SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Graduate Destinations

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

The Department of the History 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 the History of 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, and heritage management. SOAS is often targeted by auction houses and galleries looking for graduates with specialist knowledge of African and Asian art. Our programmes contain modules with a number of practical and vocational elements, including an introduction to the creative and cultural industries and experience of curating and heritage management. 

A degree from the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology provides students with a number of transferable 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 and 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.

What do Graduates do?

Destinations of 2016 Graduates: Undergraduates

All undergraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation to find out what they are doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling.

Art UG
Example employers include:
BPCM Japanese Gallery
Christie’s KUONI Global Travel Services
Christine Park Gallery Nanjing Museum
Di Moji Protein
Hydrogen Somerset House Trust


Example occupations include:
Associate Gallery Assistant
Auction Administrator Junior Project Manager
Fashion Designer Museum Volunteer
Freelance Journalist Project Co-Ordinator
Freelance Media analyst Public Relations (PR) Assistant


Destination of 2016 Graduates: Postgraduates

All postgraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation to find out what they are doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling.

Art PG

Example employers include:
Annely Juda Fine Art Marmi Granigi Eraclit
Beijing Huachen Auctions Co., Ltd Qatar National Library (QNL)
Bonhams Rossi & Rossi
Contini Art UK Sotheby's
Heritage Transport Museum Tradigital Stuttgart GmbH


Example occupations include:
Academic Researcher Exhibition Assistant
Art Gallery Intern Head of Sale
Assistant Manager Programme Co-Ordinator
Commercial Executive Research Co-Ordinator for Islamic Manuscript Association
Data Manager Self-Employed Principal (Arts Consulting)


Destination of 2015 Graduates: Further Study

Examples of further study institutions:
Christie's Education University of Adelaide
Courtauld Institute of Art University of Chicago
Goldsmiths, University of London University of Oxford
SOAS, University of London Warburg Institute
Tokyo University of the Arts Wesleyan University


Examples of further study courses:
DPhil Archaeology MA Global Arts
Japanese Art History MA History of Design
MA Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas PhD Islamic Architecture
MA Fashion Journalism PhD Art History


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