Student Careers and Publishing

Information for students about careers and publishing

The AAH Student Members Group also organises an annual Careers Day.

Career Work Placements

Undertaking voluntary work, or an internship, is a useful and sometimes necessary route to acheiving your career ambitions. If you are looking for voluntary work placements or internships within a museum or gallery, this is what we suggest you do:

• Think about the type of placement you would like – what would you most like to work with (sculpture, conservation, archives, education, curating, etc.)
• Think about the museums, galleries or organisations that you like and who you think deliver good programmes (exhibitions, events, talks, education, etc.)
• Think about the location and practicalities of a voluntary work placement or unpaid internship (some internships are paid too)
• Most institutions now offer internships or opportunities to get involved so look on their websites or telephone them to find out more.

We no longer post  a 'work placement lists. This is because the nature of work placements or internships has changed dramatically over the last few years, and continues to change, so our previous list is no longer applicable.

Journals and magazines that publish research and reviews

This is a list of art history/visual culture publications that accept submissions from postgraduate students. We hope you find it useful. We have tried to make it as comprehensive as possible, but inevitably there will be omissions. We’ll be updating the list from time to time, so please send us information about any journals you think should be added. This list has been compiled by the student members group.

The Art Bulletin
The Art Bulletin publishes leading scholarship in the English language in all aspects of art history as practiced in the academy, museums, and other institutions. From its founding in 1913, the journal has published, through rigorous peer review, scholarly articles and critical reviews of the highest quality in all areas and periods of the history of art.

Articles take a variety of methodological approaches, from the historical to the theoretical. In its mission as a journal of record, The Art Bulletin fosters an intensive engagement with intellectual developments and debates in contemporary art-historical practice. It is published four times a year in March, June, September, and December.

The journal welcomes submissions from scholars worldwide and at every career stage. The assessment process is rigorous; the journal rarely considers dissertation text—or excerpts from a dissertation—for publication, as such texts tend to be highly specialised and narrowly focused. Editorial guidelines from:  

Art History (journal of the Association of Art Historians) 

Art History provides an international forum for original research relating to all aspects of the historical and theoretical study of painting, sculpture, design and other visual imagery. The journal is committed to the publication of innovative, synthetic work which extends understanding of the visual within a well-developed interdisciplinary framework. Art History raises significant issues of interest and offers a diverse reviews section for those involved in the history of art and related fields.

Please send articles for consideration to: Art History, c/o AAH, 70 Cowcross St, London EC1M 6EJ. 

Art Journal
Art Journal, founded in 1941, is a quarterly magazine devoted to 20th-and 21st-century art. One of the most vital, intellectually compelling, and visually engaging periodicals in the field, it features scholarly articles, conversations, portfolios, and other contributions by leading art historians, artists, curators, and critics. It publishes a mix of scholarly and critical writing, as well as more experimental forms of art text. Published spring, summer, fall, and winter. The journal welcomes submissions from scholars and artists worldwide and at every career stage. It accepts material for publication based on the merits and strength of the submission, not the seniority of the author.  

Art Monthly
Art Monthly is an indispensable guide to the contemporary art world, publishing features on major issues in the visual arts, interviews with leading and up-coming artists, profiles on emerging artists and up-to-the-minute coverage of trends from independent and opinionated critics.

Everything they publish is commissioned from writers they are working with and though they are happy to read unsolicited submissions, this is not usually for publication but rather act as examples of writing that they can then use in reaching a decision as to whether or not to commission from writers who are otherwise unknown to them.

Art Monthly is not an academic journal or an art history magazine, but a magazine whose focus is on contemporary art (although they do publish on ‘modern’ art sometimes when the context is there). So they will not publish academic papers – nor that often read a paper that is say 10,000 words long when the word limit on features is about 2,500 and on reviews 1,000. Writing a feature for them and writing an academic paper are two very different disciplines calling for different sorts of engagement with a subject on the part of the writer.  

