Skip to Main Content
Skidmore College
Art History Department

Possible Fields for Persons with Art History Degrees

bannerMUSEUMS, such as art, historical, house, folk, craft  

  • Director - MA, Ph.D., Art Management
  • Curator - MA, Ph.D.
  • Registrar          
  • Education - MA
  • Publicity   
  • Conservation - BA, MA
  • Administration, MBA, MA

CURATOR OF COLLECTIONS, BA, MA

  • Private
  • Corporate
  • College or University

CONSERVATION

  • Internship, MA, Chemistry essential
  • Specialization in - paper, painting, furniture, glass-pottery, sculpture, photographs, textiles
  • Architectural conservation

HISTORIC PRESERVATION - architecture, districts, burial grounds, villages, material culture

  • Director of Preservation Foundation, MA, Ph.D.
  • Program or Education Director
  • Grant applications

PUBLIC ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

  • e.g., Public Endowment for the Arts; NYS Council on the Arts

PUBLISHING

  • Art publishers; critics; writer for newspapers, editorial work
  • Photographer of fine art, architecture
  • Films about art   
  • Web publishing, commercial and for non-profit organizations

COMMERCE

  • Dealer - Old masters, contemporary, antiques
  • Artist's agent
  • Corporate Art Consultant
  • Auction Houses (Sotheby & Christie's training programs in New York & London)
  • Art Scout; Art Appraiser (IRS also uses appraisers), Finder Broker
  • Tourism:  tour leader
  • Reproductions, Retailing, BA

ACADEME

  • Teaching at college or university
    • Ph.D., languages essential
    • Various departments such as Art History, Art, American Studies, Women's Studies, Archeology
  • Field Archeology
  • Teaching at private schools or academies
  • Art Librarian, M.L.S. (Visual Resource librarian, BA or MA)

ART AND LAW - Training or Law Degree

  • Art theft squads - Police, FBI, Interpol
  • Prescribed material - customs
  • Artist's rights - resale, estates
  • Insurance Companies - art investigators