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.

The College Art Association Jobs and Opportunites Link opens an external site

The CAA Online Career Center Link opens an external site is a database of employment listings in the art and academic worlds, where job seekers may search listings and post their CV, and employers may submit classified advertisements and browse information about potential candidates. CAA’s Opportunities Link opens an external site collects and publishes calls for entries and papers, conference notices, fellowship and grant opportunities, available internships, and more. To prepare for interviews, visit CAA Standards & Guidelines Link opens an external site for Tools for Art Historians and Tools for Museum Professionals. Note: you must be a CAA member to obtain full job listing information.

The Chronicle of Higher Education Jobs Link opens an external site

Formerly ChronicleVitae; online career hub for higher education. Can browse faculty jobs by discipline and jobs outside academe.

Association of Academic Museums & Galleries Job Postings Link opens an external site

Lists openings for academic museums, galleries, and collections.

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Career Center Link opens an external site

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 Link opens an external site

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 Link opens an external site

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

Academic Jobs Wiki: Art History Jobs 2022-2023 Link opens an external site

A listing of academic and museum job searches taking place during the 2022-2023 academic year, for jobs starting 2023.

Career Alternatives for Art Historians Link opens an external site

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


Career Resources & Professional Organizations

UCSB Career Services Link opens in a new window

Information for undergraduates Link opens in a new window and graduate students Link opens in a new window on career counseling, upcoming workshops, recruiting events, and other resources.

Visual Resources Association (VRA) Jobs Digest Link opens an external site

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 Link opens an external site group for further employment and internship opportunities.

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) JobList Link opens an external site

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

MCN (Museum Computer Network) Mail Archive Link opens an external site

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.
  • Look for relevent courses for a Minor in UCSB's Spatial Studies Link opens in a new window, and even combine a major in History of Art & Architecture and an Emphasis in Architecture & Environment with a Minor in Spatial Studies Link opens in a new window.
  • Take courses in UCSB's Department of Art Link opens in a new window. 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 Link opens an external site for relevant courses.
  • Research, with places to start:
    • For information about architecture schools and a handy search engine with links to school websites in the U.S., see National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), Architecture Programs School Search Link opens an external site. Accessed August 17, 2022.
    • For information about research expertise at ACSA member programs or an indivisualized list about faculty research, scholarship and creative practice, see the ACSA Index of Scholarship Link opens an external site, published July 2022. Accessed August 24, 2022.
    • For general architecture school rankings, see The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022 by subject: Arts and Humanities Link opens an external site. Accessed August 17, 2022.
    • For rankings for Master of Architecture programs, see Best Architecture Master’s Ranking 2022 Link opens an external site, published July 2022. Accessed August 17, 2022.
    • For information and statistics on the architect profession in the U.S., see Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Architects Link opens an external site. Accessed July 14, 2022.
    • For information on which design tools are necessary for a successful career in architecture, see American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), "Digital Workflow," Link opens an external site (published n.d.), a tool for optimizing your design workflow and software knowledge, and "Digital Resources Guide" Link opens an external site (published n.d.). Both accessed July 14, 2022
    • For recommendations for and links to architecture software, and "Best architecture software of 2022 Link opens an external site," TechRadar (published June 23, 2022). Accessed August 17, 2022.
    • For checklists on what to do to become an architect, see National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Destination Architect: Your Guide to Becoming an Architect Link opens an external site, and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), Prospective Students: You want to be an architect. That's Great! Link opens an external site. Accessed August 17, 2022.
    • For a White Paper on securing your first job after graduation, see American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), "THRIVE: How To Get A Job In Architecture Link opens an external site," AIAS.org (published May 2018). Accessed August 17, 2022.
    • For COVID-19-related resources, see American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), COVID-19 Student Resources Link opens an external site, (published n.d.). Accessed August 17, 2022.
  • Explore UCSB's departments of Mathematics Link opens in a new window and Physics Link opens in a new window 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, arthistory-ug-arthi@ucsb.edu link opens in the default email client, for more information.