British Art Journal
Publishes original research on British art of all periods, and actively encourages the work of younger scholars. Articles cover most fields of art-historical research, including painting and the graphic arts, books and publishing, sculpture, architecture, the decorative arts, and the history of dress.

Submissions are invited from scholars. Contact the Editor, The British Art Journal, 46 Grove Lane, London SE5 8ST

British Journal of Aesthetics
BJA is strictly a philosophy journal and only publishes work in philosophical aesthetics of a broadly analytical kind. The journal does not publish analyses of particular works or artists (or periods). For information about the jourrnal and how to submit an article see

Camera Obscura
Since its inception, Camera Obscura has devoted itself to providing innovative feminist perspectives on film, television, and visual media. It consistently combines excellence in scholarship with imaginative presentation and a willingness to lead media studies in new directions. The journal has developed a reputation for introducing emerging writers to the field. Its debates, essays, interviews, and summary pieces encompass a spectrum of media practices, including avant-garde, alternative, fringe, international, and mainstream.

Critical Inquiry
The editors invite submission of manuscripts appropriate to the aims of Critical Inquiry. It accepts mss submitted via email from scholars in foreign countries. However if you are submitting from within the US, please send two hard copies and a disk to: The Editor, Critical Inquiry, Wieboldt Hall 202, University of Chicago, 1050 East 59th Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60637  

Design Issues
The first American academic journal to examine design history, theory, and criticism, Design Issues provokes inquiry into the cultural and intellectual issues surrounding design. Regular features include theoretical and critical articles by professional and scholarly contributors, extensive book reviews, illustrations, and a section for reader response. Special guest-edited issues concentrate on particular themes, such as artificial intelligence, product seminars, design in Asia, and design education. Scholars, students, and professionals in all the design fields are readers of each issue.

Diane Stadelmeir
Managing Editor
Design Issues
110 Margaret Morrison
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Tel: 412-268-6841 Fax: 412-268-3088

differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies highlights theoretical debates across the disciplines that address the ways concepts and categories of difference—notably but not exclusively gender—operate within culture.

Affiliated with the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University, it is published three times a year. Contributors should submit two copies of manuscripts to d i f f e r e n c e s, Box 1958, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA. Published articles follow the guidelines of the MLA Style Manual, 6th ed. (2003).

Managing Editor, differences
Denise Davis  

Eighteenth-Century Studies
As the official publication of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Eighteenth-Century Studies is committed to publishing the best of current writing on all aspects of eighteenth-century culture. The journal selects essays that employ different modes of analysis and disciplinary discourses to explore how recent historiographical, critical, and theoretical ideas have engaged scholars concerned with the eighteenth century.

Submissions should be addressed to:
Editors, Eighteenth-Century Studies
One Shields Ave.
UC Davis
Davis, CA 95616, USA

e-maj (the internet based affiliate of Melbourne Art Journal) is dedicated to publishing postgraduate and undergraduate research in art history and museology, as well as reviews of recent exhibitions. The journal aims to provide a forum for the publication of research by emerging scholars in all areas and periods of art history and museology. There will be three issues per year, two of which will be open submission whilst the third will be a special end of year edition comprising select proceedings from the University of Melbourne's annual Art History, Cinema, Classics and Archaeology Postgraduate Association Conference. In addition, e-maj will host an online archive of postgraduate degrees in art history completed at Melbourne universities.  

eSharp, the online journal for Arts and Social Sciences postgraduates, is an e-publishing and training vehicle based at the University of Glasgow, created and run by postgraduates for postgraduates. It is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide a critical but supportive entry into the world of academic publishing for emerging academics.  

Gesta was initiated in 1963, soon after the inception of ICMA (International Center of Medieval Art). The major English-language journal devoted to the art of the Middle Ages, Gesta embraces all facets of artistic production from ca. 300 to ca. 1500 C.E., including the arts of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic cultures in the European, Mediterranean, and Slavic worlds. In addition to presenting work by leading scholars around the world with several color illustrations in each issue, Gesta is periodically devoted to focused topics; volumes have also honored individual scholars.  

