashion, advertising, accountancy, business management, commerce, the new media, computing and archive studies.

Recent graduate career destinations include:

  • Education Officer, De Morgan Collection;
  • Royal Collections Exhibitions Curator;
  • Archivist, Tate Liverpool;
  • Art Officer, English Heritage.

We live in an image-saturated world where being shrewd about how images and texts communicate and having the skills to interpret and write about them can be a route to a satisfying job.

In response to the vocational interests of our students, we have implemented a new pathway devoted to curating and gallery studies taught in conjunction with Museology staff. Topics include museums, collecting, curating, exhibiting, and art writing.

On graduation, some of our students choose to stay on in order to follow the highly regarded MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies .

Find out more on the Careers and employability page.

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .