Career Information

Academic & Professional Opportunities in History of Art & Architecture

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it offers a selection of opportunities for finding the right career or job for you.

Career Alternatives for Art Historians

This site lists the criteria for numerous career options - some have links to other relevant websites.

The College Art Association Online Career Center

Academic job listings are found in the CAA's publication Careers, but this website includes updated listings on awards, internships, grants, etc., as well as professional advice, in the sections 'Career Development' and 'Resources and Opportunities'. Note: you must be a CAA member to obtain full job listing information.

The Chronicle of Higher Education Community

Formerly ChronicleVitae; online career hub for higher education. Can browse Faculty jobs by discipline.

The Museum Employment Resource Center

Lists openings in museums and other cultural institutions; also has a resumé-posting option.

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Career Center

Job listings as well as resources for both emerging and established scholars (account log in required to view job postings).

American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Manage Your Career and JobHQ

Tools for managing your career and listings of museum jobs via the American Alliance of Museums website, including sections devoted to emerging museum professionals and career management.

MUSEUM-L Archives

This very active listserv has numerous position openings (use "Search Archives" feature).

Versatile PhD

The largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for Ph.D.s in humanities, social sciences, and STEM. UCSB graduate students or postdoctoral scholars have access to premium content on the VPhD website free of charge, including discussion forums, job postings, and career profiles written by Ph.D.s who were hired ?outside of academia.

Academic Jobs Wiki: Art History Jobs 2020-2021

A listing of academic and museum job searches taking place during the 2020-2021 academic year, for jobs starting 2021.


Career Resources & Professional Organizations

UCSB Career Services

Information for undergraduates and graduate students on career counseling, upcoming workshops, recruiting events, and other resources.

Visual Resources Association (VRA) Jobs Digest

Job listings and opportunities for image media professionals, including art and architecture librarians, image curators, and archivists; check also the VRA's Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students group for further employment and internship opportunities.

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) JobList

Recent job postings art librarians, as well as arts administrators, curators, and other visual resources professionals.

MCN (Museum Computer Network) Mail Archive

Jobs regularly posted here for museum information professionals.


Careers in Architecture

UCSB does not offer a degree in architecture. However, on the websites of the organizations listed below, students can find information about studying architecture towards a professional career.

Recommendations for how students can develop their interest in architecture while studying at the Department of History of Art & Architecture:

  • Declare a major in the History of Art & Architecture, either with an Emphasis in Architecture & Environment or take as many courses in architectural history as the major requirements allow.
  • Organize independent research with faculty in the department who are working in architectural history and architecture.
  • Take courses in UCSB's Spatial Studies , and even combine a major in History of Art & Architecture and an Emphasis in Architecture & Environment with a minor in Spatial Studies .
  • Take courses in UCSB's Department of Art . Note that these courses are often oversubscribed and Art Majors may have priority.
  • Develop drawing and drafting skills by taking such courses as, for example, freehand drawing, architectural drafting, AutoCAD and 3-D computer programs. In addition to UCSB, check out Santa Barbara City College  for relevant courses.
  • Research, with places to start:
  • Explore UCSB's departments of Mathematics and Physics to determine if they offer appropriate courses that meet or supplement requirements for any architectural programs you might consider entering after your time at UCSB (check with the school's architectural program about required course work).
  • Organize an internship with architects, landscape architects, municipal and county architects and planning offices, non-profit organizations working, for example, in the field of housing and sustainable architecture. History of Art & Architecture majors may be able to obtain course credits for internships; contact the Undergraduate Advisor for more information.