Style sheet available from  

Grey Room
Grey Room is a scholarly journal devoted to the theorization of modern and contemporary architecture, art, and media. Published quarterly, it is dedicated to the task of promoting and sustaining critical investigation into each of these fields separately and into their mutual interactions.

Grey Room has been situated at the intersection of architecture, art, and media in the conviction that these three areas are crucial to an understanding of modern and contemporary aesthetic practice, as well as to the larger characterization of modernity. The journal will thus promote and develop a rigorous, cross-disciplinary dialogue among the fields and forge a politically-informed, critical discourse uniquely relevant to the current historical situations.

Correspondence and submissions by email:
T’ai Smith, Managing Editor, Grey Room
359 Ft. Washington Ave., #5F, New York, NY 10033, USA

History of Photography
History of Photography is an international, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the history and criticism of the basic semantic unit of all modern media-the photograph. It covers the history of photography from its origins to the present day and is open to all critical approaches, whether historical, technical, art historical, sociological, cultural or anthropological. The journal is intended to address the needs of scholars, curators and critics and to support the work of postgraduate students in this field of study. It is also an indispensable repository of documentary texts, indexes, and bibliographies of all periods and geographical regions.

Professor Graham Smith
History of Photography
School of Art History
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
Scotland KY16 9AR  

immediations, the first postgraduate research journal to come out of the Courtauld Institute of Art since its inception in 1932, publishes innovative research from current or former postgraduate members of the institute across the entire span of art history: from classical antiquity to the present day. Reflecting the strong research record of the Institute, immediations approaches the history of art from a wide range of perspectives and expertise, accommodating close reading of individual works of art and architecture, as well as broad theoretical issues. immediations welcomes articles from current and recent postgraduate students at the Courtauld Institute.

Inferno is the University of St Andrews School of Art History Postgraduate Journal. It is edited and produced by postgraduate students. The journal aims to present current research being undertaken by postgraduates in the visual arts both nationally and internationally. Inferno prides itself on the publication of original and innovative research being undertaken by postgraduates across the world.

Invisible Culture
This journal is dedicated to explorations of the material and political dimensions of cultural practices: the means by which cultural objects and communities are produced, the historical contexts in which they emerge, and the regimes of knowledge or modes of social interaction to which they contribute. As the title suggests, Invisible Culture problematizes the unquestioned alliance between culture and visibility, specifically visual culture and vision. Cultural practices and materials emerge not solely in the visible world, but also in the social, temporal, and theoretical relations that define the invisible. Our understanding of Cultural Studies, finally, maintains that culture is fugitive and is constantly renegotiated

Each issue of Invisible Culture is is based on a theme. For our current call for papers, click here.

Invisible Culture is seeking reviewers for current books, art exhibitions, and other media relevant to the mission of the journal. For a list of reviewables, click here. If you are interested in reviewing a particular book and/or exhibition that does not appear on our list, please contact our reviews editors.

424 Morey Hall
RC Box 270456
Rochester, New York 14627, USA

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Established in 1942 by the American Society for Aesthetics, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism publishes current research articles, symposia, special issues, and timely book reviews in aesthetics and the arts. The term ‘aesthetics’, in this connection, is understood to include all studies of the arts and related types of experience from a philosophic, scientific, or other theoretical standpoint.

The Journal takes a theoretical and interdisciplinary approach to the arts and aesthetic matters. Its authors include artists, writers, and academics in the fields of philosophy, English literature, comparative literature, art, music, theater and drama, art history, psychology, law, and related disciplines. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism publishes articles of merit, regardless of the degree status or other characteristics of authors.

Susan L. Feagin, Editor, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Department of Philosophy, Anderson Hall, 717 Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122. USA  

Journal of Design History (Design History Society) 
Journal of Design History is a leading journal in its field. It plays an active role in the development of design history (including the history of the crafts and applied arts), as well as contributing to the broader field of studies of visual and material culture.

