Art history degree

what can art history degree get you. Also what degree is preferrable to have in these modern times. Im in college and unsure whether to get art history degree or psychology degree, psych is interesting but tough, art history is easy and interesting to me but dont know if it will garnish me a job or not. Any tips suggestions so i dont waste a miserable 4 years?

It’s only going to get you a job straight out of undergrad if you have a degree from HYP or a similar institution (more anthro majors end up stock brokers or investment bankers than any other career at HYP). You will probably need something else besides that. Actuarial [sp] Sciences pretty much guarantee you a job and is self-limiting (you can continue to move up the ladder as much as you want).

First, do what you enjoy. Second, it depends on what you want to do. Are you going on to grad school? Do you want to teach? Both degrees have about equal job prospects with only a undergrad degree. (not the greatest)

Good advice.

Or, like PJ, who is studying Art at university in FRA, you could become a track coach :slight_smile:

Art studies are not the straight bridge for a job, unless you are good in technical things, in this case you can work in anything related to picture production (advertisement area). Art History will lead you to teach Art History or work in Museum or conservation/cultural advisor area. The most interesting part of Art studies are the meetings with exceptional non-conventional people from which you will learn a lot, and in many case students end up in unexpected job activity. My Contemporary Art studies led me to coaching which was my work subject for my 5th year graduate.

PJ, Now you’ve really painted yourself into a corner :stuck_out_tongue: please excuse but how does :cool: Art lead to Coaching :eek: sprints?

Both require perceptual and visual skills to be highly developed. Plus art and design students tend to be quite sensitive and attune to the needs of the “user”. Both I think are important in coaching…

So PJ is a SNAC?!

Sensitive New Age Coach

Difficult for me to talk about arts in english i don’t have the right vocabulary…
Contemporary arts and sports (in my case sprinting) share a lot of common concerns:
Scenography (or even choregraphy), art/sport live performance, programation, numbers, etc…
Of course, artists are needed to design advertisment, logo, stadium architecture, colour of the track, etc…

For a personal note, on my art degree, i played with the word “performance”. My athlete was doing live performance, and in a kind of “ready-made”, i called it myself pieces of art. It is now admitted that work process is art in itself, that’s why many artist “program” the work, and let assistants built/make it. I did program the athlete for a given performance, which he performed live on TV. Same kind of relationships as choregraph/dancer.

Some other points interest me, like relationships between sprinter’s fear and starter’s gun. I like the extreme huge amount of slow time to prepare a 10sec event.

My kee artists are Hanne Darboven, Sophie Calle, Carsten Höller, Roman Opalka, Guiseppe Penone, Velazquez and Rubens …

If you are interested in history of arts, study it.
But your job-prospects strongly depend what level of degree you take (as others already mentioned) and how you use your time studying.
It also depends where you live and what realistic job prospects are especially in you situation/where you are located.

Example - I made a masters degree in History of arts at University beside others. But during the 4 years I lost interest (I moved to computer science), so I just took all the exams and my job prospects in this field were equal zero.
Other guys specialized in fields where they knew specialists were wanted, got in contact with the right teachers, the key players in these fields, and they had a job (in one case Collector for Medeval Scriptures at the National Liabrary) before the even had their degree.

But here comes the factor “where you are located” in play. If you are based in South America specializing in Medieval European Arts might not be useful :wink:

So look whats needed, specialize, get in contact with the right people, be good in what you are doing and you can get a job no matter what you study.


The murder was a woman…


im studying art in university currently.

i was majoring in painting but moved to graphic design (with minors in art history[mandatory] and film studies)

i hope to study computer animation at sheridan college in toronto back home.

i would stick with the art history because some occupations in the field make lots of money as well…art curators, art directors and there is always room to advance and move up.

also i was discussing this with my painting teacher a month ago…the correlation between track/painting:

art: in my painting class they always start from scratch. we worked with only 3 colours and all three were very dark (we were supposed to create light/dark images with them) it was very primative. we then moved to painting only with a palette knife whihc taught us to focus on mixing colours and not blending them.

track correlation: the GPP phase

art: we progressed into painting with brushes but not being allowed to blend them. and then we progressed to producing copies of famous work

track correlation: SPP phase

art: for the final part we worked from life again without restrictions for the first time and we did a self portrait and an interior paintings. we succeeded our previous masterpieces ever done because we had a spent the last months building the foundation for success and practiced things to help us improve.

track correlation: maint/comp phase (peaking)

also in drawing classes we always “warm up” using basic exercises…just like we do in track.

Obviously the one in the middle being arrested by the one on the left!

Someone with an extensive art background might be able to point out the symbolism portrayed in the “arresting” figure on the left. Picasso’s brilliant positioning of the figure’s right arm forms the shape of a doughnut, thus identifying her as a police officer, even without the uniform. Otherwise a legitimate arrest might be confused with a mugging, which is normally performed by the dealers at Sothebys.