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Art History

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Overview of major
Potential job titles
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Art History majors  

Overview of major

The art history curriculum offers a broad range of courses, which are designed to furnish students with a thorough overview of the history of art and architecture and provide comprehensive coverage of the Western tradition from ancient to contemporary, as well as courses in African, Asian, and Islamic art. The research of the faculty mirror the breadth of the department's offerings and include: medieval manuscripts, 15th-century Italian painting, 19th-century American art, and Yoruba art.

Resources

Potential job titles

  • Art Critic
  • Archivist
  • Professor
  • Art Historian
  • Art Librarian
  • Art Investment Consultant
  • Arts Administrator
  • Art Collections Manager
  • Curator
  • Curatorial Consultant
  • Estate Appraiser
  • Fundraiser
  • Museum Conservator
  • Museum Technician
  • Preservation and Conservation Specialist
  • Secondary Education Teacher
  • Tour Guide
  • Visual Resource Curator

Examples of internships

  • American Visionary Art Museum
  • Sotheby’s
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Curator’s Office of the Supreme Court
  • Walters Art Museum
  • Long Island Museum
  • Jim Kempner Fine Art
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Maryland Historical Society
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Evergreen Museum & Library - Johns Hopkins University
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Possible career fields

Education

  • Teaching
  • Research

Art museums/Galleries

  • Curatorial
  • Conservation
  • Exhibit design & installation
  • Sales
  • Administration
  • Retailing
  • Reproduction
  • Restoration
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Archivist
  • Art collections management

Publishing

  • Research
  • Writing
  • Marketing

Sales
 

Possible work settings

  • Shools
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Law firms
  • Libraries
  • Magazines
  • Historical sites

Important skills and abilities

  • Instructing
  • Persuasion
  • Research
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Active listening
  • Social perceptiveness

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Great Jobs for Art Majors (ART Category)
  • Career Opportunities in Art (ART Category)
  • Creative Careers (ART Section)
  • National Directory of Arts Internships (ART Section)
  • Quick Guide to College Majors and Careers (CP Section)
  • Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors (CP Section)
  • Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (Grad Section)

Sample graduate programs pursued by Art History majors

  • Certificate in Museum Studies
  • Contemporary Art
  • JD
  • MA, Education or Art Education
  • MA, Art History
  • MFA, Studio Art
  • Masters in Museum Studies
  • MBA
  • MA, Museum Training
  • PhD, Curatorial Studies
  • MA, Art History and Archaeology
  • Certificate in Arts Education

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