Developing a career plan
Through rigorous academics and immersive learning experiences, art history majors pursue internships and graduate with skills to prepare for careers in a wide range of fields. Some possible positions for art history students include: Art Teacher, Museum Educator, Production Consultant, Museum Curator/Curatorial Assistant, Collections Manager, Art/Photo Studio Owner, Imaging Associate, Web Specialist, Visual/Architectural Design Associate, Marketing Associate, Research Associate, Intellectual Property Lawyer, Writer/Editor/Publisher, and Marketing Associate.
Conversations with your advisor and professors, consultation with the Career Development Center (CDC) and the tools below can help you develop a post-graduate career plan.
- Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider are useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into specific areas of interest.
- ArtSearch is an excellent source for arts-related jobs and internships. A code for free account access is available in LyonNet.
- Art Career Links
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Meeting with advisors
- Explore possibilities with your art history faculty advisor. Your professors can also help you with advice on career questions in their field of expertise.
- Define your goals and develop search strategies. Contact the CDC to meet with a career advisor.
- Search the Alumnae Association Career Network to find alumnae who majored in art history or are working in the industry. They can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs and graduate school.
Pursuing graduate study
The College Art Association (CAA) is the professional organization for art history and maintains a database of the many art history graduate programs that lead to an M.A. or a Ph.D. degree. The database can be searched by types of degrees awarded, faculty specialization and program type (arts administration, art history, curatorial studies, etc.). The CDC is another great resource for information on researching, applying to and preparing for graduate school.