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Art History Career Options

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Graduates enter the job market with skills equivalent to their counterparts in the liberal arts, but with the added advantage of having developed visual critical abilities.

Art History Student with painting

Art Historians are: (video link) arts writers/ reporters, exhibit designers, museum directors, gallery directors, volunteer coordinators, development directors, corporate historians, preservation agency officers, registrars of historic places, education coordinators, research assistants, cultural events planners, professors, arts therapists, art librarians, curators, archivists, archaeologists, conservators, arts handlers, exhibition specialists, appraisers, arts consultants, art critics, layout editors, arts programmers (tv, radio),, attorneys, design consultants, and historical preservation coordinators, grants specialists, public relations specialists.

Art Historians work: (video link) museums, city, state, and federal agencies, in interior design firms, colleges and universities, restoration firms, publishing firms, archives, federal and state parks, fundraising firms, insurance companies, research organizations, corporations, community organizations, educational and cultural institutions, historical societies, magazines and newspapers, antiques dealerships, auction houses, and art galleries.

UMass Dartmouth Art History Students learn: (video link) define quality, analyze the artistic qualities of everyday objects, weigh values, recognize the creators of works of art, compare works of art, think critically, write and speak effectively, present and defend ideas, convey complex information, describe impressions about art, clarify others' thoughts and ideas, speak to groups, be sensitive to cultural viewpoints, see how the making of art has changed across time, interpret a culture's values and beliefs, participate in groups, work with primary sources, gather, analyze and organize information, examine evidence, evaluate research results, and determine the origins of art works.

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