History of Art
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA, BGS, and BFA in the History of Art, which introduces students to the past and present and offers courses in history of photography, prints, and drawings.
Sample of Related Skills
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the canonical works of western art and architecture, and representative works of non-western art, the art of minorities and women, through the ability to recognize the works, their artists, their stylistic period and their art historical significance
- Recognize that different interpretive frameworks can be used to analyze works of art
- Demonstrate an understanding of works of art and architecture from diverse genres and from a range of historical periods and geographical locations
- Demonstrate familiarity with more than one artistic culture of a particular time and place
- Demonstrate mastery of analytical skills such as observation and inductive reasoning in interpreting works of art both as formal structures and in relation to social and cultural contexts. Students will also demonstrate mastery of the principal developments and primary problems of interpretation and an awareness of critical and theoretical perspectives
- Demonstrate an array of critical approaches to the study of art history and visual culture
- Produce an extended work involving visual analysis, reading research, critical thinking, writing, and standard methods of documentation
Popular Career Paths
Museums/Galleries: Involves showcasing and preparing art-museums depend on grants and membership for support, while galleries depend on selling art to the public for funding.
Funding Agencies for the Arts: Concerned with raising money for art programs.
Art Journalism: Deals with writing, editing, and producing art-related materials.
Auction Galleries: Involves the selling and buying of art through galleries.
Business: Often focuses on the buying and selling or art and art products, usually in a store or commercial setting.
Explore More Career Paths
- The Art History Major: Is there life after graduation? - helpful tips and suggested jobs for art history majors
Jobs to Consider
Places to Seek Employment
Art Supply Stores
Community Art Centers
Custom Framing Stores
- Identify areas of interest in art and history, so you can focus your academics and experiences toward these fields.
- Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
- Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in art history, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant.
- Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional education.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: Ceramics Club, Community Resources Engaging the Arts through Education, KU Photo Club, Photography Club, and Spencer Museum of Art Student Advisory Board.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).
Job and Internship Search Resources
- American Association of Museums - a list of museums and job opportunities within museums
- American Institute for Conservation of Historic Art - a career center for those interested in art conservation with job postings, general information, and networking opportunities
- Americans for the Arts - professional association that includes networking and job/internship search resources
- Art History Job Listings: About.com - list of jobs, internships, and fellowships in art history
- Art Library Society of North America - Internships in Art, Architecture, & Design Libraries and Visual Resource Centers in United States, Canada and Mexico
- Art Museums Worldwide - a comprehensive list of art museums across the world
- Association for Art History - list of jobs and fellowships in art history
- College Art Association - an online career center, grant and fellowship resources, mentoring opportunities, and more
- GetthatGig.com - a list of jobs and internships in art and design
- Idealist.org - search jobs, internships, organizations, and volunteer opportunities in the non-profit sector; search under the focus area of "art, architecture, and music"
- Internships in Museums, Galleries, etc.: organized by state - various internship opportunities in the art history field
- Internships-USA - internships listed in The Museum Internship Book and The History Internship Book
- Kansas Citizens for the Arts - organization working to build support for the arts among the public, community leadership and elected officials; includes a list of recommended resources
- Kansas Art Galleries - lists art galleries in the state of Kansas
- Kansas Museums Association - employment listings, an online newsletter, scholarship opportunities, trainings, and workshop listings
- Midwest Art History Society - career advice, as well as job and internship listings for art history majors
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy-Art Jobs - jobs in the arts within non-profit organizations