The journal includes a regular book reviews section and lists books received, and from time to time publishes special issues.

It accepts contributions from postgraduate students, or indeed anyone who produces an original, well-argued and well-substantiated article on any aspect of design history

JDH c/o Genesys, 20 Norlands Crescent, Chislehurst ,Kent BR7 5RN, UK       

Journal of the History of Collections
The Journal of the History of Collections is dedicated to providing the clearest insight into all aspects of collecting activity. For centuries collecting has been the pursuit of princes and apothecaries, scholars and amatuers alike. Only recently, however, has the study of collections and their collectors become the subject of great multidisciplinary interest.

The range of the Journal of the History of Collections embraces the contents of collections, the processes which initiated their formation, and the circumstances of the collectors themselves. As well as publishing original papers, the Journal includes listings of forthcoming events, conferences, and reviews of relevant publications and exhibitions, making it the most comprehensive source available on a subject of increasing interest and study.

Contributions should be submitted to the Editors at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford OX1 2PH, UK.  

Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
The Journal publishes articles informed by historical inquiry and alert to issues raised by contemporary theoretical debate. The journal fosters rigorous investigation of historiographical representations of European and western Asian cultural forms from late antiquity to the seventeenth century. Its topics include art, literature, theater, music, philosophy, theology, and history, and it embraces material objects as well as texts; women as well as men; merchants, workers, and audiences as well as patrons; Jews and Muslims as well as Christians.

Michael Cornett, Managing Editor, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Duke University,351 Trent Hall, Box 90656, Durham, NC 27708, USA

Journal of Popular Culture (The Popular Culture Association) 
The popular culture movement was founded on the principle that the perspectives and experiences of common folk offer compelling insights into the social world. The fabric of human social life is not merely the art deemed worthy to hang in museums, the books that have won literary prizes or been named classics, or the religious and social ceremonies carried out by societies¹ elite.

The Journal of Popular Culture continues to break down the barriers between so-called low and high culture and focuses on filling in the gaps a neglect of popular culture has left in our understanding of the workings of society.

Gary Hoppenstand, Editor, Journal of Popular Culture, Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures, Michigan State University, 235 Bessey Hall,East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.  

The Journal of Visual Art Practice
The Journal of Visual Art Practice is aimed at tutors and students in what has traditionally been known as the fine art sector. It is supported by the National Association for Fine Art Education and is concerned to address issues of contemporary debate in fine art studios. Over the past decades fine art practices have expanded from the traditional media of painting, sculpture and print making to include installations, performance, film, video, and digitised media. Along with this expansion, critical debates have emerged that locate those practices within a variety of theoretical discourses. There is a concern, however, that critical debates may neglect issues related to the production of artworks.

The Journal particularly welcomes material from academics involved in teaching fine art students and fine art students themselves engaged in critical practice about their work, particularly in the newly emerging PhD sector. It is peer-reviewed and that process is transparent and intended to be supportive and user-friendly. Details of the process are available at the Editor’s website.

A free sample of the of the e-journal is available at .

Write to Prof. Richard Woodfield at Guidance for authors may be found at .

Journal of Visual Culture
The past two decades have witnessed an explosion of interest, research and writing on visual culture within the humanities and social sciences. journal of visual culture is an international, refereed journal which is a site for astute, informative and dynamic thought on the visual.

The journal publishes work from a range of methodological positions, on various historical moments and across diverse geographical locations. It promotes research, scholarship and critical engagement with visual cultures. journal of visual culture is essential reading for academics, researchers and students engaged with the visual within the fields and disciplines of:

film, media and television studies * art, design, fashion and architecture history * visual culture * cultural studies and critical theory * gender studies and queer studies * ethnic studies and critical race studies * philosophy and aesthetics * photography, new media and electronic imaging * critical sociology * history * geography/urban studies * comparative literature and romance languages * the history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine.

