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 2023-2024 Link opens an external site

A listing of academic and museum job searches taking place during the 2023-2024 academic year, for jobs starting 2024.

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:
  • 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, link opens in the default email client, for more information.

Want more information about advanced (e.g., Master of Architecture) degrees? Example: The USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles

The USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles cultivates creative intelligence and champions spatial and environmental justice through innovative design practices that challenge traditional norms in the built environment. The program focuses on providing a comprehensive understanding of contemporary architectural practices, tackling pressing issues such as the housing crisis, environmental challenges, spatial justice, and technological advancements. With a diverse faculty boasting extensive design expertise, they are committed to pushing the boundaries of design practice, research, and discourse. Get a glimpse inside the USC Graduate Architecture programs here:

Immerse yourself in the dynamic and inspiring environment of Los Angeles, a global city that serves as a wellspring of inspiration, creativity, and opportunity for aspiring architects. With some of the most significant landmark architecture in the world, and over 1000 architecture firms, including industry giants such as Thom Mayne of Morphosis (c/o 1968), Frank Gehry of Gehry & Partners (c/o 1954), Mark Lee of JohnstonMarkLee (c/o 1991), Mark Rios of RIOS (c/o 1978) and pioneering creative technologist Behnaz Farahi (c/o 2013) - all esteemed alumni of the program - Los Angeles is a thriving urban laboratory for students to explore and understand the complexities of the contemporary built environment.

The faculty, recognized as global design leaders, have collectively designed and built over 3,500 innovative projects worldwide, garnering over 900 design honors at various levels. Through visionary and speculative design ideas disseminated across 2100 exhibitions and lectures at premier academic and cultural institutions globally, they are actively shaping the future of architecture and design. Check out the faculty highlight reel here:

At USC School of Architecture, they are committed to reimagining the built environment's past, present, and future through impactful scholarly research that engages communities and fosters social impact. With a focus on leveraging emergent design technologies for sustainable and ecological construction practices, they aim to revolutionize the AEC industry while envisioning a more inclusive and resilient future for all.

Explore the range of graduate and post-professional programs tailored to different educational backgrounds, including:

  • 3-Year Master of Architecture (for applicants with no previous experience)
  • 2-Year Master of Architecture with Advanced Standing (for applicants with an existing 4-year BA or BS in Architecture or Architectural Studies)
  • 1-Year Master of Advanced Architectural Research Studies in City Design + Housing (for applicants with an existing 5-year B.Arch)
  • 1-Year Master of Advanced Architectural Research Studies in Performative Design + Technologies (for applicants with an existing 5-year B.Arch)

For an inside look at their vibrant community and the exceptional work of their students and faculty, follow the USC Grad Architecture Instagram account.