Art History and Visual Culture Careers

Overview

The College of Humanities has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters. Six months after graduation 96%* of Humanities graduates are employed or in further study.

Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter is a bold interdisciplinary programme which will enable you to stand out in the job market. This programme will give you specialist knowledge of everything from traditional art forms such as architecture and sculpture, to today’s visual practices such as film, video, performance and digital art. You will develop a broad range of highly desirable skills in analysis, critique, research and theoretical and practical creativity. Art History and Visual Culture graduates will be able to succeed in a range of sectors, including:

  • Heritage
  • Arts Administration
  • Consultancy
  • Market Research
  • Civil Service
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Charities
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations (PR)

Further Study

Every year a high proportion of Humanities graduates choose to progress to further study or professional training. The Art History and Visual Culture programme presents its graduates with opportunity to undertake further study or training in areas such as education, arts management and journalism, amongst others.

Career Zone

The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.  

*First–degree University of Exeter graduates across the College of Humanities. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

Professional Experience

Your degree in Art History and Visual Culture will give you plenty of opportunity to develop your professional portfolio which will give you the skills and experience which you will need to be successful in your chosen career.

Humanities in the Workplace

Our College-wide module, Humanities in the Workplace, is available to all students in the College and offers the chance for students to complete a minimum of 40 hours work experience in a broad range of sectors. Completing a work placement is great way to gain a competitive edge in the graduate job market, and will help you to develop an understanding of how the skills gained from a Humanities degree are applicable in the workplace. 

Volunteering

Voluntary work demonstrates to employers that you are socially aware and proactive, and that you have developed key employability skills such as communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. The University of Exeter works with many partner organisations in the Arts and Heritage industries who recruit our students for voluntary positions on a yearly basis, such as Exmouth Festival and Exeter City Football Club Archives. Many students also undertake local community work through the Guild’s ESV (Exeter Student Volunteering) programme. 

We also have strong links with collections, institutions and art groups in the area which you will be able to take advantage of. These include; Spacex; Tate St Ives; Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery; and Arnolfini.

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is based on our Streatham Campus. This presents unique opportunities for students to engage with their extensive collection. Our students have previously curated exhibitions as well as using the resource to inspire and inform their studies.

Events

Every year the Humanities employability team organise a series of employability and alumni events which are tailored to the career aspirations of our students. 

Careers in Journalism

This event aims to give students an insight into working in Journalism, and to the chance to understand what it takes to be successful as a Journalist today. Recent speakers have included former students Cyan Turan (BA English 2012) and Rob Edwards (BA History 2010). Cyan is now an Editorial Assistant and Junior Writer at the Sun’s supplement magazine Fabulous, whilst Rob is a Senior Editorial Assistant for the UK section of Russia Today (RT).

In the Spotlight: Jobs in Film, from Production to Distribution and Exhibition

This event offers students the opportunity to meet individuals who have successful careers in this tough industry. The panel has most recently featured alumni James Panting, an Assistant Editor for titles such as The Theory of Everything and Suite Francais, Adam Singodia, a freelance Director of Photography (both Exeter BA Film Studies 2010),  and Duncan Carson, who is the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Independent Cinema Office.

Life and a career in the arts and culture sector – with former Exeter student Julian Bird

Julian Bird, Chief Executive of two of the main theatre bodies in the UK, visited campus to discuss his successful career in the sector, and offered tips on how students can follow in his footsteps.

Using your Humanities degree for a career in Finance - hosted by Deloitte

The University of Exeter were visited by Deloitte financial services, who are keen to recruit Exeter students from a broad range of subjects. On this occasion, former student Philippa Rowe (BA French and Latin 2013) who is now a Senior Associate, visited students to talk to them about how their degree in Humanities can launch them into a ‘Times top 100’ career with Deloitte. 

Our students and graduates

The Art History and Visual Culture course has been great so far. I have particularly enjoyed the visual culture modules but also the field trip to Florence was an amazing experience. I have secured a place on the L’Oreal Marketing Graduate Scheme for when I leave university; this is following a Summer Internship I recently completed with the company.

Sophie Kinnear, BA Art History and Visual Culture