Department of History of Art


A degree in History of Art equips you with skills highly valued across many sectors. You will develop:

  • critical thinking
  • visual literacy
  • analytical and spatial skills
  • the ability to distill and evaluate information
  • the skill to develop an idea and build a convincing argument
  • the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively
  • team and independent working skills
  • a vision of the ways in which societies and cultures articulate their values and beliefs
  • a broad interest in an array of cultures.

History of Art careers factsheet

Employers talk about the skills Arts students can gain from studying a subject that they love and how these can benefit them in the future.


In my current role as Business Development Manager for a creative agency, I see the influence of my Art History degree on a daily basis. A lot of my work involves User Experience Design and Product Development, which can be linked to the way that history of art explores the way we view things.


Alice Wilkie (BA Art History, 2012)


The independent view

We are consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.

High Fliers Research 2013, 2014 and 2015


Successful graduates

Some of our ex-students tell how their time here launched them into successful careers.

Graduate profiles

Work experience

Our specialist programme of opportunities to gain skills and enhance your CV.

Work experience and professional placements

Careers and employability advice

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Example careers

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers:
  • Arts and heritage management
  • Branding and product development
  • Business, finance and innovation
  • Charity and Third Sector
  • Curating
  • Event management
  • Fundraising and development
  • Human Resources
  • Journalism and broadcast media  
  • Law
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Publishing
  • Teaching and lecturing

Nottingham Advantage Award

Get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular modules designed to enhance employability.

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Gain experience and skills that employees are looking for.

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Further study



Department of History of Art

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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