Careers for Art History and Studio Art Majors

This week’s CAS Careers post focuses on opportunities for Art History and Studio Art majors. After the break, you’ll find some brief information on what you can do with your major after graduation, along with statistics on salary ranges and links to other helpful resources.

Careers in Art History

Your degree in Art History provides you with firmly grounded experience in selecting, preserving, and displaying historically valuable art, relics, and records. As an American University student, the access you have to relevant works of art in the D.C. area can make you even more appealing to employers. Other skills you offer to prospective employers include:

  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Experience facilitating conversations and presenting in front of groups
  • Strong writing skills and experience adapting content for diverse audiences
  • The ability to find, collect, and evaluate disparate data
  • An aptitude for creative problem-solving and decision-making

Here is a brief list of some popular careers in Art History, along with their national median salary*:

Art Director

$76,900

Curator

$48,500

Archivist

$45,200

Art Educator (Postsecondary)

$62,000

*Data collected from salary.com and bls.gov

 

Visit our Career Resource Library and check out some of our books related to careers in Art History:

 

Here are a few websites with information on careers in Art History:

 

If you’re an Art History major, and would like some more personalized information on your career options, schedule an appointment with our CAS Career Advisors Anna Litman and Marie Spaulding. Also, feel free to stop by our CAS drop-in hours, which are held every Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 next to the entrance to TDR.

 

Careers in Studio Art

Your degree in Studio Art helps you hone and express your innate creativity, while providing you with knowledge of a variety of artistic techniques. Your unique ability to transform sketches, data, and verbal instructions into works of art makes you stand out to employers who need creative thinkers who are quick on their feet. Other skills you offer to potential employers include:

  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Graphic design and marketing skills
  • The ability to adapt techniques, tools, and materials to different creative processes, budgets, and final uses
  • Experience designing products to meet the needs and tastes of diverse clients and audiences
  • Creative use of texture, contrast, and color combinations for visual impact
  • Comfort reviewing, evaluating, and explaining works of art

Here is a brief list of some popular careers Studio Art majors have found success in, along with their national median salary*:

Conservator

$37,300

Fine Artist (including Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators)

$44,800

Multimedia Artist/Animator

$58,500

Scientific Artist

$40,900

*Data collected from salary.com and bls.gov

 

Visit our Career Resource Library and check out some of our books on careers in Studio Art:

Here are a few websites with information on careers in Studio Art:

If you’re a Studio Art major, and would like some more personalized information on your career options, schedule an appointment with our CAS Career Advisors Anna Litman and Marie Spaulding. Also, feel free to stop by our CAS drop-in hours, which are held every Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 next to the entrance to TDR.

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