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Careers for Art and Art History Majors

What is an art and art history major?

The University of Denver's program in art and art history focuses on the study of the various creative means of expressing human thoughts, interests, attitudes, emotions and ideas. It involves fine and commercial art, graphic communication design, studio art and art history.

Common careers for art and art history majors:

With a deep understanding of expression utilizing creative mediums, art and art history majors go on to work in the college/university, business and education industries. Many may find interest in starting their own business.

Common job titles held by these art and art history majors include:

  • antique dealer
  • architect
  • archivist
  • arranger
  • art appraiser
  • art consultant
  • art history instructor
  • art journalism
  • art school director
  • art therapist
  • audio/visual specialist
  • cartographer
  • cartoonist
  • conservator
  • copywriter
  • critic
  • curator
  • custom framer
  • director of cinematography
  • display designer
  • exhibit designer
  • film editor
  • film producer
  • florist
  • freelance artist
  • gallery director
  • graphic designer
  • industrial designer
  • interior decorator
  • jeweler
  • manager
  • photographer
  • painter
  • painting/photo restorer
  • photojournalist
  • public relations specialist
  • script writer
  • sculptor
  • set/stage design
  • sound engineer
  • technical illustrator
  • videographer

Professional skills of art and art history majors

In addition to the careers listed above, art and art history majors are well-suited to fields that require the following skills:

  • ability to communicate ideas/emotions creatively
  • aptitude for spatial relationships
  • ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • good finger and manual dexterity
  • ability to make critical observations/decisions Imagination/creativity
  • ability to meet deadlines
  • proficiency for accurate details

Is an art and art history major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in art? schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire art and art history majors and alumni who majored in art and art history. Also, schedule a session with the department chair, where you can explore other possible career paths.