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.
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
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
- 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.
- 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).