Careers in Art History
The BA in Art History allows for careers in:
- Museums : In collections care, exhibition design, management, education, development and retail
- Education: In private secondary schools (the student wishing to work in public schools should pursue a dual degree in Education and Art History)
- Art Administration: Coursework in Business at the undergraduate level would be useful
- Art Advisers: In the corporate world, for hotels, or for an individual
- Art Appraisal:
- Publishing and Journalism
- Art Auction Houses: Christies’ and Sotheby’s Fine Art Auction Houses offer post-baccalaureate and masters-level coursework for those interested in the art market.
The BA in Art History prepares students for graduate-level study in that subject or in any of the humanistic disciplines.
Research presented in medical journals argues that those who study Art History at the undergraduate level have the visual and analytical skills that are useful for those in the medical professions.
Anyone interested in becoming an art librarian should pursue an MLS (Master of Library Science) after graduation.
Those wishing to pursue art therapy as a career will be well positioned with a BA in Art History to gain admittance into a graduate program in Psychology or Art Therapy.
Anyone aspiring to be an art conservator must seek acceptance into one of five North American graduate conservation programs, such as the one at The University of Delaware. The student interested in this career should take some organic chemistry classes at the undergraduate level.
Anyone wishing to be an art director or curator should earn at least a MA, and preferably a PhD, in Art History. Other upper-level museum jobs might require a MA or MS in Museum Studies. These jobs are also listed on the AAM’s website.
The student who goes on to earn a PhD in Art History can become a university professor . Anyone intending to pursue this should acquire reading knowledge of some foreign languages. Directories of graduate programs in art history and information about careers are compiled by the College Art Association.