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Find Art History Programs

Find schools that want you for Art History programs and other Liberal Arts & Humanities degrees and certifications.

If you've ever lost sense of time and place in an art museum or found yourself theorizing about the intention and expression of a particular artist or work of art, a degree in art history may be a great fit.

Types of Degrees

Art History students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). An associate degree is usually obtained in two years and is less expensive per semester than a bachelor's degree. A master's degree or doctoral degree are oftentimes pursued in this field, as positions in academia or as an archivist or curator oftentimes require a master's degrees or beyond.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent with a strong academic background in art, history, and design will help applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are often required. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning An Art History Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Art History include:

  • Art Historian
  • Archivist
  • Museum Curator

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an Art Historian was $63,680 in 2019. Archivists, curators, museum workers, and conservators earned a median salary of $49,850.

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and what industry the job is in. Those working for non-profits can expect a lower salary than those working for prestigious institutions or large corporations.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Archivists, Curators, and Museum Workers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/curators-museum-technicians-and-conservators.htm (visited May 19, 2020).
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