Art History

What is Art History? Related Career Titles
Related Major Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Resources UNCW Dept. of Art

What is Art History?

Art history is the study of art created in the past by individuals from various cultures and parts of the world.  The art historian seeks to interpret and understand works of art of many types, ranging from the monumental to small scale, by learning about artists' lives and their societies.  Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History are equipped for a wide range of professional careers - in museums, galleries, auction houses or publishing.  

An Art History major is not only a sound preparation for any professional field, it may also provide a distinct advantage for entry into those fields, given the increasing preference of law, medical, and professional schools for students with a broad intellectual background.

Related Career Titles

Antiquarian Book Trade Antiques Dealer Architectural Conservation
Art Gallery Art Investment Artist Representative
Art Librarian Arts Organization Consultant Corporate Curator
Estate Appraiser Freelance Collection Mgr Freelance Writer
Museum Curator Art Preservationist Teacher
Sample Advertisements Art Administrator Art Publications
Art Advisor Curatorial Consultant Visual Resource Curator
Art Law Independent Producer Art Foundry Technician

Employment Settings for Art History Majors:

  • Museums
  • Corporations
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Art Galleries
  • Publishing Companies
  • Federal Government
  • State Government
  • Auction Houses

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Related Major Skills

Attention to Detail Creativity
Self-discipline Time-Management
Interpretive Skills Critical Analysis
Appreciation of Aesthetics Open-minded
Patience Adaptability
Organization Skills Communication Skills
Interpersonal Skills Presentation/Public Speaking
Intense Research Skills

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Job and Internship Search Links

Museum Employment Resource Center

Art History

Career Planning Links

Career Alternatives for Art Historians

Professional Association Links

Art Museum Network

American Association of Museums

The Art History Network

Miscellaneous Links

Art History Resources on the Web

Art History Network

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

ArtSource

The Artchive

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