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.

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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

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Employer categories:

  • Art Galleries
  • Art/History Magazines
  • Art Supply Stores
  • Auction Galleries
  • Camps/Recreation Facilities
  • Ceramics Shops
  • Community Art Centers
  • Custom Framing Stores
  • Educational Institutions
  • Jewelry Stores
  • Museums
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Publishing Companies
  1. Identify areas of interest in art and history, so you can focus your academics and experiences toward these fields.
  2. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. 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.
  6. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant.
  7. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
  8. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional education.
  9. 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.
  10. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).

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