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What’s Next? Graduate Studies and Career Planning for Art History Majors

Thinking About Graduate School 
in Art History
Sample curriculum vitae for art historians

Funding your graduate education
in art history

Writing a Personal Statement

Graduate Studies and Career Planning
for Art History Majors

Timetable for applying to graduate school in art history





For many art history majors, the burning question they face as their undergraduate studies draw to a close is: what on earth do I do with an art history degree? The answer, in fact, is quite a lot. Students graduating with a major in Art History, Architectural History, or Pre-Architecture have a wide variety of post-graduate options, both for further study, and also in the marketplace. Graduating students might consider the following options:

  • Graduate study in art history or the history of architecture
  • Graduate study in art education, non-profit administration, arts administration, curatorial studies
  • Professional training: law school, MBA, education (for primary or secondary school teaching), art therapy
  • Jobs in museums, art galleries, and auction houses, or in arts management organization (such as those working with artists’ rights management, or image management)
  • Jobs in government or business requiring excellent research and writing skills, and an ability to analyze visual information
  • Jobs in publishing, such as academic presses, art magazines, or newspapers
  • More ideas (courtesy of Notre Dame)


Last Updated: 10/7/16