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What Can You Do With A Major In Art History? 

Art is the study of the various creative means of expressing human thoughts, interests, attitudes, emotions and ideas.  There are a variety of career paths to choose from when entering into the field of art.  Which area you decide to go into can be determined by what skills you possess, your area of interest, the amount of time you are willing to devote, and the setting which you prefer to work in.

Typical Career Paths

Colleges and Universities
Art Galleries
Publishing Companies
Federal Government
Auction Houses

Entry Level Jobs 

High School Art Teacher 

Floral Designer 

Film Artist 

Scenic Artist 

Courtroom Sketcher 

Costume Designer 


Two Years Minimum Experience Needed For These Positions and/or a Master's Degree 

Art Gallery Director 

Art Therapist

College Art Instructor 




General Career Directions

Antique Dealer                                      Art Critic
Art Dealer                                             Art Historian
Art Preservationist                                Art Teacher
Art Therapist                                        Calligrapher
Caricaturist                                           Cartoonist
Catalog Illustrator                                 Ceramist
College Art Instructor                           Conservator and Restorer
Costume Designer                               Courtroom Sketcher
Display Design                                     Fashion Designer
Film Animation Artist                            Film Artist
Floral Designer                                    Framer
Furniture Designer                              Game Designer
Gemologist                                          Glass Blower
Graphic Designer                                Greeting Card Artist
Illustrator                                             Interior Designer
Jewelry Designer                                 Muralist
Museum Curator                                 Painter
Photojournalist                                    Fashion Photographer
Potter                                                  Printmaker
Product and Food Photographer        Scenic Designer 

Typical Employers/Work Settings

Antique Dealer 
Apparel Manufacturers 
Art Councils
Art Galleries
Art Studios
Auction Houses
Design Firms
Film/Motion Picture Companies
Interior Design Departments
Private Art Schools


Match This Major To Careers

Magnifying Glass And Exploration

Beginning Salary Ranges Salaries
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) July 2010 Salary Survey, beginning salaries for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, on an average start at about $29,759 a year.

Salary Resources


Skills Needed For This Career

Attention to detail   Creativity
Self Discipline   Time Management
Interpretive Skills   Critical Analysis
Appreciation of Aesthetics   Open Mindedness
Patience   Adaptability
Organization Skills   Communication skills
Interpersonal Skills   Presentation/Public Speaking
Research Skills    


Links To Professional Associations

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
Association of Art Historians
American Watercolor Society 
College Art Association
National Association of Independent Artists

American Institute of Graphic Arts

The Society of Illustrators
National Cartoonists Society
Association of Medical Illustrators
Industrial Designers Society of America
National Press Photographers Association
American Society of Media Photographers
American Association of Art Museums
American Craft Council
Animation World Network
American Art Therapy Association
Society of American Archivists
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Job Search Information 

Graduate Schools

Applying to Graduate and Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Program

The  College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in  Art  and Design.  

Holland Interest Codes

Ceramic: Artistic; Enterprising; Social (AES)
Sculpture: Artistic; Enterprising; Realistic (AER)
Art History: Artistic; Enterprising; Social (AES)
Painting: Artistic; Realistic; Social (ARS)
Drawing: Artistic; Social; Investigative (ASI)


Career Action Plan

  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of your artwork
  • Participate in juried art shows and exhibitions
  • Look for internships, part-time jobs, and volunteer work to gain experience in your field
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow professionals in your field 
  • Visit local and national museums to broaden your knowledge of art 
  • Consider studying abroad to gain a global perspective on art
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Develop your research skills
  • Consider getting a Master of Fine Arts Degree
  • Develop desktop publishing and photo editing skills (photoshop)