Careers in Art History:
Recommended Undergraduate Preparations for Potential Career Paths among Students Pursuing the B.A. in Art History:
For careers in university teaching and scholarship in Art History, or in art curating (such as in museums):
Minors that complement careers in Art History scholarship:
- If interested in museum work, consider pursuing a museum internship while a senior
- Apply to graduate programs in Art History or in Curatorial Studies (Ph.D. is the minimum for careers in university teaching and scholarship; M.A. is the minimum for museum curating).
- If interested in history
- History Minor, offered by CLASS, History Department
- If interested in digital media
- Digital Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts (Digital Media) Minor, offered by CLASS
- If interested in pursuing graduate studies in Art History, which require more than one year of college level French,
- French Minor, offered by CLASS, English and Foreign Language Department
For careers in Art Law:
- Choose a Political Science Minor, offered by CLASS, Political Science Department (from the elective courses, select those pertaining to law)
- - Take the LSAT exam (required for application to law schools)
Apply to law schools, looking for programs that combine Art and Law or allow concentration in Art Law. For an example of a relevant graduate program, see Duke University’s program
Students choosing the Art History option may pursue a wide variety of careers, such as:
teaching (high school, college and university level), museum work (curatorial, education department, exhibition design, administration and retailing), art gallery and auction houses, librarian (art libraries and visual resource centers), preservation and conservation, arts organization consultant, governmental agencies, art law, art adviser, publishing, free-lance writing, curatorial consultant, corporate curator, free-lance curator, antiques dealer, art appraiser, artist representative, art related tours.
Note that certain careers in art history require acquisition of the M.A. or Ph.D. degrees.
Click on these links to find out more about career paths in art history and the backgrounds they require, and information about internships for art history students in the Los Angeles area.
Internship opportunities (LACMA): http://arthistory.about.com/library/info/bl_ahjintern.htm
Internship opportunities (Getty): http://http://www.getty.edu/grants/education/multicultural_getty.html
Careers in Graphic Design:
Corporate Design—Logos, complete identity systems including graphic standards manuals, business cards, letterhead, envelopes, signage
In-house Design—related to parent company activities—brochures, flyers, posters, annual reports
Advertising Design—word or concept dominated—advertisements, commercials, billboards, radio. Illustration—editorial, book, collateral materials
Freelance Design—could be anything
Environmental Graphic Design—signage, exteriors, entrances
Computer Illustration—special effects and more
Motion Graphics—TV and/or movie titles