What You Can Do With an Art History Degree
What Is Art History?
Art History Options
Preparing as in for a career in art history in your undergraduate years should be part of your agenda. College students should applying for internships, part time job, seasonal job and/or volunteer in aboard, in an art gallery or a museum. The experience that you gained from these positions would be a good idea to add to your resume. Learning a foreign language or two can be very beneficial to career advancement. French and German are usually required languages when it comes to pursing this degree. Why the French and German languages you may ask? Well, the Germans were the first ones who recorded art historical events and the the French followed suit. In fact, you might find some vocabulary in those two languages and more. Studying, interning and/or volunteering aboard is also a good suggestions during your undergraduate and graduate years. You would get firsthand experience of another culture and you would help your resume.The particular degree has many job options to choose from. Candidates with advanced degrees can apply for positions as an art historian, attorney, curator, professor, etc. If you want to teach Art History in a secondary level, a bachelor's degree is a requirement. A position as a tour guide would be another good option because you could point out good points of interest that you make have seen in your art history textbooks. Non-profit organizations that support the arts are looking for candidates who can use their time to serve their community educating the public. Not only you would learn about art historical methodologies and movements but you also have job skills as well. Law school is another option after your complete your bachelor's degree. Artists and non profits have problems that need to be the court. Remember, it is good to have to have certain job skills to make yourself more marketable in a career in art history. Being able you work independently and/ or as a team player, communicating both orally and in writing, manage your time wisely, problem solving, research skills, etc.. Their are position where work alone and/or if you have to collaborate with someone. Being able to communicate orally would be in important skill to have you are applying for a position that requires you speak from small to large groups of people. When come to having communicating with your writing skills, make sure you check over your work prior to turning it in.Time management is essential when you have an art history position that deals with your having a deadline. Complications can arise so problem solving is a must have. Finally, research skills is essential in most art history positions. You would have to find information for books, lectures, presentations, etc.
No matter what society thinks, your degree in Art History matters. Somebody needs to educate the world in the history of art. The visual arts in general have effected by historical events, political climate, economic climate,etc. The list below gives wonderful options in an Art History degree has to offer. The possibilities are endless.
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Art History Careers and Jobs
Business: Agent, appraiser, antiques dealer, consulting, corporate trainer, human resources, management, research, sales
Creative: Advertising, artist, architect, designer, graphic artist, illustrator, interior designer, photographer, producer, set design, writer
Education: Archivist, cataloger, librarian, professor, teacher
Government: Attorney, curator, judge, lawyer
Media: Critic, director, editor, writer
Science/Technology: Archaeologist, computer and information systems manager, software designer
Travel/Tourism: docent, tour guide
What would you do with an Art History degree?
Art History Terms
These following terms are terms of Art History movements and concepts.
- Abolitionist: Someone who fights against slavery
- Abstract Expression: an art movement that started after WWII
- Action painting: a painting style that includes dribbles, splashes and/or spills.
- Art Deco: an art movement that started in French prior to WWI
- Art Noveau: an art style that was popular from 1890s-1910s.
- Arts and Crafts Movement: an international art movement that had simple and anti-industrial forms.
- Baroque: an European extravagant and ornate art style that popular from early 17th century to late 18th century.
- Bauhaus: a German art school that was founded by Walter Groupis. It ran from 1919 to 1933.
- Belle Epoque (Beautiful Era): a historical period that lasted from the end of Franco-Prussian War to the beginning of WWI.
- Bourgeois: the upper class.
- Cartes-de-viste (visiting card): Invented by Andre Aldophe Eugene Disderi in 1854,there were a small photographs trading among friends and visitors.
- Cartography: the study of map making.
- Classicism: a regard to arts from classical antiquity.
- Minotaur: a mythological half-bull, half-human creature.
- Neue Sachlichkeit(New Objectivity): a German architecture style.
- Pointillism: a painting technique that uses small points.
- Pop art: a 1950s art movement that emerged in the United Kingdom United States.
- School of Paris (Ecole de Paris): a group early 20th century of emigrated and French artists worked in Paris, French.
- Surrealism: an avant garde art movement that took place in the early 20th century.
- Utopian: "no place"
- Venus: Roman mythological goddess of love
- Voodoun: a religion of the Fon people of the Togo
- Wiener Werkstatte(Vienna Workshop ): a production company that was established in Vienna, Austria in 1903. It brought architects, artists and designers that specialized in ceramics, fashion and silver.
- Works Progress Association (WPA): renamed Workers Projects Administration. An American New Deal agency.
- World War I: an international war that lasted from 1914-1918
- World War II: an international war that lasted from 1939-1945
- Yoruba: a north-central and southwestern Nigerian ethnic group.
Art Jobs and Art Degrees in Art History and Philosophy
Art History Major Links
- What Can I do With a Degree in Art History? | Portland State University
- Duke University
- Home | University of Pennsylvania
- New York University
A private nonprofit research university based in New York City.
- MoMA | Glossary of Art Terms
MoMA | Glossary of Art Terms
- Art History Major Skills List
The top skills employers seek when hiring Art History majors to use in resumes, cover letters, job applications and interviews.
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