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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Graduate Destinations

How does a degree in History of Art & Archaeology help with my career?

The department of Art and Archaeology at SOAS enables students to follow either an arts related career or a more general graduate job.  With a degree in Art and Archaeology graduates have the foundations to work in a range of arts related jobs such as galleries, museums, archives, conservation, publishing, arts administration, heritage management.   It can often be difficult getting a job in the arts world without further study and/or relevant work experience. However, SOAS is often targeted by auction houses and galleries looking for graduates with specialist knowledge of African and Asian art.

A degree from the department of History of Art & Archaeology provides students with a number of transferrable skills that can be applied to other types of professions.  These include: research skills; written and oral communication skills; visual awareness; and specialist subject knowledge of Asian and African art.  Former History of Art & Archaeology students have gone on to employment in a range of professional roles in business and public sectors, as well as continuing in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions

Destinations of recent graduates from this department immediately after graduation include:

  • Auctioneers
  • Archivists and curators
  • University researchers, unspecified discipline
  • Business and financial project management professionals
  • Desktop publishing assistants and operators
  • Higher education teaching professionals
  • Library clerks and assistants
  • Quality assurance and regulatory professionals
  • Researchers
  • Senior professionals of educational establishments
  • Solicitors

DLHE Statistics

The chart above shows that SOAS History of Art & Archaeology graduates are very employable.

Graduate Destination Surveys from 2012 show that the majority of graduates who could be surveyed are either in work, further study, work and study or volunteering.

Further information about DLHE is available on the Careers Service website.

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