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Art History Careers

Make a living AND make a difference.

Art reveals insights into the culture of a nation or group, the attitudes of a time period, even the nature of a struggle or a conflict. Thus, as an art historian you’ll concern yourself not just with art production and art objects, but also with cultural and aesthetic issues, which opens a wide variety of career opportunities.

You’ll be ready upon graduation to continue your education in art history or related fields, or to enter into employment in museum, publication, or similar work. The increasingly digital nature of the modern world is opening many more national and international career options for Art History majors.

Possible Careers*

 
  • Art Historian
  • Visual Resource Curator
  • Museum Curator
  • Archivist
  • Museum Educator
  • Estate and Art Appraiser
  • Gallery Representative
  • Researcher/Editor
  • Manager of Corporate Art Collection

*For some careers, additional education or graduate studies may be required.

Where KCAD Art History alumni work

 

Where KCAD Art History alumni have attended graduate school

 
  • Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) – Master of Arts, Art History
  • Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) – Master of Arts, Art History
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI) – Master of Arts, Art History
  • City University of New York (New York, NY) – Master of Philosophy, Art History
  • University of Florence (Florence, Italy) – Master of Arts, Museum Studies
  • George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) – Master of Arts, Art History
  • Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA) – Master of Arts, Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism
  • Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) – Master of Library and Information Science
  • Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) – Master of Library Science, Art History/Master of Information Science, Collections Management
  • Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI) – Master of Science, Historic Preservation
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) – Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management
  • University of Colorado (Denver, CO) – Master of Arts, Urban and Regional Planning
  • University of Colorado (Denver, CO) – Master of Arts, Historic Preservation
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK) – Master of Arts, Rural Development
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) – Master of Arts, Public Relations
  • New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study (New York, NY) – Master of Arts
  • Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH) – Master of Fine Arts
  • Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI) – Master of Science, Historic Preservation
  • Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) – Master of Business Administration
  • Rochester University (Rochester, NY) – Master of Arts, Photographic Preservation and Collections Management

Average Yearly Income

 
  • Archivist - $53,880 national, $53,640 Michigan
  • Curator - $56,990 national, $54,420 Michigan

National income statistics source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

State income statistics source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates - Michigan

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