Please visit the McIntire Department of Art for more information about this major/concentration at the University of Virginia.
Field of Study: The study of the historical and cultural settings in which art has been created and viewed
Post-Graduate Occupations of past Art History Majors
- Gallery Associates
- Jewelry Dealers
- Investment Brokers
- Human Resource Managers
- Graphic Designers
- Marketing Directors
- Association of Art Historians
- Association of Historians of American Art
- American Association of Museums
- Association of Art Museum Curators
- American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
- College Art Association
- Association of Art Editors
- Society of American Archivists
- Art Libraries Society of North America
- Visual Resources Association
- Foundations in Art: Theory and Education
- American Historical Society
- National Art Education Association
- Americans for the Arts
- International Association of Art Critics
- National Antique and Art Dealers Association
- Appraisers Association of America
Build Your Resume
Don't forget to pursue opportunities outside of your schoolwork. Your major is one of many lenses you might use to look at possible careers. Explore UVA Career Center resources on internships, externships, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Actively participating in these experiences can help clarify current goals and future interests, while building skills that employers want. Below are some ideas on how you can enhance your resume:
- Seek out exposure to a range of art and cultures through visiting museums around the country and world.
- Learn a foreign language and/or study abroad.
- Consider graduate school. An advanced degree is often necessary to be competitive for upper-level positions in museums and historical sites.
- Explore specialized careers within the field, such as art appraisal or art law.
- Develop excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills. Learn to professionally communicate with a wide variety of people and work well in teams.
- Supplement your curriculum with courses in history, anthropology, or business, depending on your desired career field.
- Join art-related professional and student organizations.