Editor:Joanne Morra, Historical and Theoretical Studies,

Cultural Studies - 7th Floor, Red Lion Square, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AP UK  

Melbourne Art Journal
Melbourne Art Journal, published annually by the Fine Arts Network based at the University of Melbourne, is a refereed art history journal, indexed by BHA. It publishes the Joseph Burke Lecture and Margaret Manion Lecture, as well as articles in wide range of areas of art history from medieval to twentieth century. Contributions are accepted from any source. It has generous illustration allowances (black and white). Contact David R. Marshall, Editor, Melbourne Art Journal, School of Art History, Cinema, Classics and Archaeology, University of Melbourne, Victoria, 3010, Australia.

n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal
n.paradoxa publishes articles/interviews and features by women/feminist writers, curators and artists on the work of contemporary women artists (post-1970) from around the world. n.paradoxa is published as a bi-annual in print. Themes are announced in print and online. Do not send finished articles, only proposals. Articles are commissioned through negotiation with the editor:

Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide
Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide is the world’s first scholarly refereed e-journal devoted to the study of nineteenth-century painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, architecture, and decorative arts across the globe. Open to various historical and theoretical approaches, the editors welcome contributions that reach across national boundaries and illuminate intercultural contact zones. The chronological scope of the journal is the ‘long’ nineteenth century, stretching from American and French Revolutions, at one end, to the outbreak of World War I, at the other. Managing Editor: Petra ten-Doesschate Chu  

Object is a journal produced entirely by graduate students in the History of Art Department at University College London. The contents of each edition represent the diversity of issues and methodologies with which graduate students in the department are currently engaged. Drawing upon object and theory-based analyses, the studies within Object indicate a continual questioning and renegotiation of meaning in the visual arts. Please note that Object is an in-house journal and only accepts contributions by students of UCL.

Oxford Art Journal
The Oxford Art Journal has an international reputation for publishing innovative critical work in art history, and has played a major role in recent rethinking of the discipline. It is committed to the political analysis of visual art and material representation from a variety of theoretical perspectives, and has carried work addressing themes from Antiquity to contemporary art practice. In addition it carries extended review of major contributions to the field.

Mary Hunter, Department of Art History, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT  

Papers of Surrealism
Papers of Surrealism is a new web-based journal produced by the AHRB Research Centre for Studies of Surrealism and its Legacies. The journal welcomes a diversity of opinions and approaches and seeks to represent the breadth of academic disciplines engaged in the study of surrealism. It publishes original scholarly articles, translations, interviews, book and exhibition reviews as well as news and commentary. While principally serving the academic community, and subject to peer review, material published by Papers of Surrealism is intended to be accessible to interested non-specialist readers.  

Founded in 1995, parallax has established an international reputation for bringing together outstanding new work in cultural studies, critical theory and philosophy. Parallax publishes themed issues that aim to provoke exploratory, interdisciplinary thinking and response. Each issue of parallax provides a forum for a wide spectrum of perspectives on a topical question or concern.

Parallax will be of interest to those working in cultural studies, critical theory, cultural history, philosophy, gender studies, queer theory, post-colonial theory, English and comparative literature, aesthetics, art history and visual cultures.

Please note that Parallax is a themed journal and unless an unsolicited article can be included within the rubric of a particular issue it is unlikely to be included. The editors recommend making contact with them prior to submission to avoid disappointment. Forthcoming themes are advertised on the website:  .

Renaissance Quarterly
Renaissance Quarterly publishes interdisciplinary articles (twelve to sixteen a year) and reviews (about a hundred per issue) which cover the most important recent scholarly developments in Renaissance studies. The journal’s articles and reviews are written by authorities in the respective disciplines of history, literature, art, philosophy, music and other areas of study.

The Renaissance Society of America Inc., The Graduate School and University Center, The City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5400, New York, NY.  


Res is a journal of anthropology and comparative aesthetics dedicated to the study of the Object, in particular cult objects and objects of art. The journal brings together, in an anthropological perspective, contributions by art historians, archaeologists, critics, linguists, architects, artists, philosophers, and others. Its field of inquiry is open to all cultures, regions, and historical periods.

