1 MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES Curatorial Preservation and Conservation Restoration Registrarial Collections Management Exhibit Design/Preparation Archive Management Art Authentication Education Publications Docent Coordination Reproductions and Retailing ART SALES Appraisal: Art and Estate Sales Antiques Dealing Art Authentication ART HISTORY What can I do with this major? Art museums: University, public, private Archives Historical societies Natural history museums Living history museums Galleries Self-employed Art dealers Galleries: Profi t and non-profi t Museums Auction houses Specialty stores Interior design fi rms Insurance agencies Gain relevant experience through internships or volunteer positions in museums or galleries. Visit museums around the country and world to gain exposure to art. Learn a foreign language and plan to study abroad. Supplement curriculum with courses in history, religion, anthropology, and classical civilizations. Most art historians will specialize in a period or region. Acquire strong skills in research, fundraising, speaking, writing, and an attention to detail. Plan to earn a graduate degree in art history, museum studies, or other related discipline depending on specifi c interests. Each specialty has varying qualifi cations and required training. Develop good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well on teams. Read published resources provided by the American Association of Museums (AAM). Learn to communicate effectively with a wide range of people. Take additional courses in interpersonal communication and public speaking. Pursue a business minor to increase knowledge of business principles. An understanding of public relations is also helpful. Prepare to work independently and be selfmotivated. Plan to work irregular or long hours. Entrepreneurial spirit, including self-discipline and perseverance, are keys to success. Obtain sales experience through internships or summer and part-time jobs. Volunteer in museums, membership drives, local galleries, and community outreach programs.
2 (Art History, Page 2) ART SALES CONTINUED Serve as a student assistant in a university gallery. Research certifi cate programs in appraisal studies to prepare for that fi eld. Consider earning a minor in a foreign language. EDUCATION Teaching Research Library/Information Sciences Visual Resources Curating Student Affairs, e.g. Student Activities, Leadership, Admissions, Orientation, Career Services, Residence Life, Multi-cultural Affairs, Study Abroad, International Student Services Academic Affairs, e.g. Academic Support Services, Advising, Educational Advancement Programs, Honors Programs Community Education Public and private schools Colleges and universities Art and design schools Art libraries Museums 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 certifi cation 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.
3 (Art History, Page 3) MEDIA Publishing Editing Free Lance Writing Art Criticism Set Design Costuming Newspapers Art magazines and journals Textbook or commercial publishing houses News departments of local, public, and commercial radio and TV stations Syndicated radio services Internet sites Movie studios Production companies 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. NONPROFIT Management Research Grant Writing Direct Service Local and national nonprofi t agencies, e.g. Arts Education Partnership, National Arts Education Association, or Americans for the Arts Foundations, e.g. International Child Art Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Trade or professional associations Special interest groups Libraries Museums: University, public, private Historic sites, e.g. The Biltmore, Mount Vernon Historical societies 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 fi nd a good fi t 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 fi eld. Earn a graduate degree for more job opportunities and advancement.
4 (Art History, Page 4) GOVERNMENT Public Affairs Writing/Editing Audiovisual Producing Museum Work Curating State arts agencies Local, state, and national councils for the arts Historical commissions Museums/galleries, e.g. Smithsonian Institute, 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 fi nd the area that best fi ts 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. BUSINESS Management Sales Market Research Creative Design Product and service organizations Retail stores Hotels Restaurants Wholesalers Manufacturers Banks and fi nancial institutions Insurance companies Real estate agencies Consulting fi rms 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.
5 (Art History, Page 5) GENERAL INFORMATION 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 specifi c 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 nonprofi t 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 The University of Tennessee Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2011) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA /ADEA Employer
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