Your degree in Art History

While studying Art History, you'll learn about objects of art in their historical development and stylistic contexts. You’ll develop important skills to provide sophisticated visual analysis and observations to wider political, social and cultural contexts of art, as well as analyze visual objects from a variety of perspectives.

These skills may include:

  • Critical and historical analysis of objects, spaces, visual traditions, artistic practices, and ideas
  • Attention to detail in performing visual and spatial relations analysis and recognizing patterns
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of art historical data
  • Research, production, and presentation of arguments across different geographic and cultural contexts in the past and present
  • Collaboration with people from diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Compelling written and oral communication used to compare and contrast works of art, drawing on critical theory and art history
  • Articulation of abstract ideas and visual impressions exploring the role of context, form, and social significance

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including art galleries, museums, media, publishing, arts administration, insurance, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Advertising designer

Archives manager

Art buyer

Art critic

Art director

Art gallery manager

Art legal advisor

Art restoration technician

Art underwriter/claim examiner

Arts administrator


Charitable organization director

Communications manager

Community arts coordinator


Estate appraiser

Exhibit designer

Exhibition coordinator

Festival organizer

Fundraiser/Grant writer

Gallery exhibition designer

Heritage interpreter


Manuscript editor

Market research analyst

Marketing coordinator

Multimedia manager

Museum coordinator

Museum educator

Museum technician


Visual merchandiser


Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

Art History Students’ Association
Meet other UBC students through events and programs. 

Undergraduate Journal of Art History and Visual Culture
Showcase undergraduate research, artwork, and writing in a peer-reviewed journal.

Art History co-op success stories
Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.

Departmental events
Network with Art History students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Funding and awards
Discover scholarship opportunities for Art History students.

Belkin Art Gallery
Contribute to the cultural life of the UBC Vancouver campus, the city, and the province through volunteering.

Museum of Anthropology at UBC
Apply for volunteer, internship and staff positions.

Arts and culture in BC
Explore local galleries, exhibitions, festivals and other events.

Arts funding opportunities
Apply for grants from professional associations, corporations, non-profits, and government organizations.

ArtStarts in Schools
Discover volunteer and funding opportunities to expand the role of art in education for British Columbia’s youth.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
Develop new skills and gain practical knowledge in a heritage field over the summer.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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