Develop excellent speaking, writing, and research skills.
Learn how to develop curriculum and workshops and how to use multimedia.
Become an expert in a particular subject.
Acquire a background in foreign languages such as German or French.
Obtain degree and certification in art education for public school teaching.
Ph.D. is required for teaching and research in colleges and universities. Teaching art history at this level is extremely competitive.
Earn a master’s degree in information science for librarianships or college student personnel/higher education administration for other positions in colleges and universities.
Maintain a high grade point average and secure strong faculty recommendations.
Seek campus leadership positions such as peer mentor, orientation leader, or resident assistant.
Art magazines and journals
Textbook or commercial publishing houses
News departments of local, public, and commercial radio and TV stations
Syndicated radio services
Consider obtaining a minor or double major in journalism or broadcasting/electronic media, English, or theater depending upon interests.
Develop excellent writing and editing skills along with knowledge of the history and culture of art.
Learn web design skills to prepare for online work. This area of journalism is growing while print is declining.
Become comfortable working in a deadline-oriented atmosphere.
Work with campus or local newspapers, TV, or radio stations. Create a portfolio of work samples, especially those that have been published.
Seek opportunities for recognition and networking through writing contests and freelance writing submissions.
Complete internships, even if unpaid, in movie studios or other relevant organizations.
Local and national nonprofit agencies:
Arts Education Partnership
National Arts Education Association
Americans for the Arts
International Child Art Foundation
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Trade or professional associations
Special interest groups
Gain experience through volunteering or completing an internship.
Supplement curriculum with courses in business, psychology, sociology, or social work.
Obtain leadership roles in relevant campus and community organizations.
Develop strong communication and research skills.
Learn how to write grants.
Research organizations’ values to find a good fit with yours. It is critical that you are knowledgeable about and committed to the work you’re going to do.
Investigate term of service or service corps positions as a way to gain entry into the field.
Earn a graduate degree for more job opportunities and advancement.
State arts agencies
Local, state, and national councils for the arts
The National Gallery Film boards
Libraries and archives
Endowments/Grant making agencies
Cultural affairs agencies
Maintain a strong grade point average as many government programs are very competitive.
Complete an internship with the federal government.
There are a large number of specialized agencies within the federal government. Do extensive research to find the area that best fits your interests.
Earn a graduate degree for advancement.
Become familiar with the government application process. Utilize applicable websites and seek assistance from your college career center.
Develop a network of contacts through informational interviews and referrals.
Art insurance adjuster
Product and service organizations
Manufacturers (e.g., commercial art)
Banks and financial institutions
Real estate agencies
Other business corporations
Develop strong analytical, verbal, and writing skills.
Acquire a business minor or add business as a double major.
Gain experience in an area of interest through internships or other employment.
Obtain leadership roles in campus organizations.
Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills.
Hone computer skills and learn software packages for databases, spreadsheets, and presentations.
Be prepared to start in entry level positions, such as management trainee programs.
A bachelor’s degree in art history is valuable for entry-level positions, but an advanced degree is usually necessary to attain competitive, upper-level positions in museums and historical sites.
Explore more specific careers related to art history such as art appraisal or art authentication. Careers also exist with auction houses and the storage and transportation of art work, art investment, corporate curation, art law, and law enforcement.
Develop career goals and then gain the necessary education, skills, and experiences to achieve them.
Gain as much relevant experience as possible through volunteer positions and internships.
Be prepared to relocate to the larger markets of metropolitan areas where more opportunities exist.
Join art-related professional and student organizations.
Develop skills in business management, computers, marketing, and other related areas to increase marketability.
Gain experience in fundraising and grant writing techniques. Often research and nonprofit organizations must be funded in this manner.
Seek exposure to art by visiting museums around the country and world. Learn about world history, cultures, and languages.
Conduct informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to learn more about opportunities and strategies for these areas. Learn to network.