As the cultural industries remain a key part of our economic future, it is no surprise that a high percentage of our History of Art students are in exciting graduate-level positons just six months after completing their degree.
As a History of Art graduate, you can join the 40% of the University’s former students who stay in Birmingham after their studies. You may also be eligible to apply for one of our 6 paid internships with the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, or with other cultural organisations, through the Cultural Intern Scheme. There are also plenty more work and internship opportunities in the city and through the College of Arts and Law Careers team, who also host events such as ‘Careers in History of Art’.
Throughout your degree, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to gaining experience through volunteering and work placements - as you are based in one of Britain’s fastest growing cultural hotspots.
Art venues in Birmingham include:
- Birmingham Museum and Arts Gallery (which houses the largest collection of Pre-Raphelite artwork in the world)
- Ikon Gallery (contemporary and experimental art)
- Midlands Art Centre (MAC - exhibitions, theatre and cinema)
- Vivid Projects (which host Digbeth First Fridays, a monthly open house of contemporary art galleries and projects in the Digbeth area)
- Birmingham Open Media (BOM - exhibitions combining art and the sciences)
- The Custard Factory (contemporary and experimental art)
- The Royal Society of Artists Gallery (RBSA - local artists)
Other cultural venues include:
- Birmingham Repertory Theatre
- Birmingham Hippodrome
- Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall (THSH)
- The Electric Cinema (the oldest working cinema in the UK)
- The Eastside Project
- The Jewellery Quarter Museum
- Birmingham Back to Backs
- Birmingham Conservation Trust
- The Old Joint Stock
- Plus lots of venues to watch live rock, jazz, indie and pop music
Graduates from our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes have gone on to work for so many amazing companies including; Cath Kidston, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Bodleian Library, and in a multitude of fields from curating, research, and auction houses, to costume, events, and teaching, to name just a few.