Res also seeks to make available textual and iconographic documents of importance for the history and theory of the arts.

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Publications Department, Harvard University.

Francesco Pellizzi, Editor: Res Editorial Office
12 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021, USA  

Journal of the Society for Renaissance Studies
Renaissance Studies is a multi-disciplinary journal which publishes articles and editions of documents on all aspects of Renaissance history and culture. The articles range over the history, art, architecture, religion, literature, and languages of Europe during the period. Editions of important documents appear in their original languages, with introduction, textual apparatus, notes and (occasionally) translations of the documents and sources into English. The journal also contains a substantial book reviews section and often illustrated reviews of major exhibitions worldwide.

Editor: Dr John Law, Department of History, University of Wales, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP.  

Since its inception in 1983, Representations has been hailed as the best journal in interdisciplinary studies. The journal remains at the forefront of innovative scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Edited by an outstanding group of scholars, Representations publishes trend-setting articles in a wide variety of fields - literature, history, art history, anthropology, and social theory - as well as special, single-theme issues that attempt to define and bring into focus the pressing intellectual issues of our time. Each issue of Representations captures pivotal developments in a surprising variety of fields and makes them available to a wide community of readers.

Jean Day, Associate Editor, Representations, 322 Wheeler Hall, MC 1030, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA  

Resource Library Magazine
Resource Library Magazine seeks to expand content related to US art history. Referrals of additional articles and essays by colleagues who wish to make available such knowledge is deeply appreciated. Editorial and submission information is available at : or write to PMB 392, 8502 E. Chapman, Orange, CA 92869-2461, USA.

Rutgers Art Review
Rutgers Art Review is an annually published journal produced entirely by graduate students in the Art History Department at Rutgers University, assisted by a faculty advisor from the department. The country's oldest journal of graduate cholarship in art history, Rutgers Art Review is dedicated to presenting original research by current graduate students in the history of art, architecture, and related fields. Published articles are selected from a large group of submissions to each issue, received from students in graduate programs in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Submission guidelines can be viewed at the following website: 

Rutgers Art Review
Department of Art History
Voorhees Hall
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1248, USDA

Sculpture Journal
The Sculpture Journal provides an international forum for writers and scholars in the field of post-classical sculpture and public commemorative monuments in the Western tradition. Sculpture Journal provides a keen critical overview and a sound historical base, and is Britain's foremost scholarly journal devoted to sculpture in all its aspects. Periods covered extend to public and private commissions for present-day sculptors. While being relatively academic and traditional, it encourages contributions of fresh research from new names in the field.

Articles for submission should be sent to:
Katharine Eustace
Editor, Sculpture Journal
c/o Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
Oxford OX1 2PH  

Reviews should be sent to Robert Wenley  

Guidelines may be found on the Liverpool University Press website:  

Visual Culture in Britain
Visual Culture in Britain is the title of a new, biannual interdisciplinary journal from Manchester University Press that examines all aspects of visual culture ca.1700 to the present day, in relation to wider cultural concerns, both historically and geographically. It addresses a range of contemporary debates involving constructions of racial, ethnic, and gender identities, nationality and internationalism, colonialism, high and low culture, institutional and cultural groupings, and models of production and consumption. Material that can stimulate discussion and demonstrate connections across relevant disciplines will be particularly welcome. For detailed information and notes for contributors, write Dr. Ysanne Holt, Faculty of Arts, Squires Building, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK .

Visual Studies
Visual Studies is a peer-reviewed international journal that publishes visually-oriented articles in a broad range of areas. The multidisciplinary character of the journal is reflected in its attention to visually-based research in sociology, anthropology, cultural and media studies, documentary film and photography, information technology, education, communication studies as well as other fields concerned with image-based study. It is expected that most articles will be accompanied by appropriate visual material; visually-led submissions are particularly encouraged.

Editor: Darren Newbury, University of Central England